BloodRayne
Gameplay 6
Graphics 6
Sound 5

If all you want is some mindless action along with plenty of blood, then BloodRayne has got you covered. The B-movie plot isn’t exactly gripping, but provides a good excuse to tear apart plenty of foes. The game is quite dated at this point, but action junkies might still have fun with it.

Gameplay: Action packed but very repetitive.

Graphics: Not bad, but rather dated.

Sound: Average at best

Summary 5.7 Above Average
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

BloodRayne

Developer: Terminal Reality | Publisher: Majesco | Release Date: 2003 | Genre: Action / Horror | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Bloodrayne is the (rather incoherent) tale of a half human, half vampire called Rayne and her battle against the supernatural. The plot is strictly B-movie stuff with Rayne squaring off against evil Nazis and their twisted occult meddling. While unique, it feels like the game was patched together from elements deemed to be “popular”. There’s plenty of action and blood so if that is your kind of thing the rather mundane plot won’t matter so much.

Looking rather dated by now Bloodrayne was actually quite a good looking game back when it was first released. The lead character is interesting and well designed but the same can’t be said for your foes. Here and there you’ll come across a boss that stands out a bit, but the rest of the enemies are somewhat laughable and there isn’t much variation between them either. To make matters worse the levels are also rather boring with bouts of action interspersed with lots of running around looking for doors or items that will allow you to proceed. You can save at the end of each level, but if you buy the farm while playing it’s all the way back to the start for you. This, coupled with the lacklustre plot and boring levels makes it hard to stay motivated until completion. The story just didn’t grip me and the action became repetitive all too soon.

Rayne has some nice moves up her sleeves, but compared to the likes of God of War or Devil May Cry she just doesn’t have what it takes. Dismembering Nazis is fun for the first hour or so, but gratuitous blood and violence can only take a game so far before solid gameplay needs to pick up the slack and here it just doesn’t happen. Rayne can slice and dice enemies with a set of twin blades or give them a taste of their own medicine by using guns that she picks up. Speaking of tasting, she can regain health by leaping on her enemies and sucking their blood which is quite a disturbing sight. Despite all these abilities she’s rather frail and a couple of good shots will see her bite the dust so there is some strategy involved when taking on large groups of enemies. Using her blood rage ability allows you to tear into foes with extra ferociousness and she can even slow down time allowing her to dodge bullets. It all sounds very cool on paper, but in reality things get a bit iffy.

The voice acting is so-so with some cheesy dialog and a few cringe worthy cut-scenes but nothing that’s too unbearable. Sound effects were OK, but have a habit of drowning out Rayne’s ramblings while battling and the music was largely forgettable. Controls are very responsive, sometimes feeling a bit too twitchy and while the combat is frantic it can be a bit disorientating in confined spaces as the camera will freak out and not give you a good view of the action.

All in all Bloodrayne is a mediocre game that was stuffed with pop culture elements and violence in an attempt to sell. Back in the day it was enough to garner some sales and even a sequel, but in this day and age, there are way better things to spend your time and money on.

*Review originally published in 2007.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 98/2000/XP
  • Processor: 733 MHz processor
  • Memory: 128MB RAM, 200MB virtual memory
  • Graphics: 100% DirectX 8.1 compatible video card, ATI Radeon, GeForce 2 or higher, with Hardware T&L (Transform & Lighting). Excludes GeForce MX and Go series cards.
  • DirectX: Version 8.1
  • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card

Related posts

An Assassin in Orlandes

An Assassin in Orlandes

Tin Man Games have done a great job porting over classic gamebook adventures, but this is their first attempt at bringing something brand new to the table. With its fantasy setting and interesting storyline, An Assassin In Orlandes definitely feels like it could have originated from the same era as gamebooks like The Forrest of Doom. However, it is a very enjoyable and gripping tale in its own right. The heavy reliance on dice throws and luck might annoy some players, but thanks to the “Casual” mode, this is an adventure that can be enjoyed by anyone. Gameplay: The story is quite good, but prepare yourself for plenty of dice rolls to test your luck. Graphics: Faithful to the look of the old gamebooks, but we would have liked to see more illustrations. Sound: The audio remains fairly mellow and unobtrusive throughout your adventure.

Oscura: Lost Light

Oscura: Lost Light

Oscura: Lost Light is a nice, solid platformer with eye-catching visuals and challenging gameplay. The level designs in particular are very good and the puzzles never become tedious. The abundance of checkpoints and unlimited lives at your disposal also cuts down on the frustration. Overall Oscura is a great game for fans of the genre, but doesn’t have anything unique to really draw players who would not normally try out platformers. Gameplay: Entertaining and challenging without becoming frustrating or tedious. Graphics: The silhouette visual style might not be a fresh as it used to be, but still looks good in Oscura. Sound: The background music remains firmly in the background without really standing out.

Mystik Belle

Mystik Belle

Mystik Belle features an addictive blend of classic platforming, Metroidvania inspired exploration and a healthy dose of point & click adventure style puzzles. The beautiful pixel art visuals are a definite plus and the charming characters as well as varied locations will keep you hooked. The puzzles and limited inventory might not appeal to players looking for a more traditional Metroidvania style platformer, but Mystik Belle is definitely worth checking out. Gameplay: Tons of areas to explore, lots of clever puzzles and some huge bosses to defeat. Graphics: Beautiful pixel art visuals with large, detailed sprites and memorable backgrounds. Sound: Features a catchy chiptune soundtrack.

Hatred

Hatred

If all you want is mindless killing and senseless violence you will probably enjoy what Hatred has to offer. However, it is quite a repetitive title and without the controversy not really that special. The destructible environments are nice and causing chaos is quite fun, but the game is also rather short and lacking in depth. Gameplay: Shoot everyone and blow up everything before repeating it again on the next level. Graphics: The monochrome visuals are detailed and stylish, but make it hard to see what is going on at times. Sound: Moody background music, but the protagonist sounds more cheesy than menacing.

So Many Me

So Many Me

The whimsical visuals might fool you into thinking that this is just another easy platform title, but So Many Me packs a lot of tricky puzzles as well. Completing the levels is easy enough that players of all skill levels have a fair shot, but finding all the costumes and relics takes considerably more skill. If you are looking for a polished and addictive platformer, then look no further than So Many Me. Gameplay: A charming platformer with a strong emphasis on puzzle solving. Graphics: Packed with detail, color and personality. Sound: The catchy soundtrack is a perfect match for the light-hearted visual style.

Quest for Infamy

Quest for Infamy

Quest for Infamy offers an authentic 90s era point & click adventure experience infused with role playing elements. It has a very offbeat sense of humor, interesting cast of characters and tons of locations to explore. The voice acting is a bit uneven and lack of hotspots can make some puzzles harder than they should be, but overall this is a game that all fans of the genre will appreciate and enjoy. Gameplay: Very true to the point & click adventures of the 90s. Graphics: Packed with detail and animations despite the low resolution. Sound: Features a great soundtrack and full voice acting for all characters.

Leave a comment

1 × 3 =