An amazing mix of fighting, puzzle-solving, and platform style action and adventure. The only PlayStation titles that come even remotely close to being this immersive and enjoyable in my experience is the "Resident Evil" family, but even they lack the sheer depth and playability of Raziel's quest.
Good god this game changed my thinking of what an original game should be, seeing the world change omg I was looking for everything such an awesome piece of history and **** nobody's bothered to revisit this game and bring it upto date for 2023 also I noticed there is no Sega Dreamcast version I would have rated that aswell but it's not registered on here because there is a Dreamcast version aswell I played it on emulators and looks heaps better than ps1 version
Raziel is tremendously well animated and his surroundings are epic. In fact, the whole feel of Soul Reaver is epic, more than just a third-person adventure, but a whole tale of jealousy, betrayal and revenge.
If there is one fault with Soul Reaver it has to be some of the platform jumping required in the game. Not since the long ago days of my Atari 2600, have I been frustrated enough with a game to fling my controller across the room as I did while playing Soul Reaver.
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.
Imo Soul reaver is the best Ps1 and even the best Dreamcast game ever you really need to look at it from the perspective of the time it was released ,3D gaming was at its infancy ,it has a phenomenal writing with top tier dialogues ,worldbuilding ,raziel and kain being some of the best written characters in gaming history and phenomenal story that is complimented with some of the best voice acting the industry has to offer ,the game has a very well designed world that you need to explore and Similar to metroidvania you need to memorize some of the areas and do some backtracking to unlock certain areas that you can go to after you unlock a new ability , some great and well designed puzzles ,the combat may not put DMC out of business but again like I said earlier 3D was at its infancy but the combat is still great ,you can interact with the areas by either grabbing a weapon or throwing enemies at fire or spikey walls and water ,soul reaver also has dimension travel which at the time was simply mind blowing ,it was used to get past certain locations or find secret areas and the atmosphere is simply jaw dropping some of the best in any game.
Soul reaver is simply a generation defining masterpiece a beautiful diamond that will only look better the more you look at it.
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.
SummaryCast 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, overco...