| The Good
Awesome Voice Acting
Beautiful Graphics and particle effects
| The Bad
Story may be too deep for some
No Boss Fights
Ends too quickly
Soul Reaver 2 is the continuation of the saga of Raziel,
who finds himself thrown between different times in this ongoing
tale of the Kain Series. The first Soul
Reaver is a great game by all means (except for a flawed
ending) but part two will help answer the questions many asked
when completing the first game while still making you scratch
your head by the end of the sequel.
Soul Reaver 2 is leaps and bounds above the PS version
and succeeds in creating stunning gothic atmosphere all the
way through. As you progress in the game, the graphics just
keep on getting better and better with added visual touches.
There are an abundance of particle effects in the game that
look great - ranging from blood flowing from a wall to snow
falling to the ground. The different time periods really add
to the graphics as well. Seeing as even though there is some
backtracking in the game, it never really feels like it due
to the distinct look of the different eras. All the characters
animate nicely as well and at 60 fps, with some occasional
slowdown here and there, but nothing to complain about. All
this comes together with almost no loading times at all, which
is a definite plus.
The audio in Soul Reaver 2 is lots of dark tunes and
weird rhythmic melodies that add to the gothic/vampire flair
of the game. The real winner here is the voice acting which
is top notch for a game and some of the best there is to date.
Not many games can be said that have great voice acting and
only 3 come to my mind. (Soul Reaver 1 and 2
and Metal Gear Solid, give or take a few I'm missing.)
Everything else from the different footsteps that Raziel makes
to swords clanging against each other during the heat of battle
come off great.
There isn't much new to say about the gameplay. You have to
work your way through the land, trying to figure out puzzle
after puzzle and fighting along the way. The puzzles are very
unique and keep things fresh in this game and that is what
makes the game fun - figuring out the puzzles and fighting.
Now in some games its get repetitive and boring, but the quest
was enthralling and unique enough to get to the end and finish.
The story really captivates the player and makes them want
to finish. The lack of Boss battles was sorely missing in
this sequel, which some might gripe about.
Not much to comment on here. For starters, where as I liked
the fact there wasn't bosses, many will most likely not. While
the bosses from the first game were great, I just don't see
the need for them in the sequel. Even though, there is no
loading, the game has occasionally dips in framerate, but
its not really a problem. Although Soul Reaver 2 is
a great game, I found myself done and over with it all too
quickly (like a recent trend of games lately), but games are
never as long as they used to be so don't let that ruin this
great sequel. Last, I'd like to say that while its not necessary
to play blood omen or soul reaver 1 to play the sequel, it
definitely would help flush the story out a little better
then someone with no previous knowledge of the series.
Extras: Included on the game is various game trailers
along with a awesome making of Soul Reaver 2 which
has everything from outtakes to voice recordings. It all comes
together kinda like a special addition feature on a dvd which
was a nice addition by the makers.
Overall: Soul Reaver 2 is better in every way then
its prequel (besides no bosses). Its has amazing vocals to
go with a superb story that will leave you guessing till the
sequel but for now become Raziel, Reaver of Souls and fulfill
- Justin Celani