Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver 2
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9  |  History Abhors a Paradox
Ditto , 2/9/2003 7:56:29 PM

I had one problem with Soul Reaver 2 and I’m going to get that one out of the way first. The save feature has no real way of telling you which save file is the latest one. You can’t name them yourself, there’s no date, and no indication how far in the game each file is. This can get very frustrating if you haven’t picked the game up in a while and your trying to figure out which save was the one you did last. So I will offer you this piece of advice. If you run into this problem, remember that the PS2 memory card manager will show you the last modified date on your files so you can go in there and find out which save you need. After that, I have nothing but good things to say about this game.

As Raziel, you begin the game in the relentless pursuit of your nemesis, Kain. Kain, the vampire who first turned you into a vampire then damned you to an eternity of torture in the Abyss. After a strange twist of fait, you emerge from the Abyss, essentially invincible, and pretty upset, as can be expected from an individual who spent the last thousand years or so writhing in torturous agony. The game progresses from there through a series of plot twists that leaves you wondering who are your friends and who are your enemies. In this game you can fight for somebody in one situation only to travel back in time later and kill them.

The graphics in Soul Reaver 2 are superb. Fantastic backgrounds with richly drawn characters, along with excellent voice acting, do a great job of drawing you into the story. Not to mention the total lack of load times during game play. Given that the game covers several millennia, Eidos did a good job of making sure the world around you reflected the different time frames. You get to see a world at its prime, during its downfall, then when it is in ruins. Of course you do not always go through them in that order. Plus, the enemies you fight always reflect the current state of affairs at the time.

You have a variety of weapons to choose from, most of which you remove from the corpses you leave in your wake. Even without a weapon, Raziel is pretty tough. He can readily rip his foes heart out with his bare hands if necessary. Along with those, you also have the Soul Reaver, a handy weapon to have when you are in a bind. The weapon itself gets stronger with each soul it devours. When you absolutely, positively, have to kill every diabolic miscreant in the room - accept no substitute.

Soul Reaver 2 is definitely not a game for kids. With the amount of blood and violence, along with the ambiguity of not really knowing if Raziel is good or evil, it deserves the Mature rating it received. However, if you can get by that, the story line and game play offered by this title make it one of the great examples of what the PS2 has to offer. It’s a definite must for your collection.

I’m giving it an 9 out of 10.

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