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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
85
3.9
Windows
81
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Description

Following the events in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Raziel discovers a way back through time and encounters one of the Circle of the Nine, Mobius the timestreamer. Mobius urges Raziel to continue his quest for revenge and destroy the vampire lord Kain. Raziel reluctantly agrees and heads off to discover the knowledge and weapons that will allow him to achieve his goal.

Soul Reaver 2 is a third-person action game with puzzle-solving and some platforming elements, similar to the previous installment. The game world is viewed from behind Raziel's shoulder; the player can move him in any direction, climb, attack, swim, jump and use specific abilities. Raziel retains his special moves from the previous game, which include gripping onto the sides of ledges, climbing walls, and gliding downwards with his torn wings. Like in the predecessor, Raziel can travel between the material world and the spectral realm at will, gaining access to new areas by exploiting distortions that existing between the mirrored worlds. As before, he must drain the souls of his enemies to prolong his existence in the material realm.

Raziel no longer gains abilities from absorbing great souls and instead must imbue his Soul Reaver weapon by activating certain elemental temples. Once activated, various "elemental fonts" can be used to charge the Soul Reaver to specific attributes. Raziel can arm himself with a variety of other weapons including daggers, swords, axes, spears as well as the Soul Reaver and bare-handed claws.

Unlike the previous game, Soul Reaver 2 is linear and follows specific paths through different areas. Raziel cannot return to certain areas once he has left them behind. The game features diverse puzzles, often involving blocks or manipulation of different devices. One common theme is "light puzzles" where Raziel must reflect light, using mirrored objects, so that they touch switches or objects which require activation.

Screenshots

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows This is the material realm...
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows Yeah - this is me
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows Raziel looks down the hall at an unsuspecting guard.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows In the castle

Alternate Titles

  • "ソウルリーバー2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Linear, but still good fun to play! PlayStation 2 Reborn_Demon (124)
Dramatically improves upon the original, but loses quite a bit in the way... Windows Zovni (9360)
Continue Raziel's journey into the deep secrets of Nosgoth's history... when perfection gets even better. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
An amazing piece of game with stunning graphics... Windows Eldarwen Taralom (3)
A narrow, one way alley, but it's great to play and there are no block puzzles! Windows munchner (11)

The Press Says

UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Jan 21, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Mar 29, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Jan 02, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Jan 22, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania PlayStation 2 Feb 08, 2002 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Jan 14, 2002 87 out of 100 87
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Windows Dec 10, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Super Play PlayStation 2 Dec, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Dec 05, 2001 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

Although the game was released before the movie "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring", there's a reference to it, or at least a big coincidence.

When Raziel is heading back to the Serafan Stronghold, after Janos Audron's death, as he reaches the pillars, 3 demons block his way. These demons are very similar to the Balrog in LOTR, but without wings. One of them turn to Raziel and say "You shall not pass!", just like Gandalf says to Balrog in the movie!

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