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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 Yeah - this is me
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows Ariel's ghost  from Blood Omen and the first Soul Reaver, still bound to the pillars, still mourning...
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows Raziel is armed and ready to kick some vampire-hunting butt.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Windows The options menu... take a wild guess: how many LoK freaks are right now using that small Soul Reaver icon as Windows cursor?

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 (9384) 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 (588) 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

UOL Jogos Dec 09, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameGenie 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN Dec 07, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
ActionTrip Dec 07, 2001 87 out of 100 87
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Gamesmania Dec 04, 2001 82 out of 100 82
PC Action Dec 10, 2001 81 out of 100 81
GameSpot Dec 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Dec 27, 2001 77 out of 100 77
Just Adventure Jan, 2002 B- 67


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Without giving too much away to those who haven't played it, players of Soul Reaver 2 will probably get a lot more out of it if they're familiar with the original Legacy of Kain game, Blood Omen first. The game references specific events and areas from there.

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Oleg Roschin (164804) added Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (Windows) on Dec 28, 2001
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