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The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games


Surprisingly, blood suckers aren't as common in video games as you might expect. They might appear as a generic type of enemy, and of course there are a few of them in the Castlevania series. We collected some of these vampires, paying attention to leave out those who like to carry people on their backs.



Bodhi (Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows Of Amn)

This former elf is the scariest thing ever created that has anything to do with elves. Geez those random entries!
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: BioWare


Demitri Maximoff (DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors)

Probably the only vampire in the world that looks like Phoenix Wright on steroids.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: DarkStalkersOpedia


Vamp (Metal Gear Solid series)

Even if he is not a real one, he's got all the abilities—and the right to be on this list as well.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: Raiden vs Vamp in Metal Gear Solid 4


Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII)

Just as Vamp, Vincent is rather a result of an experiment than a natural born vampire, but the similarities are quite obvious.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: SquareEnix


Rachel Alucard (BlazBlue series)

An arrogant vampire, who—according to her bio—even likes tea. She probably has high blood pressure.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: Xephyr26's fan art on DeviantArt


Vorador (Legacy Of Kain series)

The main characers Kain or Raziel should have been the obvious choices, but Vorador—who also has a major role—looks just so much cooler.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: Legacy Of Kain Wiki


Alucard and Dracula (Castlevania series)

At least these legendary guys bring back something from the classic Dracula look.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: Wackwikivideos


Jeanette Voerman (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines)

Both Vampire games—Redemption and Bloodlines—are full of vampires (sounds incredible, right?) but the only possible pick is this memorable NPC from the second game.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: White Wolf Wiki


Jericho Cross (Darkwatch)

The weird western-steampunk hybrid style, mixed with classic vampire lore made this character (and the game!) really exciting.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: Capcom Database


Rayne (BloodRayne)

One of those female vampires that look badass rather than cute—and there's absolutely no problem with that.
The Most Notable Vampires In Video Games source: BloodRayne Wiki


You should submit your picks with visual support in the comments!


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Real BloodRayne Arm Blades. Real Awesome User Comments.Believe it or not, you can actually buy this terrifying "replica" of the arm blade from BloodRayne. I say "replica" because it doesn't look much like the one from the series, not because it doesn't look like it could cut my face off.


We're not here for the blade itself, though. Sorry, fans of vampires killing Nazis. We're here for a user review on the blade from Amazon.


I have been a user of Ninja Forearm Machete Blade Full Tang Knife Swords (NFMBFTKS for short, pron 'nif-mib-fit-kis') for most of my career, and have some that are quite nice. As a professional mercenary and vendor of 'blood diamonds', 'blood coffee beans', 'blood Nike knock offs', and other 'conflict-zone' products, I find myself in need of a good NFMBFTKS regularly.


I was a bit disappointed for several different reasons when this product arrived at my secure compound.


First, this product is sold by a company called 'Martial Arts Land', which is the same name I gave to my home in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I wish the company had done more research into other entities who are also using that name before naming their company. The post office had quite a time, seeing as the shipping label read 'From: Martial Arts Land' and 'To: Martial Arts Land'. I hope they are not the people who have been getting my missing issues of 'Soldier of Fortune' magazine, as the 'help wanted' section is crucial to my ability to earn a living.


Second, when I saw the description of a 'hi-tech' strap in the product description, I was fully expecting something computerized and perhaps operated by hydraulic machinery that would maybe shoot spikes into the arm if someone besides the owner attempted to use it. Imagine my disappointment when it was shipped to Martial Arts Land (my secure compound in DRC, not the original shipping company, see how confusing this is getting?) with a simple Velcro strap. There is no failsafe in the weapon as-shipped to prevent an enemy skilled in the use of ninja weapons from taking this particular NFMBFTKS from you and using it against you.


Thirdly, I did not find the handle to be particularly ergonomic. After using this product as intended for approximately 8 hours a day, I have developed 'repetitive ninjitsu stress disorder' in my rotator cuff caused, I believe at least in part, to the lack of adequate wrist support. I saw an occupational health ninja who agreed with my assessment and suggested I spend hours on end standing under an icy water fall in the middle of the woods in the dead of winter doing ninja poses to help it heal.


All in all, I can see myself using this as a back up ninja forearm machete blade full tang knife sword day-to-day, or maybe on light trips to the grocery store or library, but I will not be replacing my primary ninja forearm machete blade full tang knife sword any time soon.


Pro:
Powerful Ninja Weapon
Machete Blade
Full Tang Knife Sword


Con:
Velcro strap not hi-tech
Lack of good ergonomics
Company name 'Martial Arts Land' is a problem, as I as my home address is also 'Martial Arts Land'


Those NFMBFTKS customers are a discerning lot!


Blood Rayne Arm Blade W/ Sheath & Adjustable Handle [Amazon, via Super Punch]


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What's with All the Cancelled 3DS Games?Maybe it's bad timing or just bad luck. But there's a growing list of cancelled 3DS games. That's not good.


On the list of canned 3DS games, there's My Garden, which was supposed to be a 3DS launch title. There's also Saints Row: Drive-By, also apparently canned.


Four Hudson games for the 3DS were canned, including Omega Five, Kororinpa: Marble Mania, Bonk, and Bomberman. However, these cancellations could be due to the current situation at Hudson.


