REVIEW – BloodRayne: Betrayal

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Classic Moments

So, you want to see blood in your games, correct?
How did I guess that?

If you have already played the BloodRayne series, you know how it’s gonna go down.
If you don’t know anything about this game, but are reading this review anyway, the title has the word “blood” in it, so my initial guess is that you want some kind of blood-action in your gaming.

Whatever the reason is, congratulations. You’ve found the right game. BloodRayne: Betrayal definitely packs tons of blood, and whether you like it or not, it’s going to be splattered all over your TV/monitor. So, is the blood the only thing we’re going to discuss for this game?

Nope. Blood only covers the basics.

The first thing  you will immediately notice with BloodRayne: Betrayal is the graphic novel themed style. A very pleasant experience for your eyes, unless you hate the style with a passion.

The storytelling also takes advantage of the graphic novel themed style, using dialogue bubbles to move the story along. Though it is a clever and classy approach, I almost wish that they were sequenced with cutscenes. I think the game has interesting twists and clever comments, but without zooms or dramatic visuals, it felt like I was just reading dialogues in small bubbles.

Audio is also a great part of the game. If you have low HP, you don’t hear the background music anymore. I’m not sure if it was done intentionally or a bug, but it strengthens the tension. Also some of the sound effects went with the BGM which is a nice touch.

One of few things that I’m wondering about is the BloodRayne: Betrayal’s difficulty level; there were times that I had to try for more than 50 times to get it done. Maybe my gaming skills have toned-down a bit or maybe I just plane suck at such game, but last time I had this much trouble with game was when I played Ninja Gaiden II. Okay, it may not be that hard but nonetheless there were moments when I wanted to throw my PS3 controller at TV screen and scream.

So yes, this game is not for faint of heart. But beating such difficulty does give you an overwhelming satisfaction, and for many gamers out there, such reason is all they need to take on this challenge.

This is a downloadable arcade game, so it may be too greedy to ask for more content, storyline, weapons and etc. But then again, if a gamer beats the game, and wants more out of it, it’s generally a good sign, yes?

If you’re up for a challenge, or love graphic-novel style artwork, or all of a sudden feel like playing something classy, I think BloodRayne: Betrayal won’t betray your gaming needs.

Our Score: 8.5 /10

A beautifully designed game. May seem overwhelmingly difficult at times, but once you get through it, you’ll find yourself wanting more.

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