The allure of vampires is something that's quite hard to explain, with Bram Stoker's legendary tale perhaps being the catalyst that fanned the flames of this particular sub-genre. The prevalence of vampires in the world around us can be seen in the numerous movies and TV shows that have either adapted the legend faithfully or put their own modern spin to it.

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Of course, video games aren't taking a backseat to this in any way, with a litany of titles that utilize the legend of vampires to create truly enthralling experiences. Of course, video games haven't shied away from marring this legend either, with some absolutely horrible titles that somehow have less of a soul than the creatures of the night themselves. So, keeping both sides of the argument in mind, here are five of the best vampire games, coupled with five of the absolute worst.

10 BEST — Infamous: Festival Of Blood

While this is technically DLC, one can't deny that the quality of Festival Of Blood is immense, which definitely warrants a spot on this list. Featuring an original story in the world of Infamous, Festival Of Blood is a fun side journey for players as they control Cole MacGrath as a newly-transformed vampire.

With the removal of the morality system, Cole can suck the blood out of anyone he pleases. Along with these, there's an addition of new powers to his arsenal as well, including the ability to transform into a swarm of bats roam around the city.


9 WORST — Bram Stoker's Dracula

We've already mentioned the iconic nature of Bram Stoker's novel. So, it's somewhat disheartening that the two video games based on this product do absolutely no justice to its namesake.

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Release for the NES and the Game Boy, both games are absolute snoozefests, with nothing going for them. Do yourself a favor and give Bram Stoker's Dracula the widest of berths.

8 BEST — Vampyr


Dontnod Entertainment wasn't exactly known for action games, with their last foray being largely forgettable — somewhat ironic for a game titled Remember Me. So, it was quite a pleasant surprise when they announced a vampire action game called Vampyr.

Upon release, the game did divide critics somewhat. However, fans who knew exactly what they were getting into enjoyed a game that had a strong core mechanic, truly hard in-game choices, and passable combat.

7 WORST — Blade II

People who think that Vampyr's combat is the worst thing ever should try their hand at Blade II, a game that somehow managed to be even worse than its predecessor — a bad game in itself.

The combat of the game was supposed to be revolutionary but ended up being one of the slowest and most boring combat systems in the history of gaming. The all-powerful Blade looked like a bumbling fool in this poor tie-in to the movies, further adding weight to the notion that movie tie-in games could never be good.

6 BEST — Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver

The Legacy Of Kain series was one of the most ambitious franchises for its time, with Soul Reaver being split into two parts due to the sheer level of content that the game's directors had thought up for the series up to that point.

The gothic setting of the game is undoubtedly one of the most interesting settings ever thought up in video games, and it's a shame that the series will never see the light of day, with it being dormant for a suspiciously long time period.

5 WORST — Dark

Dark had a ton of promise when it was announced, with most people having high hopes for the game. However, all these hopes were dashed upon release, with the game being absolutely frustrating to play.

The intriguing premise of the game is mired in bad design choices, horrible AI, and a vapid protagonist that will suck out even the tiniest bit of joy one might experience from the game... if that's even possible.

4 BEST — Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

A landmark title for the PlayStation that cemented Castlevania's reputation as one of the best platformers of all time, Symphony Of The Night is an iconic game that every gamer — regardless of whether they're a platforming fan or not — should definitely check out.

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The game is so great that even the cheesy voice acting becomes entertaining in its own way. Plus, how many games can brag about being so successful that an entire genre was named after them?

3 WORST — Vampire Rain

A stealth game in the vein of Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell where the player character has to deal with vampires might sound like an intriguing concept, but Vampire Rain's execution in this regard was absolutely horrible.

This is one of the classic examples of a game's difficulty being fabricated for the sake of it. Vampire Rain's horrid AI and convoluted controls made for an experience that was incredibly frustrating and did nothing to satisfy players who somehow managed to clear a level.

2 BEST — Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines

Out of all the games on this list, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines is easily the best vampire game by a country mile. The title became somewhat of a cult hit over time, featuring one of the best worlds for a person to lose themselves into as they roleplay the act of being a vampire.

With several classes and playstyles to choose from, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines is an absolute must-play for anyone who's interested in the legend of vampires.

1 WORST — Night Trap

A game that was created simply to stir controversy as opposed to actually provide an entertaining experience, Night Trap is undoubtedly one of the worst games to have ever come out on the Sega CD. In this game, you control a secret service called the Special Control Attack Team (or SCAT for short, which is just an unfortunate yet hilarious acronym) as you protect a bunch of teenagers who are sleeping over from vampires.

This boring FMV slideshow — along with Mortal Kombat — was responsible for establishing the ESRB rating system. If the lawyers would've just played the game, they'd realized just how much of a non-issue this borefest actually was, featuring nothing in the way of actual gameplay aside from some timed button presses.

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