Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Review

Information At A Glance
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a Dreamcast game in the Adventure genre. The game was published by Eidos Interactive and developed by Crystal Dynamics. The game has an ESRB Rating of M (Mature 17+) and was released on 2000-01-27. The game's official site can be found at www.eidos.com.

Overall Game Ratings

Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.0
Gameplay 8.0
Replay Value 6.0
Enjoyability 8.0
Overall 8.0
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Soul Reaver = Tomb Raider with Vampires, but it has a much, much better story


User Ratings

Graphics 9
Sound 8
Gameplay 8
Replay Value 6
Enjoyability 8
Overall 8

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Soul Reaver is the second game in the Legacy of Kain series. It features Raziel, a fallen soldier who was punished by Kain. Kain tore his wings off and sent Raziel falling into the abyss. The game is about Raziel's journey back to Kain to seek his revenge. The story itself is much more detailed and convoluted than what I have presented, but to try explaining all of the intricacies would take a really long time so I won't even attempt to do that here. Suffice it to say, the story itself is amazing and is almost as good as the story in the original Blood Omen Legacy of Kain.

The graphics in the game are amazing – everything moves at a smooth frame rate despite the wonderfully textured models and the breathtaking special effects. The game itself plays mostly like Tomb Raider with vampires – which is understandable seeing as both games were published by the same company and there was likely a sharing of assets between its developers. The puzzles themselves are much more complex than those in the Tomb Raider series. The environments in the game are huge and awe-inspiring, and the game constantly rewards you with new techniques and abilities to master.

I loved everything about this game – except for the ending. After all of the build up throughout the entire game, I still can't believe what a letdown the ending was – luckily, its all explained in future installments of the series :). Also, if you have the choice between the Playstation version and the Dreamcast version of the game, choose the Dreamcast version – it has much better graphics and a much more stable frame rate.


Review Posted By binoo On 2011-04-18 At 23:06:25

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