TomChick - :60 Reviews - Comments - 11/02/04
The first BloodRayne was about tits and blood, with Nazis thrown in for good measure. BloodRayne 2 is missing the Nazis, but the good news is that BloodRayne 2 is about a bit more than the tits and blood (Playboy pictorials notwithstanding). The tits are pretty silly – what kind of combat vampire is going to get implants like that? – and the blood is over-the-top splatterwork that's more goofy than gory. But the fights have a sand-box quality, where you have a bunch of bad guys and your choice of about a dozen ways to graphically eviscerate them. You also get some pretty nifty combat powers ramping up over the course of the game. Beyond that, there's a lot of Prince of Persia in here, right down to the polework.
The tech has a disappointing low-rent feel (i.e. there's a Playstation 2 version pulling them all down). The difficulty level will require a lot of replaying between save points, with early evidence of bad save point placement. For instance, you fight about twenty guys right before a boss battle, at which point you'll get killed by the boss and have to go back to fighting those twenty guys again before you get back to the boss. Also, the bosses I've seen are all about just getting in your face and hitting you so fast and hard you have no idea what's going on until you're dead. But when it's not frustrating, BloodRayne 2 is a passable combo of blood, tits, and action. In other words, a fitting game for the 13-year-old boy in us all.