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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (Windows)

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Following 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.


Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows Finally! Janos Audron's aerie!... Now I only need a couple of *real* wings to reach that balcony...
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows In fornt of the castle
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows ...and this is spectral realm!... Wow, someone hold those walls!
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows The hero

Alternate Titles

  • "ソウルリーバー2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Dramatically improves upon the original, but loses quite a bit in the way... Zovni (9360) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Continue Raziel's journey into the deep secrets of Nosgoth's history... when perfection gets even better. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
An amazing piece of game with stunning graphics... Eldarwen Taralom (3) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A narrow, one way alley, but it's great to play and there are no block puzzles! munchner (11) unrated

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 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Best writing...ever? 3 Donatello (384)
Jan 05, 2014


When 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...

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אולג 小奥 (168675) added Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (Windows) on Dec 28, 2001
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