Legacy of Kain: Defiance focuses much more on combat as Kain and Raziel confront hordes of monstrous enemies in fierce, fast-paced battles. The completely "revamped" combat system promises to be accessible, responsive and satisfying, allowing for non-stop action and thrilling combo moves unique to each character. The inclusion of the new "telekinesis" feature plays a fundamental role in not only deepening the combat system, but level and puzzle progression as well. A redesigned in-game camera offers dynamic views of both the action and breathtaking environments.
To bring the newbies up to speed, Legacy of Kain follows Vampire tyrant Kain and his vengeful prodigy Raziel as they battle for supremacy across time and space in a mythical world of supernatural mystery. Both protagonists wield an ancient sword, the Soul Reaver - Kain's is the physical body of the sword, while Raziel is fused to the spectral essence of the mighty blade. The time sorceror Mobius has cast both vampires back into the past, to the roots of Nosgoth's history, and it is here that we pick up the latest chapter.
Soul Reaver is a 3D action adventure in which players alternately assume the roles of Raziel and Kain. Each character is unique in that Kain requires blood to keep his health up, while Raziel, a spectral vampire, requires souls. To this end each vampire has a unique repetoir of combat and finishing moves to dish out on enemies, such as Kain sinking his fangs in his dizzied victim's throat. In addition, both characters are able deploy complex sword combos, as well as magical powers in combat - one that looks particularly satisfying is the ability to telekenetically pick up and hurl opponents off of cliffs, or into nearby spikes, impaling them. Indeed, much of the focus for this game is an overhauled combat system, and the player will often find themselves attacked by multiple foes.
In keeping with the traditions of the series, there will also be plenty of mind-bending puzzles to deal with. Raziel is capable of shifting between the living and spectral worlds, and in each environment is able to achieve different things to solve a puzzle.... Read more ›
Previous reviews have said it all so I won't repeat them - this is superb.
The Soul Reaver story tells the tale of Raziel and Kain. Raziel was the focus of the previous game, a former vampire turned vampire soul devourer seeking revenge against his former lord, Kain. The twisty turny story so far has seen him follow his quest as instructed by the ancient god, to questioning his past and his future. While jumping through time he learns that perhaps Kain isn't quite the villian he once though, and the righeous human crusaders and the ancient God are perhaps not the saviours of Nosgoth. This game takes on a new twist, you switch between different stories, Kain as he looks to escape from the cycle of destiny that eventually leads to him destroying Nosgoth, and Raziel as he tries to escape his destiny to become the soul trapped within the spirit blade, the Soul Reaver.
That just about scratches the surface of the story, which spans several hundreds of years through time travel and paradoxes. Its worth investigating the previous games just to know how you arrive at this point. Defiance doesn't leave you in the dark if you've not played the series before, the wicked cut scenes play out the story to gripping effect.... Read more ›
I have played all the legacy of Kain games BLood Omen 1&2 and Souold Reaver 1&2. When Soul Reaver 2 was released, I was hoping to find out what the deal was with Kain and Raziel. But no. It just raised more questions.
But, after waiting for what feels like a lifetime, all my questions have finally been laid to rest.
This gave is a must for those of the Legacy Of Kain Series. It finally gives you a proper ending, not one which has a big ? on it.
As for the game itself, I loved the new feeding abilities, especially Kains. The fighting system make you almost search out for bad guys so splatter, more so when you get the combos.
In all, this is a brilliant game. It gives a wealth of information on the story so far, and carries the Legacy Of Kain series very, very well. I can only hope there is another soon.
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