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Badder than Blade and buffer than Buffy, BloodRayne is a vampire romp on an adrenaline shot, a hyperkinetic action/adventure that will whip bloodsucking freaks into a crimson frenzy.
It is fast-paced, action-packed, appealing to the eye, original and incredibly gorey. What more could a person want from a game? The settings of the game are well chosen and form a good base for the game play that is both varied and playable. The ability to replenish your health by sucking the blood of others is particularly wonderful (okay, now I'm concerned - Ed). The ambiance of Rayne when she goes into a Bloodrage is incredible with a foggy red tint to the screen, and some side slashing moves. This game may not be for everyone but it was definitely a pleasant surprise and if you like that then you'll enjoy this.
The man in the light gray uniform is just doing his rounds as usual in the dank basement of some remote building he was forced to guard. He has no idea what goes on in this place but he knows it’s for the benefit of the Fatherland. Suddenly, almost too swiftly for him to see it, a pale figure embraces him. He struggles madly in the arms of this beautiful pale woman as her sharp teeth pierce the soft skin of his neck and drain him of his blood. Her name is BloodRayne, half human and half vampire.
BloodRayne reminds me of an obscure PlayStation title called Rising Zan. While the gameplay is similar (use guns and blades to explore 3D environments), and the characters are oddly familiar (he was half-samurai, half-cowboy and she is half-vampire, half-human), the common thread that binds them is that they both are entertaining games that are technologically hindered.
BloodRayne ought to be rubbish, but it's not, it's a highly entertaining journey full of violence, bloodshed, exploration and more bloodshed.
The amazingly surprising game that places you as a female vampire killing Nazis Gameplay
There's just something ultimately cool about a female damphir slicing her way through legions of Nazi soldiers. Terminal Reality understood this truth and has developed "Bloodrayne", the prequel to the fan favorite "Nocturne". The story of the game begins with the title character being recruited by the Brimstone Society, a group founded to combat supernatural threats to humanity. Players control the agile half-vampire through three missions, the first of which takes place in the Louisiana bayou where creatures have been mutating the population. The other two, set in Argentina and Germany, pit Agent Bloodrayne against Nazis who themselves are in search of magical and spiritual relics.
BloodRayne is definitely a game that fans of the action genre would enjoy, especially those with an appreciation of the occult. With a finely tuned mix of stylish action and gruesome horror, BloodRayne is slick and sexy, and fun to boot. However, for many this game may be a bit over the top in terms of mature content. Not only is there a gratuitous amount of violence in BloodRayne, there is also a hint of perversity that may turn some people off. In the end, the game may employ a lot of the same aspects that other vampire action games have used before, but there is one rather large distinction between BloodRayne and titles like Dark Angel (older PS2 title not based on TV series) and Blade II; BloodRayne doesn't suck.
My final thoughts with Bloodrayne are that it’s a fun and engaging action game with piles of bodies and dismembered corpses. The only criticism I have against it is the inclusion of a few levels where you’re required to revisit those skills that made you famous in Half Life. Yes, I’m speaking about the dreaded ‘Alien’ jumpy world. There’s one section of the game that’s devoted to finding a certain artefact and it seems to have been hidden in a massive sprawling complex of lunatic jumps and leaps. Now Rayne has supernatural powers and can jump really high, but there’s nothing more frustrating than having to climb up to the top again when you miss the last jump. This would have worked for a game that allowed you to save when and where you wanted, but Bloodrayne only saves properly between levels.
From Majesco and developer Terminal Reality comes BloodRayne, an action-packed 3D adventure starring a life-sucking heroine of the same name who isn't afraid to obliterate just about anything and everything in sight.
It's a game that clings to and plays on just about every cliche in the videogame universe, from extremely over-the-top violence to undead and Nazi enemies, silly one-liners, and so much more. Often times publishers hide sub par products behind gimmicks like these, but in BloodRayne's case there is an enjoyable experience to be found underneath all of the body limbs and pools of blood.
In the end, BloodRayne is a mid-level action game that chooses style over substance. Despite some nice features, the overly repetitive gameplay will probably wear thin after a bit. If you don't want to rent it, wait until after the holidays to swoop in for the kill.
As action games go BloodRayne is a good one. There isn't anything here that's spectacular but it's enjoyable nevertheless. If you enjoyed titles such as Blood Omen II then you will probably also enjoy BloodRayne. In fact with its superior control system BloodRayne is probably the better of the two titles and it's certainly the gorier of the two.
BloodRayne, a third-person action game featuring a red-haired, scantily clad female vampire as the main character, may seem like just another generic action game with a provocative box. But there's a great deal more to the game than you might think. Even if you do give it a chance, it's possible to miss all that's good about BloodRayne since the first hour or so of gameplay is actually pretty bland--most of the really interesting stuff doesn't show up until later in the game. The slow start can make BloodRayne a tough game to stick with, especially since the PS2 isn't exactly short on quality action games that have many of the same mechanics that BloodRayne offers.
Well, its okay, but could of been much better. It has an excellent premise and LOTS of swear words, but they still aren't enough to raise this basic vampire romp to the heights it could so easily of achieved considering the nearly limitless potential the developers had with the concept.
I can smell their fear. Even though the group of Wermacht soldiers behind the door are armed to their teeth with machineguns and grenades, they know that they do not stand a chance against me. I let my tongue caress my sharp teeth, and I can already taste their warm, delicious blood. I smash the door open and with my super-human speed and my ultra-sharp blades I cut the head of the first soldier, before they even realise that I’ve attacked. The next soldier loses his arm to my blades as he tries to fire his machinegun. Then I take the prize: I jump onto the officer, sink my teeth in his neck and milk him dry of blood. They met their fate in me. In BloodRayne.
Blood Rayne aurait pu être un très bon titre, mais il lui manque des ingrédients cruciaux pour faire face à la concurrence sur console. Si les premiers moments de jeu font mouche, le manque de variété des missions, l'intrigue qui ne séduit pas et la progression très plate au fil des niveaux ont tôt fait de générer un certain ennui que même les combats les plus défoulant ne parviennent à enrayer. Un beat plutôt moyen mais qui peut plaire faute de mieux.