The game is going to begin with an interesting cut-scene. You'll be playing as Van Helsing, famous vampire hunter. Listen to what our main hero has to say about possible ways to get rid of these creatures. The second part of his speech is far more important, because he'll tell you which methods he prefers himself. Maria will arrive at Van Helsing's office. The main character won't allow her to enter the room. Instead, he'll order her to slip the documents under the door. You will receive two items - a letter from Jonathan Harker and a newspaper (screen).
Both of these items are going to be added to your inventory automatically. You can find them in the DOCUMENTS section. Start off by reading the letter from J. Harker. It can't be fitted on a single page, so you'll have to use the arrow buttons to open other pages. Once you've read it, press the right mouse button or the ESC key to close this window. Next up, you'll have to read a newspaper clip - News Times, Thursday, September 8, 1898.
You should be transported to Mina's apartment automatically, so you won't have to choose this area of London manually. Listen to the conversation. You'll be allowed to choose a topic after a few initial statements. Ask mina what's going on. You'll find out that a sister of one of her maides was attacked and brutally murdered. Also, you'll find out that one of local newspapers has an article about the attack. Wait for this conversation to end, because that's when Mina is going to leave the room, allowing you to look around. You should know that you can review this conversation by using your diary and opening the DIALOGUES section. The same goes with all other conversations you'll have in the future.
There are many interactive objects inside Mina's apartment and you can approach them in any order. I would recommend that you start exploring the room from the right. Click on an armchair and you'll receive a second newspaper clip -The Courier. Thursday, September 8, 1898. I'd strongly recommend that you read this article and listen to what Van Helsing has to say about its content. You can also take a look at the vase, however it's optional.
Don't click on any of the doors, because you aren't allowed to leave this room just yet. Instead, focus your attention on a small table. Start off by clicking on a pile of newspapers (first hotspot from the right). You'll be presented with a close-up view. Your task here will be to choose a correct newspaper by clicking on it (screen). Once this is done, open your inventory and read the article -News Times. Tuesday, September 6, 1898.
You'll also find two other important items on the table. Start off by collecting a fourth newspaper -Daily Big Mirror, Thursday, September 7, 1898. Obviously you should consider reading the article, because it's as important as the other three. Once this is done, pick up a photo of Jonathan Harker. You may proceed to the lower area of the screen (screen). Wait for the game to change views and familiarize yourself with this side of the apartment. Approach the curtain and click on it. You'll be presented with a map of London. Wait for the game to zoom in on the map.