Blood Omen 2 (Original Xbox) by Eidos

Blood Omen 2 (Xbox) by Eidos Box Art

Xbox 360 backwards Compatible

North Amercian Release Date: March 20, 2002.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
Widescreen Supported (16:9): No
System Link Support: No

Average Overall Score:
8.30 / 10

A very dark and gothic tale of Kain the Vampire seeking revenge upon the ones who vanquished him. He is back to reclaim what was his and shows no mercy to anyone who stands in his path. The game plays like a movie, very cinematic, and the voice acting is fantastic."

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400 years have passed since the vampire Kain damned the world in the original Blood Omen, choosing to rule the world in damnation then die for it’s salvation. Now Kain, who once controlled the land of Nosgoth with his vampire armies, finds his brethren slain and his dark powers stripped by a mysterious figure. To reclaim his rule and exact his vengeance, Kain must dispatch armies of zealot soldiers and overcome legions of demons in order to uncover the ominous plot that threatens the land he seeks to conquer.


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Cheat Codes

      Start the game wearing the Iron Armor and weilding the Soul Reaver: At the title screen enter white, black, left trigger, right trigger, X,B,Y. then start a new game.

User Reviews

Score: 83
Overall User Average: 8.31 / 10 (83.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.36 / 10
Graphics User Average: 7.75 / 10
Sound User Average: 7.92 / 10
Date reviewed: December 18, 2003.

Overall: I thought this game was going to be fun, first of all, you have to turn your brightness way up, just so you can see! The finishing moves are cool though!
Gameplay: The game play is cool, sucking blood from people is fun, and i think that the special moves are awesome, nothing like shoving a sword thorugh a guys throat.
Graphics: Visual looks like ps2 graphics, there descent, but not what the xbox is capable of, im tired of seeing this half-assed crap for xbox. not acceptable.
Sound: sound is ok, not really many noises, wouldve been coool to have a sucking noise when sucking blood, but NOOOOOOOOO!

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 50 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: overall appeal is good,i would say this
game is better than soul reaver 2,it,s
even longer and more fun to play, i
suggest you buy this instead of stupid
buffy the vampire slayer,this is a good
game if you like vampires.
Gameplay: the gameplay is boring in the first two
levels,but after you kill marcus (first
boss)and you gain the first dark gift wich
is the abilty to jump higher and longer
distances,that,s where you won,t stop
playing,because it gets better and better.
Graphics: graphics are the weak spot,it looks
similar to the ps2 version,nothing
amazing,after all this game is good,so i
really don,t care for the graphics only this
Sound: very good,everything is fine with sound,i
don,t think the sound is the problem,but
the graphics are.
Suggestions: make a sequel please,make it look like a
xbox game,even if you make a sequel for
the ps2,don,t make it look a like and you
all see better results.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 8, 2003.

Overall: this game had a really good story line I believe I just didnt like the actual game . I didnt think it was that fun.
Gameplay: Like I said the story line was cool like itd be a good movie but the actual game sucked. I didn't like it.
Graphics: The graphics weren't bad they were pretty ok overall I have seen alot better and I have seen alot worse.
Sound: I didnt really pay attention to the sound so obvviously it wasn't that great to catch my attention but the same with that bad.

Overall: 20 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2003.

Overall: This game is the best in it's genre. Killing the innocent, sucking their blood, just amazing. Your special vampiric abilities add to the fun of killing. If you're ever in an angry mood, you can take out your anger on innocent civilians in this game.
Gameplay: The gameplay is great. Despite what you may think, this game is not a mindless killing game. You must decisively plan your attacks as you hide in the shadows.
Graphics: It's nice, but it could be a bit better. Peoples bodies are finely defined in this game, only the faces need more detail.
Sound: The sound is great. You can hear people talking about their personal lives before you jump out and hack them to bits.
Suggestions: More please!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: October 13, 2003.

Overall: The sequel to the Blood Omen series, you are consistently learning new skills and getting better weapons. Each level is a little tougher. In the end, you are left with a satisfying game experience.
Gameplay: Some of the gameplay is straight forward though the combos are minimal and the some of the moves get old. However, the puzzles can also be more tricky than they needed to be.
Graphics: Visually, it is obvious that this game was made early on in the XBox life cycle. Despite that, the quality is still decent even if there are a few glitches from time to time.
Sound: The sound in this game is definetly quality. You will not be dissapointed. Especially since you can now buy it for a low price.
Suggestions: Get Azrael involved as well. The developers are doing that with the next game, but it would have been nice to have had at least some reference to him in this game.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: September 15, 2003.

