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Legacy of Kain: Defiance PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: The Legacy of Kain games have always put exploration ahead of the action, but Legacy of Kain: Defiance is less about walking in circles for hours, baffled of where your next location is and far more centred on the action this time around, which is pretty evident when you witness kain’s and Raziel’s new telekinesis ability in action. After all, why waste such an amusingly fun move, eh?
Excerpt: Parents should be aware, however, that the game is very mature and frequently grotesque, including beheadings, mutilations, and other unambiguous expressions of violence that are unsuitable for children. Fans of the original Soul Reaver might have mixed reactions to this game, depending on whether or not they find the puzzle-based gameplay as sloppy as I did. If you enjoyed the original game's reasonably balanced gameplay, Soul Reaver 2 might disappoint.
Excerpt: Sometimes great games have bad stories, and sometimes great stories accompany bad games. However, I have never seen this distinction become more acute than with Soul Reaver 2 for PlayStation 2, Crystal Dynamic's long awaited sequel (actually third in the Legacy Of Kain series) to their 1999 vampire epic.
Excerpt: I think Matt did a great job pointing out the good versus the bad in Soul Reaver 2 , so there's no need for me to elaborate on any of that. But I would like to expound one of his points—the balance between story and game, which is Soul Reaver 2 's most glaring flaw. It is refreshing to finally see a story-driven action/adventure game deal with a complex and original story in a coherent manner.
Excerpt: During the past few years, this popular franchise has seen several incarnations in the form of the Soul Reaver and Blood Omen games, each one of which would open a new and exciting chapter of a wonderful and tantalizing storyline. Defiance marks the latest instalment in the Kain era. Defiance takes much of its graphical influence from games like Devil May Cry . Level designs are nice and gothic (as you would expect), providing a dark atmosphere for the game’s events.
Excerpt: In a manner of speaking, Legacy of Kain: Defiance is something of an inbred title. By name, the game is a successor to the Legacy of Kain series of games. Yet, by plot it is more of a sequel to the Soul Reaver series (which is a spin off of the Legacy of Kain series). Regardless, Defiance manages to finally bring both Kain and Raziel's quests full circle in a fast paced, yet ultimately boring game.
Conclusion: After all that you've read here, it's still up to you to decide whether this games is worth your hard-earned cash. Hard-core fans will love the story and eventually, if they're persistent and patient enough they'll get over the horrendous controls and camera and other gameplay drawbacks mentioned in this review.
Pros: Narrative, plenty of new combos, admirable artwork, character voicing and audio;
Cons: Unintuitive and extremely irksome camera and controls, AI glitches, limited variety of opponents, no replay value.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It will be nice for many fans to finally get an ending to the game, whether it is good or bad is up to the individual. I consider the ending a mixed bag. It does leave itself open for the possibility of another game so perhaps we'll still see more from the series.
Excerpt: Look, let's just get something straight right from the start of this review: I think vampires are cool. So much so that I might be willing to overlook some of the smaller things about the Legacy of Kain series that other vamp-digging like-minded people would. In fact, I'd venture to say that the series itself really depends on this.
Conclusion: Defiance is worth a look, although background knowledge of the game will make it more interesting, and you won't play half the game wondering what is happening. The storyline can get pretty slow at times, but flashy graphics and cool fighting scenes make for a pretty good game.