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

Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight

Despite its unique one-eyed love interest, Love At First Sight is not quite as out of the ordinary as you might think. The high school romance story is pretty straightforward, while the visuals are equal parts creepy and cute. Unfortunately, the game is rather short and only features a single route with no choices, but it is still worth checking out if you are a fan of the genre. Gameplay: Short, but quite sweet. Graphics: An interesting mixture of creepy and cute. Sound: Decent tunes, but there are only a few tracks and no voice acting.

Riptide GP2

Riptide GP2

Riptide GP2 has the feel of an old school arcade racer and it is easy to get sucked into the experience. The game features some good looking tracks and plenty of awesome stunts. Although originally a mobile title, the developers went the extra mile to make it look good on PC and have also removed all micro-transactions. It is quite an addictive title, but suffers a bit from repetition in the later stages of the game. Gameplay: Challenging and addictive, although it does become a bit of a grind. Graphics: Quite impressive considering the mobile roots of the game. Sound: The soundtrack fits the game, but might not be to everyone's taste.

Dusty Revenge:Co-Op Edition

Dusty Revenge:Co-Op Edition

Don't let the cartoon style visuals fool you, Dusty Revenge is a brutal and violent game. It is also a very playable game with satisfying combat where you can pull off plenty of combo attacks. The game feels all lot like classic side scrolling beat 'em ups like TMNT and Streets of Rage. The co-op mode also adds to the fun, although sadly it is local only. Gameplay: Traditional side scrolling beat 'em up. Graphics: Beautiful backgrounds and unique character designs. Sound: Fitting music and solid sound effects.

Mushihimesama

Mushihimesama

Mushihimesama is showing its age a bit, but the stellar gameplay is as good as always. The game is a bullet hell shooter, so expect a tough as nails challenge, but it is always fair and remains addictive throughout. Although it only features five levels, the multitude of modes and difficulties ensures that there is plenty of value for money. An online co-op mode would have been nice, but even with just the local co-op it remains a blast. If you are a fan of the genre don’t hesitate to pick it up, but novices beware, Mushihimesama packs a mean challenge. Gameplay: The game doesn’t show any mercy, but practice pays off. Graphics: Definitely not state of the art, but still charming despite the age of the game. Sound: The soundtrack is great, but the sound effects could have benefited from a bit more oomph.

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

Abyss: Wraiths of Eden is yet another very enjoyable hidden object game from one of the best developers in the genre. The setting might not be that original, but looks great and makes for an interesting story. Since it is a rather easy title it is a good starting point for newcomers, but it is polished enough that even veterans will enjoy the experience. Gameplay: Easy to complete, but remains enjoyable throughout. Graphics: The hand drawn visuals look great, but the close-up character animations are not the best. Sound: Nice music, but the voice acting could have been better.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Whether you fondly remember the original 1989 Master System version or simply enjoy good platform games, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap should not be missed. This updated version is a true labor of love and features great artwork, brilliant re-orchestrated versions of the classic tunes as well as the ability to switch to the original audio and visuals on the fly. The gameplay is also still every bit as addictive as it was back in the day and can now be taken up or down a notch depending on your skill level. It is definitely no exaggeration to say that Lizardcube has pulled off one of the most impressive remakes of a retro classic that we have seen to date. Gameplay: Still plays great and showcases why this game is widely regarded as a classic of its time. Graphics: The new hand-drawn visuals look great and are also beautifully animated. Sound: The original soundtrack is catchy, but the re-orchestrated version sounds even better.

Leave a comment

three × one =