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The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 (Windows)

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Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, over 200 years the vampire Kain has assembled an army of vampires to take over the world of the humans. Fighting across Nosgoth, goal is to make his way to the great city of Meridian and take control of this stronghold. However upon reaching the gates of the city, the army is challenged by the Serafan Order, an organized force of vampire hunters and it's leader, the magical Serafan lord. Kain engages the Serafan Lord in single combat, and is struck down and defeated, Kain's sword, the Soul Reaver, is claimed by his enemy. Unconscious for 200 years, Kain awakes under the care of the vampire Umah to a world he barely recognizes. Having lost it's army, the vampires have been hunted down by the Serafan and only a few remain. The city of Meridian is ruled under martial law by the Serafan Order and demands great things of it's citizens. Strange "Glyph magic" is used to power machines and fuel industry, but at the same time is deadly to vampires and used as wards throughout the city. Kain swears vengeance on the opponent who defeated him and seeks to reclaim his place as ruler of the vampires.

The Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 is a third person action game with adventure elements, more similar in perspective to Soul Reaver than the first Blood Omen game. The player controls from behind Kain's shoulder and can move him in different directions, attack, jump, use "dark gifts" and grab on to ledges. Kain's life energy steadily depletes and must be replenished constantly by drinking blood. Blood is found by consuming any living creature nearby, often requiring defeating an enemy through combat first. As Kain consumes blood, his meter is filled up. Once full, Kain gains additional health. Kain also learns new dark gifts throughout the game, by defeating boss creatures. Some gifts include: the ability to blend into mist, fire projectiles, use projectile telekinesis or make a great horizontal leap. Many of these abilities can be used to perform "stealth kills" which will instantly defeat a foe. Kain will fight using his bare hands, or by picking up daggers, swords, axes and other weapons. These weapons all attack differently, eventually breaking, and can also be thrown at enemies from afar.

The Serafan use Glyph magic, partially because it is deadly to vampires. Kain will often encounter areas where he is barred from progress because of Glyph barriers and must find a way around them. Additionally, glyphs function similar to electricity in that they power machines and switches. Many of the puzzles featured in Blood Omen 2 involve needing to create a glyph "circuit" in order to deliver power to a specific point. Glyph energy glows as it travels down it's connection, allowing the player to see exactly where the energy spark is.

Screenshots

The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows The bishop seems to be under the control of this nasty vampire.
The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Blending with the fog allows you to sneak around.
The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Feeding on enough victims allows Kain to increase his strength. Here he's "leveling up".
The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows The Charm gift allows you to take control of innocent NPCs for easier infiltration.

Alternate Titles

  • "Наследие Каина. Blood Omen 2" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

A minor installment on the Legacy of Kain series, but one hell of a fun game anyway. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Who cares if it's not the classic Legacy of Kain stuff? chirinea (33481) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Toto, you're not in Soul Reaver 2 anymore. munchner (11) unrated
Blood Omen 1 and Soul Reaver - Difficulty: Nightmare. Blood Omen 2 - Difficulty: Mother Goose. Get the picture? Indra is here (19673) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

The Press Says

Looki 2002 80 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com May 16, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Gamesmania May 30, 2002 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Apr 02, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Apr 16, 2002 75 out of 100 75
GameStar (Germany) May, 2002 74 out of 100 74
JeuxVideoPC.com Jun 14, 2006 14 out of 20 70
PC Games (Germany) May 23, 2002 62 out of 100 62
Deaf Gamers 2003 3 out of 5 60
Yiya May 28, 2002 9 out of 15 60

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Sep 20, 2007

Trivia

There has been quite a lot of discussion about whether the appearance of Vorador in Blood Omen 2 has a real explanation or it's just a pulled-out-of-the-nose item, like to give the voice actor something to do.
Near the ending, Kain and Vorador engage in a discussion from which it raises a challenge for a future confrontation between them. In this discussion, Kain already says something about Vorador being 'reborn a second time'.
This not only begins to explain that THERE IS an explanation behind Vorador's presence in this game, but also might hint the possibility of more installments of the series.

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Kartanym (10781) added The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 (Windows) on Apr 01, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Jon_Talbain (15), Corn Popper (69506) and Kartanym (10781)