Title: Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Developer: Silicon Knights
Publisher: Crystal Dynamics
System: Playstation
Released: ?/?/96

Review by: Kain

Few games have been as fun to play and as fun to watch as the Legacy of Kain series (hmm...Kain...sounds familiar). The L.O.K. games are great. They are famous for their gothic story plots and there addictive gameplay. Blood Omen, the game that started it all, was said to be Crystal Dynamics' best game ever in 1996-98. The L.O.K games have always been a favorite of mine and Blood Omen is by far my favorite. This game is a classic. One of the best of all time.

Vampires, ghosts, peasants, kings, none of these pathetic beings can withstand Kain's onslaught as you control him in putting an end to the tyranny in Nosgoth. Get ready...the end is coming and it is on your shoulders.

This game deserves more attention than it has got over the years. It is better than most of the games out there now.

First Glance

The game attracted me for three reasons: Blood, vampires, going medieval on creatures. I love the concept. I looked through the beginning menus and thought to myself...hmm, a little slow in the responses. Through that, I noticed that the game had several options that I could look through...and then I realized that I had to go through the game to figure most of them out. Details, details.

In the beginning of the game I had realized it was going to be a grave story for the tragic hero, Kain. When I began playing I saw a few guys come at me and I tried to defend myself but it was all for nought...The game wanted me to die in order to further the story line. But that's okay...Kain is resurrected and you begin your campaign of slaughtering innocence and the not-so-innocent.

Graphics

The graphics in this game are pretty basic. It is a 2-D game that has delusions of 3-D grandeur. The graphics aren't pretty to look at but they look good enough so that you don't puke when you play. If you want a pretty Playstation game, This probably wouldn't be the best choice. However Blood Omen is still a great game.

Rating: 6/10
Sound

The sound in Blood Omen is great, very gothic. It fits in well to what the game is about. I enjoyed listening to it...for the first hour or so. After that it got repetitive and boring.

Rating: 6/10
Gameplay

Blood Omen is an incredibly fun and addictive game. Claimed to have over 100 hours of gameplay in it, Blood Omen should take up quite a bit of your spare time. It has a wide variety of attack variations and has many ways to go about gaining victory. A game full of puzzles and action, this could be a primary title for many systems. Really, the game is that good. Bloodshed at every area, werewolves to pound, peasants to eat; what could be better? The gothic plot adds just that much more magic to the entire scenario. The game is a one of Kainís Must Haves.

Rating: 10/10
Controls

There are three basics to remember when grading the control of a game. The amount of freedom it give, the reaction speed, and the feel. Blood Omen has some great control. You have hardly any limitations to hold you back...assuming that you have all the items needed. The reaction speed is a little slow at times. Itís quick enough to let you do what you need to do, though. The control feels rather natural. The setup makes sense. The buttons and functions are in perfect order. All in all, Blood Omen has better control than most of the games that have been created.

Rating: 9/10
Overview/Recap

Blood Omen is a classic game that is always fun to play and has a lot of replay value. The graphics are not up to par when compared to the PS2, Dreamcast, Gamecube, or X BOX. The sound can get rather repetitious and monotonous. The control style is really well done. Kain gives this two thumbs up.

The Good, The Bad, The Confusing
  • + Gothic story line rocks!
  • + Kain makes all those other vampire look like wimps
  • + The Soul Reaver weapon is definitely one to be reckoned with
  • - The sound is kinda repetative
  • - It's an incredibly long game
  • ? Why can a wolf jump over a five foot ledge but not a two foot rock?
  • ? In a movie sequence, 50 people come at you, in the game you only see 5 of them.
  • Let Me Repeat that One More Time

    Graphics: 6/10
    Not the best graphics ever, but then again, its an early Playstation release

    Sound: 6/10
    Kind of repetative after a while

    Gameplay: 10/10
    It is a really fun and addictive game

    Control: 9/10
    Blood Omen gives you a lot of freedom

    Overall (not an average): 9/10
    A timeless classic, make sure to see the new Blood Omen 2 coming soon...unless you read this late, then it's already here.