Xbox Live Arcade: 1200 Microsoft Points | PlayStation Network: $15
The BloodRayne series has been traditionally awful. A weak original game, a mediocre sequel and a terrible movie don’t exactly combine into something amazing. Game developer WayForward hopes to revitalize the lady vampire with its newest downloadable title BloodRayne: Betrayal.
Now every other BloodRayne game has been a three-dimensional hack-and-slash affair. Betrayal shares similar gameplay as its predecessors, but it does so as a two-dimensional, side-scrolling adventure.
BloodRayne has several moves in her disposal, including fierce blades and a gun. The blades can be combined with the dash for a deadly decapitation move.
The vampire can suck the blood of a dazed opponent to replenish precious health. The life bar is also restored once a checkpoint has been reached.
The visuals are one of the best parts of the game. A creepy forest and a castle are just two of the locations you’ll visit while playing through the campaign. The locales feature vibrant colors, but are still dark enough to keep the grim mood you’d expect.
Heavy metal riffs dominate the games soundtrack. It does a great job of adding to the element of rush.
Betrayal has 15 levels spread out over several chapters. It’ll take longer than the standard downloadable game to beat.
So does BloodRayne: Betrayal right the wrongs of the previous titles?
Yes and no.
The game is a solid hack-and-slash with enough gameplay to keep you busy for hours. On the bad side, this can make some levels feel repetitive.
The fluid controls go a long way in making Betrayal a fun game to play.
I’m also a fan of the score ranks that are given at the end of each level. You have to score a certain number of points to reach each specific rank. The highest marks will test your patience, as they require an incredible amount of points to obtain.
It’s no secret that vampires and Halloween go hand-in-hand. BloodRayne: Betrayal isn’t exactly scary, but I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a vampire game to celebrate next week’s big day.