Review by AKishan

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 08/17/01

One of the best action/adventure games ever made.

Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain is the sequel to the Playstation adventure game Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. Although Blood Omen was an excellent game, Soul Reaver surpasses it in every way.

Gameplay: 10/10
Soul Reaver is a very fun game to play. Raziel has many inborn abilities such as gliding (on ruined wings), sneaking, crawling, pushing, pulling, lifting, and snacking (on souls). He also gains abilities and spells. However, the best features are combat and plane shifting.

The world of Nosgoth exists on two planes: the Material plane for the living, and the Spectral plane for the dead. Raziel, a being of the spectral plane, gains life slowly in this plane, which is home. Time stands still here. In the material plane, which can only be reached at portals, he slowly deteriorates, unless he has the Soul Reaver. Raziel can return to the spectral plane at any time.

Combat is the true gem of this game. At first, Raziel can only fight with his claws. He can pummel creatures into a groggy state with his swift fighting moves, but he can’t kill them. He can only kill them by throwing them into water, spikes, sunlight, or flames (deadly to vampires). Raziel can also pick up weapons, such as torches and spears. These weapons are wielded like claws, but with them in hand, Raziel will either impale (spear/staff) or burn (torch) his enemies to death. He can also throw his weapons with deadly accuracy Raziel can also throw rocks and jugs at enemies to knock them into dizziness.

The best weapon is the Soul Reaver. Once obtained, it is always in the spectral plane with him (unlike the other weapons. It is obscenely strong, has good range, and pops enemies when a fatal blow has been executed. You can baptize the Reaver with fire, and from them on, when the Reaver is passed through flame, it gains the power of fire.

The downsides to gameplay are the countless puzzles, some much too complicated. But with all the pluses, Soul Reaver's gameplay deserves a ten.

Story: 9/10
In the previous game, Kain, a nobleman, was assassinated and reborn as a vampire. He executed the nine wardens of the Pillars of Nosgoth, who had thrown the world into chaos. In Soul Reaver, Kain is the emperor of a dark Nosgoth. Shortly after overthrowing the wardens, he recruited six lieutenants: Raziel, Rahab, Turel, Dumah, Zephon, and Melciah. These lieutenants formed clans of vampires and overthrew the world. Then they began to evolve. Kain would always change first, followed a decade later by one of the lieutenants. A thousand years into this wicked empire, Raziel grew wings before Kain did, an act of blasphemy. And he was damned. Kain destroyed the wings and hurled Raziel into the Lake of Death, an execution grounds for traitors and enemies. After his death, Raziel was still tormented. But he was awakened and given a chance for revenge by the Elder. It seems that Kain’s empire was cutting back on the amount of souls which the Elder could consume. Raziel must now kill his five brothers and creator, Kain.

Sound: 10/10
The music, especially the theme song, is very good and the sound effects fit the mood. The voice acting surpasses even that of the original Legacy of Kain, which is a true feat.

Graphics: 10/10
The best graphics I have ever seen on a console system. Very, very well done and finely detailed.

Overall: 10/10
Overall, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is an excellent game, and if you like adventure games with puzzles, this game is for you.

Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 9/10
Sound: 10/10
Graphics: 10/10
Score: 9.75/10
GameFAQs Score: 10/10

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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