I too am finding myself really enjoying Vampyr despite its flaws. Though the combat is starting to become more trivial in the part of the game I’ve recently reached, in the beginning I was actually impressed by the fact that the game was not afraid to kick your ass or bar your way with enemies that would kill you in a hit or two. And the penalty-free deaths make it so that if you really want to keep trying until you come up with a winning strategy, you can (the free respecs help with that, too…P.S. Shadow Mist is fantastic). I do agree with Patrick that it feels like it’s lacking a little something; I wish the hits felt better and less floaty etc. And ye gods does it need fast travel. They just released the first update today so I’m interested to see what’s changed.
The politics of the game and character development are what have really kept me interested. Yes, they give you another white male protagonist, but also a lot of people who aren’t afraid to challenge him (and other characters like him) on his privilege and relatively narrow perspective, including, in an early main quest, a nurse who escaped from an Eastern European country ravaged by war who now steals medicine from the hospital to keep the poorest residents of the city alive without pay. She’s just one of the many badass female characters in this game. These people are rarely, simple, too…there are plenty of shades of grey here to keep you uncomfortable about who deserves to die, though unfortunately there a few cartoonishly villainous characters who practically scream EAT ME. I really wish they weren’t there because it would make the choice to feed so much more agonizing.
I think I’m only about halfway through but I have to say that I’m really pleasantly surprised by Vampyr. I’m very interested to see where it goes from here.