Top 40 Games From 2004

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20. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

Like many others, I encountered Bloodlines years after its release. Keeping to the cult status traditions, the unconventional XP system, dialog choices based on factors like level of humanity and the surprisingly dark and mature look at the vampire world made this game special. In an age where vampires are thought of as sparkle demons and developers are hounded by media for making vampires too evil (and reading too heavily into things), Bloodlines pushed the boundaries and kept the game fun.