Overall: Meh, its an average xbox title with some great key features but overall its a great rental at its best.
Gameplay: You play as a vampire with the need to kill and suck blood out of everything. Sucking blood is one of the best features in this game.
Graphics: Average. The game does not take advantage of any of the xbox's features. It looks like a great ps2 port.
Sound: Sounds good with THX sorround sound. Hits give a satisfiying crunch when delivered. Decent voic overs.
Suggestions: None

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: January 30, 2003.

Overall: Well you're a blood thirsty vampire. Go kick soem ass, and gain abilities along the way...blah blah..
Gameplay: It's alright, didn't think it was that good. Got bored of it fairly quickly though. Preferred games like enclave or blade 2 more.
Graphics: Eh wasn't happy with the graphics. I think they should've been better. CLean them up and the frame rate too.
Sound: Sound was ok, but if the game isn't that great it wouldn't matter if the sound was sweet anyways....
Suggestions: Better graphics and frame rate. Make it more of an rpg, and make it online of course.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: September 8, 2002.

Overall: Its a really fun game with really nice graphics and a cool story...Although its so dman hard which frustrates me lol...I suck at these sorta games. Oh well its pretty fun and has good cotnrols as well.
Gameplay: The controls kick as there really easy to use and all the camera angles are good. Replay value may lack like most of these types of games do...
Graphics: SWEET!!! visuals!! I love the sucking blood into the mouth thing it looks really cool. Also all the towns people and hosues and crap are all very very well done.
Sound: Great sound, the sound of all the people screaming in horror and the enemies trying to kill you. It's all so great it makes me wanna play more if it wasnt so hard (for me).
Suggestions: no great job...longer maybe i dunno just for people who have beat it.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: August 23, 2002.

Overall: Very well done. Solid graphics, decent sound. Storyline is where the games shines. Like watching a movie. Some games you could care less on the cinematic, but with this game, you actually intrigued by the story.
Gameplay: Simple controls, but responsive. The camera pose no problems for the most part. The addition of "dark gifts" as you advance in the game, keeps the game fresh. Have options of different weapons, but really all do the same function.
Graphics: Nothing to salivate here, but very solid. Very dark game (it is vampires). Sometimes will leave you gazing at the graphics, but for the most part is not &qu
Sound: Voice acting is nothing short of great. Love the conversation of the commoners before you kill them for their blood. In game sound effects are above average.
Suggestions: Once you finish the game, you will probably will not play it again for awhile. Once of these games you will play 2 years later for fun. Nothing really to suggest, but only to do more. The sum is greater than it's part for this game.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: August 7, 2002.

Overall: Very similar play to many of the eidos games like tombraider, however the game itself is far more fun than I had with any tomb raider
Gameplay: sometimes the control can be a little awkward, but the action is fun and the many different ways to kill people is entertaining.
Graphics: The graphics are nice, but they aren't the greatest. I can't really complain because everything was easily veiwed and understood, but still something seemed lacking.
Sound: Very basic audio, music changes whenever you are about to be attacked, the voices could have been a little better.
Suggestions: Not really as I said, it is a good game.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Megaherz *RAGE*
Date reviewed: July 11, 2002.

Overall: Have you ever see Buffy : The Vampire Slayer, it's a real shame. They show some vampire that are so gay. In real life, the real vampire are supposed to have edge, powerful strenght and are unbeatable. Blood Omen 2 take the good way to show to us how a vampire can be, because they are like they are supposed to be in the game. What the story here ? You are a vampire who want to rules the world with his army and he was beaten by a leader of a another vampire race, so he want a revenge. In conclusion, Blood Omen 2 have no multiplayer and he is a multi-console game but it seems to be one of the greatest multi-console ever done.
Gameplay: Really nice gameplay ! You have two meter : one for your life ( you can full it with the blood of your victims ) and the power meter ( some coffin give to you multiple vampire soul to increase your level ). Through all the game you are able to use you brain at his maximum speed because some puzzle are really hard. The best thing in that game is you can stole the edge from other powerful vampire so at the end you got some edge that are pretty cool like charism, berserker, immolate, telekenesis, ultimate punch, long jump and etc...
Graphics: Againt is a multi-console game but graphic seems to be better than ever, no the greatest of course but they satisfied me a lot. Finally they need some work but when you are playing the game it seems that you just don't care about them because the game is great. Character and background are also well done especially Kain our main and only character.
Sound: The music is repetitive and boring but when they are talking in the video, you are able to forget it easily. Amazing voices and poor music, it's sound crazy a lot !
Suggestions: Better graphic is the only way to increase the game !

