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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

published by Eidos Interactive / Square Enix in 1999-08, developed by Crystal Dynamics, running on Windows
type: beat 'em up, adventure
genre: Horror, Fantasy
series: Legacy of Kain
setting: Nosgoth
perspective: 3rd person
player options: single player
languages: eng ger
4.3/5
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Description
You're Raziel, one of Kain's Vampire Generals.. or rather, you were. Kain betrayed you, when you showed him that you had evolved beyond him. So he granted you death, by ripping out your new wings and throwing you down in to the Abyss. Dead, at least that's what you thought, you re-awaken in the Underworld, right under the nose the Elder. Confused, weak, and no longer a vampire, you set out to settle some matters with your former master, Kain.

More in-depth description:
... Although you were no longer a vampire, you still suffered some of their natural weaknesses, such that of water burning you like acid or sun scorching your skin like fire. However, you rid most of these weaknesses from yourself over time as you devour the souls of your slain enemies. You're young in your new form, though, and can't hold your physical form forever in the material realm, constantly draining your strength, the longer you stay there unsated. So at any time you're weakened too much, you're transported back into the spirit realm where you can sate your hunger with the lost souls. Your ability to transport yourself back and forth between material and spiritual realms is fundamental to your success, and adds an interesting depth to some puzzles and fights. However, you're practically immortal, even if you were to die, as if you could, you're transported back to the underworld, below throbbing tendrils and the everwatchful gaze of the Elder.

Sanguine # 2007-04-27 02:40:43
Comment
Latest version: 1.2 (as of 1999-11-04?)

There's also an unofficial XP compatibility patch.
Sanguine # 2008-10-15 11:27:32
Technical specs
display: textured polygons
Minimum:
* Windows 95 or 98
* Pentium 200 MHz CPU (with 3D accelerator)
* Pentium 266 MHz MMX CPU (without 3D accelerator)
* 16 MB RAM
* 4 MB VRAM
* 320 MB free HD space
* DX-compatible soundcard
* 4X CD-ROM drive
* keyboard
* mouse

Recommended:
* Pentium 266 MHz CPU
* 3D accelerator
* 32 MB RAM
* 8X CD-ROM drive
* gamepad or joystick

AMD's 3DNow! is advertized on the back cover, so obviously this game can benefit from it.
Sanguine # 2008-06-03 16:50:31
External reviews (3) - average: 78.3% - median: 77%
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Génération 4 (83-138)fr1271999-104/666%
IGN1999*9.2/1092%
PC Playerde831999-1177/10077%
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