Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines is just $5 on GOG, if you never tried it

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It's likely you'd heard of Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines before last week's sequel announcement (opens in new tab), even if you've never played it. It's a cult hit with a vocal following, and often brought up in best-of lists—one of those beloved PC games cited as somewhat broken, but full of amazing ideas. If you missed out at any point between 2004 and now, GOG has it for $5/£3.79 (opens in new tab) right now in its Spring sale. 

I'll admit it, reader: Bloodlines is on my pile of shame, and I've owned the GOG version for about three years, installing it on various laptops and never quite setting aside the time to give it a try. That'll change in the next couple of (blessedly) quieter months. Chris's preview of Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 (opens in new tab) really got me in the mood for it, as did Jody's piece (opens in new tab) on the experience of being a vampire in the first game. Join me in experiencing it for the first time, if you wish. 

The bonus with the GOG edition is that it'll install with the basic version of Wesp5's Unofficial Patch (currently 10.2, though you can download version 10.3 here (opens in new tab)). 

The sequel, meanwhile, will be out in 2020. 

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Former PC Gamer EIC Samuel has been writing about games since he was 18. He's a generalist, because life is surely about playing as many games as possible before you're put in the cold ground.