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The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
71
4.0
Windows
74
3.8
GameCube
66
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Description

Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, over 200 years the vampire Kain has assembled an army of vampires to take over the world of the humans. Fighting across Nosgoth, goal is to make his way to the great city of Meridian and take control of this stronghold. However upon reaching the gates of the city, the army is challenged by the Serafan Order, an organized force of vampire hunters and it's leader, the magical Serafan lord. Kain engages the Serafan Lord in single combat, and is struck down and defeated, Kain's sword, the Soul Reaver, is claimed by his enemy. Unconscious for 200 years, Kain awakes under the care of the vampire Umah to a world he barely recognizes. Having lost it's army, the vampires have been hunted down by the Serafan and only a few remain. The city of Meridian is ruled under martial law by the Serafan Order and demands great things of it's citizens. Strange "Glyph magic" is used to power machines and fuel industry, but at the same time is deadly to vampires and used as wards throughout the city. Kain swears vengeance on the opponent who defeated him and seeks to reclaim his place as ruler of the vampires.

The Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 is a third person action game with adventure elements, more similar in perspective to Soul Reaver than the first Blood Omen game. The player controls from behind Kain's shoulder and can move him in different directions, attack, jump, use "dark gifts" and grab on to ledges. Kain's life energy steadily depletes and must be replenished constantly by drinking blood. Blood is found by consuming any living creature nearby, often requiring defeating an enemy through combat first. As Kain consumes blood, his meter is filled up. Once full, Kain gains additional health. Kain also learns new dark gifts throughout the game, by defeating boss creatures. Some gifts include: the ability to blend into mist, fire projectiles, use projectile telekinesis or make a great horizontal leap. Many of these abilities can be used to perform "stealth kills" which will instantly defeat a foe. Kain will fight using his bare hands, or by picking up daggers, swords, axes and other weapons. These weapons all attack differently, eventually breaking, and can also be thrown at enemies from afar.

The Serafan use Glyph magic, partially because it is deadly to vampires. Kain will often encounter areas where he is barred from progress because of Glyph barriers and must find a way around them. Additionally, glyphs function similar to electricity in that they power machines and switches. Many of the puzzles featured in Blood Omen 2 involve needing to create a glyph "circuit" in order to deliver power to a specific point. Glyph energy glows as it travels down it's connection, allowing the player to see exactly where the energy spark is.

Screenshots

The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Kain fails to notice the subtle nipple slips from her fellow vampire.
The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Boss fight
The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Moving boxes and large objects is a long-standing tradition in CD's games.
The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Magical barriers prevent vampires from reaching sensitive areas.

Alternate Titles

  • "Наследие Каина. Blood Omen 2" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Great atmosphere, hit-and-miss gameplay PlayStation 2 Krellan (11)
A minor installment on the Legacy of Kain series, but one hell of a fun game anyway. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
Who cares if it's not the classic Legacy of Kain stuff? Windows chirinea (33559)
Toto, you're not in Soul Reaver 2 anymore. Windows munchner (11)
Blood Omen 1 and Soul Reaver - Difficulty: Nightmare. Blood Omen 2 - Difficulty: Mother Goose. Get the picture? Windows Indra is here (19699)
You're a blood-sucking vampire, what more could you want? Well, better frame rates. PlayStation 2 Jon_Talbain (15)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus GameCube Mar, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Gameguru Mania PlayStation 2 May 20, 2002 82 out of 100 82
Game Over Online PlayStation 2 May 08, 2002 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) GameCube Dec 16, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Joystick (French) Windows Jun, 2002 78 out of 100 78
VicioJuegos.com PlayStation 2 Jan 09, 2010 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 21, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
IGN GameCube Jan 14, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Yiya Windows May 28, 2002 9 out of 15 60
GameSpy GameCube Jan 06, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Despite the depiction of Kain holding the sword known as Soul Reaver on both the game's cover art and it's title screen, in fact Kain is LACKING the Soul Reaver, having it taken from him before the game even begins.

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