Vampire: The Masquerade is not the first series you think of when talking about battle royale games. But all that has changed with the release of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt on PC and PS5. Set in the city of Prague, the game has up to 45 players duking it out against one another using a variety of weapons as well as a number of vampire abilities.
The latter in particular introduces a level of verticality not typically found in a battle royale game, allowing you to traverse from the streets to the rooftops of the tallest buildings in a matter of seconds. So whether you are enthralled by the idea of playing as a blood-sucking vampire, or you simply enjoy the inherent chaos of fighting against dozens of other players, here are a few similar games worth checking out.
6 Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Between Bloodhunt and the forthcoming Swansong, it would appear that Vampire: The Masquerade fans are spoiled for choice. And while there have been several other games set within the larger World of Darkness universe, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is one that gets brought up often in conversations about the best ones.
Originally released on PC in 2004, the action RPG sees you playing as a newly-turned vampire in the wake of the discovery of an ancient relic that threatens to destroy all vampires. Despite selling fewer than 80,000 copies, it would grow to develop a cult following as well as a devoted modding community that sought to rectify many of its perceived technical issues and shortcomings.
5 Fortnite Battle Royale
We really can't have any kind of discussion centering upon a battle royale without at least acknowledging the current king of the hill. So for that very reason, Fortnite is another game that should immediately appeal to players of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt.
The free-to-play title finds up to 100 players battling to be the last one standing by scavenging for weapons and gathering resources that can be used to build defensive structures on the fly. The game scores additional bonus points for allowing you to dress up your in-game avatar as a vampire. Its building mechanics might take some getting used to for new players, but with the recent introduction of a no-build mode, the playing field has been leveled considerably.
4 Infamous: Festival Of Blood
If the speed and sense of verticality in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt is something you find yourself enjoying the most about the game, then you'll certainly love Infamous: Festival of Blood for those same reasons.
The game was released as a standalone expansion for Infamous 2 on the PS3, reusing that game's map and assets while also throwing vampires into the mix. Its story isn't considered a part of the series canon, due to it being told by an unreliable narrator, but the game itself offers several hours' worth of vampire hunting and antihero antics.
Released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018, Vampyr is an action RPG where players step into the shoes of a doctor that was recently turned into a vampire. It is set in London during the height of the Spanish flu, giving the game a historical backdrop.
Its gameplay involves using supernatural abilities to explore the city while investigating the source of your condition, as well as choosing whether or not to give in to the insatiable thirst for blood. It is that moral conundrum that drives much of the story, as feeding on innocent denizens is the only way to level up and grow stronger. But you still have the option of abstaining from doing so by instead upholding your duties as a doctor.
2 Dead By Daylight
With crossovers with films like Hellraiser, Evil Dead, and A Nightmare On Elm Street, Dead By Daylight is the ultimate multiplayer game for horror fans. But even more than that, it is a fun take on the asymmetrical multiplayer formula, where four players are pitted against a much more powerful fifth player in a tense game of cat and mouse.
While the game does not currently feature any vampires for players to play as, this is something that can easily be rectified with future DLC, if we are to go by the sheer number of characters that continue to get added post-release. For now, you can make do with any one of the just-as-awesome killer stand-ins already available.
1 Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
As far as video games with vampires in them are concerned, the ones in the Castlevania series are perhaps some of the most well-known. And even though it didn't fare particularly well sales-wise when it was first released on the PlayStation in 1997, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night currently stands as arguably the most beloved entry.
Most of that is due to its non-linear structure that encourages exploration and the tight platforming and combat that make up its overall gameplay. Its credits also include helping to define and popularize the Metroidvania genre (along with Super Metroid on the SNES), as well as taking the series in the direction for which it is best known today.