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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( ) (100%)

This deserves credit for being a real sequel rather than just an add on to the previous game, Legacy of Kain. It's better looking than Tomb Raider and has much more going on than some of the Lara games. It's really creepy too and you panic when you see a creature and start slashing wildly to kill it as quick as possible. You almost get the shivers...

Jul 1999 · PlayStation

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( ) (100%)

While many titles attempt to boast a host of new innovations, Soul Reaver delivers on its braggadocio with an amazing mix of fighting, puzzle-solving, and platform style action and adventure. The only PlayStation titles that come even remotely close to being this immersive and enjoyable in my experience is the Resident Evil family, but even they lack the sheer depth and playability of Raziel’s quest. While the appeal of becoming an angel of death may not strike home with some, most players will really be able to sink their teeth into this one. Don’t think twice about it, buy this bloody masterpiece if given the chance. Rest assured it’s good to the last drop.

Aug 24th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Playstation Illustrated (99 out of 100) (99%)

This one is mechanics candy, as well as eye candy. You have the ability to grab weapons off of the walls to attack your enemies. You can burn them, lure them into sunlight, pick them up and impale them on spikes, run them through and impale them on your spear, you can move huge stone blocks almost effortlessly... and the 'morphing' engine is beautiful. Then you have the 'streaming' engine... which keeps you from seeing the load times. Even the detail put into eating souls and the handling of the life meters in the spectral and temporal worlds - all point to a well developed, extremely functional game.

Dec 17th, 2002 · PlayStation · read review

Power Unlimited (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Soul Reaver is pure klasse. Het is een must voor iedereen die ook maar een kleine zwak heeft voor fantasy action of vampieren. Deze game komt bij mij in de kast te staan naast Metal Gear Solid en Tekken 3.

Apr 1999 · PlayStation

PSX Extreme (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Soul Reaver is like a mix of Resident Evil, and Tomb Raider, and a little bit of Mortal Kombat Special Forces. If you are having second thoughts about Soul Reaver, then I must say you do not know what you are missing.

Sep 3rd, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (19 out of 20) (95%)

Un must ! Soul Reaver combine à merveille jouabilité, ambiance et beauté. Caméra intelligente et mouvements complexes montrent aussi que les programmeurs ne se sont pas juste attachés à faire un jeu beau, ce qui est malheureusement souvent le cas. Moi, je vous le dis, Lara Croft n'a qu'à bien se tenir !

Sep 3rd, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Absolute Playstation (94 out of 100) (94%)

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has been a long time in the making but after witnessing the final product all I can say is it was well worth the wait. With drop dead graphics, haunting sound effects and non stop action it will leave you in a similar state last experienced with the original Tomb Raider. This game is going to be another massive hit for Eidos and is a natural progression for the development team of Crystal Dynamics. I knew they had a classic in their blood after Pandemonium and Gex 3.

Aug 1999 · PlayStation · read review

IGN (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is the ongoing history of a vampiric dynasty, and it's told with an amazing sense of vision and imagination that's rarely been seen in any game. Every aspect of this game - sound, atmosphere, gameplay, design, and especially the use of language - is saturated with a foreboding dark wrath, intelligence, and plodding, plodding details. The game world (and engine) is so evolved, Raziel, the protagonist, can shift from a spiritual to the material world, while columns, cliffs and the ground under your feet actually alter in shape -- in realtime. Soul Reaver, like Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid before it, is a complete world, a near-perfect realization of a concept that's never been achieved with such clarity and ambition.

