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Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (Windows)

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Official UK PlayStation Magazine (April, 1997):
    Succumb To Your Darker Side

    "The best action adventure game since Tomb Raider." - Mean Machines PlayStation

    "A game so chilling that you will need gloves to play it." - C&VG

    "It's more haunting than Resident Evil and more violently graphical than Doom." - PlayStation Plus

    Contributed by Apogee IV (2336) on Jan 02, 2007.

Back of Case - PlayStation (European):
    An Eternity of Midnights

    You're the vampire Kain, damned to feast upon the blood of man. Steel yourself for an epic quest of vengeance that will drag you to the depths of depravity.

    Contributed by Apogee IV (2336) on Sep 21, 2004.

Press Release:

    BLOOD OMEN: LEGACY OF KAIN PUTS THE BITE ON THE PC THIS SUMMER

    Dark, Blood-Soaked PlayStation Hit Overflows With Vampire Action, Mystery and Death



    Los Angeles, CA, March 5, 1997 -- One of the darkest games of all time, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain for the PC takes gamers on an epic quest through a gothic universe fraught with murder, magic and vengeance. Accentuated with cinema-quality voice-overs, dynamic lighting effects and more than 25 minutes of stunning full-motion-video footage, Legacy of Kain features an engrossing storyline that invites gamers to embark on a journey through an expansive world containing more than 100 hours of intense, blood-sucking, spell-casting gameplay.

    One of the most critically acclaimed console games, Legacy of Kain, continues to be a success on the Sony PlayStation. Published by Crystal Dynamics and distributed by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the PC version of the game is expected to be available for Windows 95 in summer 1997.

    In Legacy of Kain, players are immersed in the tragic tale of Kain, a noble who is brutally killed by a mob of murderous brigands in a cowardly ambush in the inhospitable world of Nosgoth. With the help of a powerful necromancer, Kain is resurrected as a vampire with a powerful thirst for the blood of his assassins. As a result of his tragic bargain, Kain must continuously feed his bloodlust by killing innocents and exploring small villages, dank caves and majestic temples for life-juice and the spells he will need to take on his most fearsome attackers. Drawn deeper and deeper into the tragic story, players discover that Kain is out for more than mere vengeance in his quest to rid the earth of the evildoers.

    Legacy of Kain features extensively detailed, texture-mapped surfaces and dynamic lighting treated with rich color effects. Densely wooded forests, stone temples and moonlit garden pathways are depicted with photorealistic detail.

    In the vast worlds and hidden areas of Legacy of Kain, players discover a wealth of particularly wicked spells, objects and forms that infuse Kain with unique powers. As he seeks out his revenge, Kain is able to morph into three different forms -- a wolf, which allows him to cover great expanses of land; a bat, which lets him roam the night sky in search of prey; and mist, which allows him to silently slip past locked doors. More than a dozen special objects along the way include the Heart of Darkness, which resurrects Kain or restores his weakened health; the Flay, which rips the flesh from the bones of its target; and the Putresce, a nasty weapon that turns frightful enemies into a puddle of noxious slime that liquifies anything that touches it.

    Vivid magical spells further add to Kain's powerful dominion over the accursed miscreants of Nosgoth. The 13 spells include mind control, which gives Kain psychic control over human enemies until they are killed; Inspire Hate, which infuses a band of enemies with hatred for each other that is not appeased until they all lay dead by each other's hand; and Implode, which crumbles his foes with brutal cruelty.

    A haunting, moody CD-quality soundtrack heightens the tragedy of Kain's relentless search for revenge and truth in Legacy of Kain. The rich full- motion video sequences and extensive voice-overs create a dark narrative and punctuate critical moments of action and discovery with the game. Detailed menus provide players with spells and objects acquired, maps of the worlds covered and a running total of people drained for blood or mutilated.

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    Crystal Dynamics, a newly formed Entertainment Software Studio, was the first to develop and publish a 32-bit video game in 1993. Their flagship product GEX, the first character-based action game for the 32-bit home console, brought a new dimension to the gameplay experience using comedic voice-over talent and a hilarious script to bring a wise-cracking persona to life. Crystal Dynamics designers, programmers and artists continue to set the pace for the next generation gaming experience with the innovation and playability experienced in state-of-the-art video games like Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain.

    Activision, Inc. is a publicly held developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MS-DOS-compatible, Macintosh and other computers, as well as Nintendo, Sega and Sony PlayStation game systems. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, Tokyo and Sydney, the company sells and markets products under the Activision and Infocom trade names.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75605) on May 16, 2004.

Magazine Ad - EGM #87, October 1996:

    ETERNAL DAMNATION LEAVES PLENTY OF TIME



    TO PLAN YOUR REVENGE



    Forever. It is a black and dreadful place. Where the undead feast on the living to survive. Welcome to Crystal Dynamic's Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. Whether you choose the body of man, the form of wolf or the cloak of mist, the search for and annihilation of those who damned you is your only purpose.

    • 25 grisly minutes of full motion 3D animation. Slaughter your enemies as a Vampire then morph to a wolf, escaping into the dead of night.
    • Butcher villagers or turn them into festering pools of decaying flesh with one of 22 demented magics. It will take you more than 100 hours of adventure to destroy those who damned you, but you'll get them. Every last bloody one.

      Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Mar 28, 2004.

    Back of the box:
      Revenge. You can almost taste it. You deserve vengeance. You lust for blood. You are Kain. Your enemies killed you in the ultimate act of treachery. But through the blackest of sorcery, you have returned - as a vampire. For sustenance, you must fear upon the blood of the living. For revenge, you will exact the darkest of fates upon your murderers. Nothing is sweeter than the blood of your enemies.

      Epic Role-Playing Game - Journey through the depraved lands of Nosgoth in search of your murderers, with thousands of detailed screens and 100+ hours of dark, gothic adventure.

      Gory Combat Action - Engage in ferocious combat brimming with 170 horrifying enemies, eight weapon / armour power-ups and over 20 demented spells and objects - each with a unique, bloody graphic.

      Vampire Bloodfest - As a lord of the undead, you must drink the blood of your enemies to survive. Transform from vampire into one of four sinister forms to escape - wolf, nobleman, bat or mist.

      Contributed by Kic'N (4240) on Apr 07, 2001.