Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Terminal Reality and Majesco prove once again that videogame sequels don't suck - that is of course, unless they're supposed to.
  2. With so many options available and constant re-evaluations about the situation I didn't feel the creep of boredom even if most of the enemies are pushovers.
  3. Improves on its predecessor in almost every way, even if it still features the same maddening difficulty level as the original.
  4. 85
    Reply value is questionable, so less than hardcore fans might want to pick this up as a rental.
  5. An excellent follow up to the original. It provides plenty of the action, and it is one of the bloodiest games I have seen to date.
  6. Overall BloodRayne 2, although lacking in some departments is still a drastic improvement over the original.
  7. It still has some blaring issues (that "unpolished" feel really sticks with you) but the coolness and guilty pleasure-ness of it make it well worth the time and money.
  8. It is very evident, however, that the BloodRayne series has come along way, flexing much better visuals, deeper gameplay, and a smoother overall look and feel thanks to the Infernal engine.
  9. What Terminal Reality has managed to create in the two years succeeding the Bloodrayne debut borders on miraculous. [Nov 2004, p.72]
  10. There are many things that could use some polish, but this sequel is definitely a step in the right direction.
  11. With sharp visuals and loads of neat levels, you'll have a blast cutting through enemies. If you're offended by extreme violence, stay clear, otherwise this is one enjoyably gruesome action game.
  12. 80
    Thanks to how the harpoon has been integrated into the extensive environmental interaction, and the superior visuals, and more varied gameplay, BloodRayne 2 stands above the original. Thanks to some broken scripting, easy combat (with no difficulty levels available) and incongruent acrobatics, BR2 isn't hugely better, only noticeably better.
  13. While this sequel does succeed in proving Rayne is more than a pretty face, a few more tweaks are needed before her playtime prowess matches her dark mystique. [Nov 2004, p.147]
  14. One of the few things that can be said about BloodRayne 2 is that it's a nice looking title. The character model for Rayne looks extremely detailed, as do the character models for some of the main enemies.
  15. Bloodrayne 2 is the perfect game for Halloween. It's a sweet, scary treat but it's over too quickly.
  16. If you want to look at pert bottoms and women sucking each others' necks while wearing stockings, you'd be better off doing it on the internet for free. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  17. It's a game worth checking out if you like strong, sexy female anti-heroes and gratuitous bloodshed, and aren't hoping for an experience heavy on plot and social relevance.
  18. A fun, challenging game for the first three stages, with varied gameplay and a likeable heroine... Once you get beyond that point, you'll find it increasingly frustrating... or you'll start cheating madly in the name of basic survival.
  19. A decent action game with a lot of nifty gameplay twists thrown in for good measure. While we wish BloodRayne moved a bit better than she does, no one can argue that she brings a sexy darkness to an action game (ahem) dripping with personality.
  20. A pretty decent action game, featuring a sassy heroine, cool moves and powers make the action very hot indeed. The gore is suitably over the top but remains fun all the same.
  21. 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.
  22. Provides a viscerally enjoyable experience pretty much from beginning to end. The game certainly has its blemishes, and it's definitely not the deepest or headiest action title you'll ever experience, but underneath those problems is a stylish and gory action game with enough kills and thrills to keep you entertained.
  23. The graphics are noticeably better, the gameplay is expanded upon, and it's twice as bloody as the first game. [Holiday 2004, p.67]
  24. Basically a game that is split between repetitive combat and annoying pole swinging sections.
  25. If you liked the original, or love games like Prince of Persia or Ninja Gaiden then it is definitely worth a look at.
  26. 70
    For a lot of players, the excellent graphics and high levels of violence and sex appeal will be more than enough to keep Bloodrayne 2 spinning. It's really a shame that the A.I. is so daft, and even with all the acrobatics, the very linear levels don't truly captivate.
  27. As great as it is to be sliding down a banister firing off both guns before holding out your blades to slice into two anyone unlucky enough to be standing near the bottom as you pass, the sloppy controls and quirks in the design do prevent BR2 from being anything more than a reasonably-decent third-person action-slasher.
  28. 70
    Despite Rayne's new abilities, you're still doing pretty much the same thing as before-slashing up wimpy guys, defeating bosses, and then doing it all over again after the next save point. (Even worse, the old camera problems are still there-you'll get blindsided by enemies all the time simply because you had no advance warning of their presence.)
  29. There are still some nagging flaws, like questionable AI and the poor soundtrack, but you'll still get your money's worth out of this bloodsucker.
  30. Sex and violence are the stars, but clever, well-delivered dialogue carries an entertaining vampire apocalypse plot well above current game standards. [Holiday 2004, p.106]
  31. Anyone over a certain age is likely to be highly embarrassed if they get caught playing it though, and for flip's sake, don't actually buy the thing unless you wipe with ten pound notes.
  32. The game reheats the same scenario again and again, with Rayne forced to toss shmoe after shmoe into a killing device until any hint of fun is sucked bone dry. [Dec 2004, p.96]
  33. Merely an average action game featuring an overly sexy protagonist and an entertaining combat engine held back by myriad game-breaking glitches. [Jan 2005, p.106]
  34. Forgoes the spunk of its predecessor in a vain attempt to update and build a franchise, and brings mediocrity to an all time record by managing to be absolutely average in every aspect except plot-where it manages to be different and be dismal.
  35. 30
    As it is, it feels like a one-night brainstorming session came up with a whole bunch of random ideas thrown in a pot and clumsily stirred. There might be a good game in here somewhere, but it needs to cook a lot longer.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JS
    Jan 27, 2005
    7
    Poor controls. Poor design. No story. No imagination. Very cute character.
  2. ScottC.
    Oct 14, 2004
    8
    Kind of like Devil May Cry. Both in style and play. The graphics are well done, and the game obviously caters to the male demographic in Kind of like Devil May Cry. Both in style and play. The graphics are well done, and the game obviously caters to the male demographic in gaming. Some tend to think that is a pure button masher. I have found that to be an easy line to place on this game. The combos are deep. The animations are well done for the fatalities and combos as well. The game is linear, and a tad on the easy side, but all in all a good game to have. Rent if that is your thing, but if you like to revisit games just to do it again, it's worth the purchase as it is indeed a fun play. Devil May Cry meets, Prince of Persia with a touch of Laura Croft thrown in with a great deal more attitude. If any of those games did something for you, you should enjoy BloodRayne 2. Full Review »
  3. ChrisM.
    Oct 13, 2004
    9
    WAY BETTER THE THE Frist one! Like a very freakiy mix of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Max Payne and Devil may cry. If your a fan of WAY BETTER THE THE Frist one! Like a very freakiy mix of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Max Payne and Devil may cry. If your a fan of of action games, Give it a try. Full Review »