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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
89
4.0
PSP
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3.8
Dreamcast
84
4.0

User Reviews

What An Epic! PlayStation Zsolt Pardi (60)
Behold the corruption of the once beautiful land of Nosgoth... awesome storyline and the most imaginative puzzles I can recall. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
"I will devour your Soul, you helpless little gamer!!!" Windows Zovni (9355)
The butcherized and bastardized sequel to Silicon Knights' classic, but it actually ain't that bad. Windows Radoslaw Koncewicz (7)
" A chapter in a series of Masterpieces... " PlayStation Decrepify (2)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 34 4.0
PlayStation 36 4.0
PlayStation 3 1 4.0
PSP 2 3.8
PS Vita 2 3.9
Windows 48 3.8
Combined MobyScore 123 3.9


The Press Says

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100
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While many titles attempt to boast a host of new innovations, Soul Reaver delivers on its braggadocio with an amazing mix of fighting, puzzle-solving, and platform style action and adventure. The only PlayStation titles that come even remotely close to being this immersive and enjoyable in my experience is the Resident Evil family, but even they lack the sheer depth and playability of Raziel’s quest. While the appeal of becoming an angel of death may not strike home with some, most players will really be able to sink their teeth into this one. Don’t think twice about it, buy this bloody masterpiece if given the chance. Rest assured it’s good to the last drop.
99
PlayStationPlaystation Illustrated
This one is mechanics candy, as well as eye candy. You have the ability to grab weapons off of the walls to attack your enemies. You can burn them, lure them into sunlight, pick them up and impale them on spikes, run them through and impale them on your spear, you can move huge stone blocks almost effortlessly... and the 'morphing' engine is beautiful. Then you have the 'streaming' engine... which keeps you from seeing the load times. Even the detail put into eating souls and the handling of the life meters in the spectral and temporal worlds - all point to a well developed, extremely functional game.
96
WindowsGamezilla
Look out Lara Croft, Raziel has taken over the neighborhood. From the first moment I loaded the game I knew I was going to love it. The graphics were spectacular and the gameplay was flawless. I only found a couple of problems in the game: first, the save game feature was a little annoying but after playing with it for awhile I realized that it was actually nice to have teleporters for traveling around the land. Second, there isn’t any multiplayer support, but then again Tomb Raider never had any either and look how well that did in the stores. Lastly, the ending! How can you end a game that is this good? Personally I would have made enough levels so that the consumer could play for at least 24 months. So what if the game would have to fit on 47 CDs, I would build a new room on my house to accommodate them. I mean c’mon now, I have to sit around and wait for the sequel?
96
PlayStationPower Unlimited
Soul Reaver is pure klasse. Het is een must voor iedereen die ook maar een kleine zwak heeft voor fantasy action of vampieren. Deze game komt bij mij in de kast te staan naast Metal Gear Solid en Tekken 3.
96
PlayStationPSX Extreme
Soul Reaver is like a mix of Resident Evil, and Tomb Raider, and a little bit of Mortal Kombat Special Forces. If you are having second thoughts about Soul Reaver, then I must say you do not know what you are missing.
95
PlayStationJeuxvideo.com
Un must ! Soul Reaver combine à merveille jouabilité, ambiance et beauté. Caméra intelligente et mouvements complexes montrent aussi que les programmeurs ne se sont pas juste attachés à faire un jeu beau, ce qui est malheureusement souvent le cas. Moi, je vous le dis, Lara Croft n'a qu'à bien se tenir !
95
WindowsG4 TV: The Electric Playground
Slick, darkly seductive, involved, engrossing, moody. Violent and Gory. Cool.
94
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has been a long time in the making but after witnessing the final product all I can say is it was well worth the wait. With drop dead graphics, haunting sound effects and non stop action it will leave you in a similar state last experienced with the original Tomb Raider. This game is going to be another massive hit for Eidos and is a natural progression for the development team of Crystal Dynamics. I knew they had a classic in their blood after Pandemonium and Gex 3.
93
DreamcastNetjak
Remember the good ?ole days of Bonk, Karnov and Final Fight? The days of huge, menacing end level bosses? Well the good times are back. Not only are they massive, but also darn near impossible. Yup, old school is back and better than ever. Avenge your death, increase your power and prepare yourself for a journey of destruction of Biblical proportions.
93
PlayStationIGN
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is the ongoing history of a vampiric dynasty, and it's told with an amazing sense of vision and imagination that's rarely been seen in any game. Every aspect of this game - sound, atmosphere, gameplay, design, and especially the use of language - is saturated with a foreboding dark wrath, intelligence, and plodding, plodding details. The game world (and engine) is so evolved, Raziel, the protagonist, can shift from a spiritual to the material world, while columns, cliffs and the ground under your feet actually alter in shape -- in realtime. Soul Reaver, like Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid before it, is a complete world, a near-perfect realization of a concept that's never been achieved with such clarity and ambition.
