Vampire Survivors is a game that came out last year that my friend got me into solely based off of the premise he gave me. He called it ” a game where you are the bullet hell, ” which really stuck with me. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a bullet hell is a type of game in which projectiles fly at you in massive quantities from various directions, so the goal is to defeat enemies while avoiding damage in the most efficient way possible. I have played a few games in this category before, but I have never had the experience of being the bullet hell before, save from a couple of very broken runs in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. What sets this game apart though is that your character doesn’t attack at the click of a button. Instead, your character’s attacks are determined by the weapons that you equip them with during each stage. Killing monsters gets you experience points that you use to strengthen your weapons so you can keep up with the hordes of monsters trying to maim you like your last name is Belmont. I don’t think it is, but coincidences do happen. Your goal is to last as long as you can before the unstoppable horde overwhelms you.
The first thing to pay attention to is obviously the weapons, as they are your main way of attacking enemies. There are a bunch of different weapons, but they can be broken down into different categories. The first type of weapons fire at the closest enemy to you. The second type fires in fixed directions. The third type acts in a radius around you. The fourth type fires at random enemies. The last type, at least as far as I’m aware, requires you to move for it to activate. Now the last type is a little difficult to use, so it might be better to focus on the first four. There are six weapon slots available, so personally, I recommend that you use a mix of the first four weapon types. What I tend to use is one of the first and third types, and two of the second and fourth types. I tend to find it gives pretty decent coverage. However, there are two important things to take note of when picking weapons other than types. You also need to consider accessories and synergies.
Now in addition to gathering weapons, you can also gather accessories to help boost your specs in battle. They are mainly used to help you damage energy more efficiently or help you tank more hits. Just like with weapons, you can level them up to increase their usefulness. It is important to pick a balance between accessories that goes best with your playstyle and go well with your existing weapons. You see, there is a special feature where items will synergize with specific accessories to become more powerful versions of themselves. Some of them are listed at the beginning, but there are some you will have to find out on your own. To obtain a synergy weapon you need to fulfill three requirements. The first requirement is having the matching weapon and accessory pair. If you have all of the materials for a synergy then you will be able to use it automatically once the other requirements are met. The second requirement is that the weapon has to be at max level, which is usually level eight. The accessory does not have to be leveled up at all, it just has to be present. The final requirement is that you need to pick up an upgrade chest. Some enemies drop chests which can net you some money and increase the levels of your weapons and accessories. However, they can also allow you to upgrade your weapons if both of the previous conditions are met. Do note that some upgrades may act differently from their original forms.
I could talk more about this game, but I won’t because I’d rather be playing it right now instead. I’m not finished unlocking everything at the moment, partially because I don’t feel like looking anything up, but I am still having fun with it because it is so much fun to go from being a weakling to being an absolute menace on the battlefield. So, I’ll sign off for now and get back to it. I hope you consider checking it out though. It’s a pretty cool game for those who want a mixture of real-time strategy (RTS) with bullet hells. It’s not a combination most people would think about, so why not see if you find it fun and fight some monsters. I will say before I go that my preferred setup at the moment is the magic wand, the bible, the holy water, the lightning ring, the dual pistols, and the knife. Who knows if that will change later? For now, though, I’ll let the picture speak for itself.