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BloodRayne

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Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Mature
ASIN: B00006AN1D

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Features:
• Non-linear gameplay through 3 massive worlds: Louisiana, Argentina and Germany.
• Special Dhampir abilities: Suck blood for health. Use slo-motion, zoom and aura vision to aid in death dealing. Pull off fa tastic acrobatic moves to bend the environment to your will.
• Battle Nazis, mutants, swamp creatures, ancient parasitic monsters and blood-sucking beasts.
• Master a range of weapons: swords, harpoon knives, guns, rocket launchers and more.
• Overfeed BloodRayne and activate Blood Rage for damaging attacks against swarms of enemies.

From the Manufacturer: Half human, half-vampire, Agent BloodRayne has superhuman strength, agility and senses that make her capable of skills far beyond the scope of a normal human. This formidable huntress works for the Brimstone Society--an underground organization that seeks out and destroys supernatural threats. Two missions, five years apart, turn out to be connected by one man: Jurgen Wulf. For years, he's been searching for powerful occult artifacts that would bring Nazi Germany into a new age of domination during WWII. BloodRayne is the world's only chance to defeat his elite Nazi army and prevent them from releasing untold horror upon its people.

Customer Reviews:
Great Game!, November 13, 2002
Reviewer: joe1985 from Walden, NY
This game simply put is awesome. Graphics and gameplay are incredible. The only reason i give it 4 stars and not five is because I found the game rather easy and feel it should have been made a little more difficult

Nazis, Blood, and Cleavage, November 10, 2002
Reviewer: Walter Reade from Appleton, WI United States
Hard to see what the excitement is about. The graphics are nothing special. The game is rather shallow -- kill people and suck the blood from their jugular vein. Killing Nazis is always a plus, though.

The controls are rather easy to pick up. You can use a variety of different views, such as aura view (looks similar to infrared), dilated perception (slow motion), and extended vision (zoom). Not much skill involved with the combat; it is more or less hack and slash.

The theme of the game is raw violence combined with sensuality. I’m sure this alone is what is drawing most of the positive remarks.

This game delivers, October 29, 2002
Reviewer: axemann92 from Chicago, Illinois United States
I just picked up this game and it rocks. Easy to master controls, excellent graphics, and marvelous sound. This is one game that you sould have in the Xbox library. I especially like the bloodrage feature, it lets you pull off some incredible moves while in that state. This is a must buy.

Bloodrain, October 27, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Placentia, Ca USA
This is an extremely violent game. One of the first times I have heard explicit language used by a character. This game should not be played or seen by anyone under 17. The rating is right on. My wife saw me playing this game and signed me up to see a shrink.

Not for your kids..., October 25, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Smyrna, GA United States
I have loved the idea and concept of this game before it came out. I was not dissappointed. The moves are incredible, I love the controls and gameplay are awesome, the graphics will not dissappoint you, and best of all its fresh. The blend of storyline, gameplay, and twists are somehow addictive. It does look like a port from PS2 to xbox...some of the graphics are bump mapped and some are not...and you have to get good at manipulating the camera...but its sweet. I love how the different weapon modes you have...pick them up...use up the ammo and throw them away. Its great. This is definitely not a game for kids. Concepts are 18 or older.

Let it Reign, October 25, 2002
Reviewer: Robert Eldridge, Author from Garden City, South Carolina USA
I have been eagerly anticipating this game amongst the slew of vampire games that have fallen short. BloodRayne takes on a "The Matrix" feel in combat with a full range of controls and perspectives. It's not an all-original concept, but it exceeds the current line-up well.

Controls:
Surprisingly smooth and easy to master attacks. The feeding element is one of the best eye-candy visuals as well as a necessity. The game takes a limited use of the XBOX's controller or full use, whichever you prefer to set it to in the options menu.

Gameplay:
An exhilerating rush from the very beginning, whether you start in training or dive right into the game. This isn't the typical "this is the right way, that is not" world as you'll find many places to explore, feed, and test those quick reflexes of yours. It's creepy, gothic, and intense. I remember being 45 minutes into the game and still at the beginning. It's a long game and rightfully so. The story can be found on the product description, so I don't feel the need to relay it again.

Visual:
Let's be honest. I love my XBOX, PS2, and when I had the GameCube, I loved that too (if only for 2 games.) No matter what the reviews state, the graphics are basically the same on all the systems it's designed for. Unless you have "Only on XBOX" and so forth, these were designed for multiple platforms and the only "tweaks" were its ports. That's a sad thing because it doesn't use the full harness of the XBOX's power. Many of you will disagree, but if you have multiple systems, rent them at your local video store and find out. I haven't found much difference in any multi-platform designed game so far.

Visuals II:
With that out of the way, it is visually stunning. BloodRayne is gorgeous and her movements, cutscenes, and animation are enough to distract you from the task at hand. The opening intro scene is confusing on purpose, however, it propells the story about to unfold. That said, the intro draws you into the game and glued to your seat for the hours of gameplay ahead. The backgrounds are a pre-rendered sort in some areas and the water you encounter isn't impressive (multi-platform game.) There are a lot of stunning other eye-poppers like breaking through walls, busting up chairs and tables, or shredding bedsheets and pillows (yes, you can do all that.) Blood Rage and the slo-motion battles are an interesting visual twist sure to delight the legion of vampire game fans.

Sound:
Here is where the XBOX struts its superiority. Not because of the game, but the hardware.

Pros:
Because of the XBOX's hardware and massive hard drive, loading times, frame rates, sound, and saving is easier. To reiterarte, the graphics aren't any better than the other platforms, but who cares, right?

BloodRayne's voice-over's are more convincing than most games have been to recent date. As for the character herself, there aren't too many words to describe her when you're left speechless.

Interesting storyline, control, and gameplay.

Cons:
A ported, multi-platform game lacking the advantage of using the full power of the XBOX. Examples: "Final Fantasy X" for PS2 pushed the limits of the machine, as did "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty." Another example: "Halo," which used the full strength of the XBOX and "Dead or Alive 3" (One of the most visually and all-around impressive titles I have ever seen on a console.)

All in all...this is a hot title which may remind some, because of the Louisiana part, of Shadow Man: Second Coming. Albeit, a better game through and through.

Can't get enough, October 18, 2002
Reviewer: Michael Carlstrom from Worcester, MA. USA
This game is already out. I bought it last week. The game is awesome. The graphics on the XBOX are outstanding. The controls are great and easy to learn. Bloodrayne has a variety of cool moves. She can either take enemies out with her blades, which chops the bodies to pieces, or she can use a bunch of different guns that she picks up. You can target more than one enemy at a time. You also have bloodrage that slows every thing down, she performs some truly great kills this way. You can also feed on enemies by leaping on them or pulling them over to you with a harpoon, much like Mortal Combats Scorpion. You must try this game and I can't wait for a sequel.


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