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Blood Omen 2

Blood Omen 2 by EIDOS INTERACTIVE Blood Omen 2
by EIDOS INTERACTIVE

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Mature
ASIN: B00005YVTX

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Features:
• 400 years have passed since the original Blood Omen
• You are the vampire Kain
• Move through crowds unseen cloaked in stealth
• Travel high above the peasant herds on which you feed
• Combat choreography unfolds with dance-like precision

Amazon.com Product Description: You are the vampire Kain, the most evil figure ever to appear in a video game. Cloaked in stealth, you will move through crowds unseen, travel stories above the peasant herds on which you feed--leaping from rooftop to rooftop--and use mind control to overcome vampire-proof inventions. The combat choreography in Blood Omen 2 unfolds with dancelike precision as Kain engages armies of demons and humans alike. The comprehensive menu of unstoppable attacks, nimble combos, and special moves are designed to appeal to even the most jaded of fighting game fans. The world that Kain moves through is a lushly detailed gothic environment that is not only gorgeous to the eye, but also alive with the soon-to-be-dead. The AI behavioral response makes peasants and enemies variously flee, take up arms, or remain unaware as Kain moves through crowds or charges, sword raised, into open areas.

From the Manufacturer: 400 years have passed since the vampire Kain damned the world in the original Blood Omen, choosing to rule the world in damnation then die for its salvation. Now Kain, who once controlled the land of Nosgoth with his vampire armies, finds his brethren slain and his dark powers stripped by a mysterious figure. To reclaim his rule and exact his vengeance, Kain must dispatch armies of zealot soldiers and overcome legions of demons in order to uncover the ominous plot that threatens the land he seeks to conquer. Blood Omen 2, the latest installment in the Legacy of Kain Series, is a third person 3D action/adventure game in which the player assumes the role of the vampire Kain. A compelling story drives the player through huge lushly detailed 3D environments and challenges their game play skills in combat, puzzle solving, stealth and exploration. With each success, the player achieves new dark powers that will grant Kain the ability to access treacherous new areas to explore and the power to face stronger, more aggressive enemies. As the player develops a stronger, more skilled vampire, they are rewarded with dozens of dazzling in-game cinematic sequences that unfold the continuing epic of Nosgoth, and Kain's attempts to ultimately rule over it.

Customer Reviews:
Good, perverse, fun., August 17, 2002
Reviewer: Jeff Schmidt from Davis, CA
There is just something undeniably fun about slashing, hacking, and dismembering innocent (and not so innocent) villagers and then sucking their blood for sustenance. This game had it all, silent decapitations, attacking and slashing women out with their baby carriages, and finishing off wounded victims with a series of ruthless kicks! It is so politically incorrect, and so, so, fun.

One thing that elevates Blood Omen above some of the competition (like Hunter, The Reckoning) is that their is more to it than just fighting. Scattered throughout the game are various puzzles that must be solved to advance to the next level. Alternating the violence with strategy and puzzle solving is what makes this game good for hours of entertainment. I finally made it through the entire game, but it took me a week of long nights and consulting on-line strategy guides.

Two minor critisisms of this game:
1. It is a little bit too linear. The game usually forces you down one path only with little or no options. i.e. the only door that is open is the one you must go through.

2. It needs a little polishing graphically. Don't get me wrong, the scenery is fantastic, but slain victums fall into solid walls, and lie in impossible positions over the edges of cliffs, bridges, etc.
Is it worth buying? YES!. Is it perfect? no

Potentially Good - Ruined by Flaws, August 7, 2002
Reviewer: loghyr from San Mateo, CA USA
Any game that places video sequences which CANNOT be bypassed AFTER save points is the work of either very egotistical designers or merely inconsiderate ones. To have to replay a video sequence over and over again in order to try to beat a level is absurd, and this mistake is repeated throughout what is otherwise a well-built, stylish game. Rent it or wait until the version that allows you to bypass video sequences is released. Otherwise you will wish that Kain would come and end your own existence...

