news tips Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, Walkthrough: Find our 5 best tips for a good start
In Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, you take turns playing three characters with unique abilities. With an RPG side, the game offers you a narrative story and an in -depth investigation into a horrific event that is rocking the vampire society of the town of Boston. Find in this guide our best tips and tricks to get off to a great start on this Big Bad Wolf adventure.
- 1 – An established universe
- 2 – Many options
- 3 – Verbal fight, willpower and thirst
- 4 – Confrontations
- 5 – The character sheet and experience
1 – An established universe
The game launches you directly into the universe of Vampire: The Masquerade and the characters can easily explain the specific terms used. Even if it allows for equal dialogues, neophytes can easily find themselves lost. What is an infant, a chalice or even the Primogen, the Camarilla and the Anarchs? Don’t hesitate to watch the Codex fill out as you progress. You’ll find lots of useful, but not mandatory, lore information and characters to more easily immerse yourself in this narrative adventure.
2 – Many options
You will face many situations which you have to choose. It is impossible to do everything in one game and you have to restart different scenes to discover the many paths of the game. It can be a simple decision between two possibilities that will affect the next. But most importantly, you have to choose the most interactions whether you like it or not your blood and your will, valuable resources that are sure to be useful to you later. Is it more important to you to put an opponent in his place than to reveal the mystery of the secret and locked chest? Managing your resources is important and we will discuss this topic below.
3 – Verbal fight, willpower and thirst
The fights in Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong take place in the form of dialogues. Your characters have skills and qualities. They fought them against their opponents to achieve victory. If your level is very low compared to your opponent, you can focus on increasing the desired skill up to three points, which requires determination. Be careful, your interlocutor can do the same thing too. You will see the chance percentage below the dialog. If it’s too high, sometimes it’s wiser that you don’t try it and keep yours Carry On for easier action then.
You regain determination by winning dialogues, using objects available in different scenes or by starting a new one.
So are the Disciplines. They belong to the clan to which the character you are playing belongs. Using it, in dialogue or exploration, can raise the level of your blood pressure. You have to drink from someone to quench your thirst. Avoid killing them, you will increase your score of suspiciongive you skill penalties during dialogues.
4 – Confrontations
Showdowns are like bosses in the game. These are dialogues in many stages. The number of errors allowed is then displayed. If you make a lot of mistakes, the confrontation is lost and the story continues to progress considering your loss.
Even if completing the stages with skill ensures a point of confrontation victory, you can also escape the simple lines of dialogue. Knowing a little about your interlocutor can enable you to make the right choices. What does he like, what is his reaction to the challenge, etc?
You don’t have to try to win every stage, unless you are allowed to make a mistake. If the use of Willpower is too high and unlikely to succeed, prefer to pass your turn and continue your will in this stage to better counter-attack later.
Winning confrontations often brings great rewards as objects or lines which can be useful to your character for this scene, or even the whole game.
5 – The character sheet and experience
Let’s talk about the character sheet and experience gained. We can’t tell you exactly how good it is, but it will look great each successful secondary or primary interaction gives you XP to be distributed to start the next scene with the same character. You can see what you have achieved or failed at the end of the scene on the summary screen.
There are three ways to spend this experience:
- Virtues: Improving your qualities will increase your chances of success when there is a balance during a dialogue with the skill involved in it.
- Skills: You can apply the skills to almost every interaction, whether in dialogue or exploration. In the latter case, concentration is not available and you need a minimum level to activate the interaction.
- Discipline: As mentioned above, they are related to your character’s clan. Placing points on them is a bit expensive but the bonuses they bring and the interactions they unlock are very interesting. Don’t dismiss it for too long.
Also remember to look at your Talents. It is unlocked as you perform certain actions such as drinking without killing, passing persuasion tests, and so on. The more you do, the more you progress through different levels which unlocks useful bonuses for your adventure.
Vampire: The Masquerade Walkthrough Summary – Swansong