STAFF REVIEW of Blade 2 (Xbox)

Sunday, September 8, 2002.
by Tony Ingrassia

Blade 2 Box art Based on the movie charecter that spawned from a comic strip, Blade is a "Daywalker" a half breed vampire if you will. Work your way through levels killing other vampires with various unique weapons and your acrobatic skills. Power up your "Rage" to pull off some extra special mahem, and cap off your battles with some intense finishing moves. Another instalment into the Action/Horror genre, is it for you?? Good question.

This title's timing may have been a little off. With the realease of BVS a few weeks ago, that basically delivers the same game with a little more control and flair. Blade II has action, but nothing super interesting to seperate it from the pack. You get some hand to hand combat, with a questionable control scheme. (Using the right anolog stick to deliver your attack) It may suite some, but there is just enough of a learning curve that it may discourage some. There is a point system in place, so your goals are time & score driven. Bonus objectives, hidden goodies, etc...The coolest thing is probably the finishing moves, which play over a-la DTR disarm moves. There is enough to keep you plugging away in this one, but unfortunattly it's been done before and once you complete it, your pretty much going to look to shuffle this one out of your library. May appeal to those who were not smitten with Buffy, i highly recomend this title for a long weekend rental, you'll have a blast with it.

The graphics in Blade II are above average, again nothing to scream about as far as the XBOX capabilities. Some mediocre level disigns, but nice charecter representations and motion. Visual effects are pretty sharp, explosions and such. The finishing moves as i said earlier are reaaly nicelly done. Nothing earth shattering, but acceptable.

Ambient sounds are ok, the voice acting is pretty pathetic though. Obviouslly not the original charecters in this game, and the Blade trademark lines by Snipes lack any real "umph". The usuall fair as far as sound goes. Doesn't help or really hinder the game.

The game itself has is a great idea, it just lacks anything do make you want "This" game over others like it. Re-think the fighting system.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10


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