|A bloody good time|
Ever since sparkly heartthrobs became the next big thing, vampires have been bled dry in movies, television, books and games.
But that doesn't mean vampires weren't cool at one point, back when they would sooner rip your head off than let you climb on their back and go frolicking through the forest.
In memory of what vampires used to be, we present you with our favorite creatures of the night from video game history. (Note: We're not including Capcom or EA or anything like that. That's a whole different kind of vampire right there.)
This adorable young vamp packs a mean punch, usually relying on her cat and toys to do all the dirty work. Rachel has the ability to whip her opponents around with wind, too, making her a particularly tough opponent when played by a skilled fighter. She's also wickedly snobbish, but in a way that makes you love her.
While Oblivion's vampires aren't all that memorable themselves, what makes them worth mentioning is the fact they can actually bite you and change the way you have to play the game; extra skills, avoiding sunlight and all that jazz. Also, crafting a cure is a pain so, unless you really want to play as the undead, they're a monster best left alone.
Darkwatch had no business being as good as it turned out to be. In it, you play Jericho Cross, a tough-as-nails gunslinger dispensing lead justice in a steampunk Weird West. The guns are great, the controls are tight, the game looked good and the vampire abilities were fun to wield. First-person shooters that aren't part of an established franchise are seldom this entertaining.
While the DarkStalkers franchise isn't as mainstream as most fighters, it's still a solid series with lots of colorful monster-themed characters to beat the crap out of your friends with. Maximoff is a tall, powerful, brooding badass of a boss fight that does the vampire race proud.
Not many Final Fantasy characters have earned their own games and, while Dirge of Cerberus may not be the best action/shooter title out there, you can't deny that Valentine is an intriguing character with a story worth exploring. Plus, dude is packing some awesome weapons and mystic abilities, making him a great addition to any team of angsty, spiky-haired adventurers.
Okay no, Vamp isn't a real vampire, but he might as well be. The dude talks like a vampire, looks like a vampire, heals instantly after having his body riddled with bullets, and he can teleport across the room and rip your head off in the blink of an eye. He also has a thing for licking blood off his knives.
If you're a teenage dude, Rayne is likely one of the most recognizable video game characters out there, second only to Lara Croft. Along with being easy on the eyes, she also sports a pair of iconic wrist blades and a thirst for human blood that usually results in Nazis dying in horrible, horrible ways. She's sleek, sexy, and fierce as can be. What's not to like?
The son of Dracula, Alucard stars in one of the best PSX games of all time, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. He doesn't say much, but the guy certainly knows how to wield a few dozen weapons as if they were attached to his arm. He can also turn into a wolf, mist or bat, and he can cast spells with the best of them.
Kain's first appearance was basically a souped-up Zelda designed for adults. This legendary anti-hero is on a bloodstained quest for power and revels in the destruction of his foes. And unlike all those vampiric prettyboys out there, this dude truly looks the part of a centuries-old monster.
One of gaming's most legendary bad guys, Dracula lives up to his number one spot on this list by being a consistently brutal opponent with more tricks up his sleeve and devious dark powers than we can count. He's fast, big, mean, and offers some of the most grueling battles in gaming history. He's a final boss to remember, and we'll jump at any chance we get to put him back in his coffin for good.*
(*It's never actually for good.)