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: May 25, 2002.

Overall: I wasn't sure I would be into this game, so I rented it first. It almost blew me away. It was fun to play and the major appeal is that the storyline is pretty immersive. I kind of got lost in it a few times, which to me is the mark of a good game. I was up late far past the time I should've been asleep because I just couldn't stop playing. Crystal Dynamics really showed that they are major players in the developer world with this jewel. They need to make it xbox exclusive, or at least port it to PS2 from xbox instead of porting it to xbox from PS2.
Gameplay: The gameplay left little to be desired. The controls took me a little bit of getting used to, but after about ten minutes I had the system down. I loved using the special abilities. They added a lot to the appeal of the gameplay.A way to fast forward throught the cut scenes would have been appreciated, but I can live without it. All in all I had a hellafun time playing Blood Omen.
Graphics: The visuals were sweet, but not as sweet as possible. I think it is pretty obvious that this is nothing more that a PS2 port. I'll spare you the usual "I hate ports" rant. Nevertheless, I would've appreciated it if the game had been upgraded, or improved, more specifically for the graphical power of the xbox. The present visuals make a great game good, whereas improved visuals would've made a great game phenomenal.
Sound: The sound of this game is actually better than I thought it would be. The voice acting is fairly well done and the sounds from the surrounding environment are good and the music is appropriately creepy. I have no complaints whatsoever with the sound.
Suggestions: Let us have a way to eliminate the cut scenes if we wish. Include some xbox extras or make the game xbox exclusive.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: May 15, 2002.

Overall: The story of this game was great...I kept commenting to my roommate, and to the friend that I borrowed the game from that someone should make it into a movie. I was very entertained by this game.
Gameplay: Simply controls, and an easy interface made getting going in the game very simple. I didn't even get the manual out of the case (I never do that, actually). I do have two complaints about the game, though. First, it was far too easy. I never felt challenged by the game. The first boss I faced was the one I had the hardest time with. I hadn't realized that the little ring of special abilities was so important in the game, and actually beat him without ever using the mist about a pain in the @$$! I beat the final boss on my second attempt, and would have beaten him on the first attempt if I had figured out the the need for one special ability a little earlier. It just wasn't challenging at all. The hardest thing in the whole game was the spidery guys...and they weren't very difficult, either. Second, not having a way to pass up the cut scenes was a pain in the butt. It wouldn't have been very difficult to add a switch to the programming that would check to see if the scene had been played once, and then allow a button bypass of it in further showings.
Graphics: Not anywhere near as smooth as I would have expected. There were some beautiful backgrounds with great detail, but the look of kain and the npcs were pretty brutal. It seemed like everything...characters, backgrounds, etc...were made to be as square as possible...and I don't understand why. Other games are all getting these amazing scenes and or characters (i.e rallisport scenery or nfl2k2 players). It's not like there's ever too much of anything going on in any particular screen to possibly cause the framerate to slow. It just wasn't as beautiful as I thought it could have been.
Sound: Nothing spectacular or brutal's just sort of there. There are some cool things that happen in the soundtrack that I think are designed to get your blood pressure up. However, I found Halo's soundtrack to be much more effective at causing me to feel in a particular situation.
Suggestions: It's hard to say I would grow tired of this game, but I wouldn't play it again. It was a great story, but not a difficult or dangerous feeling game. If I'm playing a vampire whose existence is in danger, I want to feel like that's the case. Heck, if that last boss was the main threat I had, I wouldn't be too concerned about anything. Make it a little harder...not unsolveable, frustrate the player till they throw the controller in disgust hard...hard for the sake of being hard. Just make the difficulty match the task that you're putting him on.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 30 %
Graphics: 30 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: May 15, 2002.