Aug 19th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Mega Fun (93 out of 100) (93%)

Um es gleich vorwegzunehmen: Ja, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver ist der erwartete Top-Titel. In keinem 3D-Action-Adventure zuvor waren die Locations so riesig und die Atmosph√§re so dicht wie in Crystal Dynamics‚Äė Mega-Abenteuer. Dabei gl√§nzt die hochaufl√∂sende Grafik mit feinsten Texturen. Verdichtet wird die beklemmende Atmosph√§re zus√§tzlich vom mystischen Soundtrack, der sich zeitweise sogar rhythmisch an die Geschehnisse anpasst. Vorbildlich sind die automatische Kameraf√ľhrung, die euch stets den besten √úberblick √ľber die Geschehnisse vermittelt, sowie die pr√§zise Steuerung, dank der es nie zu Frustmomenten kommt. Einziger kleiner Kritikpunkt sind die meist zu simpel gestrickten R√§tsel, die stark an die der Tomb-Raider-Abenteuer erinnern. Lediglich die r√§umlichen Ver√§nderungen beim Wechsel in das Paralleluniversum heben sich in diesem Bereich von der Konkurrenz ab.

Jul 1999 · PlayStation

Gaming Age (A-) (91%)

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is definitely a terrific game. Right after popping in the CD, and viewing the introduction, you will know that this is something special. Bring on Legacy of Kain 3!

Aug 20th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Just RPG (91 out of 100) (91%)

Overall, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a great action-adventure game. Whether you're a fan of the action-adventure genre, or just love vampires, Soul Reaver is a highly recommended game. With an exciting story, unique gameplay, and excellent presentation, you can't go wrong with Soul Reaver.

Aug 16th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10) (90%)

Crystal Dynamics' long-awaited sequel to Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain is a far different animal from its predecessor.

Aug 16th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

GameCritics.com (9 out of 10) (90%)

Soul Reaver brushes with perfection but falls short. It's got the visual and aural punch that sets it apart from other games right off the top and Soul Reaver is just an outstanding realization of its creators' imaginations. It holds the conceptual edge over most games period, but it had just enough holes in the final product to lose points. All in all, it was an excellent product and for Crystal Dynamics to come so close to getting it right is a triumph in and of itself. It is a "must-play" for any surly gamer who's "seen it all" or have been burned by the empty promises of other games.

Sep 4th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Consoles Plus (90 out of 100) (90%)

Soul Reaver constitue une excellente suite à Legacy of Kain. Graphisme de toute beauté et durée de vie conséquente.

Sep 1999 · PlayStation · read review

GamesCollection (9 out of 10) (90%)

Soul Reaver prosegue in maniera magistrale la storia del predecessore. Le differenze nel gameplay non minano la natura della serie, anzi è la doverosa risposta al passaggio del tempo, la giusta evoluzione della saga, che riesce nel contempo a portare un vento di novità nel panorama adventure con molte idee originali. Una storia appassionante, un protagonista carismatico e un comparto tecnico di alto livello creano una miscela esplosiva, un capolavoro che lascia il segno.

Jan 28th, 2009 · PlayStation · read review

Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) ( ) (90%)

...As far as I'm concerned, even at its worst this cerebral adventure puts every other game in the genre to shame. Try it.

Oct 1999 · PlayStation

Video Games (89 out of 100) (89%)

Respekt, Respekt! Nicht nur f√ľr die zweifellos erstklassige Arbeit, die Eides hier abgeliefert hat. Auch der Mut, dem eigenen Aush√§ngeschild Tomb Raider eine solch starke Konkurrenz entgegenzusetzen, verdient Bewunderung. Denn sieben dem Vampir Raziel, alias Soul Reaver wirkt nicht nur Lara Croft etwas schwach auf der Brust (im √ľbertragenen Sinne nat√ľrlich). Dieses Spiel hat alles, was man sich als Genreliebhaber w√ľnschen kann. Eine fesselnde Story, packende Atmoph√§re und eine brillante technische Umsetzung, gepaart mit einer tollen Spielbarkeit. Wer sich auch nur im entferntesten mit diesem Genre anfreunden kann, oder aber einfach nur mal wieder ein richtig gutes Horrorspiel m√∂chte, dem sei Soul Reaver w√§rmstens ans Herz gelegt.

