Hah. Have you been playing this game at all? This game is one of the few gems out there that allows you to play your character as you want it, you just need the statistics (they are done well, by the way), consider the fact that I've been able to persuade and charm everything in sight. The same thing can be done with intimidate, the fact that they went through the trouble of integrating a nosferatu PC, and the crazy text options for Malkavians shows a lot. If anything, this is a roleplaying game. The only problem I have with that is the problem with the main storyline: it's the only part in the game where I'm restricted, but it's a very important part. Graphically speaking this is one of the better games out there, full stop. I was talking more about the face renderings and such, though. Ranged isn't useless, you just need to put experience into it. I strongly disagree, and I can know, because I have played through the game: combat can be done very well, disciplines used tactically, you just need to put in the effort for it. I haven't had any of the problems you mention here. Get a better or different rig is probably your fix. Inventory management could've been done a bit better though, but you won't be using it much anyway. Sound problems: disable high-quality sound. The game does seem to have a couple of bugs, one that almost cost me my game, until I found a fix for it on the 'net.