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Offline Talyn82

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Favorite Hub?
« on: May 18, 2020, 06:25:20 pm »
What is your favorite hub in the game?  Mine is Santa Monica.  I personally like all the npc's in the game even the villains, but I really like the atmosphere and npc's in Santa Monica like Tourette, Knox, Bertram, Mercurio. I really like Tourette's backstory and was blown away by it when I first heard it. Plus for some reason I never suspected Therese and Jeanette to be the same person, since they are polar opposite's of each other. I like Knox and his aloof nature. I like how he almost blows your cover when you first meet him. Bertram is a Nosferatu so I like hime anyway. Mercurio like me is from NY and reminds me of people I've known growing up here.


So what is your favorite hub?




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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 06:40:18 pm »
Wonderful topic ! Can't believe we've never had this discussion before. From best to worst:


- Santa Monica
- Hollywood
- Downtown
- Chinatown


I agree with Talyn82, some of the best characters are in Santa Monica. To me though, it's a very serene but also sinister environment: there's the beach and the thinbloods just trying to chill but there's also The Asylum and the Ocean House Hotel. Chinatown was ok, I don't think there was a bad hub per se but I felt it was the one that didn't live up to its potential.



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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2020, 06:49:33 pm »
I agree with your ranking of best to worst.  Hollywood is my second favorite hub with memorable npc's like Isaac, VV, Andrei, the Noferatu, Romero, and even the thug you meet in the back alley.  Oh!  I forgot you also meet the greatest npc in gaming ever, Chunk in Santa Monica!
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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 06:58:23 pm »
Hail Chunk !

I think the Sheriff kills him in the end though, or is that just a random security guard he throws at you ?

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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2020, 07:38:02 pm »
Hail Chunk !

I think the Sheriff kills him in the end though, or is that just a random security guard he throws at you ?


I think that's a random security guard.  Cause the three times I've completed the game my Tremere and Toreador were forced to kill him.  My Malkavian though used Dementation on him.


What if Chunk is really Caine!  Most fans assume it's the cabby but Chunk has been there from the start, and he's always been there when you go to speak with LaCroix.
« Last Edit: May 18, 2020, 07:40:42 pm by Talyn82 »
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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 08:36:51 pm »
I once sucked Chunk's blood with my tremere girl... can't say she felt any different :rofl:

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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2020, 08:40:08 pm »
Hollywood is for me the best hub. It has the Nosferatu and Andrei. OK, it has also Vv, whom I really don't like, but Gorgeous Gary Golden balances that out. After that comes Downtown, it has some nice quests.
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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2020, 10:34:27 pm »
Hollywood is for me the best hub. It has the Nosferatu and Andrei. OK, it has also Vv, whom I really don't like, but Gorgeous Gary Golden balances that out. After that comes Downtown, it has some nice quests.


There's an interesting question now there. What exactly makes for a better hub ?

To me it's mostly about the environment itself and how the quests or characters help to enhance it. I like a lot of quests in Downtown but I don't know if they do much to make downtown itself distinctive or interesting. It does have the best theme though, and quite the amazing one.

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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 01:55:57 am »
In this case, time allowed to work on it.  Santa Monica was the only one that this happened to. 

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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2020, 02:13:29 am »
Yeah Downtown is pretty sweet.  I like to bug Damsel and talk to Jack.  I do like the villains like Jezebel, Brother Kanker, and Bishop Vick.  Also this may be an unpopular opinion but I like LaCroix as my Malkavian calls him the jester prince.  Plus my favorite part of Downtown is to see Caine *coughs* I mean Chunk. :taunt:
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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2020, 03:02:25 am »
I like Lacroix, he's a cool and pretty smart villain.


It's probably easy to dislike him as an individual though, but he's arguably less manipulative or just as much as Jack himself  :holy:


And speaking of manipulative people and hubs, I think the highlight of Chinatown was probably the Temple for me. It was one of the few moments I went "Woah" in regards to Chinatown itself.

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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2020, 03:56:50 am »
 @Highwayman667:  Yeah like I said I like all of the npc's even the villains.  As for Chinatown.  I didn't think it was that bad, though like you I would rank it low compared to the others.  Especially I like the two former hitmen they're hilarious, and the Chinese soldier who owns the shop where one could buy weapons.  He's also funny.  I just like the game in general lol.
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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2020, 08:02:03 am »
People and quests make for me the popularity of a hub. As a hub, I do like Grouts Mansion too. I like his tapes and the mansion is so wonderfully weird.

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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2020, 03:45:51 pm »
I guess everyone likes Santa Monica cos it is the only one finished locattion in the game, and in fact it is the only one where we truly feel atmoshphere of Masquerade, Kindred's politics, secrets etc. And we can solve problems there in our ways, no matter are we hacker, thief, diplomatic or warrior. In later levels there is 90% fighting
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Re: Favorite Hub?
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2020, 09:44:29 pm »
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I guess everyone likes Santa Monica cos it is the only one finished locattion in the game, and in fact it is the only one where we truly feel atmoshphere of Masquerade, Kindred's politics, secrets etc. And we can solve problems there in our ways, no matter are we hacker, thief, diplomatic or warrior. In later levels there is 90% fighting


Pretty much.


Mine are:


Santa Monica - for the reasons Wicih mentioned but also because I enjoy that "starting area" feeling, when you are a fledgling finding your feet, before you're caught up in momentous events.

Downtown and Hollywood are pretty evenly matched for me, I like both for similar reasons: I like the layouts, both have memorable locations and NPCs, and I enjoy both story arcs (the Plague Bearer and Andrei's machinations.)


Chinatown is where I often lose steam for my playthroughs because I know the game basically becomes a shooter after that.


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