Recently I played a bunch of Vampire Rain: Altered Species (PS3) matches with my friend TheBP. However, instead of playing the standard deathmatch like we normally do, I suggested we try the other modes to see how they play. So we did, and I was surprised because we ended up playing a bunch of modes I didn't know existed! That's because TheBP has the Japan version of the game, and it includes a lot of download content not available in the US version which I have. That content includes extra time trial missions for single player, and for multiplayer there's extra character skins, maps, and modes. He put our matches on YouTube so you can see what the other modes look like.
First is Death or Nightwalkers. It's similar to deathmatch, except that you can turn into a Nightwalker at any time and remain as one until you're killed. Also, the amount of points you earn vary depending on what state you and your opponent are in when you score kills. Nightwalkers earn fewer points than humans because of their ability to run fast, jump high, and kill opponents with a single melee attack. I noticed that for our match, TheBP made Nightwalkers slower to make it more fair. Death or Nightwalkers is available in all versions of Vampire Rain.
Next is Nightwalker Hunt. In this mode one player begins as a Nightwalker and must kill humans to survive. If the Nightwalker player is killed by another player, then they revert to being a human and the other player becomes a Nightwalker. However, the higher a Nightwalker's score is, the slower they run. This mode is only in the Japan version.
Next is Dog It, which I didn't do well in because I jumped right in without reading the rules. All you have to do is be near the robot to score points. Dog It is only in the Japan version.
The next mode is Team Destroy, another mode I didn't understand until after I played it. The mode is played in two phases, the first one called Dark Sun, the other called Bloody Moon. In the first phase the host is a Nightwalker and the other player is a human. The human's job is to defend the robots from the Nightwalker, who's out to destroy them. In the next phase, the players' roles are reversed. The Nightwalker who takes the shortest time to destroy the robots in their phase is the winner. Team Destroy is only in the Japan version.
Next is Checkpoint Chase. The object of this mode is to get all the checkpoints before your opponents. You can get the checkpoints in any order, but since I wasn't familiar with this mode I ended up getting them alphabetically. Checkpoint Chase is only in the Japan version.
And finally, there's Capture the Flame. All you have to do is get the flame and keep it to score points. Capture the Flame is available in all versions of Vampire Rain.