If you make a purchase after following a link on our site, we may earn a small commission. Learn more.

Vampire The Masquerade Swansong

12 must-play vampire games to sink your teeth into

Home » Lists » 12 must-play vampire games to sink your teeth into

Vampires are cool — it’s as simple as that. And so it’s understandable that you’re here, seeking out the best vampire games that you can play on either PC or consoles. The good news is that while there aren’t an abundance of games in which you get to play as or go up against vampires, there are enough sustain fans of of the popular creatures of darkness.

Whether you want to be a bloodsucker yourself, using your shadowy abilities to satiate your thirst no matter the cost, or be a vampire hunter, protecting humans from being preyed on in the night, there’s a game for you. In fact, our list of the 12 must-play vampire games encompasses a wide range of genres: everything from action games to visual novels.

So, if playing as or thwarting the efforts of vampires to enslave mankind interests you, read on to find out which games we think you should be playing. Whichever you choose to sink your teeth into, there’s one you can be sure of: unlike vampires, they don’t suck.

1. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

While nearly all games in the Castlevania series have you going up against Dracula, perhaps the most notorious vampire in media, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night also has you playing as one. More importantly, it’s undoubtedly one of the best vampire games ever made.

Alucard (see what they did there?) is Dracula’s son, but unlike his father he hasn’t become a monster or given up on mankind; probably because his mother was a human. Being the conscientious vampire that he is, you can’t make him drink blood, but you can make him rest in coffins to save your game progress. He’s also effortlessly cool and has access to many supernatural abilities. Who wouldn’t like to be able to turn into a bat, a wolf, or even some mist?

There are many ways to play Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. You can get a physical copy of the original PlayStation release, but it’s now very expensive. The easiest way is to purchase Castlevania Requiem on PS4, which bundles Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood together. If you’d rather play on Xbox, the Xbox 360 version is playable on modern Xbox consoles thanks to backwards compatibility.

2. Vampyr

Vampyr 2

When the developer of Life is Strange announced that it was making an action RPG about a vampire in London, we were very much intrigued by how it would turn out.

The good news is that Vampyr, as it’s called, turned out to be a very good vampire game indeed. Of all the games on this list, it’s perhaps the one in which you most truly feel a like creature of the night, dependent on blood to maintain and develop your powers. Putting players in control of protagonist Jonathan Reid, an educated man coming to terms with his new life as a vampire, it’s a great-looking game too, particularly if you’re playing on PC where you can crank the settings up.

So, if you want to live the life of a vampire, making hard choices and engaging in conflict with those who seek to bring an end to your undead endeavours, consider Vampyr a must-play. It’s available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and even Switch. Playing on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S via backwards compatibility, there are some enhancements, too.

3. V Rising

V Rising

Taking place in a world where vampires once reigned supreme before humans came along, V Rising asks that you awaken from your slumber and return things to how they were.

An action RPG developed by Stunlock Studios, V Rising basically lets you create the vampire of your dreams, then fight for survival in an open world. You’ll need to build a castle that you can call home, hunt down possessors of powerful V Blood to develop your powers, keep out of the sun, and form an army of loyal servants if you want to succeed. Do well enough and you can even earn the title of Dracula. Isn’t that just lovely?

Once exclusive to PC, V Rising is now also available on PS5. It plays great on both, though the controls on PS5 can be a little bit fiddly at times. And did we mention that you don’t have to play it alone? Co-op is available, allowing you to team up with a friend or a family member online and begin a bloody reign, or you can go up against others.

4. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is quite old now, but that doesn’t stop it being one of the greatest vampire games out there.

Plunging you into a dark recreation of L.A., Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines lets you loose as vampire affiliated with one of a number of clans. From there, it’s up to you how you progress in the game. You have choices to make – important choices – and when you’re not solving problems with words you’re likely to be solving them with violence. Being an RPG, how you develop your character is up to you, but rest assured, there are plenty of vampiric abilities for you to master and make use of.

Unfortunately the developer of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Troika Games, is no more, but a sequel to the game is currently in the works. While you wait for that to land, you can pick up Bloodlines on Steam.

5. Redfall

Redfall (1)

It’s no secret that Redfall didn’t live up to expectations at launch. As we pointed out in our review, it was very rough, and had numerous issues that led it to disappoint. Things have changed quite a bit since then, however.

With numerous updates released since launch, Redfall has become a much better game, and one that we can now recommend you jump into if you want to engage in some vampire-hunting antics. That’s right, in this game you’re fighting against vampires rather than being one. So, go it alone or team up with some friends, then drive some stakes through some bloodsuckers’ hearts.

Unfortunately PlayStation gamers are left in the cold on this one: it’s playable on Xbox Series X/S consoles and PC only. It’s on Game Pass, too, so if you’re a subscriber you can give it a try at no additional cost.

6. Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York

Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York is a little different from the rest of the games on this list, for the fact it’s a visual novel. That means you don’t quite get to fulfil your dreams of roaming the streets as a vampire, but it does tell an excellent story about vampires. And the fact it’s set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe is a major plus.

The game’s story tells the story of a struggle between two vampiric factions: Camarilla and Anarchs. Set in New York (if the title didn’t give it away), it’s littered with famous landmarks as backdrops. And with three different playable characters, there’s plenty to experience.

Coteries of New York is a vampire game designed to be played multiple times, as the choices you make and the characters you play as will heavily influence how the story turns out. While we wait for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, it’s a great way to reintroduce us to the game’s universe. There’s a sequel available now, too: Shadows of New York. Both are available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. They’re also playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S thanks to backwards compatibility.

7. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain

Developed by Silicon Knights and published by Crystal Dynamics on the original PlayStation way back in 1996, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is one hell of a game. There have been multiple games in the Legacy of Kain series, but this one, the very first, will always be the best in our eyes.

In Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, you play as the titular Kain, a slain nobleman who returns as a vampire to get revenge on his murderers. He didn’t want to return as a vampire, though; that was a necromancer’s doing. But as he goes about seeking a cure for his new affliction he starts to see it as more of a blessing. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether Kain embraces his newfound powers or throws them aside for the good of Nosgoth. Tough choice, huh?

These days, the easiest – and best – way to play Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is on PC. It’s available on GOG.com for a nice low price. Alternatively, you can pick it up digitally via the PlayStation store, then you can play it on PS3, PS Vita or PSP. Though if you still have an original PlayStation set up you could get a physical copy.

8. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Lords of Shadow 2

MercurySteam’s spin on Konami’s classic Castlevania franchise has you playing as Dracula rather than taking the fight to him.

In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 you take control of Gabriel Belmont, who has fully embraced his role as the Prince of Darkness. He’s not really the villain that vampire hunters make him out to be though; in fact, he’s trying to save the world from forces that are even darker than people could imagine. While the original Lords of Shadow is a much better game, this sequel is still worth playing if you’re a fan of the series.

Originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is playable on PS4 and PS5 thanks to streaming, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S thanks to backwards compatibility. It’s best played on PC though, and it’s available on Steam. You can pick up the original Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate HD on there too.

9. The Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online

You can become a vampire in quite a few of The Elder Scrolls games. It’s probably the most fun to do so in The Elder Scrolls Online, though.

Vampirism is a condition in The Elder Scrolls Online, one that you can contract by either getting attacked by a NPC vampire, or being fed on by another player who has the vampire affliction. It comes with its own skill tree, giving you access to a range of new abilities, both active and passive. It also has some drawbacks though, like being more susceptible to fire. The negative effects of being a vampire also grow over time; but you can return them to their base level by feeding on a human.

The Elder Scrolls Online is one of the best massively multiplayer online RPGs out there, and it’s even better for the fact that you can play as a vampire. You should definitely give it a try. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

10. BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites

Bloodrayne Betrayal

There are numerous games in the BloodRayne series, and none of them are what you’d call great. BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is probably the best of the bunch though.

While most BloodRayne games are of the 3D action persuasion, BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites, which puts you in control of protagonist Rayne, is a 2D combat-focused platformer. Its gameplay is pretty brainless, but it looks bloody nice thanks to its comic book styled visuals. So, if you want to turn off your brain, take in some beautiful sights and hammer buttons like a maniac in order to obliterate enemies as a female vampire, be sure to give BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites a look.

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

11. Code Vein

Code Vein

The clue is in the name with this one, really: Code Vein – veins, blood, get it? An anime Souls-like from Bandai Namco, Code Vein doesn’t exactly cast you as a vampire. But you are a person suffering from a strange affliction, and part of that affliction lets you drain your opponents’ blood with your Blood Veil. That sounds pretty vampirey to us.

Code Vein isn’t your typical Dracula tale, though. You don’t need to skulk under the cover of darkness. And your characters are equipped with powerful weapons: you don’t need to rely on your fangs to protect you here. If anime action is your thing, this is a game definitely worth checking out. In our Code Vein review, we called it a fresh take on the vampire genre with a fun, action-packed story to enjoy.

Originally released on PS4, Xbox One and PC, you can also play Code Vein on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles.

12. Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong

Vampire The Masquerade Swansong

Another game on this list set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe, Swansong is a narrative adventure that will have you pondering your options.

In Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, you’ll take control of a trio of vampires whose destinies are intertwined. It’s also about protecting yourselves, you see. With your hometown of Boston in danger of being plunged into chaos, you must work to protect it at all costs. Though how you do that is up to you. It’s set in a world controlled by various vampire clans, and so whose side you take as you play through will have a great impact on how the story unfolds.

Essentially an action RPG devoid of combat, if you like the idea of socially manipulating your way to success while solving fiendish puzzles, Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is the game for you. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Similar Posts