DescriptionFollowing the events in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Raziel discovers a way back through time and encounters one of the Circle of the Nine, Mobius the timestreamer. Mobius urges Raziel to continue his quest for revenge and destroy the vampire lord Kain. Raziel reluctantly agrees and heads off to discover the knowledge and weapons that will allow him to achieve his goal.
Soul Reaver 2 is a third-person action game with puzzle-solving and some platforming elements, similar to the previous installment. The game world is viewed from behind Raziel's shoulder; the player can move him in any direction, climb, attack, swim, jump and use specific abilities. Raziel retains his special moves from the previous game, which include gripping onto the sides of ledges, climbing walls, and gliding downwards with his torn wings. Like in the predecessor, Raziel can travel between the material world and the spectral realm at will, gaining access to new areas by exploiting distortions that existing between the mirrored worlds. As before, he must drain the souls of his enemies to prolong his existence in the material realm.
Raziel no longer gains abilities from absorbing great souls and instead must imbue his Soul Reaver weapon by activating certain elemental temples. Once activated, various "elemental fonts" can be used to charge the Soul Reaver to specific attributes. Raziel can arm himself with a variety of other weapons including daggers, swords, axes, spears as well as the Soul Reaver and bare-handed claws.
Unlike the previous game, Soul Reaver 2 is linear and follows specific paths through different areas. Raziel cannot return to certain areas once he has left them behind. The game features diverse puzzles, often involving blocks or manipulation of different devices. One common theme is "light puzzles" where Raziel must reflect light, using mirrored objects, so that they touch switches or objects which require activation.
- "ソウルリーバー2" -- Japanese spelling
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The Press Says
|IGN||Dec 07, 2001||8.8 out of 10||88|
|ActionTrip||Dec 07, 2001||87 out of 100||87|
|PC Zone||Dec 25, 2001||8.6 out of 10||86|
|PC Zone Benelux||Feb, 2002||82 out of 100||82|
|Gamesmania||Dec 04, 2001||82 out of 100||82|
|PC Action||Dec 10, 2001||81 out of 100||81|
|PC Games (Germany)||Dec 15, 2001||80 out of 100||80|
|GameStar (Germany)||Dec 05, 2001||76 out of 100||76|
|Just Adventure||Jan, 2002||B-||67|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Mar, 2002||50|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Best writing...ever?||3||Donatello (384)
Jan 05, 2014
TriviaWhen Raziel enters the 'full circle' room for the first time (the room with the snake on the ground), in Moebius' crusade era, there are paintings on the wall depicting the Sarafan warriors and a statue of Raziel himself. Well, if you look at Rahab's picture, you'll see a couple of seahorses carved in his armor. Funny thing, since Rahab will be the first vampire with the ability to swim in the first Soul Reaver...
I've been staring at the other paintings to see if I could find anything interesting but no luck.
Dumah is depicted with some blue vampiric demon stalking behind him, but I ignore if it's supposed to mean anything. Also, at some point I thought I saw some spider-ish design on Zephon's armor, but I might've been too tired by that time, as I didn't see it the second time I looked...
Related Web Sites
- Legacy of Kain: The Lost Worlds (Website dedicated to the 'lost' content of the games in the Legacy of Kain series. Missing bosses, areas and plotlines that might have been.)
- Wikipedia: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (Information about Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 at Wikipedia)
- Zarf's Review (A review of Soul Reaver 2, done as a comparison to its predecessor, by Andrew Plotkin (November, 2001).)