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BloodRayne 2: A Marked Improvement for The Series.

by: KateG ; edited by: Eric Stallsworth ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

If you were less than impressed by the first BloodRayne game, you may have passed by its sequel BloodRayne 2 without a second glance. That would be a shame as this title is a marked improvement to the series. Let’s take a look at this new adventure of Rayne’s.

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    The Plot

    It’s been awhile since the last time we’ve seen Rayne. This game is set in the modern era. Having rid the world of her father, she has moved onto bumping off her siblings. As it turns out this is a pretty sizable group. You may be wondering how big of a group. Well, its big enough to found a secret society with some pretty sinister goals. They want to release “The Shroud”, a cloud of blood that lets vampires walk around when it is sunny out. To save humanity from becoming 24/7 happy meals on legs, Rayne must stop them.

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    Your Weapons and Attacks

    In this game Rayne can avail herself of a wide variety of tools to slaughter her enemies. The game developes a nice mix of distances and hand to hand (or hand to fang) weaponry for your killing pleasure.

    Kicks

    It turns out that Rayne has some pretty powerful legs. Knock the stuffing out of your enemies with this basic attack.

    The Arm Blades

    Yes, Rayne’s signature weapon is back and this time around you can make some pretty powerful combos with the blades and the kicks.

    Chains

    This may not seem like much of a weapon at first, but the first time you grab an enemy at a distance and chuck him across the room you’ll understand the joy in using the chains.

    The Carpathian Dragons

    A pair of blood-powered guns. Just be careful - when you run out of ammo they start to drain Rayne.

    Target mode

    Target your enemy while using the blades and you will be able to use more dodges and attacks.

    Execution moves

    These are visually interesting ways to watch Rayne finish an enemy. There are a total of 12 that range from a quick stab to total dismemberment.

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    Puzzles

    The puzzles in this game come in two main varieties. There are the obstacle courses that you will be familiar with already and what I call “jam puzzles”. Let’s say that a wood chipper is in your way. You can’t go over it or push it. How do you get it out of the way? You feed it enemies of course! Eventually the machine will jam and you can get through. The majority of puzzles however will be about jumping.

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    Controls

    The keyboard controls can be a bit akward, so if you have a game pad whip it out. Your life will be much simpler. The one control feature this reviewer enjoys is the camera controls. They are very simple and you can change views without having to nudge an analogue stick during combat. The key-based switch is much easier to manage. Of course, this is a personal preference and some of you may miss the old method.

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    Graphics

    Graphics is one of the places where the original title shined, and BloodRayne 2 continues on this tradition. The world creates a great “old school Dracula meets modern metro" feel and characters are for the most part very detailed. You almost feel bad killing them - almost.

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    System Requirements

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    • Windows 98SE/2000/XP
    • 1ghz processor
    • 256MB RAM
    • 200MB virtual memory
    • 4x CD-ROM
    • 500MB free hard disc space
    • 100% DirectX 8.1 compatible video card or higher
    • DirectX 8.1 or higher

    SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS

    • Windows XP
    • Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • 512 MB RAM
    • 200MB virtual memory
    • 24x CD-ROM
    • 1 GB free hard disc space
    • GeForce FX (any), Radeon 9600, 9700, 9800 or better
    • DirectX 8.1 or higher
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    Conclusion

    BloodRayne 2 is fun to play and to watch. The enhanced puzzles and variety of new attacks makes for a sequel that is better than the original. If you want to try Rayne out without having to buy the game you can check out the demo level here.

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    Screen Shots

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