92
WindowsIGN
One of most brooding, broad and bloody adventure games of the year is finally here.
91
DreamcastIGN
I never thought that I'd see competition for Shadow Man this soon. After all, Shadow Man had every thing I was looking for: action, suspense, cool graphics, and an awesome soundtrack. And then Soul Reaver came along. While Shadow Man has terrifically-disturbing images and stories worthy of awards and accolades, Legacy of Kain takes everything that makes the horror genre compelling and improves on it in nearly every way. Ending aside (what's wrong with a cliff-hanger now and then?), Kain is easily my favorite Dreamcast game so far, and is a great choice for your growing collection.
91
PlayStationGaming Age
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is definitely a terrific game. Right after popping in the CD, and viewing the introduction, you will know that this is something special. Bring on Legacy of Kain 3!
91
PlayStationJust RPG
Overall, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a great action-adventure game. Whether you're a fan of the action-adventure genre, or just love vampires, Soul Reaver is a highly recommended game. With an exciting story, unique gameplay, and excellent presentation, you can't go wrong with Soul Reaver.
90
DreamcastEurogamer.net (UK)
Almost everything about this title oozes quality. From the flawless voice acting to the maddeningly addictive rolling block puzzles, Soul Reaver is a showcase to how great third person gaming can be. The intelligent storyline, chillingly dark plot and stunning visuals form an action adventure game that is currently without peer on any platform. Buy it, play it and savor every evil minute, this kind of game doesn’t happen very often, make sure you don’t miss out.
90
PlayStationGamesCollection
Soul Reaver prosegue in maniera magistrale la storia del predecessore. Le differenze nel gameplay non minano la natura della serie, anzi è la doverosa risposta al passaggio del tempo, la giusta evoluzione della saga, che riesce nel contempo a portare un vento di novità nel panorama adventure con molte idee originali. Una storia appassionante, un protagonista carismatico e un comparto tecnico di alto livello creano una miscela esplosiva, un capolavoro che lascia il segno.
90
PlayStationGame Critics
Soul Reaver brushes with perfection but falls short. It's got the visual and aural punch that sets it apart from other games right off the top and Soul Reaver is just an outstanding realization of its creators' imaginations. It holds the conceptual edge over most games period, but it had just enough holes in the final product to lose points. All in all, it was an excellent product and for Crystal Dynamics to come so close to getting it right is a triumph in and of itself. It is a "must-play" for any surly gamer who's "seen it all" or have been burned by the empty promises of other games.
90
PlayStationOfficial U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
...As far as I'm concerned, even at its worst this cerebral adventure puts every other game in the genre to shame. Try it.
90
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Soul Reaver, c’est d’la balle, comme on dit aujourd’hui quand on est « in »… ! :) C’est une grande aventure, un grand jeu d’action, un grand jeu de rôle aussi… ; oui car on y croit à ce jeu, on est DANS le personnage ! Plongez-vous dans ce monde et vous en reviendrez changé…
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Soul Reaver confirme donc ses qualités sur PC : ambiance gothique et graphismes grandioses. Cependant, l'adaptation pure et simple du système de commandes ne se prête pas très bien au clavier du PC et de légères modifications auraient pu être apportées. Une bonne manette ou un apprentissage studieux vous permettront quand même de passer un très bon moment devant ce hit signé Crystal Dynamics.
90
WindowsGame Vortex
If Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver were longer and if there weren’t quite as many graphical glitches, it would be gaming perfection. As it is, get it anyway -- you won’t regret it. It’s good, macabre fun.
90
WindowsTotalVideoGames (TVG)
Obviously when Soul Reaver comes out on PC you know the graphics and speed is going to be a lot better, the textures are bound to look sharper, the sound will be of a higher quality because there is more ram to work with and the lighting effects will be stunning. Yeah well maybe that's not the case this time. The graphics are simply stunning however they are not that much different from the PlayStation, of course you can get a higher resolution etc, but as the PlayStation version simply was stunning for the spec of the machine there is very little difference.
90
WindowsGamePro (US)
Unlike movies, computer game sequels are usually better than their predecessors. Most game designers aim to retain what made the original so sought-after while updating graphics, adding options and applying feedback. Fortunately, this is the case with Crystal Dynamics' Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
90
DreamcastGameSpot
Soul Reaver is a deep game possessed of myriad impressive little touches.
