Posted on August 4, 2008, Shawn Sines Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines Patch v5.5
Dedicated fans of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines have produced another Unofficial Patch for the game. Version 5.5 unlocks more new content for the Asylum and Glaze as well as continuing to hone game play and characters.
Here are the patch notes for v. 5.5:
+Moved Pyro Crossbow from Society to Syndicate instead of bloodpack.
+Changed new stealth rules so that only highest sneaking is harder.
Made Ocean House quest failure update when reconciling the sisters.
Fixed details with Isaac, Boris, Jack, Heather, Mercurio and Phil.
Implemented ZVTool and added readmes to tools, thanks to ZylonBane.
Lessened vents fade outs at Skyeline Apartments and fixed a decal.
Added second T-Rex sound to museum and corrected some text details.
Restored xps at Glaze for peaceful approach and fixed the monitor.
Fixed morphine quest after warehouse and .38 ammo tutorial exploit.
Added blood loss when ghouling Heather and having fun with others.
Made Sin Bin ATM indestructible to avoid breaking connected script.
Improved card printer usage and added a few more inspection nodes.
Restored original descriptions for crossbow bolts and rifle rounds.
Added several missing doors and adjusted SM endgame bus stop maps.
Moved restored female raver to the Asylum and fixed teeth textures.
Hid Giovanni crypt trapdoor icons and fixed Nadia and zombie bugs.
Removed second Dominate tutorial enemy and Johansen basic problems.
Somehow with all the work these modders have put into original release, I can no longer see Bloodlines as solely Troika’s work. The dedication of these fans is outstanding. If you want to see what has these fans entranced, visit the original Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines page. This is a mature rated game so mind the age gate.
One of my favorite aspects of the game is the industrial soundtrack featuring artists including the Sisters of Mercy, Ministry, Lacuna Coil and Darling Violetta. I’ve heard one of the tracks, “Isolated” by Chiasm, used on “NCIS” in Abby’s lab. I don’t know if the soundtrack is still offered by itself but the game (which is still available) includes all the songs as mp3s in the game directory. It’s well worth listening to if you can get hold of it.