Vampire Rain (ヴァンパイアレイン Vanpaia Rein) is an Xbox 360 stealth-action game by Artoon, Marvelous AQL, and Ignition Entertainment that was released in July 3, 2007. It received a PS3 port, called Vampire Rain: Altered Species, in September 2, 2008.
The American Information Bureau‘s black ops unit face off against nightwalkers (vampires) that roam the streets of Los Angeles.
Throughout the game the player is haunted by the vision of a young girl, who the player saved in a previous mission. Eventually the player finds out that his team leader has also seen her.
Later on it is revealed that the AIB, acting of their own accord, plan for America to enter full-scale war against the Nightwalkers. They send their own human/nightwalker hybrids to kill the player's group to get rid of the evidence, and send the rest of their forces against the Nightwalkers' headquarters in the city. The player defeats all the hybrids and vampires in their way, eventually meeting with the leader of the vampires in an attempt to keep the peace. Unfortunately, the leader also wants full-scale war against the humans, and plans to change the whole city into nightwalkers. The player is forced to fight and defeat him.
It turns out the head vampire wasn't really the true leader of nightwalkers in the city, as he was advised by two nightwalkers who were naturally born as vampires and can survive in the daytime. The player fights and kills the first. The second doesn't resist and offers the player the choice to kill him or not, claiming that the future of the nightwalker race will soon be revealed.
After the player has left the final battle, if he chooses to end him the haunting young girl appears. She pours blood onto the ashes of the leader, and he is resurrected. If one chose not to kill him the lamenting leader vacates the premises only for the little girl to appear beside him and they walk off together.
Why It Sucks
- Uninspired gameplay that feels like a Metal Gear or a Splinter Cell rip off.
- Overly powerful enemies that take forever to kill and can kill you in one-two hits.
- Your knife, which can stealth-kill enemies in one hit, has limited ammunition. To make things worse, other weapons that can also score one-hit kills, like shotguns and sniper rifles, rarely appear in the game.
- Cheap AI that can very easily and effortlessly detect you.
- Terrible, and sometimes non-existent sound effects.
- Weak and uninspired story.
- Dull characters.
- Poor English voice acting.
- The ending leaves off with unsatisfaction leaving the player questioning and wondering what happens next, in which there will never be a sequel.
- Very Linear level design that is overly dark and confusing.
- Enemy vision cones give only a rough approximation of what the bad guys can see.
- Very little changes from the xbox 360 version to the ps3 version.
Despite positive reception in Japan, both versions of the game were met with extremely negative reviews worldwide to the point that ScrewAttack named it the worst Xbox 360 game of 2007.
The game was poorly received. Reviews ranged from the lukewarm to the scathing. GameRankings tallies the review average as 38.82%;and Metacritic tallies the reviews at 38/100. ScrewAttack gave it the 2007 SAGY award for "Worst Xbox 360 Game of 2007" after receiving over half of the final total votes.
The reviews criticized Vampire Rain's enemy AI, controls, health meters for both the protagonist and enemies, and multiplayer modes. The game was also criticized for having elements derived from Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell but with much less appeal.The game was criticized for being too hard and for the linear level design. The game was complimented for its eerie music.Vampire Rain: Altered Species was also poorly received. A GameSpot review admonished the updated PlayStation 3 version of game for not undergoing major changes from the Xbox 360 version.IGN calls the Altered Species game "a trainwreck".