Why the Hell Haven’t You Played Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver yet?

Nath sits back and judges people for not playing some of what he considers to be absolutely essential games.

Vampires have become increasing popular in the media in recent years with programmes like True Blood and truly terrible films called Twilight. I think I stomached 5 minutes of the first film and to be honest I was ashamed that I even managed that. However, if we go back to about 1999 a game called Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver was released and trust me on this, it is really worth a play.

You are thrust into the fictional world of Nosgoth, a world ruled by Kain. You play one his lieutenants called Raziel (badass name right?) and you are approaching him at the throne. You have recently grown wings and therefore you are out-evolving Kain. In an act of jealousy, he tears the bones from your wings and throws you into a whirlpool called the Lake of the Dead. You burn and writhe around in pain because Raziel is a proper vampire and cannot touch water until you die. However, you are resurrected by the Elder God, an omnipresent being, in order to become his Soul Reaver and with his guidance, you can enact your revenge on Kain.

Armed with claws, various weapons and magic, you patrol the world 1000 years after you first cast in the lake. Many things have changed, especially the appearance of your vampire brethren, as they have also evolved and become more powerful vampires. You fight your way past all the vampires and absorb their souls to make yourself even more powerful.

You also control the world around you, you can shift between the material and spectral realms in order to reach new heights on the map, or open new areas that weren’t previously there. At a later point in the game, you gain a spectral sword. How can you say no to that?

soul reaver

Honestly, this game is certainly up there as one of the best games I have ever played. The gameplay is a bit annoying at times, but what do you expect from a game from 1999. The storyline is epic, the voice acting is incredible and it ties in very well with the Blood Omen series and the amazing final chapter, Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

It is available on the Playstation network, although there are some rumours floating about that a reboot may well be on its way. I will be keeping tabs on this, but hopefully we may not have to wait very long to play that game too.

Nath

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