Blood Omen 2
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 9573
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Date N/A
Publisher Eidos
UK
Date 2002-03-28
Publisher Eidos
United Kingdom Retail Box ArtIt's probably for the best that Peter Cushing has already popped his clogs, because he really wouldn't like Blood Omen 2. Not only do 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 to worthiness is that it spawned two much higher quality spin-offs, in the form of Soul Reavers One and Two. The original Blood Omen was a top-down, 2-D, vaguely Zelda-esque action RPG 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 now 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% of them involve pulling switches. The game is also incredibly linear and the graphics, although quite detailed in places, suffer from some of the worst slowdown ever seen on the PS2. In short, if you're a fan of the Legacy of Kain series buy Soul Reaver 2 instead. If you can take or leave all the vampire nonsense then Ico or Jak & Daxter are much better entries in the hall of 3D adventuring fame. --David Jenkins
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