Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon Hands-On

You think becoming a vampire is easy? Don't count on it.

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Just as more and more companies look for college degrees from employees, vampires too are becoming increasingly choosy in their selection process. No longer can a victim simply be bitten and expect to transform into a garlic-hating, heliophobic prince of darkness overnight. Instead, aspiring bloodsuckers must follow the path of the dragon, a series of unholy challenges and obstacles that will eventually lead to immortality, provided those blasted heroes Simon Belmont or Van Helsing don't burst on the scene armed with holy water and oak stakes.

Simon Belmont. Van Helsing. And now Father Arno will do battle against Dracula.

In Dracula 3, you'll follow the path of the dragon as Father Arno Moriani, a mild-mannered catholic priest dispatched to Transylvania by the Vatican to investigate a candidate for sainthood. This point-and-click adventure game from developer Kheops Studio adopts the universe envisioned by Bram Stoker, and you'll travel to Rome, Budapest, and Turkey tracking down the evil Count Dracula.

The year is 1920. You begin your investigation of Dr. Martha Calugarul in the village of Vladoviste, half-destroyed in World War I. On the hillside sits the Castle of Twilight, the famed home of Vlad the Impaler. Your opening objectives are simple: Visit Martha's grave, contact her parish priest, and visit the dispensary where she worked. As you run into different characters, such as the local innkeeper, a grave digger, and a nurse, you'll have different conversation choices to follow, although it's not a branching tree, by any means. Instead, you simply check your questions off the list in any order you choose, learning more about the brave and courageous work of Martha, who helped soldiers on both sides during the war.

It's her research into blood, however, that is probably more important than her good deeds. Many locals were stricken by an anomaly Martha knows little about and refers to as, simply, the P anomaly. Aside from strange characteristics in the blood stream, those who suffer from the anomaly tend to have strange hematomas on the neck. See where we're going here? Most victims were also found dead--drained of their blood.

As expected, there are many pleasant environments in Dracula 3.

Father Arno--not being knowledgeable of the ways of the vampire--begins to track a mysterious figure he believes is responsible for these deaths. He realizes later, as he follows this person from bloody crime scene to bloody crime scene, that he is inadvertently walking the path of the dragon. Later on, as you solve puzzles based on medicine, history, and the occult, you'll also use the famed Enigma machine. This was the cipher used to encrypt and decrypt secret messages that was later a hit in Nazi Germany.

The mechanics in Dracula are simple: point and then click. You can also right-click to open a series of menus that handily point out your objectives, inventory, recent conversations, and documents recovered. And when in doubt, consult the bible. A bible written in Latin is included, and you can open it to random pages for verses that act as clues for what to do next.

We'll let you walk the path of the dragon yourself when Dracula 3 is released this fall.

Discussion

58 comments
silvertora
silvertora

I would have loved to have seen a trailer of the game...

daniel_beck_90
daniel_beck_90

after reading two novels ( I am legend and Dracula ) I am badly into Vampires. can not wait.

alex_zander
alex_zander

I THINK THIS WILL BE JUST LIKE SIBIRIA.

KPAC77
KPAC77

when clicking on the related games for Dracula - we get Barbie - fashion world. This does not pose well for Dracula. Do they make a vampirized Barbie in goth outfit?

MrGoldenBullet
MrGoldenBullet

darn it sounded more like an action game but im sure this will be good for puzzle type peple.

brycechua8
brycechua8

Hey it's by Microids, the same studio that made Syberia. Now i'm really looking forward to this one.

ahmedfinal
ahmedfinal

You think becoming a vampire is easy? Don't count on it

sieg6529
sieg6529

this could be fun, I just hope they don't make the system requirements too steep.

samsungx360
samsungx360

hehe i,m from romania nice seeing some views from my country ( i hope ) ...so..i'm looking forward for this game. cheers

master_hookshot
master_hookshot

Alex_Zander, he has been immortalized as Dracula, son of the Dragon. And thats what i will continue to call him. Or Vlad the Impaler. Either works.

sabazios
sabazios

shadyvillian (villain?) you're too much - do you really expect anybody is going to start off working on a project because he read a - very obscure and self-referential - post on a comments thread here? Hilarious :D

Balmoran
Balmoran

I've just started with Dracula Origin (not part of this series) by Frogwares, and enjoying it so far. Path of the Dragon looks as if it's going to be cool, but I agree with some previous posters - bring back the Kain/ Soul Reaver series! And do it for PC too - I prefer PC.

chechak7
chechak7

can't wait ..i played Dracula 1 and 2 ..aim wanna complete the series

shadyvillian
shadyvillian

That was a great idea nemesi609. The underworld would be a great game to base the next great vampire game about. you have the heads of the vampire lineage, the all so cool death dealers(vampire werewolve hunters,the werewolves themselves. then the hybrid werewolves vampires and vice a verse a. all the cool gadgets they have and could have . all the creepy locales like in the movie. my only thing is do you start thing s off from the first movie or the second movie or do you for go that and base it after the events of the two since the way it ended in the second movie leads you to believe that the fighting has just begun and the different other vampire houses have no choice but to get involve. i hope the right people see this and really put some thought into this. it could be squad base alla the death dealers and also wolves move in packs or it could be a one person thing endless possibilities.

alex_zander
alex_zander

look u morons there is no Dracula, its only Vlad Tepes! thats the name of the romanian so called blood sucker. get it?

dark-wolf12
dark-wolf12

is there a vampire game where you get to play as Dracula??? if not, there should be

rockatanski
rockatanski

Dracula is awesome. I hope the game is just as awesome as he is :)

ryaz_weaponx
ryaz_weaponx

The game looks interesting, but one of my favourite vampire series has to be the SOUL REAVER series.

kralog_asah
kralog_asah

Theres only one vampire I want to play as and thats Kain. For god sake Eidos please bring back this series :(

XanderKage
XanderKage

Hold on, what? You play a vampire hunter who slowly becomes a vampire, but doesn't knows it? Not very good at his job, is he?

hd18
hd18

Vampire the maqurade was a great vampire RPG!!!

aygol
aygol

Finally, a new adventure game from Microids!

JetMonkeyking
JetMonkeyking

I'd like to see either BioWare or Bethesda do a Vamp RPG (My fav RPG devs, Open world and moral choices FTW!)

nemesi609
nemesi609

i wish a good developer would take on the underworld(movie) series, maybe you could play as a vampire, a werewolf, a human, or the hybrid guy, that would be awesome

daveg1
daveg1

i might take a look at this i fancy a good point and click game that has a good storey something to really get into...but i dont really know of any...

Chilean_demon
Chilean_demon

I agre with 19803.....I will love a kind of game who let me play like a vampire but with nice graphics (Vampire Bloodlines is too old). I enjoy so much BLADE for Playstation.....and really hope some company like BIOWARE, EA, ACTIVISION listen to the fans and gives a VAMPIRE TITLE (where you can be a great vampire...like a RPG).

19803
19803

I wish there were better games where you WERE a vampire instead of the vampire slayer.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

Looks not bad, actually. I'm not a fan of point and click adventures (not since Windows 95) but this holds some promise.

grafkhun
grafkhun

too bad my PC has no chance of running it :( looks pretty good though.

doxos
doxos

Graphics look great

vamroc
vamroc

Wait there was a Dracula 1 & 2

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

Sounds pretty good though the second was the best one til now...

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Path of the Dragon? What is this, a Bruce Lee movie? :-p

brain20035
brain20035

I loved Dracula 2 The last Sanctuary. This one looks good too.