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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (Windows)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
71
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Description

The nobleman Kain has been slain by a group of bandits and in his death, he is revived by the necromancer, Mortanius for his own ends. Kain is returned in the form of a vampire and yearns to exact vengeance on those who had killed him. Stronger and faster than a human being, coupled with a thirst for blood that must be satisfied regularly, he is able to dispatch his killers quickly. However, Mortanius and other forces seek to use him a tool in a greater plot. Mortanius is of the Circle of Nine, the guardians of the Pillars of Nosgoth. These Pillars, the center of the world and balancing the forces, have become corrupted and the Circle members been driven mad. At the Pillars, Kain meet Ariel - a former guardian of the the Pillar of Balance, now a spirit after being murdered by an unseen assailant. She informs Kain of his relation to the Pillars and that the only way for him to restore the balance is to seek out each guardian and kill them. The fate of Nosgoth may hang on Kain decisions.

Blood Omen is a top-down game where the player controls the vampiric Kain. As a vampire, Kain is able to withstand sunlight, but is harmed by water. However, he is able to obtain several cursed abilities and spells such as being able to transform into a bat, wolf and even a cloud mist respectively, as well as learning the ability to disguise himself from creatures of weaker mind. Kain is also fixated on murder and is a master of several ways to kill and destroy his opponents. As the enemies are slain in front of him, Kain may drink their blood to restore his health, which is always trickling away, representative of his insatiable craving. To aid in the slaughter of his enemies, Kain may equip different weapons and armor, each with its own unique properties.

Screenshots

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Windows The entering screen
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Windows This way!
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Windows Dark caves
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Windows Innocent victim to kill

Alternate Titles

  • "The Pillars of Nosgoth" -- Working title
  • "Kain the Vampire" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Begins one of the hughest storylines ever. If ever a game DESERVED a re-make, this is the one. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
A dark and moody adventure game with a more mature feel for bloodthirsty fans of the Zelda series Aamir Alavi (5) unrated
Epic tale of revenge, blood and vampires. Ajan (261) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Dec 05, 1996 B+ 83
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Sep, 1997 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Aug 31, 1997 7.6 out of 10 76
PC Joker Oct, 1997 75 out of 100 75
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1997 62 out of 100 62
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1997 58 out of 100 58
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Cancelled Saturn release

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain was to also be on the Sega Saturn.

Character names

Some of the Characters underwent name changes before the game was finished. Ariel was first called Adonathiel and Moebius was named Bridenal. Vorador's name was briefly changed to Infernum, but it was changed back.

Although it has never been stated officially, it's possible that Nosgoth is derived from Nosferatu, another name for vampires, and Goth or Gothic.

Chess sequence

One of the most important gameplay sequence that was cut in Blood Omen was the chess sequence that Vorador would have used to challenge Kain. In the words of the Silicon Knights themselves:

The chess match was a board with real people on it, which Vorador had set up to challenge Kain. Kain had to figure out which piece to move using the Control Mind spell, and, if he made a mistake, the pieces would come to life and attack him. The correct move was a classic chess checkmate


The sequence was cut because it was not working very well and the development cycle was nearing the end.

Cutscenes

Originally, there was an FMV depicting Kain's murder. It was supposed to be part of the opening cinematics tell the story of how Kain becomes a Vampire.

Graveyard

First, find the blood script in the mausoleum. Copy the symbols down on paper.
Go to the graveyard outside. Read the gravestones. Get your paper and pen ready and waste one hour of your time deciphering the code.
The symbols each represent the corresponding letters of the alphabet omitting the letters K, Q, and W.
You then can "read" the gravestones to see the names of some of the games' developers.

Legacy

The game's plot is actually the centerpiece of what in the sequels develops into an intricate vampire-time-travel-drama. Events from Blood Omen are constantly referred to in the following games, for example, the vampire Janos Audron, who is never encountered in Blood Omen and whose backstory merely adds flavour to a power-up, becomes a character of major importance in almost all sequels.

Lightning spell cave

Using the alphabet from the Nosgoth's Blood Script, you can translate the writing at the Lightning Spell cave. It says: "He will come when the moon is full and learn to call death from the sky".

Title

Blood Omen was originally going to be called "The Pillars of Nosgoth", due to the importance of the Pillars to the storyline.

Information also contributed by chirinea, Little Yoda, Mark Ennis, MasterMegid and MDMaster

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