I’m In Love With The Hot Vampire Man From Gungrave G.O.R.E.

I’m In Love With The Hot Vampire Man From Gungrave G.O.R.E.
Image: Gungrave G.O.R.E.

Gungrave G.O.R.E. was first announced way back in 2018 and has since suffered countless delays — but I’ve decided I would wait until the ends of the earth for its very hot protagonist.

As an aficionado of video game goths, I’ve already got a hearty collection. Dante, Nero, Virgil and V from Devil May Cry. Vampire Hunter D counts, if you remember he had his own PSOne adaptation. Then there’s characters like Jericho Cross from Darkwatch, Gabriel Belmont from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy.

They’re all great.

I’m not going to claim I have a monopoly on them, but boy do I love a good video game goth boy — which is why Gungrave G.O.R.E. resurfacing during the massive Koch Media-Prime Matter announcement has me so hyped.

Not much is known beyond some very early glimpses back in 2019 and some fresh artwork and teasers shared by Prime Matter. But it’s enough to get me excited. We’re in a sad dry spell for video game goths, and they’re well overdue a return to bloody action.

In the game, it looks like you’ll be playing as Beyond the Grave (yes, that’s a name) as you battle various criminals in the seedy underworld. In the early trailer, you can see many, many guns, flashy moves, slick CG and plenty of anime-style goodness.

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Image: Gungrave G.O.R.E.

Also, as mentioned: there’s a hot anime vampire man, too.

Unfortunately there’s no major updates on Gungrave G.O.R.E., but there’s still plenty of reasons to get excited. In the teaser shown off to media (which doesn’t appear to be online just yet), we got a brief glimpse at Beyond the Grave in action, complete with his arrival in an exploding coffin and him dispatching a whole platoon of evil goons.

Expect to see more wild, over-the-top, stupidly sexy antics from Gungrave G.O.R.E. whenever it finally launches.

You can check out the game’s early trailer here or tune into the Koch Primetime showcase on Saturday, June 12 at 5:00 a.m. AEST for more.

This is one game I absolutely have my eye on.


  • If you can find the companion anime (just titled ‘Gungrave’ – I can’t find a paid service that hosts it. Unpaid, however…) that released around the original game, you really should give it a watch. It starts out as a fairly mature coming-of-age story for orphan gangster-wannabes with ill-fated dreams, and it stays on that course right up to turning point where the utterly insane sci-fi juice hits, and takes on the madness of the PS2 game.

    If you do watch it, it should help grow your love for Beyond The Grave and his tragic backstory. You like The Crow, right? Get this… his previous name is Brandon. I feel like it’s an intentional nod.

    • I LOVE The Crow – I have an Eric Draven Hot Toy in pride of place in my room haha. I’m glad I give off this energy.

      Thanks so much for the anime rec, definitely going to check that out!! Definitely sounds up my alley.

    • The anime is a prequel to the original PS2 game (which is an absolute cracker of an early 2000s action game, just avoid the sequel). I have it on DVD and it’s pretty great (also Gungrave was created by Yasuhiro Nightow, who’s probably best known for creating Trigun, which shares a universe with Gungrave).

      Also, Beyond The Grave does have a real name (Brandon Heat, which is, let’s face it, pretty damn cool in itself), and he only gets the “Beyond The Grave” moniker after he dies and c0mes back to life.

  • Despite being wrong as usual about what is ‘hot’, as someone who has seen the old anime this interests me! Although the first half where it was purely a gangster story was the better half.

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