Overall: Well, aside from the fact that Blockbuster slaps a HUGE label on the CD, and makes it almost too unbalanced to run (you can hear the problems in the XBOX), I've managed to play this game for the past twenty hours, and I've got to say that it's one of the coolest XBOX games that I've played thus far. From the graphics to the gameplay, Crystal Dynamics has this thing licked.
Gameplay: The gameplay was a bit awkward for me at first, because I had to learn what all the buttons were for. But, once I figured it out, I was killing people and sucking blood left and right... I seem to have forgotten how to do a stealth attack though... I was talking to some friends when they explained how to do it, and I forgot... Five out of five, regardless.
Graphics: Graphics are awesome, and the in-game cutscenes are pretty sweet, but they really should allow you to skip some of them... I mean, when I have to sit through the same movie three, four, five times in a row, I start getting annoyed, to say in the least... -_-;; But anyway, five out of five here.
Sound: Can't really say much about the sound, as I've got more pressing things to worry about when I'm playing the game (i.e. knights coming at me with huge swords), so I rely more on visual than sound. But, I do like how the sound gives you a warning as to when the people are going to use the straight-through stab attacks (you can hear a heart beating loudly, and then the knight recoils his weapon and lunges). Five of five.
Suggestions: Multiplayer would be sweet, but aside from that, I can't really think of anything that needs improving (except again, you should let the person skip the in-game movies?it gets repetitive after a while...). Good job, Crystal Dynamics!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: May 13, 2002.

Overall: Its a good game with a good story and good voice acting and very gory This is a game you may want to get for your XBOX!
Gameplay: The GAMEPLAY IS VERY NICE EASY AND SIMPLE. It should take about 5 mins to get it and thats a wrap. I LIKE THE GAMEPLAY! IT IS SWEET!
Sound: The sound is not all that good or bad. sometimes in cut scenes you cant hear what their saying beacuse the backround is too loud!

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: May 9, 2002.

Overall: Great game, I'm not a big fan of the genre but this game kept me playing way past 20 hours. I have beaten the game and if u get discoured keep playing the game is worth it
Gameplay: Great game. Attacking does not get boring but, fun many plot twists keep you wanting to play on. It is sweet to finally be the bad guy.
Graphics: Graphics would be great for a ps2. So i guess these graphics arent that bad there's some nice cut scenes. But where the game loses its appeal is when you look at the back grounds. Very bland don't look realstic like in a game such as halo.
Sound: Good, at the last 2 chapters the conversations get a little to faint to hear, and i muts go past half volume. Music is good but i just listen 2 music while i played so what ever. Sound is good found perfect kain.
Suggestions: Piss on ps2 Make this seris X-box exclusive

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: May 8, 2002.

Overall: The graphics are good, but not excellent, with decent gameplay that does get a little repetative, but not too bad. The story is very cool. I also really enjoyed the dark settings in the game, the towns are very cool. Overall I would say it is definately worth checing out
Gameplay: Although the gameplay does get repetative after a while the controls are easy to follow and the learning curve is low.
Graphics: The graphics are good, but not great. The settings are very dark and pretty cool. I suggest playing at night with the lights out.
Sound: The blood sucking sounds are pretty cool, but other than that nothing really stood out.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 70 %

Warthog Queen
Date reviewed: April 22, 2002.

Overall: this game is very cool..good musi..great graphics..interesting plots...difficult but mind puzzling obstacls to go through. Very fun!
Gameplay: The game play is very easy to learn..all you have to do is use the left stick and the buttons..yu get it down pretty quick once you get into the game. good moves and great powers that you get during the game.
Graphics: the graphics ae pretty good! i was irst ididnt really think they were reallyyyy good but now tey are pretty cool. fo each level there are differnt things you have to do and new and more difficult characters to beat..and it all has great detail and looks realistic.
Sound: the sound is good too. i have surround sound but still, it is awesome! the cool creapy music gos along perfect with the plot..its a 5 on my board!
Suggestions: Hmmmmm...try a little harder on the detals in the face and character!! thats it!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: April 18, 2002.

