Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)

A montage of characters from Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)


The second chapter in the Legacy of Kain series is very different in terms of gameplay to the first. It is less of a role-playing game, and fits better into the action-adventure category. Upon its release, the truly 3D Soul Reaver was critically acclaimed for having such a large, non-linear world to explore, no intrusive loading time between levels, excellent graphics, and the same great voice acting as its predecessor.

The player takes control of Raziel, the first-born vampire lieutenant of Kain. Many centuries after the events of Blood Omen, Kain has set himself up as the emperor of Nosgoth, and the land's health is deteriorating. Raziel is faithful and loyal to his master, until one awful day.

Raziel grows wings, surpassing Kain's own vampiric evolution. This is seen as a huge transgression, and Kain's response to it is to have Raziel thrown into the 'Lake of the Dead'. There he would burn forever in the swirling water of the Abyss, as water hurts Nosgothic vampires like strong acid hurts humans.

Somehow, Raziel survives this execution. At the bottom of the Abyss, he meets the Elder God, a being who claims to have spared Raziel from total destruction. Raziel is no longer a vampire, but a skeletal-looking wraith, and his blood-thirst has been replaced by a hunger for souls. The Elder God offers Raziel the same opportunity that Mortanius offered Kain so long before: the chance for vengeance against those who have wronged him.

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