Submitted by Pozzle 980d ago | article

Soul Reaver may have been the most overly ambitious game ever

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver debuted back in 1999 and was a substantial critical and commercial success. It was also technically and aesthetically outstanding - a 3D Metroidvania-style action adventure with no loading times, real-time shifting between parallel worlds, an elegant art style and some of the best voice acting and writing the industry had ever seen. It pushed the humble Playstation to new limits, and eventually got ported to the Dreamcast and PC.

While it was a great game, a few puzzling observations could be made as the game progressed. If you haven't played it, here they are:

- The game ends abruptly with a wholly-unexpected TO BE CONTINUED. The elaborate story that has been woven is in no way resolved.

- When playing the game, early optional areas have masses of detail and exploration opportunities. Towards the end of the game the opposite is the case, with corridors inexplicable walled-off, and tantalizing ledges just out of reach.

- In the final stages of the game, video sequences (described in the plot as visions in time) show the main characters in unfamiliar locations, wielding powers that are not achievable in the game

The answer to these puzzling observations is reasonably well known now: During the game's development, Soul Reaver was proving to be dangerously too ambitious for Crystal Dynamics. (Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, PC, PS3, Retro)

ab5olut10n  +   980d ago
daaaaamn that's a lot of cut content
spartanlemur  +   980d ago
Soul Reaver is one game which could do with a fully realised next gen remake.
Marcello  +   980d ago
Yea that would be so damn awesome, just look at all that cut content, its almost half the game !!!

The only problem thou is Tony Jay died 6 years ago :(
Just wouldn't be the same without his gravelly voice as the Elder God.

Become my Soul Reaver, my Angel of Death :P :P :P
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AO1JMM  +   980d ago
I hope it comes back in a next gen game.
HarryKawkReturns  +   980d ago
One time I could say I wish it was DLC
MacUser1986  +   980d ago
The Legacy of Kain/Soul Reaver series is one of the best and one of my favorites. They need to make a new game staring the Sarafan Priests or a remake of the original Blood Omen.

Also they need to release Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2 and Defiance on PSN.

Come on guys!
Venox2008  +   980d ago
how about HD collection? :)
Ultr  +   980d ago
This game caught my attention from the first time I saw it. I should finish it on Vita, and never got to play the ps2 game... I wanted it so bad.. hope they do a new one for the PS3
Relientk77  +   980d ago
Love this game, bring this series back
Bathyj  +   980d ago
I loved this game and all, but I actually liked the Original Blood Omen more.

YoungKingDoran  +   980d ago
I love any LoK stories. Yes, remakes would be awesome - but I think a further expanding of Nosgoth would be even better. And I'm sure you all know, but if not; check out these guys' awesome hard work:


I hope they can finish
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TenkoTAiLS  +   980d ago
I'm glad that they have re-released all the PC versions of the games on GOG recently. It is a great series that needs a sequel to finish off the story, or dare i say it, a reboot. I almost feel safe saying that when Square have done such a good job with Deus Ex, and Tomb Raider and Hitman look fine.

Bring back Kain and Raziel!!
krisq  +   980d ago
I played it lately
because it was for free for Plus users. Awesome game! We need a HD remake!
LoLZoRz  +   980d ago
damn, imagine well animated Raziel in this era.
NastyLeftHook0  +   980d ago
.\i love the series.
NYC_Gamer  +   980d ago
I really hope SE does something with the franchise besides letting it rot
CalvinKlein  +   980d ago
I have this game on Dreamcast its pretty awesome.

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