90
PlayStationGameSpot
Crystal Dynamics' long-awaited sequel to Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is a far different animal from its predecessor.
88
DreamcastNowGamer
The definitive version of this rather tasty vampire-killer – add this to your collection and save your soul, brother!
87
PlayStationVicioJuegos.com
Legacy of Kain es un juego que les dejará un buen sabor de boca a todos aquellos jugadores que decidan darle una oportunidad por diversas razones como son el carisma del protagonista, el argumento, la ambientación y la combinación de dos mundos para sortear los peligros y continuar el camino. Podría haber sido un juego excelente dada sus capacidades para absorber a todo aquel que se aventure en el mundo de Nosgoth, pero tiene puntos negativos que reducen la experiencia como una mala posición de la cámara que hará que los jugadores puedan desesperarse mientras controlan a Raziel. Tampoco agrada que el final sea abierto y que siga en su tercera y última parte. Quienes les perdonen estos errores se encontrarán ante un juego que a pesar de los años mantiene el listón muy alto en todos sus apartados y que justifica con creces su compra.
87
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Soul Reaver is zeker een topper. Door het derde persoonsstandpunt laten Crystal Dynamics en Eidos echter de fans van Blood Omen in de steek, maar zullen ze een hele resem nieuwe fans - oude Tomb Raider-fans - voor zich winnen. Ik ben alvast verkocht aan dit spel, en ik hoop maar dat ik het uitgespeeld krijg voor de nieuwe Lara Croft aan mijn deur komt kloppen (Nvdr: in your dreams boy...).
87
DreamcastGaming Target
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a great game and one that combines puzzles action and adventure in to one. It's a little bit of a letdown with low replay value and a bad ending, but don't let that put you off this is one of the most original games for the Dreamcast and is excellent in almost every way. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a worthy addition to any games collection.
85
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is one of the Dreamcast's first fantasy adventure games. It offers a murderously good story and innovative action. Had Eidos updated the models to a higher polygon count and perhaps tweaked the gameplay a little bit, it may have contended for game of the year. Even with the dated player models, it's still one devilishly good game.
85
WindowsGamesmania
Pro: Gute Story mit toller Grafik...
Contra: ... und miserabler Speicherfunktion.
Fazit: Soul Reaver macht Spaß, sieht toll aus und bringt jede Menge Atmosphäre mit.
85
PlayStationGame Critics
Is there life after death? Well, according to fiction and pop-culture, there most certainly is. For as long as we've known, tales of the undead have permeated through our society in the forms of Nosferatu, Dracula, and Tom Cruise. It's gotten to the point where society readily accepts the notion of the undead, which leaves writers now pondering how to go beyond this passe notion, in hopes of re-igniting public interest and dollars. So, in their latest creation, Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver, Crystal Dynamics seems to have caught the scent of a new trail, which they believe will lead them to a new promised land of riches.
84
WindowsGameSpy
A solid take on a third-person adventure game that shows that vampire games don’t have to suck.
83
PlayStationSuper Play
Soul Reaver är ett ojämt spel som bör testas av den potentielle köparen som inte kan genren. Hardcorefans av vampyrstuff kan dock köpa det utan att bli besvikna.
82
WindowsGameSpot
While Soul Reaver starts strong, its gameplay gradually wears thin and ultimately falls short of the game's high ambitions.
81
WindowsGamer's Pulse
While Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is neither a faithful sequel, nor a ground-breaking game, it offers a great amount of originality and fun game play. While the puzzles bear close resemblance to many other games, they have enough difference and ingenuity to make them stand apart from the crowd. The action is on par with most FPS and fighting games, reminding me a great deal of the gothic action game Nightmare Creatures released a year or so ago. With impressive graphics, great sound, and a solid story, Legacy of Kain is definitely worth investing your time and money into.
81
WindowsGame Over Online
The storyline of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is excellent and will definitely appeal to fans of the last Kain title. The graphics are much improved and though blocky at times, are more than adequate and do enhance the dark atmosphere of Nosgath as well as the darker atmosphere of the spectral realm. The one major drawback of the title is the camera movement. Though it's automated and follows the character (ala Tomb Raider), several times it rotates to an angle in front of Raziel and you can't see where you're going or what's ahead. This can be very confusing, especially when precision jumping is involved. There are however zooming and panning keys. The combat system is great and reminds me of days of yore when games such as Quest for Glory II offered the same style of battles. This game is definetly more for intermediate players as some of the puzzles can be rather taxing.
