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2009/10/31

Apocalypse Then: Nocturne

It's Halloween!



Well, a lot of people have been going on about their favourite horror games and they've been making lists full of them too. I wouldn't say that Nocturne is my favourite, but it is the tenth anniversary of its release, so I thought I would post about it.

Nocturne is a third-person survival horror themed video game, which was released on the PC on the 31st of October, 1999. It was developed by Terminal Reality and published by Gathering of Developers.

It told the story of The Stranger, a solitary, serious individual who worked for The Spookhouse, kind of like a secret paranormal investigation agency, which may have had ties with the US army, and you play through four episodes, which take place during the 1920s and 30s, where The Stranger hunts down werewolves, vampires, zombies, and other supernatural creatures. He's sometimes helped by his fellow agents, despite not liking most of them much, especially Svetlana Lupescu, who is half-vampire, or dhampir.

It had prerendered backgrounds, horrid camera angles, and awkward controls, and yet it received mainly positive reviews, and I enjoyed it too.

There was supposed to be a Nocturne 2, but this hasn't happened, perhaps to due to somewhat poor sales. Instead, Nocturne was succeeded by semi-sequels, or spiritual sequels, also developed by Terminal Reality, like Blair Witch vol. I: Rustin Parr, and BloodRayne, which had characters from Nocturne. BloodRayne was meant to initially be Nocturne 2. If there ever is a true sequel, they will have to find another voice actor for The Stranger, since Lynn Mathis is dead.
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