BloodRayne: The Shroud wasn't canned outright, but it's development is currently on hold. Also, DJ Hero 3 hasn't been officially cancelled, but it seems like this game is going to fall by the wayside. Blame the flagging popularity of music games for that!


Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy was officially canned, and as of yesterday, Mega Man Legends 3 bit the dust.


To add insult to injury, it was revealed this week that 3DS game Crush 3D was delayed due to uncertainly over whether or not the 3DS is going to succeed.


The Nintendo 3DS was released in late February in Japan and in late March in the West. It's only been out a few months, and it's already being battered by bad luck and strong headwinds. There are big 3DS games on the horizon, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is currently out.


The issue that plagues Nintendo hardware isn't traditionally a lack of good Nintendo games, but a lack of good games from outside developers—not to say these canned games were amazing. However, if developer after developer jumps ship, what kind of message does it send studios thinking about making a 3DS title?


Link Chevron 『ニンテンドー3DS』のゲームがどんどん開発中止になっていく・・・ [オレ的ゲーム速報@刃]


(Top photo: Jason Merritt | Getty)
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Now Make a Castlevania That Copies BloodRayne Now that I've gotten past the shock of the initial reveal and the awe of the first trailer, I'm done referring to BloodRayne: Betrayal as a game that's trying to be Castlevania. With each new screenshot I find myself wishing there was a Castlevania that looked this good.


The screens don't do the game justice, but here they are nonetheless. Developer Way Forward are quickly establishing themselves as masters of 2D gaming, establishing a fluidity of motion in games like this and A Boy and His Blob like we've never seen before. Someone get these folks a Castlevania license.


I'd settle for some sexy Alucard on BloodRayne fan art. No no, that's the wrong Alucard. Screw it, I'll just wait until the game comes out in August and use my imagination.


Now Make a Castlevania That Copies BloodRayne
Now Make a Castlevania That Copies BloodRayne
Now Make a Castlevania That Copies BloodRayne
Now Make a Castlevania That Copies BloodRayne


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You've Been in Three Uwe Boll Films. Any Regrets?Natassia Malthe starred in BloodRayne II: Deliverance, BloodRayne 3: the Third Reich, and In the Name of the King 2. That's three films from infamous filmmaker Uwe Boll! Does Malthe have any regrets? Yes, but not about working with Boll.


Malthe told Fangoria that Boll is "totally misunderstood". According to her, "People are jealous of him because he's outside the Hollywood system and because he's successful, but they just don't understand him."


Not to be a total contrarian, I kind of agree! If anything, Boll is a brilliant provocateur and self promoter.


About her regrets so far, Malthe said," I wish...I wish I hadn't done so much of the, well, sexy stuff. You know, before I was a Maxim model, before I became known for my body I used to get a lot more interesting and dynamic parts. I used to play crackheads and different kind of people and I wish people would take more chances on me to do stuff like that..."


Guess she wasn't asked about her role as Ayane in the Dead or Alive movie, which I actually sat through. Talk about regrets.


Link Chevron Interview: "BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH" star Natassia Malthe [Fangoria]


(Top photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty)
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After the above clip, the scene goes on, with Rayne leading the poor abused woman to safety, but not offering her any clothing, so we can ogle her breasts for about two minutes. That way, we can feel good about how feminist we are, and stare at some boobies at the same time. Everybody wins!


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The developers at Way Forward, veterans of recent 3D remakes and sequels to games like Contra and A Boy and His Blob are turning BloodRayne, a 3D action game series about a sexy lady vampire that launched nine years ago, into a 2D action brawler.


They're emphasizing blood over sex appeal. Lots of blood. And just a smidge of that sexiness. In fact, the developers told me, when they showed me the game at E3, that BloodRayne's idle animation is the main sexy thing they put in the game. I had to film it, of course, which I did, so that you can judge it. Just watch the video at the top of this story here.


The Single Sexiest Thing in BloodRayne BetrayalBloodRayne Betrayal was surprisingly impressive. You move the heroine swiftly through striking stages that all look hand-drawn. There are nearly 4000 frames of animation for our leading lady, I was told. She doesn't have much defense—dashing is her primary means of escape—but she can slice enemies up well and also either suck their blood or blow them up. For those last two actions, she stuns the enemy and then can drain their blood to regain health or poison them, which makes them prone to explosions. Well-executed bites like that will cause one enemy to set off a chain of detonating enemies. WayForward calls that the "chain explosion" and says that's the signature new mechanic they've added.


The game plays fluidly and fast (watch its trailer for proof). If you like side-scrolling hack and slash games, keep this on your radar. It will be out this summer as a downloadable game in August on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


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When BloodRayne: Betrayal was announced so close to April 1, we met the reveal with a healthy dose of scepticism. A 3D brawler turned into a 2D platformer? Seemed a little weird, since it normally works the other way around.


But here it is, in all its 2D, cel-shaded glory. A comment on the clip's YouTube page says "looks like castalvania now i hated blood ryane so this can only be an improvement", which must surely sum up most people's thoughts on the matter.


It'll be out on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this summer.


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At 2010's E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles, BloodRayne was revealed for the 3DS. When asked on Facebook about the status of BloodRayne: The Shroud, the game's maker replied that the title is "currently on hold", but added, "We'll be sure to share any news when it's available." [via GoNintendo]


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