Parents' Guide to

Vampire Rain: Altered Species

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Vampire stealth game with gratuitous gore.

Game PlayStation 3 2008
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After you take more than 20 minutes to download the game onto your PS3, you'll notice that the voices don't precisely synch up with the characters' lips. And the jaws move weirdly as if there are no lips at all. The dialog has its moments of wit, but is more cliche than not. The graphics are often bad, especially the renderings of the characters. They're look as if they belong on a late PlayStation 2 level (which is probably why the developer was able to price the game at $40, not the usual $60 for a full-fledged PS3 offering).

While the vampires have ugly fangs and contorted, bloody faces, they appear mechanical. Even as they rip you to shreds when you're not being stealthy, even as blood flows like that from an open fire hydrant on a summer day, you don't feel particularly creeped out. You just wonder why the game was released without the addition of those compelling elements of fear and suspense. The gamemakers have had two tries to give gamers a product full of fear. Since Ignition hasn't taken the time to truly craft a gripping game, it's time to put a stake through the heart of this series.

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