80
DreamcastAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While Soul Reaver starts off slow, it eventually picks up momentum and provides a flawless pace. While the game looks great, it’s incredibly challenging underneath the dazzling eye-candy. Its intense plot and intricate storyline immerse you in the action and keep you motivated. Despite sliding into excessive switch pulling and block pushing, this is still a solid release offering an excellent balance of combat and puzzle-solving. While there are some major problems with its control and camera systems, these should not dissuade you from playing it. The positives significantly outweigh the negatives. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a sophisticated and highly addictive title. It’s also arguably the most satisfying action and adventure release so far on the Dreamcast, and comes highly recommended.
80
PlayStationSpel för Alla
Det här är ett grymt bra spel, du kommer inte bli besviken om du köper det. Miljöerna är kusligt mörka och spännande och grafiken är helt okej, men en detalj som är grymt irriterande är att det inte går att titta uppåt eller nedåt. Frustrerande.
80
WindowsSpel för Alla
Soul Reaver passar dig som gillar spel som Tomb Raider, och som kittlas av mörka, kusliga berättelser. Ett mycket vackert och välgjort spel med en förvånansvärt bra historia.
80
DreamcastGamezone (Germany)
Der adelige Vampir Rasziel wird, da er sich körperlich weiter als sein Herrscher Kain entwickelt hat, zur ewigen Verdammnis verbannt. Als Untoter muß er nun auf Rachepfad gehen, und erlernt mit der Zeit aber auch einige neue Fähigkeiten, mit denen er sich seinen Geschwistern gegenüber stellen muß. Mit viel mysterischer Atmosphäre und einigen Rätseln wird die doch recht interessante Story untermalt. Die Grafik ist recht beeindruckend und auch die Spielbarkeit mit all den Fähigkeiten, die der verbannte Vampir bekommt, macht wirklich Spaß.
80
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Лара, я вижу, ты ничего не понимаешь из того, что я тебя сейчас наговорил. Не смотри на меня таким тупым взглядом, сымитируй хоть раз в жизни умное лицо. Думаю, что нам надо расстаться; нет, не жди от меня предложения остаться друзьями, его не будет. У меня только один друг — я сам, а все остальное — временные увлечения. Прости, Разиэл, настанет и твое время.
80
WindowsGlide Underground
Games come out for both the PC and console platforms more and more commonly these days. One of the latest is Eidos Interactive's offering, Legacy of Kain 2: Soul Reaver. Despite being a sequel, this game isn't really much like its predecessor. It pretty much stands on its own, having transitioned from a roleplaying-style game to the adventure-type, and existing in a much more barren world where just about everything is an enemy to be destroyed. The storyline, however, redeems the game to some extent, as does the fact that it really is more about thinking than just about blindly running through level after level. Players will take note: while the enemies in most cases are ridiculously easy to defeat, the game itself will require every bit of wits and imagination they have to solve.
80
WindowsFiringSquad
Soul sucking, that is. Even though we wish Crystal Dynamics would clean up the game's camera and the hampering effect it has on control, we liked Soul Reaver. It's pretty, it's fun, it has the right balance of simplicity and variety, and it's extremely well scripted. The only thing it's really missing is Sarah Michele Gellar. When Buffy isn't on, though, Soul Reaver is a good bet to sate your vampire-slaying desire. Check this bad boy out.
77
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Gruselig natürlich die Speicherfunktion. Und das Orientierungsvermögen Ihres Vampirs muss in den riesigen Leveln dem eines Pfadfinders gleichen. Eine gewisse Anstrengung wird dann durchaus spürbar. Doch Pflock drauf - Sie bekommen auf jeden Fall viel Blut fürs Geld und eine dichte Atmosphäre noch dazu. Mit seiner originellen Story und seinen Ideen macht Soul Reaver eine sehr passable Figur. Und umfangreich ist es außerdem - wer dieses einfallsreiche Epos an einem einzigen Wochenende durchspielt, ist ein echter Held.
76
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Soul Reaver hat eines der faszinierendsten Spiel-Konzepte, die mir seit langer Zeit untergekommen sind. Die Idee (samt ihrer Umsetzung) mit den beiden Parallelwelten sorgt für völlig neue Spielerlebnisse, und was das Programm an Rätseln auffährt, ist ebenfalls alles andere als blutleer. Ödes Kistenschieben ist die Ausnahme, originelle Puzzlekost die Regel. Soul Reaver hätte alle Zutaten für ein Kultspiel – wenn überflüssige Macken nicht für Frust sorgen würden.
