Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

#1 Posted by Cwaff (1260 posts) -

A game I never played back in the day and decided to pick it up a few months back. From what I played I really enjoyed but I had the problem of getting horrifically lost to the point of giving up on the multiple times I played it. 
 What I want to know is for anyone who has played it, is it just my bad sense of direction screwing me over?

#2 Posted by Megalon (1392 posts) -

I don't remember getting lost in the first game so much as getting stuck on what turned out to be a relatively easy puzzle. Awesome game though, and the sequels aren't half bad either.

#3 Posted by davide (34 posts) -

I recall getting lost and or stuck on puzzles in that game as well. I think part of it may have been that the level geometry was a bit repetitive at least on an intra-level basis. If I remember correctly the same problem came up in Shadowman or Shadowman 2econd Coming which were also platformers with rather dark environments.  
 
I appreciate that Bioshock had an arrow that would point you where you needed to go next. It's easy to get turned around and no less easy to miss what a character in a cutscene says briefly about the next location to which you should go.  

#4 Posted by zityz (2360 posts) -

Yea I remember just throwing my arms up in just utter fustration as a kid trying to play that game. You go from a semi tutorial to just open world without much sense of direction and then from there on it remains that way as you traverse throughout the game. Loved the concept and storyline behind the Legacy of Kain/ soul reaver games. Although Blood Omen was SHITE! 

#5 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

Man that game was the fucking shit. 
 
The PS2 version was the best.

#6 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

That game had a really fucked up progression. Spent half of my time going back through the same areas in the physical and spirit plane trying to figure out what changed between them so I could progress. And all the puzzles were block puzzles. Combat was tits though.
Soul Reaver 2 sorta lost me. And Blood Omen 2 was just kinda mediocre. Blood Omen was really good though, back in the day. 
 
Also this thread reminded me that I totally have a Razael Action figure.

#7 Posted by minotaka (320 posts) -

Raziel action figures FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
Man i've always loved this seris!  SR2's story was nice n' twisy and the first SR i got on my 12th Birthday after school. Forever hooked :))))

#8 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Best Action-Adventure/platformer on the PS1. Yes it was THAT good. One of the early pioneers of streaming disc based technology, which is why you saw no load times inside the game, even when switching game world from the real world and spirit world.

The cutscenes and voice acting was awesome. Raziel was one hell of a proper anti-hero, out for vengeance. Fantastic graphics, decent music and impeccable noir atmosphere. 

Only bad thing was that the first game ended in an unfulfilling cliffhanger, because the game was meant to be part of a trilogy.

#9 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2479 posts) -

Never really got lost as much as I got hung up on a lot of the game mechanics, puzzles, & the amount of back & forth you did throughout each game, although it was pretty cool in later games where you'd go back to the same places but during different periods of time & see how badly they'd decayed.
 
Really inventive & immersing franchise with some fantastic story lines, characters, & second to none voice acting for it's time. I always wanted to see the conclusion to that overall story arc but after playing Defiance it seemed pretty obvious that there weren't going to be any more follow ups. I always felt that Defiance ended up working against them because in switching between the two very different play styles of Kain & Raziel it obviously highlighted the very dated & repetitive mechanics the franchise was relying on.
 
Would absolutely love to see a new one though, hopefully before Michael Bell & Rene Auberjonois pass away.

#10 Posted by Valkyr47 (11 posts) -

I just started my first playthrough of this the other night. Seems awesome so far but i have to admit, i got stumped on a few puzzles already. The frustrating part was that they were so obvious once i figured them out, it just took a bit of looking around the environment to see what i needed to do. Atleast the block puzzles arent as awful as some other 3rd person games (Tomb Raider)
#11 Posted by Questionable (619 posts) -

I was still a small brat when i played this and recall getting lost on a regular basis, never did manage to finish it on the PS1, for the 5 euro it is now i will likely rebuy it to play on the PSVita.

#12 Posted by Damian (1538 posts) -

One of my favourite games of all time!
 
It's a pretty big world with a lot of twisty terrain and castles. I'd say getting lost is part of the experience unless you're especially good at keeping track of that stuff in a game.

#13 Posted by falserelic (5328 posts) -

I remember getting lost and confused at the puzzles alot. Other then that the game was aswome.

#14 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3105 posts) -

I just started playing this game. I remember really liking it as a kid but I don't think it holds up so well for me anymore.

#15 Posted by minotaka (320 posts) -

Nostalgia can only really save it now....  Legacy of block puzzles.

#16 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

I wish they'd continue the series with the large opening defiance left..I want to see the true battle between Kain and the elder god...Sadly Tony Jay is dead so we will never hear that awesome voice ever again :(
#17 Posted by sugetipula (98 posts) -

I got lost too. I had to check a walktrough on numerous ocasions.

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