Soul Reaver 2 PlayStation 2

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. With its amazing sound work, stunning musical score and easy to use control scheme, about the only thing you can complain about in this release is the length.
  2. It's just this close (fingers a couple of inches apart) to being one of the deepest and best-designed single-player adventure games of all time.
  3. 89
    It's well rounded, it's improved in marked areas over its predecessor ("The Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver"), and the graphics, sound, and production levels are all high.
  4. The game also sustains virtually no loading times, despite its faithful recreation of a ambient gothic world. Even with the impressive graphics, the game still runs smooth as silk.
  5. Game Informer
    88
    Quite engrossing. [Dec 2001, p.91]
  6. Burns bright, but not as long as you'd like. It's an excellent sequel in that its puzzles and combat have evolved to the next level, and it provides a compelling, if not wholly satisfying, storyline.
  7. With a few changes, an interesting story, and a great presentation, Soul Reaver 2 carries on much of the same greatness of the original.
  8. A textbook example to other console developers on how to write videogame prose.
  9. A remarkable game. It features a rich background that’s used fully in the involved and intricate plot and has fantastic graphics, voice acting and music that combine to deliver Raziel's and Kain's story to the player.
  10. More appealing than the original.
  11. Soul Reaver's story is much deeper, more dramatic and lavishly developed in this edition.
  12. Soul Reaver 2 has some excellent moments, carried through with superb narrative, an excellent story and some stunning visuals, however it’s just not enough for me anymore…
  13. 80
    Fans of unbridled reaving, adventuring, and general vampiring through time and dimensions will love the game, despite its technical shortcomings.
  14. Next Generation Magazine
    80
    Yes, at times it can be frustrating with its meandering, endless execution, but few titles can match its eerie atmosphere. [Jan 2002, p.81]
  15. It looks good and plays well, but is missing elements of action and suspense that make a game like this story-heavy vampire hunter easier to digest.
  16. 80
    It will charm the pants off you and spectators if you're fan of the series.
  17. It'll take as much brains as brawn: The block-moving puzzles of the previous game have been burned at the stake in favor of some logically sound mindbenders.
  18. Like a soap, it's a little hard to start right in the middle and know what's going on. The Legacy of Kain series is one of those rare games where it's actually worth paying attention to the story. Too bad you have to go back to the PS1 to get caught up.

Awards & Rankings

#62 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    9
    As much as i love the LOK series, Soul Reaver 2 made me a bit sad. The lighting was REALLY bad, Puzzles were way to easy. But there wereAs much as i love the LOK series, Soul Reaver 2 made me a bit sad. The lighting was REALLY bad, Puzzles were way to easy. But there were comebacks. The graphics Amazing for a early 2000s game, Although the game runs a little shorter then the first game it is more linear driven (I wanted to see more of the world) the areas were just beautiful and it really feels like your in the game. The music, you can only hear it if you pay close attention, because it blends itself SO well with the game. If you are fans of the series will love it, COD fans won't understand it, and Artists will try to draw Raziel and his Soul Reaver. Full Review »
  2. Oct 16, 2011
    2
    It's like watching a boring British soap opera. 3 hours it took me to get out of the tutorial area. Some characters never shut up , andIt's like watching a boring British soap opera. 3 hours it took me to get out of the tutorial area. Some characters never shut up , and there's no way to skip scenes. The graphics are muddy, and you'll strain your eyes trying to see in poorly lit areas, no matter the brightness setting on your T.V. I expected more from a Kain series game. Full Review »
  3. ZiftK.
    Sep 10, 2006
    8
    If you liked the first game, you'll love this. The puzzles, the gameplay, the sound, they're all really good in this game. Although If you liked the first game, you'll love this. The puzzles, the gameplay, the sound, they're all really good in this game. Although a little on the short side, soul reaver 2 will deliver in so many ways, give it a try, it'll be worth your time. Full Review »