STAFF REVIEW of BloodRayne 2 (Xbox)

Monday, October 18, 2004.
by Yellowlab

BloodRayne 2 Box art I really enjoyed the first BloodRayne game, despite it\'s flaws (mainly the lackluster graphics). I was overjoyed to find this sequel looks 10 times better than the first one. I was also pleasantly surprised to find many other improvements to this sequel. The level design and environments are much better. You\'ll find yourself fighting in such places as a zoo, mansion, train yard, downtown area, etc... Gone are those god awful \"plant\" levels from the first. The fighting engine and moves have been tweaked. The game feels much more balanced now and provides a greater challenge. It\'s not as hard as Ninja Gaiden, but those expecting the cake walk found in the original will be surprised to find this one is more challenging. Other than the groovy changes, it\'s pretty much the same bloody game. Rayne is a sexy, sexy half woman/vampire that hacks, slices, and sucks her way through the bad guys. It\'s got a plot about her trying to kill her family line, but that\'s not important. This game is all about the carnage.

There is no shortage of ways to dispatch your enemies. As in the first game, Rayne has her trademark silver blades attached to her arms. She no longer can pick up and use guns. Instead she has two permanent \"blood guns\" attached that can be fueld by your victim\'s blood. As you go along the guns get more powerful. She also has her harpoon. In the first game you could use these to harpoon your victim, draw them to you, and start sucking their blood (for health). I was slightly disappointed they changed this, and now you can only throw them. No more harpooning and sucking. Also, you can no longer attach yourself to victim\'s on the ground. Rayne does have a variety of special powers such as blood fury, super speed, freeze time, etc... that are gained as the game progresses. You have to make good use of all of these to get through the game. The level design is pretty much straight forward. Most of the levels were very well done. But, I must admit I\'m sick of every game ending up in the sewers at one time or another. It\'s always a boring, repetitive, and drab place. But, places like the zoo, bar, mansion, etc... make up for that one. Overall, BR2 takes about 11 hours to complete, and has about 32 levels.

There are a few CGI cut scenes that are tremendous. Rayne looks a lot better in this game when compared to the first. The environments also look solid. Very pleasing game to the eye, overall. Also, some very good character design all the way around.

The voice acting could be considered cheesy, but I loved it. There are some very funny lines, especially near the end. The rest of the sound effects and music were just right.

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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