Overall: Good presentation and some nice CG cutscences. Not as polished as the Soul Reaver series and lacking in depth. Where are the RPG elements that made Blood Omen so great? Excellent voice work.
Gameplay: Kill someone, open a box, fight a boss. That's pretty much it. The story may keep you playing for a while but there is some real shallow gameplay here. Not what i expected considering the other titles in the series.
Graphics: Smooth frame rate that slows down at times and a clean crisp visual look. Kain is highly detailed and is animated well but the locations and level design just are not up to bar with the rest of the games in the series. Nice lighting effects.
Sound: Excellent voice work. Music is pretty good and moody but there isn't enough of it. Sound effects are good but nothing spectacular.
Suggestions: Blood Omen 2 is a straight action game with little exploration and no RPG elements which made the other games so deep. You may want to rent this one first. I'm only compeled to finish this game becvause I want to hear Kain's voice and hear the rest of the story. A bit of a dissapointment overall.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: April 14, 2002.

Overall: Blood Omen is the kind of game that will be used until the single player is done with, after that it's just crap. This game is entertainment at it's best. Very fun to play, finally you play the role of a villain!!. Game is fluent and very very vicious.
Note: Iv'e only gone through the first two chapters.
Gameplay: The gameplay is one of the best parts. Some official (pro) reviewers say that the gameplay is slow paced. This is true in some ways, and just small sections of the game. People say that you get bored of the killing system.... well I can say that after 5hrs. Im still not bored of it, in fact I'm enjoying much more now than I used to at the start. The best part about the gameplay are the Dark Gifts, these are just plainly fantastic. The big problem with it is taht their not used often enough.
Graphics: The graphics are very good. Some may say this is a downside of the game... well I can tell you it's not. The graphics are not great, but get the job done. The enviorments are almost perfect!!. The really bad thing about the graphics are the character models. Kain has a good model though.
Sound: Great!, the best you can hope for. Eidos is by far the best sound production company, they proved it with Deus Ex and now with Blood Omen. When killing a victim you will love the way they squeal.
Suggestions: Upgrade the graphics. Make more use of the Dark gifts.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: April 13, 2002.

Overall: This games pretty cool man. Its like Castlevania and shadowman , shadowman being graphics and atmosphere and castlevania in style and level progression, kinda like Symphony of the Night but with better graphics and less items.
Gameplay: This games real cool . you can sneak up in a mist form and rip a bad guys heart out , or if your carrying a weapon you cand kill him with a sword thrust right through his neck! awesome , plus more. The bosses are cool and their fun to defeat , not hopeless but you have to use the enviorment too to kill them.Kain is back and he's not takin anyones crap this week.
Graphics: Nice moody effects , just like shadowman had for dreamcast but even better graphics.Water looks great , sky looks nice and dreary , and the mist looks freakin great man , the only thing is they should have added more different kinds of guys for us to kill but it doesn't matter much , its fun to kill them all the different ways regardless :D
Sound: The sounds are good top notch where they should be , i have my xbox hooked to my reciever and my powered sub and this game knocks big time my friend.Dogs and cats in the backgrounds , all the sound effects are nicely done for everything.
Suggestions: make the next one just a tad less linear, and it would be cool if we could change humans to vampires in the next one to help us instead of charm or something , maybe both,make the levels longer , keep the many ways of killing your enemies but add more too, and more variety of enemiesand make another Legacy of Kain please :D

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: April 7, 2002.

Overall: I found this game to be quite fun to play for the first 15 hours of gameplay. I flew through the first 6 chapters in no time and found that even on the "skilled blocking" mode the game wasn't that much harder.

It's a perfect game to rent. I wouldn't recommend buying this one unless your a huge fan or you would like to have a game that sits on your shelf for a long time because it is the same thing everytime you play.

Fighting sequences are pretty boring, other than the fact that you can sneak up on people and rip their hearts out. You only get to do 3 hits maximum, unless your using a special ability. The fighting gets pretty monotonous that way.

Still loved the game :)
Gameplay: I was struck by the cover of this game and thought it would be fun to play. After about about 10 minutes I was hooked.
Graphics: The graphics are awesome. The movie sequences look pretty much the same as the normal game play, some are done up better but not much. There are no real flaws in the cg. The gore and blood everywhere just enhanced the feeling that your vampire.
Sound: Bad.

