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BloodRayne: Betrayal

Score: 8.0 / 10


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BloodRayne: Betrayal makes my heart ache for the 2D platforming action games of my youth. Those games never looked as good as Betrayal, but they were just as twitchy and addictive as Betrayal.

The busty vampire known as Agent BloodRayne had a couple of big 3D console outings during the last cycle of consoles, that featured plenty of gore and fountains




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of blood. And though the style has certainly changed, it's weird that it fits so well. There's no mistaking this as anything other than a BloodRayne title.

A lot of the familiar moves are included here, along with her propsensity of gunplay and straight up stabs to the face are a real highlight. I'm using "highlight" in the gaming


sense -- stabbing people in the face in real life is never a highlight (and will only land you in jail rather than help you against unspeakable drooling things).

Betrayal is a lot of fun, even if it's not always a cakewalk. One more than a few occasions I just had to switch the game off because I was so frustrated. The controls felt kind of finicky when it came to precise traversal of the environment. The combat, I have no complaints with and really enjoy, but the exploration and environmental hazard dodging really raised my ire, which did actually make me remember just how unforgiving those old-school games could be; where timing, luck, and force of will were your only crutches rather than a big pointing arrow of a quicktime event. Betrayal doesn't go quite that far off the deep end, but it's definitely not something I'd inflict on a gamer just starting out.


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BloodRayne is already no stranger to sequels so I'm hopeful that developer WayForward might be given another chance to squish some of the frustrating bits. Don't go changing the graphics and animation! Just make the split second controls a little less poke-you-in-the-eye difficult.

- D.D. Nunavut

(November 9, 2011)


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