elcome back to another exciting segment where we take a glimpse into some of the most exciting and iconic games that have made a mark in history, and some of the hidden gems of the retro era.
Let's get things rolling with legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver for the PlayStation 1. This game was released in a bygone age when vampires were still vicious single minded monsters that owned the night and went on the constant prowl for human blood, not the sparkling adolescent fairies that prance around in the sunlight or the adolescent werewolves sweeping night school girls off their mortal feet.
Soul Reaver tells the story of the vampire turned wraith Raziel. After the lord vampire Kain performs a dick move and does you in, you are revived by the elder god - not that that's much of an improvement as you are now his personal slave forever. Ready at his beckoning call, at least you get a cool name out of it - Soul Reaver. Also there an enough down time in the Soul Reaver business to exact some ice cold revenge on your former master.
The cut scene making of Soul Reaver is mind blowing. It shows that the world can tell stories in a cinematic way with top notch voice acting and a great musical score. Soul Reaver really demonstrates the power of this CD ROM based PlayStation game. The world in Soul Reaver is also really impressive. You are thrown into a fully realised universe filled to the brim with dark details and brooding atmosphere. Raziel can shift from the spiritual to the material world and in real time, this feature plays a huge role in solving some of the many puzzles encountered. By waiting between the two realms you can open up new paths and overcome all manners of challenges. It’s a neat mechanic that adds a lots of depth to the story and the character.
Combat in Soul Reaver is all about hacking and slashing your way through hired of monsters, demons, and vampires. You can chain combos together, use different weapons and execute enemies with brutal finishers. The fighting can get a little repetitive on times as the game loves to throw hoard upon hoard of enemies at you. However, you can keep things interesting by weighting weapons and mixing combat style.
The tail end of Soul Reaver is a major down side to this otherwise awesome game, you can clearly tell that the developers were rushing this bit in order to get the game in stores. Environments become closed off and the story ends in a very unsatisfying way, the lack of closure to Raziel’s story will leave you unsatisfied and it is a blemish on this somewhat spotless title. There is no doubt that Soul Reaver is one of the finest action titles to ever appear on the PlayStation. It has a cool universe and a fantastic voice acting, and the ability to swap between realms to solve puzzles is just awesome.