Jul 1999 · PlayStation

VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (87 out of 100) (87%)

Legacy of Kain es un juego que les dejar√° un buen sabor de boca a todos aquellos jugadores que decidan darle una oportunidad por diversas razones como son el carisma del protagonista, el argumento, la ambientaci√≥n y la combinaci√≥n de dos mundos para sortear los peligros y continuar el camino. Podr√≠a haber sido un juego excelente dada sus capacidades para absorber a todo aquel que se aventure en el mundo de Nosgoth, pero tiene puntos negativos que reducen la experiencia como una mala posici√≥n de la c√°mara que har√° que los jugadores puedan desesperarse mientras controlan a Raziel. Tampoco agrada que el final sea abierto y que siga en su tercera y √ļltima parte. Quienes les perdonen estos errores se encontrar√°n ante un juego que a pesar de los a√Īos mantiene el list√≥n muy alto en todos sus apartados y que justifica con creces su compra.

Aug 21st, 2012 · PlayStation · read review

GameCritics.com (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Is there life after death? Well, according to fiction and pop-culture, there most certainly is. For as long as we've known, tales of the undead have permeated through our society in the forms of Nosferatu, Dracula, and Tom Cruise. It's gotten to the point where society readily accepts the notion of the undead, which leaves writers now pondering how to go beyond this passe notion, in hopes of re-igniting public interest and dollars. So, in their latest creation, Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver, Crystal Dynamics seems to have caught the scent of a new trail, which they believe will lead them to a new promised land of riches.

Sep 4th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Super Play (Sweden) (83 out of 100) (83%)

Soul Reaver är ett ojämt spel som bör testas av den potentielle köparen som inte kan genren. Hardcorefans av vampyrstuff kan dock köpa det utan att bli besvikna.

Oct 1999 · PlayStation

Spel för Alla (8 out of 10) (80%)

Det här är ett grymt bra spel, du kommer inte bli besviken om du köper det. Miljöerna är kusligt mörka och spännande och grafiken är helt okej, men en detalj som är grymt irriterande är att det inte går att titta uppåt eller nedåt. Frustrerande.

Nov 1999 · PlayStation

Game Revolution (B-) (67%)

Unfortunately, the horrible ending to this game has ruined what looked to be a good contender for the best Playstation game of the year. All the potential is there, but Eidos and Crystal Dynamics simply released an unfinished product. While the gameplay up to the ending is fine, the abrupt conclusion will leave many gamers feeling completely ripped off. Furthermore, Soul Reav.

Sep 1999 · PlayStation · read review

GamesFirst! ( ) (60%)

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad game, it’s just not a great game. It was six months late and it should have been a year late. Millennium approaches, PC’s are rocking, third and forth generation PlayStation games are looking super sweet, and the Dreamcast has launched. An unfinished product just isn’t going to cut it. The bottom line on Kain; Could have been, should have been, and tragically wasn’t.

Sep 25th, 1999 · PlayStation · read review

Player Reviews

What An Epic!

The Good
Well folks you are in for one hell of a ride. If you are a fan of vampires or if you're just looking for a great story with plenty of action and original ideas this your game. Oh, and you need a tolerance for Playstation 1 graphics if you're going to get through this one.


The game is actually a sort of follow up to Silicon Knight's excellent Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. Set many years after the end of Blood Omen (I'm not calling it B.O. so bear with me :P) the enigmatic vampire Kain has forged an empire for himself and basically exterminated the humans of Nosgoth. With his empire being so large and all Kain creates 5 lieutenants to command his vampire forces. One of those lieutenants is Raziel, our protagonist. The story opens with a stunning CG (for it's time) explaining how Raziel sprouted wings and received death for his "transgression." Kain, being the evil jealous vampire lord that he is, decides that if he doesn't evolve first - nobody does. And with that he casts Raziel into the Abyss where he lays burned and very much dead until....

A few centuries later the mysterious "Elder God" revives Raziel and gives him a chance for vengeance...but for what price. And I'll leave it at that. The story, while an unoriginal vengeance theme, is excellent and provides a couple of "jump out of your seat" twists and many turns as Raziel seeks to hunt Kain down for killing him.


