BloodRayne 2 Review
Sequels suck. That used to be the general rule concerning feature films; though the pendulum of profit has started to slowly swing the other way in recent years. The videogame industry, however, has never really had to worry about the popularity of its sequels. Each offering in a series of games is usually bigger and better than the last. Take a quick peek at Xbox’s own 2004 holiday lineup, and you’ll see that some of the most anticipated titles this year are sequels. Gamers loved the acrobatics of a certain member of Arabian royalty, and he’s poised for a comeback very soon with Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. Everyone wants the power of the Force, and we’ll be wielding it this December in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Also, of course, Master Chief’s next adventure just might be the most eagerly awaited videogame of all time. Maybe you’ve heard of it(?) It’s called Halo 2. Early speculation leans toward these being some of the best sequels to ever grace store shelves. Though it doesn’t command the spotlight as the titles mentioned above do, another sequel has already released this fall. It combines elements of all three of those games, and is also better than its predecessor. That sequel is Majesco’s BloodRayne 2.
The story for this game involves BloodRayne hunting down her various siblings. They have formed a cult to worship their father, who of course is Rayne’s father too, and there’s this Shroud thing, see… You know what? Forget all this. The official site has a wonderful synopsis and they’re much better at storytelling than I am (after all, they wrote this stuff). However, since I’m sure you don’t wanna leave, I’ll just quote it for you:
“BloodRayne is a dhampir, born from the unnatural union of vampire and human. Blessed with the powers of a vampire but cursed with the unquenchable thirst for blood and a weakness to sunlight, Rayne is challenged with her most personal battle yet in BloodRayne 2.
When we last saw BloodRayne in 1935, she joined forces with the shadowy Brimstone Society to destroy a supernatural Nazi bid for dominance. Her father, Kagan, an influential Nazi collaborator, was killed in an accident at the close of the War. Cheated of killing Kagan herself, Rayne has spent the last sixty years ferreting out and destroying his many offspring, her siblings. They have banded together and formed the Cult of Kagan, pledging to carry on his legacy of creating a new era of vampire supremacy where humans are mere cattle for the bloodthirsty predators that hunt them. BloodRayne’s nefarious siblings have created “The Shroud,” a mysterious substance which, when released, renders the sun’s lethal rays harmless to vampires and twists nature into a nightmarish perversion. Now only BloodRayne stands between an unsuspecting humanity and a horrifying vampire dawn.”
Yeah, that about sums it up.