Tsukihime's world of magic, vampires, and romance is beautiful and gothic in a way that few modern stories can replicate. Its sprites and backgrounds are clearly dated, and its music library pales in comparison to newer titles, but neither of these aspects hinder the experience at all. In fact, they ultimately contribute to what I consider Tsukihime's greatest strength: its atmosphere. The character interactions are interesting, and each of the routes rewards you with a different perspective on a small but complex supernatural scenario, centered on the Tohno Mansion. Its interpretation of magic is gritty, perhaps even more so than its successor, Fate, and the action sequences are climactic--and brutal.