Blood Knights: A Buddy Cop Movie With Vampires

This action RPG tells the story of unlikely friends...and also werewolves.

For a game featuring vampires and werewolves, Blood Knights is about as close as you can get to a buddy cop movie. This action role-playing game from German developer Deck 13 tells the story of a vampire hunter who experiences a bit of bad luck and turns into a vampire himself. Now his only hope for regaining his humanity is to work alongside the vampiress that he had previously coerced into helping him hunt down her fellow bloodsuckers. And by "coerced" we mean "used dark magic." Awkward!

It is, in other words, a game about unlikely allies. They don't ride around in a cop car cracking jokes about each other's wives while spilling donut powder all over their shirts, but there is a bit of buddy-cop-style reluctant teamwork happening here.

Much of that boils down to how the game's co-op mechanics work. Blood Knights is an action-oriented, almost arcade-like take on the Western RPG. There's plenty of loot, unique weapons, and leveling, but most of the co-op action is a twitch-oriented affair. So the two players will constantly be keeping an eye on one another to see if they need to lend a hand.

Here's one example. Because the two main characters are vampires, their health is measured in blood. As one character gets beat up, the other can dip into their blood pool and quite literally spray a fountain of their own blood clear across the screen in order to refill the other player's health bar. It's basically a nightmare scenario for any normal person hoping to receive a blood transfusion, but for these guys it's an effective way of trading health.

Then there's the way environmental traversal works. The male character is a melee-focused type who has the power to lift up enemies and pull them toward him for a finishing move. The vampire lady, on the other hand, is just the opposite: she lifts up enemies and hurls them back to better use her ranged weaponry. But occasionally, the game will ask the two players to use their powers on each other to make it across wide gaps or reach hidden enemies. Whether you want to grief your teammate by holding them above a bottomless chasm and threatening to drop them is purely up to you.

Of course, the whole game can also be played by yourself with some of these co-op sections smoothed over in order to make the solo experience work. But Blood Knights seems like it's at its most interesting as a co-op adventure where these two unlikely heroes have to work together to survive. You know, kind of like two cops from different departments forced to work together who also happen to be vampires.

Blood Knights is available to download this Halloween for $15. It will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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swantn5
swantn5

looks interesting alot more interesting then twilight lol sorry i had to take a shot i apologize if i offended any twilight fans

Hurvl
Hurvl

Wow, another vampire game that doesn't seem to suck. I was already on the lookout for Dark and now this. I wouldn't mind if this became a new trend as long as the games are good. I'll have to check up on this when it gets released.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

"Whether you want to grief your teammate by holding them above a bottomless chasm and threatening to drop them is purely up to you."

 

Somehow, I think we already know what the McInnis recommendation would be... :P

walders
walders

The title sounded much better than what the games actually sounds like. I was thinking of a modern buddy cop game where you go around as a cop who plays by his own rules with a companion who does things by the book.

You scope out the bad side of town and bust vampires while reminiscing about how the vampires used to have honor and dignity, but they now they've fallen in with the wrong crowd.

All they need is witty banter and solid combat and I would be in love.

BYOBando123
BYOBando123

I kind of want a game that will let me throw my AI teammates into bottomless pits.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Sweet! Thank you Shaun now I have found a game to download. :) Nice article by the way.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

I too was about to quote that....what a perfect statement.

hellrazorangel
hellrazorangel

 @Hurvl ah thanks for the link! Had not heard of it before but looks good :)