Some parts of the game the bacground sound drowns out the voices and you can barely hear the characters. Even when you turn the music of the game off it still is a problem.

The effects are great but there are no varieties, and after hearing the sound when you suck your victim dry of it's blood a 1000 times the sounds get pretty boring.
Suggestions: Try and more secrets/easter eggs to make the game more fun. Additional endings and stuff like that to make gameplay longer. Mabey even unlocked characters you can play and a harder playing level.

Also put the checkpoints a little closer or make it so you can save more often.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: March 31, 2002.

Overall: i think the game is pretty tight. i wasn't that interested in a vampire game,but everything that was included with the dark gifts was i thought very creative. the only thing i've been disappointed about so far was the first vampire i faced to get dg-of jump was very difficult but the second vampire that i faced could have been alot more difficult,especially dg-of mind control.
Gameplay: i know alot of my friends like the story line movies when you've accomplished a segment of the game so you don't get bored with the game,you stay very much interested in the game play..
Graphics: the graphics are #$*$% of the hook crazy. the characteristics of each vampire definitely give them there own personalities, colors of the vampires infront of the colors of background made it very easy for the vampires to catch the players eye.
Sound: Listening to the music is not all that important considering most of the time players listen to their own music while playing most video games.
Suggestions: i know its a vampire game and everything is supposed to be a gothic feeling to game but if your going to spend so much time and make an awesome game like this you might want to make at least three light colors of the game brighter so the players have to take more brakes while playing the game so you can get more input on your games because it will take them longer to beat the game....

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: March 26, 2002.

Overall: This game rocks,,, I was off in my initial apeal rating, I really enjoy playing this game. Thrid person action adventure games are growing on me though I still favor first person shooters.
Gameplay: I liked it, it played well moved well, those long jump kills never get boring... I they could have done a lot worse, but sure there is room for improvement.
Graphics: Geeeeeeez some of you guys are acting silly by say how powerful the Xbox is and $hit. This game does not look bad at all, yes the Xbox is powerful, but you should not slam a game because the developers did an overall good job.
Sound: Good stuff, though the voice acting was a little hard to hear,,,, it sometimes gets drowned out by the ambient noise.
Suggestions: where are the hot chicks to seduce.... You needed more charcter models... I get tired of seeing the same 5 characters in the streets.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: March 26, 2002.

Overall: Gameplay is somewhat ok...As far as the combat goes...Needs a little more work! I have been a fan of Kain series but by far, Soul Reaver 1 & 2 had the best actions and spells. While this one lacks more spells & action.
Gameplay: I have noticed a glitched in the software when you are on the level where you have to jump into a hole. The whole screen just started to shake as if it was an earthquake.
I managed to correct the problem by pausing the game. Other than that, the gameplay is somewhat ok but needs more work!
Graphics: The grahics are OK not all too great! I mean, come on! XBOX can produce more better visuals than that! Take Halo for an example. That is one well designed game!
Sound: Sound is cool! I liked the 3D and the music settings. The actor are great! The cutscene makes you feel like one of those Hollywood Vampire movies!
Suggestions: Needs more work on Visuals, not meeting the XBOX's capabilties!!

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: March 25, 2002.

Overall: First off, dont listen to those other reviews, those guys dont know what they are talking about, especially that dickhead who said "halo halo halo" which made the rating for this game go down.

Ok, this is one helluva game. If you like blood-sucking vampires, then theres no reason you wouldnt like this game. If you like action/adventure games, then theres no reason you wouldnt like this game, and if you like a dark storyline that follows with the original then you will definitely like it.
Gameplay: Gameplay is awesome. It consists of a hack and slash/block system. any time you kill an enemy you can pick up his weapon and use it. The weapons range from: maces, to swords.

What really makes this game cool is the dark powers you get. One of them for instance is called "mist" which allows you to become an invisible specter when mist is present. You get to creeep up behind a knight and stealth kill him. Those instant deaths range from: breaking their neck to literally chopping off their heads. Then there's mind control, immolate (ignite your enemies) etc.

Throughout the game you can find secret chests that upgrade your skill (lore) or your weapon.

The gameplay is just really really cool, you can even pick up someone off their feet by their neck and throw them across the room.