best one in the series, August 2, 2002
Reviewer: An 11-year old gamer
im was a little mad they only made blood omen 2 from the series for xbox and not the others from the series but i have beaten the game and they give u some clips of wuts happening in the storyline kain is a very cool and powerful vampire who once wanted to rule nosgoth so he had to deafet the sarafan lord and his army so he gathered up a lot of vampires but for some reason his sword the soul reaver a very powerful sword wasnt harming the sarafan lord because the sarafan lord was wearing the nexus stone so he couldnt be harmed by it in this game in the series he has to get his strength back and kill the sarafan lord who now has the soulrever so ya you guessed it kain gets the nexus stone anway this is my rating gameplay=4 and a half star (fun to kill then suck blud frome people+) storyline=once u see the clip really awseome graphics= 50% good and u people who think its the xbox and ps2 or the gamecubes graphics on this game r better then u r very wrong all in all i would encorage this game to everyon all ages very fun and cool i luved it

Great story and gameplay, July 27, 2002
Reviewer: Jared from Cl1nt0n, 1N
This game is probably the best of the Legacy of Kain series, and to me, it is. It has a great story that you will want to play further to learn more about it. It has good graphics for the Xbox, but nothing really special. As you progress through the game beating bosses you get new powers from them after they are defeated. Speaking of bosses, this game has great boss battles. Each one makes you think about how you must defeat them, it is never by just hitting them over and over. It is not a scary game because you are the bad guy, and that's what makes it so cool. You dont run away from anyone, they run away from YOU. As I am sure you have probably heard this is not a good game for young kids or for the faint of heart. I'd say it is OK for a 13 year old, but thats bup to parents. The puzzles in the game are nothing special, but they are in there so you dont get bored with just going around killing people. I'd say this is a must own for the of age Xbox owner.

Best Game for xbox and i played hunter,spiderman, halo.., July 9, 2002
Reviewer: Adolph Rodriguez from Bayside, New York USA
Wow, the story and gameplay are by far the best to anything out there. Great Game, a must have!

This is the best game i have ever played on the Xbox., June 23, 2002
Reviewer: Chris from Illinois
This game is the best! I bought this game right when it came out. I've been waiting for Blood Omen 2 to come out for months and now it's finally out. The graphics are sweet and the sound rules. If you like Soul Reaver than you will love Blood Omen 2 better. Blood Omen 2 has a great storyline. I recommend buying this game if you don't have it...

As Good as Halo, June 9, 2002
Reviewer: frisbeehunter from SAN DIEGO, CA USA
I have played Halo legendary mode for most levels including Truth and Reconciliation. Saying that, I absolutely love Blood Omen II. The backgrounds and environments are phenomenal, even if the some of characters aren't as remarkable(a little crude in some cases). Without spoiling it, the special abilities that you acquire are extremely cool. Some of the bosses are difficult and require a little research or you get frustrated. But, hey, the whole Flood portion of Halo is frustratingly mind numbing and I still like it. I think you'll agree, this game is a keeper.

Just a Straight Port from PS2, June 7, 2002
Reviewer: billfy from NY USA
I expected at least slightly better graphics, or maybe a little bonus of some other kind, but I got none. I bought my X-Box because of it's superior graphics, unfortunately some developers just are not taking advantage to the X-Box's superior graphics.

Boring, June 5, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from APO, AE
Having never played a horror game I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunatley, I was disappointed. The gameplay soon became very boring as the only type of action is to run around drinking the blood of unsuspecting townfolk. Interspersed along the way is the occassional bad guy, treasure chest (I have no clue as to what benefit it gives) and the requirement of having to find a switch at different points in order to open gates. I found the controls to be slow and clumsy and the graphics are so-so. I guess I just expected more from an x-box game.

macabre enjoyment..., June 3, 2002
Reviewer: choam_inc
what a simply brilliant game, all the controls are perfect, all the areas beatifully designed,all the voice actors excellent (a rarity), the only reason i give this game 4 instead of 5 stars is that it has almost no replayability... its the identical set of circumstances again.. i managed to replay it once, there are parts that you just Have to see again , for example, The Eternal Prison... my final word is, if your a fan of the series Buy This Game. If your not, or if your new to the series rent it.

it took me probably 40 hours to finish it with alot of playing around.


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