A continuation from a very good game of Blood Omen, once again, this is the Legacy of Kain, but he's the villain this time around. I was amazed that even thought the platform for this game is ENTIRELY different than the preceding, that they kept the story from the first game, word for word.
The graphics for this game are jaw dropping. Character detail, generally is very good. (the only time it's poor is when it zooms in on Dumah's/Rahab's face - then it's extremely pixelated, but 10 seconds of pixilated FMV does little compared to the stunning graphics throughout the rest of the entire game)
As for the control of the game, it's ok - a lot like Tomb Raider, but I think it's better. While you do have Kain as an enemy this time around, you do have a new enemy - the camera. Nothing frustrates me more than lining myself up for a jump, and the instant I do, the camera swings around to the front of me, leaving me totally blind to where I'm supposed to land. Mastering the camera angle buttons takes some work, but once you get the hang of it, it's great.
It was however, quite frustrating, not quite knowing where to go next because half the time, the area that you were supposed to go next was a little room above your head - once again, it's the fault of the camera angles....
Naturally, you'd expect this to be a pure fighting game, but more or less, it's a puzzle game. Stacking blocks, pulling switches, etc. The fighting engine is a little repetitive, but it's not bad at all... the auto-aim is heaven where the camera is a nightmare. Most vampires need to be stunned before you can kill them (in whatever fashion), but it's neat because you can snipe. Throwing a staff or torch at an unexpected fledgling will kill them instantly - rewarding the slower sneak method.
One thing that surprised me on good note was the bosses!!! In Blood Omen, all the bosses were your size.... Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, you've got your brother's which are all HUGE compared to you (especially Zephon who is as big as a room - actually, he is the room)
Another good thing about this game, is that there is basically no load time except for the beginning when you load a game.
The music is good, but not quite as good as the first game. The sounds are a lot better - Blood Omen recycled a lot of sounds, this game doesn't really do that.
Overall, I started playing this game, and I was getting to hate it because of the camera angles, but after playing it for a little bit, I got hooked - now it's one of my favorite games.
PS1 Soul Reave Legacy Of Kain Review - 9/10
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8 January 2009
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