I must say, and many gamers out there agree with me, that the LoK series has some of the best voice acting done in ANY video game - period. Simon Templeman returns to revise his role of Kain from Blood Omen and his powerful voice acting is superbly done and he steals the show. But Michael Bell as Raziel was one great casting decision and the banter between these two especially later on is fantastic. All the supporting cast is creepy and vampiric and very well done. The music is absolutely fantastic. Kurt Harland and his Ozar Midrashim song seem like they were made for this game. Powerful. All the area themes are very well done and the combat effects are top notch. A lot of today's designers could learn a lot from the presentation of Soul Reaver. The game's best aspect by far.


Controlling Raziel is very easy and responsive. Even the windows version is quite good with the keyboard and all. There are 2 different types of jumps and you can glide with your ruined wings which is very cool. You can attack with your claws and in groundbreaking style (for it's time...) you can grab torches off walls, use sharp lances and spears and basically just destroy your vampire opponents with whatever your sick imagination brings up. Once your vampire foes are dazed which happens after you hit them successively and hard, you can pick them up and throw them in sunlight, water and on spikes to finish them off. Once this happens their soul appears and Raziel, being the "Soul Reaver" can eat the foes' souls and recover health. Very cool and this forces you to feed to keep alive in the material world. Ah yes, there are 2 worlds. Raziel can switch between the Spirit Realm and the Material Realm at certain "portals". This is helpful in certain puzzles where the spirit realm makes places much more accessible. You also gain special abilities such as telekenesis by acquiring glyphs scattered across Nosgoth in shrines that really add to the game. And when you acquire a certain legendary weapon - the fun really starts!


Saving is a breeze you can save anytime, anywhere. Not to mention there are warp gates all around Nosgoth that teleport you from place to place so there's no repetitive walking around. The boss fights will make you replay them again they are so fun and the rewards for them help access new areas such as the aforementioned glyphs. Your enemies are never repetitive as you go up against hordes of vampires from your former brother's legions. If killing humans is your thang then stroll on over to the human citadel and start sucking souls - if you can find it!

The Bad
Well the graphics are a bit dated and it does detract I am afraid but it's not too much to worry about.

Some of the puzzles are pretty dumb and they appear at the most inappropriate times. For example you wade through hordes of vampires as you try and get to the boss and just before his lair the game throws a block puzzle at you. This is just a waste of momentum.

As for the ending: Well it may leave you screaming at your screen... There is a reason for Soul Reaver 2 folks and this game is it.

The Bottom Line
If you are looking for an excellent cinematic adventure with plenty of action and drama along with awesome weapons and vampires sprinkled in then look no further. Grab Soul Reaver from a bargain bin now and go on an epic ride. Just make sure you leave space on that hard disk (sorry PS owners :P) for Soul Reaver 2 and LoK: Defiance if you want to see the story of Kain and Raziel through.

by Zsolt Pardi (19) on Dec 16th, 2004 · PlayStation

" A chapter in a series of Masterpieces... "

The Good
This game's storyline is great...It leaves you wanting to know what the rest of the chapters of The Legacy of Kain series holds...It's quite worth finding out....trust me...

The game isn't cheesy at all....The storyline isn't expected....Tha'ts more than I can say for most games in this Day and Age....

The Boss fights are sorta challenging....

Gameplay is Great....I've always enjoyed Impaling my victims with a Spear ;)

The Bad
Raziel got to fight Kain just a little too early in the storyline...(though there is still more of the game left....lots more)

The Bottom Line
Playing as Raziel (A Former Noble Vampire of the Warlord Kain), you seek revenge against Kain (Your former Master)...Your memory is totally wiped out with your death so as you embark on your journey you uncover things of your past and learn great useful skills and solve TONS of puzzles.....

by Decrepify (1) on Jul 29th, 2003 · PlayStation

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