It is Halloween season, so it seemed like the perfect time to review the recently released BLOODRAYNE 2, the sequel to the vampire game that was somewhat well-received and one of the bigger hits Majesco has had. The sequel offers more action, more puzzles and a lot more polish than the first game.
BLOODRAYNE 2 starts off with Rayne dropping into a party uninvited. The game is set in the present day, and the Nazi bad guys of the previous game are gone. Now Rayne is hunting down her father's other children and eventually must foil a plot that will allow the vampires domination over the earth.
At its core, BLOODRAYNE 2 is an action game and an amazingly stylish one at that. Besides the ability to kill enemies and perform amazing fatalities, Rayne can whip enemies around the room, suck blood for health or ammo, as well as use pistols. I'll be honest in that it's pretty hot too watch Rayne in a short skirt straddling another chick in a mini-skirt. I know that sounds junior highish, but there is something to be said for the visual style of the game.
There are some other puzzle elements of the gameplay that revolve around the bloodrage special moves. Sometimes you have to spot a hidden door to a vampire layer or use the powers to get past a particularly strong enemy. Some levels are set up like a jungle gym for Rayne to swing around in and show off her acrobatic nature. These add a nice platforming element to the game and serve to break up the game from being repetitive action.
Despite the game's flaws of being somewhat repetitive and not bringing too much new to the table, it looks good doing it and is a lot of fun to play. I enjoyed every fatality, every blood sucking moment, every little bit of combat that twisted and contorted Rayne's body. Yeah, I'm a perv, or a junior higher, or something. Besides, sex sells, hence why Rayne appeared in Playboy.
The game looks good and has a layer of polish that the previous game didn't. The levels in the game are quite pretty and there is a nice array of lighting effects as well as blood effects and there is a lot of blood. On the sound side there is a decent score, and good sound effects though you'll hear lots of gross sounding effects over and over.
All in all, BLOODRAYNE 2 isn't a great game, but it's a lot of fun. Look at it as the popcorn movie of the game world, it's really pretty, but only skin (or polygon?) deep. Worth a rental at least, maybe more for a gamer who really gets into it.