Graphics, Sound, and Setting
BloodRayne is set in the past, around the 1930s, in a world where there are vampires. The game’s story is about a woman named Rayne who is a dhampir, or a vampire hunter. She works for the Brimstone Society, an organization that fights and hunts vampires. The game’s story and setting are very unique and different from other games. It’s one of the things that makes BloodRayne interesting. The graphics in the game are pretty bad, even for a PlayStation 2 game. I don’t know if it was because this was one of the first PlayStation 2 games, but the graphics are blocky and the textures are bland. The game has a lot of grey in it, and the environments can become boring and repetitive. The lip synching is also off. The cutscenes are all well done, however, and move smoothly. Rayne is modeled well, and the enemies are all menacing and intimidating. The music is pretty good for the most part, and the sound effects are actually good for a game that’s kinda old.
Controls and Gameplay
BloodRayne is a third person hack and slash game. You take control of Rayne, a half-human, half-vampire. She has all the strengths of a vampire (strength, speed, agility), but none of their weaknesses except for bloodlust. You control Rayne through lots of different stages ranging from Louisiana to the cold castles in Germany. As you progress through the game, you gain new abilities like Dilated Vision (basically bullet time) and Extruded Vision (zoom in on action). Both of these abilities are useful. Rayne is armed with dual blades on her arms that can be used to hack and slash enemies. The physics engine in BloodRayne is a strong part of the game, when you deal damage to the enemies their body parts fly and it’s actually pretty cool to watch the carnage ensue. Also the environments are fully destructible, bullets can shatter glass, trees can be destroyed, and you can unleash chaos.
The level design in BloodRayne is pretty bad, it would’ve been nice to see some variety. All the levels take place in military type places and all the objectives are typically about killing a selected high ranking official. The game’s objectives can become boring fast. The controls are okay, however Rayne’s movements and animations feel very shaky and need work. Also Rayne’s blades move way too fast, and don’t look realistic.
Is this game worth buying? Final Thoughts
BloodRayne was a solid game back, but it just hasn’t stood the test of time. The animations, graphics, and levels in the game are all pretty bad. If you are looking specifically for a vampire game with copious amounts of blood and gore, this is good, but if you’re looking for a game with a deep, engaging story and plenty of replayability, BloodRayne does not fit the bill. Overall, I would not recommend buying this game. I’m giving it a 5/10.