An unholy union of human and vampire, you were raised and trained by a secret government agency to hunt down and eliminate evil forces across the globe. Now you must take on an occult faction of pre-Nazis and their army of vile, unearthly ghouls to prevent them from unleashing creatures of unfathomable terror onto the world.
As Agent BloodRayne, you'll travel through the eerie swamps of Louisiana, to Argentina and Germany. All the while, satisfying her passionate lust for human blood. Battle Nazis, mutants, swamp creatures, ancient parasitic monsters and blood-sucking beasts.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2009-11-12 07:28:33 bytor:
I found this game much more enjoyable than I expected. You spend most of the game running/jumping around and killing Nazis by:
a) Sucking their blood,
b) Shooting them with their own weapons,
c) Carving them to pieces with your blades,
or preferably; d) All of the above.
It's hard to explain exactly why the game is so great though, but I could hardly tear myself away duringread more my first playthrough. Maybe it's the perfect combination of melee combat and gun action with authentic WWII weapons - maybe it's the awesome mood and setting of the game - or maybe there's just something about Nazis that make them so much fun to kill. Either way, this game is a winner.
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Posted on 2009-11-13 11:59:58 bydigitalithium:
I have replayed this game more times than I can count. There is something wonderfully fresh about this game despite all the cliches. The things I love about this game the most are:
1) Great protagonist...her occasional one-liners are worth the price alone.
2) Awesome abilities...especially the bullet-time type ability that costs NOTHING to use (once it's unlocked)
3) Dismemberment...they'reread more Nazis, so it's fun
4) Lotsa guns...you can shoot most guns while feeding
5) No health packs to collect...most baddies ARE the health packs
6) Great ambient soundtrack
7) Most boss battles need a strategy to beat
8) Cheat codes...try BRIMSTONEINTHEBAYOU to unlock a hidden level
There are a few negatives, but for me they don't prevent me from playing:
1) Some bosses are way too difficult (but there's a Godmode cheat code)
2) Blade combat is feels a little awkward
3) No saving in the middle of levels (a left over from the console version)
4) You don't have to battle most enemies, just feed off them until they die
It's a simple game, but lots of fun. It's not a very serious game, but it's not supposed to be.
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Posted on 2009-11-12 15:47:21 byVestin:
I think we can (conceptually) distinguish between two types of gamers and as such - I shall divide this review into two parts.
It's fast and furious but mostly because that's how you'll want it to be. You are offered a few basic types of moves and abilities and gain additional ones as the game progresses. Most of the time you'll even want to perform some ofread more them simply because of how awesome they look. Even though you can play it safe (at some point - even too safe), you'll want to dive into the action and wreck havoc on your enemies... as well as the environment (ripping banners, crushing chairs - you name it).
Speaking of enemies - there are quite a few types of them, so you won't get bored too fast. All of them require a slightly different approach and you'll soon pray for the previously-abundant cannon fodder, as the enemies are also your sole source of health regeneration.
As all the damage you'll cause - it both looks and sounds 'authentic' as in - it really does give you a feel of great female power condensed into a single sexy, redhaired and green-eyed fury of a half-vampire.
If you like slashing things - it's a must-have.
Although you may find the plot lacking - it's bearable. Some trivia might be hard to swallow for the diehard fans of the topic, but you can (and should) leave your past knowledge behind. Once you do so, you'll be left with a powerful femme fatale serving as a one-woman X-filesque strike force. Since our heroine is far from being introverted - the little bits about her personality you'll be forced to learn through infrequent interactions via cut-scenes.
What's a lot more immersive is the setting - the environments are quite detailed and mostly destructible, the sounds are nicely fleshed out and the music, as rare as it is, serves its purpose great - when you hear it, you simply KNOW there's something important going on.
As much of an action game as it is - it can definitely give some people nightmares. I'm not going to get into much more details, because that might spoil the fun but it definitely can get scary at times.
All in all - a nice set of thrills to go through.
As arbitrary as it is - I'll give Bloodrayne 4/5, even though I've had a great deal of fun with it. If you're an action fan and enjoy TPS games with sharp blades - make that a 5/5 and at the very least check the demo out. If you're a plot-driven person and enjoy the atmosphere of a game more than hectic action - it's more like 3/5, although you might still give it a go just for the chills and a few surprises it has up its sleeve (and you show DEFINITELY check the demo before you buy it to avoid disappointment).
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