Summary: Very few people can claim to love BloodRayne as a franchise, and there's a reason for that. The original titles were critically derided, the series of Uwe Boll movies are particularly grotesque, and the comic books are obscure as Hell. However, when someone's looking for fans of BloodRayne , they need look no further than myself. So, when news of a new BloodRayne game dropped, I was beyond excited.
Excerpt: If you’ve been looking forward to a stylish, breezy 2D hack-and-slashing foray into the BloodRayne canon with Betrayal, the new XBLA/PSN release, get ready for a digital bitch-slap. BloodRayne: Betrayal is immensely difficult – so much so that I gave up trying to beat it, and I’ve beaten Hard Corp: Uprising and Demon’s Souls, so I don’t mind difficult games and I don’t give up easily.
Pros: Looks luscious, Rewards badassery, Certainly won't fall down for you
Cons: Imprecise controls, Unreasonable challenges, Some terrible checkpoints
Excerpt: It's been a few years since BloodRayne has made an appearance in a game, and the half-human, half-vampire dhamphyr won't be too familiar to those who knew her before. BloodRayne is no longer hunting down Nazis in a 3D world, and is instead taking on legions of clones who look like they would be at home in a Jane Austen movie in a side-scrolling 2D brawler.
Excerpt: BloodRayne: Betrayal is easily the best game in the series; it’s not saying much considering the previous entries, but don’t let the name fool you. What you’ll find here is a very fun and challenging little game with plenty of callbacks to classic sidescrollers we all know and love. The challenge may initially throw some players off, but stick with it a while longer and you’ll find a very satisfying game with plenty of incentive to continue playing.
Excerpt: In recent years, the Twilight films have given a sort of re-birth to vampires in media. Sure, they might not be the best portrayal of vampires. They are angsty and instead of exploding into flames when they walk into the sun, they glitter. Thankfully, this re-birth has also allowed more traditional vampire fare to return [...
Excerpt: Dhampirs are notoriously difficult to control. Born of the unholy union of vampire and human, these half-breeds drink the blood of the living, change into winged beasts, and live to a preposterously old age. They aren't exactly known for compromising, and in BloodRayne: Betrayal, this stubbornness manifests in the obstinate manner in which the main character moves.
Pros: Making enemies explode is fun, Striving for high scores is satisfying
Cons: Major control issues hound you in combat, Painful platforming sequences, Difficulty spikes quickly halt your progress
Conclusion: With practice and determination, you can come to grips with the cumbersome controls. And once you overcome the handicaps, Betrayal can be a lot of fun. Each of the 15 levels tracks your score, and though you can squeak by with an F rating your first time through, going back to raise that to a respectable level gives the game plenty of replay value. But it's just not worth sinking hours into Betrayal to uncloak that saving light.
Pros: Making enemies explode is fun, Striving for high scores is satisfying.
Cons: Major control issues hound you in combat, Painful platforming sequences, Difficulty spikes quickly halt your progress.