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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Platform:  Dreamcast
# of Players:  1
Developer:  Crystal Dynamics
Publisher:  Eidos
Features:  VMU, Jump Pack
Ratings:  Mature
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Info:  http://www.eidos.com
BREASTS. Now that I've got your attention, I just want to write BREASTS in capital letters again. Thank you for humoring me. I will not lie to you. There are not that many breasts in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. But let's not lose our heads over this. Many great games have been made without the addition of breasts and Soul Reaver is definitely one of them.

In this marvelous sequel to the cult classic Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, we take control of one of Kain's disciples named Raziel. You see, in the original game, you played as Kain as he wandered through the dark world of Nosgoth in search of redemption. After completing the game, users were faced with a harrowing decision. Should you, as Kain, kill yourself and rid the world of your vampiric scourge or should you live to conquer Nosgoth and transform it into your own undead empire. Soul Reaver assumes that the user chose the latter (and most of us did).

As Soul Reaver begins, we witness Kain's betrayal and assassination of his highest-ranking Lieutenant, Raziel. However, you can always count on some gigantic squid, wallpaper, god of the underworld thingy to resurrect the main character and put him on the road to rescuing the world. BREASTS.

Even though I'd played Soul Reaver extensively on the PSX, I was so incredibly excited when I heard of its up and coming release on the Dreamcast. I had to wear diapers for at least a week. And when it landed in my soiled lap, a new reason for my existence became apparent.

The game looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, and plays fantastic. What a concept. I can easily say that Soul Reaver is one of the tightest, most balanced, most gratifying action-adventure experiences I've had since Tomb Raider 2. If Soul Reaver was merely an action-adventure game that would be satisfactory, but there's so much more once you scratch the surface.

RPG elements run amok as the game features a long and involving story, great character development, plenty of intuitive and original puzzles, and plenty of those sectarian, cultish overtones that we've grown to love in the past few years of gaming. Few games, if any, offer such immaculate and well-rounded gameplay. BREASTS.

Few complaints of Soul Reaver can qualify as sound judgement. Some might complain that, relative to the game's enormity, enemy confrontations are too sparse and, when they are engaged, simple. Some might complain that the amount of freedom given to the player can cause confusion... panic attacks. Some may complain that JFK was killed by one man and there were no other contributing hostilities. Some people are also very narrow minded. Just kidding... mostly.

If you love vampires and you love exploration and you love dark, gothic ambiance, get this game. It is one of the two best adventure games available for the system. However, if you're looking for BREASTS, then go get a 3DO. This was fun.

Robert Cirkeljirque


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