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  • Summary: The latest installment in the Legacy of Kain Series is a 3rd person 3D action/combat game in which the player assumes the role of the vampire Kain. A compelling story drives the player through huge lushly detailed 3D environments and challenges his game play skills in combat, puzzle solving, stealth and exploration. With each success, the player achieves new dark powers that will grant Kain the ability to access treacherous new areas to explore and the power to face stronger, more aggressive enemies. As the player develops a stronger, more skilled vampire, he is rewarded with dozens of in-game cinematic sequences that unfold the continuing epic of Nosgoth, and Kain's attempts to ultimately rule over it. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. A dark and unnerving game that will impress and worry you with how nefarious it truly can be. [May 2002, p. 82]
  2. 80
    Kain’s modus operandi of grim human slaughter is so distressingly delightful.
  3. 75
    I am disappointed. I admit, I wanted a better-looking game; a faster, more finished title with more areas to explore, better looking locations, smarter puzzles, and better fights. But, I still liked playing it despite its obvious faults.
  4. 68
    This is "Soul Reaver Lite" -- undoubtedly fun, but light on puzzle complexity, light on varying action, and unfortunately, more than a little insubstantial in the replayability department.
  5. Simply put, Blood Omen 2 sucks (no pun intended) more than it awes, and goes awry with weak puzzles and action-adventure gameplay that doesn't feel as well put-together as Raziel's lesser challenges in the "Soul Reaver" universe.
  6. Even with the ordinary combat and rather tedious puzzles, Blood Omen 2 still manages to be compelling enough to keep you playing to the end, which is a testament to the overall presentation and varied locales.
  7. Unfortunately sometimes when an older game duplicates its own spin-offs the final product is a blatant but poor copy of the worst and the best of the offspring. Such is the case with Blood Omen 2.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. RobinA.
    Sep 18, 2005
    This is the best game eva.
  2. AnonymousMC
    Jun 9, 2009
    I played this game a few year back but have very fond memories of it. Awesome fun sneaking through the fog and ripping the hearts out of the enemy! Story line and voice acting are iconic for me. Would love to see a sequel on some modern hardware. I don't think he metacritic score is a fair rating of this game. Expand
  3. MikeyC.
    Jun 18, 2002
    Really liked it but no replay value at all.
  4. TarikT.
    Jun 27, 2002
    I thought the story was grat, to understand it more you should play THE LEgacy of Kain: Soul Reaver games.
  5. B.Daley
    Feb 23, 2003
    The original Blood Omen was a wonderful game, this one is wonderfully tedious. The level based play is the same thing over and over, and the fighting isn't even as good as Soul Reaver. Skip this piece of bile and play the original. Expand

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