In Blood Omen 2 you play the bad guy, but the vampires in the Legacy of Kain series are more likely to talk you to death than get around to chewing on your jugular. Blood Omen 2 is a sequel to the okay-ish original, whose greatest claim is that it spawned two much higher quality spin-offs, in the form of Soul Reaver 1 and 2. The original Blood Omen was a top-down, 2-D, with vaguely Zelda-esque RPG action that sold pretty much on the fact that you were the baddie and could run around drinking innocent people's vital fluids. This new game has the same concept, but because everything's in 3-D it comes across as nothing more than a poor man's Soul Reaver 2. Despite the fact that there's just as much combat in this game as Soul Reaver you're saddled with a very sluggish control system, and the puzzles have been made much less interesting--90 per cent of them involve pulling switches. The game is also incredibly linear and the graphics, although quite detailed in places, suffer from bad slowdown. In short, if you're a fan of the Legacy of Kain series buy Soul Reaver 2 on PS2 instead. If you can take or leave all the vampire nonsense then Star Fox Adventures is a much better entry in the hall of 3-D adventuring fame. --David Jenkins This review refers to the PlayStation 2 version.
- 400 years have passed since the vampire Kain damned the world in the original Blood Omen
- Now Kain finds his brethren slain and his dark powers stripped by a mysterious figure
- Reclaim rule and exact vengeance by dispatching armies of zealot soldiers in order to uncover the ominous plot that threatens the land
- As you develop a stronger, more skilled vampire, you are rewarded with dozens of dazzling in-game cinematic sequences