Developed by Terminal Reality
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
based on vampires are nothing new but games based on half-vampires,
well now that is original. BloodRayne is ultimately about Agent
BloodRayne and her quest to stop the evil Jurgen Wulf in his quest
to enable Nazi Germany to rule the world. BloodRayne, often just
called Rayne in the game, is a tall athletic half-human, half-vampire
woman who has obviously been physically designed, and dressed, to
appeal to the young male audience out there. That's not to say she
can't look after herself though and this truly is a gore fest that
horror fans will really enjoy.
story goes that during the gap between the World Wars, BloodRayne
has been working for a secret fraternity who hunts and kills supernatural
threats. It soon becomes obvious that one man has been behind a
couple of these threats and that this one man has to be stopped.
This one man is Jurgen Wulf. Wulf is concerned with finding powerful
relics that will give Nazi Germany the power to dominate the world.
The game begins with BloodRayne on her way to Louisiana to combat
some Mutates and Biological masses. During the course of the game
she will also travel to places such as Argentina and Germany. As
the game progresses the plot thickens and the action quickens but
essentially is still a hack 'n' slash experience.
half-human, half-vampire puts BloodRayne in a unique position. Water
can only hurt her, not kill her, and she's not afraid to go into
a church and come face to face with a crucifix. She's already equipped
with some fearsome blades that are attached to her arms (which can
be upgraded during the game) but that doesn't stop her from picking
up a variety of weapons that she can use against her enemies. Of
course she can always throw her legs around the waist and her fangs
around the neck of an enemy to finish them off and this is also
a way for her to recover strength. BloodRayne, as we mentioned at
the top of the review, is also very athletic and she can jump fantastically
and use telegraph wires to tightrope walk on amongst other things.
BloodRayne is very straightforward to anyone who has ever played
an action game before. The game offers a choice of two control schemes.
There is a third person and a first person control scheme. I personally
found the first person control scheme to be the best choice as it
makes use of both analogue sticks and I found it a more comfortable
control scheme. Should you need it there is a small tutorial that
explains how to control BloodRayne. The tutorial also leads smoothly
into the main game so there is no need to return to the main menu
once you've completed it. The tutorial is useful because it introduces
you to the some of BloodRayne's abilities such as her aura vision
that enables her to see enemies, which are represented as a blue
glow, through walls etc. BloodRayne can even use a slow motion ability
that is not dissimilar from the Bullet time that was used in Max
Payne, and she can also go into an increased speed rage mode that
enables her to go berserk.
BloodRayne looks OK although the dark setting often leads to textures
look extremely dull. Whilst BloodRayne herself animates very nicely
the same cannot be said about most of her enemies. The graphical
effects that are used for her special powers, such as aura vision,
are impressive too. The game also goes into slow motion when you
perform a dismemberment of an enemy or when there are explosions,
which adds to the dramatic effect. The camera for the most part
is OK but there are times where it becomes a pain. There are some
occurrences of clipping which do spoil the aesthetic look of the
game at times but it doesn't really hinder the gameplay. I didn't
find too many framerate problems with BloodRayne, although dips
I first loaded up the game and the introduction rolled, I was dismayed
to see that there wasn't any subtitling for it. After the introduction
I went to the options menu to enable subtitles but there wasn't
an option to do so. Fearing the worst I started the tutorial. Thankfully
on beginning the tutorial I found it to be subtitled. The game is
subtitled too and what's more the text is clear and easy to read.
So why wasn't the introduction subtitled?
action games go BloodRayne is a good one. There isn't anything here
that's spectacular but it's enjoyable nevertheless. If you enjoyed
titles such as Blood Omen II then you will probably also enjoy BloodRayne.
In fact with its superior control system BloodRayne is probably
the better of the two titles and it's certainly the gorier of the
Game Rating: 7.2/10
good if not spectacular action game, BloodRayne will satisfy those
gamers with a preference for gore.
The introduction isn't subtitled but the rest of the game is.