The only drawback to gameplay is lack of enemies, theres only a few kinds you'll come across, but other than that it is still a really fun game.
Graphics: The grafix are great. they arent the best ive ever seen, but the atmosphere is really eerie and dark. The textures are nice and the whole game is anti-aliased which is a major plus. the overall environment is really cool.

creeping through ally ways and jumping rooftops is always fun. pos2 couldn't handle these grafix, but they still aren't taking full advantage of xbox.
Sound: I really really enjoy the sound, from the really creepy background music to the slurping of blood when you suck it, is just really cool.
Suggestions: Doesn't follow the prequel that well. blood Omen was an awesome game with an awesome variety of primary and secondary weapons along with great spells and lots of creatures made an amazing gaming experience, if you could have only done that with this game, i would have given it 10/10

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: March 25, 2002.

Overall: It is a fun game, but I definately stress renting before buying on this one. I think my expectations were misplaced.
Gameplay: I haven't played the Kain games before this, so I cannot compare, but the combat system is pretty weak. Beat up easy guys easily, die a couple times on bosses and then beat them. The puzzles are inane. Think Tomb Raider. ugh. The dark gifts are a lot of fun, but it isn't enough to save it.
Graphics: Don't say it is a ps2 port, because it isn't. They came out at the same time. It just had to be coded for the lowest common denominator. The graphics aren't BAD, but they arent GOOD.
Sound: The sound is good. It reminds me of Max Payne's. The dialogue is great, but the "ambient" sounds get annoying as hell. I want to kill that crow or whatever the heck it is...
Suggestions: Look to SIlent Hill 1 and Metal Gear Solid 1 for keys to great reply value and interesting puzzles.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: March 25, 2002.

Overall: Great game. The graphics aren't as nice as what you'll see in some other Xbox games since this was made for the PS2 as well but they're still done well. This is my first game in the Kain series and I have to say that that didn't affect my interest. The story's great and this game's addictive. I've had it for four days and have spent two of them up until 5am playing this.
Gameplay: Really addictive. The combat could be more challenging and the puzzles more difficult but despite that, the game rocks. The bosses are the only area in combat that provide a real challenge but the game's still a blast. Definitely a keeper.
Graphics: Nice. Not great but nice. I would have liked it more if they'd have come up with a second set of graphics for the Xbox so we wouldn't be anchored down with the limitations on the PS2 version but you can't have it all.
Sound: Most of the sounds are awesome. Love the voices. They've done a great job at selecting great characters for that. The only place I'd knock them here is when you rescue Uma(sp?), her voice and the Sarafen Lord's voice are almost impossible to hear because it sounds like there's a washing machine in the background.
Suggestions: More difficult combat. More difficult puzzles which require portions from prior segments. Multiplayer would be awesome (able to play as Kain or the Sarafen Lord in combat would be great).

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: March 25, 2002.

Overall: It's Legacy of Kain. It's all about the story, people. If you can't get into the story then you don't need to purchase this title.
Gameplay: Except for the fact the fighting is too slow, b/c we are all used to games like DOA3 and such, the rest of the game is pretty good. I miss the ability to back track more like in Soul Reaver and even the original Blood Omen, the story is the thing.
Graphics: The graphics are great, for a PS2. But like I said before, this game is all about the story. Kains animations are great and the cut scenes are excellent, but everything else just seems half done. The problem I see is that the PS2 is about 1/3 as powerful as the XBox, so the graphics are going to be dumbed down. If I was a PS2 owner I would be thanking EIDOS for doing something with my POS2, but as an XBox owner I thank them for the story line.
Sound: Fortunately the only way you can mess up the sound is to have bad voice acting and not timing the action with the sound. The sound on BO2 is excellent just like the rest of the Legacy of Kain series. The music is dark enough and well timed with what the action is going to take place. So there is no complaints here.
Suggestions: Piss on PS2 and make it up to par with the rest of the the XBox line up graphically. The ability to back track would be much nicer to find more stuff just like the rest of the series. Kick the fighting up a notch. Blocking your opponent for three strikes then whooping his buttocks in mid-4th strike gets old after awhile, plus a faster, more responsive fighting system would be so much more fun. Seems like forever before you can deliver a strike or a dodge. This, or maybe I have been playing too much DOA3.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 100 %

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