Even games about hipster-coiffed bloodsuckers like Doctor Jonathan Reid, the newly undead surgeon star of Dontnod’s follow up to Life is Strange, come burdened with an expectation of fun.

This game is ugly and hopeless even in its best moments, a series of dirty alleyways, docks, and gaslit halls where you make dirty decisions and fight mostly faceless monsters (the enemies whose faces haven’t rotted off in the process of becoming lesser vampires are largely interchangeable, hyper-aggressive human thugs).

Just because something isn’t fun, though, doesn’t mean it isn’t pleasurable or good.

By the end of those games, you’re either a superpowered angel or an unstoppable devil.

High vampires called Ekons, a vampire cabal called Ascalon, the vampire hunting order called the Knights of Priwen, the vampire-researching Brotherhood of Saint Paul.

Dr. Reid is not just unlike most adventuring RPG heroes but also most tragic or vicious vampire story leads because he’s famous from the outset.

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