76
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Bei einem Action-Adventure über Vampire sollte man so etwas ja eigentlich nicht vermuten, aber Soul Reaver erscheint in der PC-Version erschreckend blutleer. Zugegeben: Die Kämpfe sind durch die verschiedenen Tötungsmöglichkeiten sehr originell und auch das Leveldesign kann überzeugen. Auf der anderen Seite wird aber selbst der motivierteste Vampirjäger schnell der Sache überdrüssig, wenn er dieselbe enervierende Hüpforgie zum sechsten Mal wiederholen muß, weil die ungenaue Steuerung exakte Sprünge zu einer reinen Glückssache macht und der nächste Speicherpunkt noch Meilen entfernt ist. Insgesamt ist Soul Reaver durch seine dichte Atmospähre, den originellen Charakter und einige witzige Ideen im Gameplay eine lohnende Anschaffung für Fans düsterer Unterhaltung - der revolutionäre Superhit wie auf der PlayStation ist es aber sicherlich nicht.
75
DreamcastSegaFan.com
En conjunto, Soul Reaver es un juego atractivo para los que les gusten las aventuras con dosis de acción (sangrienta) y plataformas y sobre todo los argumentos profundos y oscuros. Para el resto seguramente no pase de ser un juego del montón con gráficos mediocres y con una jugabilidad demasiado inspirada en otros títulos.
70
DreamcastSEGA-Portal.de
Seit Soul Reaver bin ich ein großer Fan der Legacy of Kain Reihe, ein größeres Lob kann man einem Spiel eigentlich fast nicht mehr machen. Obwohl der Titel im Grunde ein ganz normales Action-Adventure ist, hebt er sich durch das ungewöhnliche Setting, die interessante Hauptfigur und die fesselnde Handlung von der Genre Konkurrenz ab. Kleinere Kratzer im Lack wie Orientierungsprobleme oder das Speichersystem stören zwar, sind aber zu verschmerzen. Ich kann das Spiel jedem Dreamcast Besitzer nur empfehlen, dieser sollte allerdings den Willen mitbringen, noch mindestens beide Fortsetzungen, also LoK: Soul Reaver 2 und LoK: Defiance, zu spielen, denn ohne diese hat man nur einen Bruchteil der Geschichte erlebt. Wer alles wissen will, kommt um den Kauf der beiden Blood Omen Teile auch nicht herum.
67
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
The creatures in this game are truly scary and well designed, especially the hulking, loathsome bosses. The control is responsive, and you won't need to wrestle with the camera too much. Dramatic sound effects and music compliment the hellish atmosphere. Soul Reaver is an adventure with style and originality, and if you haven't already played through the Playstation version, check out Soul Reaver.
67
PlayStationGame Revolution
Unfortunately, the horrible ending to this game has ruined what looked to be a good contender for the best Playstation game of the year. All the potential is there, but Eidos and Crystal Dynamics simply released an unfinished product. While the gameplay up to the ending is fine, the abrupt conclusion will leave many gamers feeling completely ripped off. Furthermore, Soul Reav.
67
WindowsGame Revolution
Unfortunately, the horrible ending to this game has ruined what looked to be a good contender for the one of the best PC games of the year. All the potential is there, but Eidos and Crystal Dynamics simply released an unfinished product. While the gameplay up to the ending is fine, the abrupt conclusion will leave many gamers feeling completely ripped off. Furthermore, Soul Reav...
62
WindowsPower Unlimited
Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain is een geweldig spel op de PSX maar een matige gebeurtenis op de PC. Het is jammer voor Eidos maar hopelijk trekken ze hier een wijze les uit en pporten ze nooit meer zomaar een spel van een platform naar een ander zonder er even goed over na te denken.
60
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The gameplay is very good for a third-person game, with minimal camera problems and a good amount of varied forms of combat. Devouring souls, Raziel’s method of powering up, rarely gets old. What does get old, however, is looking at SOUL REAVER’s visuals, which are mind-numbingly boring. It’s too bad Eidos couldn’t put some effort into sprucing up the game’s graphics when they ported this game to the PC. As a result, what was a very good game for the PlayStation will probably fail to satisfy PC garners.
60
PlayStationGamesFirst!
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad game, it’s just not a great game. It was six months late and it should have been a year late. Millennium approaches, PC’s are rocking, third and forth generation PlayStation games are looking super sweet, and the Dreamcast has launched. An unfinished product just isn’t going to cut it. The bottom line on Kain; Could have been, should have been, and tragically wasn’t.
60
WindowsWomenGamers.com
My first impression of this game was slickness. The voice acting was incredible and the graphics were good, and it seemed to have and interesting premise. I was quickly proved wrong.
50
WindowsJust Adventure
If you absolutely must have jumping puzzles, Soul Reaver is for you. If you don't, there are better ways to spend your gaming dollar. Oh, and by the way, souls taste slightly like lime Jell-O.