Posted: June 27
I had a lot of fun playing through BloodRayne 2. I remember playing the demo in the early 2000s when at the time this was one of the most demanding games on the PC. It was nice to finally play through the game past my memories of the demo stage! Despite being a dated DX8 engine, modders have released an "HD patch" for it that lets you set custom resolutions, increasing resolutions of the textures and even installing some HD ones. Besides some minor glitches in widescreen, the game looks great when applied.
The gameplay feels very "2000s action game" when every game was abusing slow motion with fast-paced action. The vampire twist is what makes it interesting, as your health is solely dictated by drinking the blood of your foes, including all your guns which are "reloaded" the same way. The game is very violent, with decapitations, impalement, burning, etc. Story is spoon-fed to you as you go along, with a few pretty FMV sequences thrown in to highlight major plot points. The combat is fairly simplistic, though the developers tried to liven it up by adding a "combo" system depending on the sequence of buttons placed in addition to directionals. The game also heavily uses the environment as a means to the combat flow, requiring you to launch enemies into environmental hazards in what otherwise would be endless enemies to progress the game. The game also contains some basic platforming, but nothing overly challenging or frustrating.
Difficulty wise, the game is easy, especially once you learn to abuse dodge in combination with your "blood rage" which essentially gives you infinite health and damage instead drains your blood rage meter. Replay value is also low with completion of the game just unlocking new costumes for Rayne. The game is by no means amazing and even for its time would be considered a typical action game, though Rayne's character and personality, as well as the gothic and vampire lore is enough for me to give it a recommendation!