Gutsman Heavy wrote:Soul Reaver 2 was a bit average.
The thing about Soul Reaver 2 is, it's the best game-to-movie adaption ever made.
It's got beautiful graphics, excellent directing, wonderful voice acting, great sound, and a character-centered plot more about Soul Reaver Raziel becoming Defiance Raziel than explaining any of the series intrigue. The problem is, interactivity is limited to finding your way from one cutscene to the next, which is why I have to rate it lower than Blood Omen, Soul Reaver, or Defiance.
Defiance was a definite improvement, but still not quite on the same gameplay level as Blood Omen or Soul Reaver. It had the best melee combat system, but I missed the spells and interchangable weapons terribly, and I did wish for a bit more variety in the tombs of the Pillars. The plot, though, was the best since Blood Omen, and during... that one scene right before Raziel leaves Avernus... I actually screamed
. You hear about games making people cry all the time, but that's the first time I ever screamed while playing one.
Soul Reaver is a masterpiece. Its execution and production values are flawless, and it's so seamless and near-uninterrupted, it's easily the most immersive game in the series. The graphics are as good as you're going to get on a PSX, and even better in the PC and Dreamcast versions. I rank Blood Omen just a little higher because I like its arsenal, and because I'm on Kain's bus.
spiritofcat wrote:I didn't really play Blood Omen 2 all the way through. Seemed too irrelevant anyway.
Not that I want this to turn into a "BO2 Bashfest"- with scenes involving flying people falling to their deaths, lines like, "As long as I can never lose, I will win," and a weapon-of-the-week plot that sounds like the series' Lovecraftian menace hired DIC Cobra Commander as his military adviser, BO2 makes fun of itself far more scathingly than the cattiest of us ever could- but you're not missing anything but hilarity and pain (hilarity from the sort of stuff I just described, pain from it coming at Kain and Vorador's expense. You are not