Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
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As Raziel, stalk the shadows of Nosgoth preying upon your former vampire brethren in your quest to destroy your creator- Kain. After being betrayed and executed by Kain, return to Nosgoth on an epic mission of revenge. A milestone in 3D adventure.
Feed on the souls of your enemies
Explore the vast 3D world of Nosgoth packed with 60 hours of gameplay
Shift real-time between the material and the spectral planes
Hunt 5 different tribes of murderous vampires with an arsenal of deadly hand-to-hand, projectile and environmental weapons.
Over 100 cinematics with 45 minutes of voice over deliver a dark, gothic story
Redeemer & DestroyerKingTed | Dec. 20, 2014 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Direct sequel of Blood Omen, Soul Reaver is probably the most famous and loved episode of the Legacy of Kain saga.
You are Raziel, oldest of Kain's vampire sons (and generals). You et your kin have conquered all of Nosgoth. The world is now a paradise for vampires where humans are nothing more than sheeps.
Howver, for the blasphemy of getting the power of flight before your father, you've been sentenced to death. In the Underworld, you are resurected as a sentient wraith and sent back to Nosgoth by the Elder God. Your mission : exterminate all vampires.
Soul Reaver is an excellent action/adventure game with a structure similar to The Legend of Zelda. You travel to the fortress of each Vampire Lord (Your brothers), fight enemies, solve puzzles and gain new vampire powers after killing the boss.
The game is old, but the atmosphere, gameplay, story are great. And it's not a short game.
Soul Reaver is a classic and one of my favorite games of all time.
It's a slow burn.T2RMunchen99 | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all T2RMunchen99's reviews »
I bought this having had no experience with the game (or the others in the series) before, and I must say I was quite impressed. The opening cutscene was quite breathtaking and really engaged me with the story. However, I think that the game is really, really slow in the beginning but as you progress it's quite spectacular. Combat is okay, there are really good ideas in there (such as having different methods of killing different enemies) but I think that on a keyboard it is a bit finincky. Also, the block puzzles for me really slowed it down, but thank goodness they were few and far between. Overall the experience was quite good, if you can hang in there.
You are weak, you must feedObsessor | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
Raziel, Kain, Nosgoth. If those doesn't tell you anything... Get this game ASAP! If you already know this soul sucking vampire, the more you should get acquainted with this title. This here is more than decent 3D platformer/beat 'em up. Quite like Tomb Raider, but with vampires, and gloomy dark fantasy settings. With some sick monsters lurking about.
I must mention the awesome music which is so good, always going in tune with what you see on the screen.
On the cons side - badly working camera. If you play with a keyboard like me, be prepared to hit 0 on the keypad, next to the arrows, to right the cam. But that's the only con of this game I can think of. Once again - amazing title.
So much NostalgiaJericho417 | July 26, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »
I played this game years ago and recently replayed it. While it shows its age, I still loved it. The story and background are rich and dark. The game uses puzzles that often involve moving and flipping blocks, but they're not particularly difficult. You often have to shift from the material world to the spectral, which alters the environment and enemies. Flat areas might turn jagged and sections of the wall might pop out and become a platform. Boss fights all require specific actions, such as pulling levers or shooting windows. Each boss you defeat, you devour their soul and claim their special ability as your own. You'll have to keep the games age in mind when looking at the graphics. It was released around 1999, but it has a nice aesthetic design. Possibly the best part of the entire game was the great voice acting and dialogue.
Maybe not as good as you remembertaigatsu | Feb. 10, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »
At the time of its original release, Soul Reaver stood out for its unique setting, tragic plot and well crafted gameplay. Disappointingly, its age has really started to show, and several hard to overlook aspects can make it hard to appreciate why it is remembered as a well regarded game. Its most obvious strength is the plot, an almost Shakespearan tale of betrayal and revenge, superbly brought to life by a brilliant cast. The world of Nosgoth is a bleak and strange one, and the possibilities of what lies beyond the game's borders evokes all manner of imagery.
Solving environmental puzzles by switching back and forth from the spectral realm is a clever mechanic, and unlocking new abilities lets you go back and explore previously unaccessible areas. Playing it today, many of these puzzles are still well done, if a bit unintuitive at times. The clunky movement and poor camera control do a considerable job detracting from enjoying the game, unfortunately. Time has not been kind to the graphics either; whereas some of its contemporaries managed an aesthetic that still hold up today, Soul Reaver's graphics do a poor job conveying the imaginative world that was envisioned for it.
It's easy to look back and remember Soul Reaver as a brilliant game, and truthfully, for its time, it was. It's a shame that I can't wholeheartedly recommend it any more.