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  • Summary: Cast down to the material world, the mysterious entity 'Raziel' seeks vengeance for betrayal by his master: Kain. Cursed to stalk the dark realms of Nosgoth, he must slay his undead brethren; only then can he absorb their souls for the energy he craves. Moving between the spectral and material plane, Raziel must negotiate puzzles, overcome traps and defy blood-chilling enemies to reach his goal - the final battle with Kain! Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Graphically, this could well be the PlayStation's finest hour. The lighting effects are nothing short of incredible, with each environment sporting realistic and amazingly effective touches on each surface.
  2. Aside from the story this is Crystal D's finest moment with a title that should make Lara Croft seems like yesterday's news.
  3. 93
    Such an ambitious game - and one that achieves nearly everything it sets out to do - that few games come close to it. This game puts Tomb Raider to shame.
  4. One of the best games I've ever played. Everything about this game is top notch (except the ending): the story, voice acting, graphics, control and even the camera is excellent.
  5. A bit on the easy side. The platform-jumping sections aren't too tough, the puzzles not too complex, and the bosses fairly simple to beat.
  6. Seasoned gamers who are prepared to persevere will find it ultimately rewarding, however, as the stunning graphics and atmospheric sound makes it an engrossing experience.
  7. The horrible ending to this game has ruined what looked to be a good contender for the best Playstation game of the year. All the potential is there, but Eidos and Crystal Dynamics simply released an unfinished product.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. ChristieB.
    Nov 23, 2003
    Beautiful enviroments, wonderful story line, challenging puzzles, and amazing characters make this game the greatest game to play so far.
  2. JavierA.
    Jan 4, 2004
    1999 game of the year, 60 hours of continuous play, amazing graphics, deep story line, cool sound... what else could i say about this game but "THE PERFECT GAME". This is not just a game, is The Game. Expand
  3. DCF
    Dec 31, 2012
    This is the best game for long, winter evenings. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for intense gameplay, stunning in-game world and nice storyline. Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2011
    Amazing game, Hands down the only series I will happily say I am now a fanboy of. The story is deep and will keep you playing though the (lets face it) tedious combat (but then again you are armed with the SOUL REAVER!), The platforming is just purely amazing and the ability to switch between realms just adds to the story and the gameplay. Puzzles are challenging but rewarding. overall one of the best games of the year....... But could of shined even more. I want to see a HD remake. Expand
  5. FardeenS.
    Aug 4, 2005
    Very good game.
  6. MarkD.
    Nov 4, 2006
    As far as PSX action adventures go, this is second only to the mighty Metal Gear Solid and its just as awe-inspiring in its own way. A bit of a forgotten classic I think so if you see it going cheap you know what to do. Collapse
  7. Feb 17, 2013
    As with many PSone titles it struggles to hold up today but even at the time I found this a difficult game to get into. It had it moments but I seemed to spend most of the time unable to work out where to go. Expand

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