BloodRayne 2 takes the M rating and runs with it. The game is full of sexual innuendo, profanity, and lots and lots of blood and gore. This is definitely a game for adults, so please keep that in mind if you are thinking of purchasing it. Just think of the damage it would do to little Billy to hear sexy Raynes moans of pleasure as she slices up the bad guys into a million blood-soaked pieces. The ESRB ratings are your friend. Learn them. Use them. Love them.
Rated "M" for Mature
For those of us old enough and twisted enough to appreciate it all, BloodRayne 2 is a fun, but repetitive, action game that really goes above and beyond to push the M rating to its limits. The dialogue is filled with profanity and sexual innuendo and the main subject is usually death and destruction. The gameplay is extremely violent and pretty much everything you do results in the screen being filled with blood and body parts as you rip enemies to shreds. And, most obviously, you have an attractive scantily clad woman who gets off on the suffering of others. If any part of this doesnt appeal to you, then BloodRayne 2 definitely isnt for you.
The story in BloodRayne 2 follows half-human, half-vampire Rayne as she travels the world to kill off her siblings. Her evil vampire father had killed off her mothers entire family, so Rayne looks to do the same to her dad. Early on in the game, Rayne discovers a plan by her evil brothers and sisters to create a weapon called the Shroud. The Shroud is a blood fueled weapon that would cover the sky with a layer of blood and allow vampires to come out in the daylight and do whatever they please. The fate of humanity stands in the balance because if the vampires are allowed to come and go as they please, they can basically enslave the human race and treat them as oh so many blood donors. Rayne, of course, wont allow this to happen. Not so much because she cares about humans, but more because she hates her family. At any rate, it is up to you as Rayne to put a stop to the Shroud and save the day.
Combat in BR2 is actually fairly complex, but it becomes very repetitive after a while. You have a fair number of different attacks to use, but in reality it is all just a big button mash that gives you that not so fresh feeling just a couple of levels in. Rayne has a pair of arm mounted blades and she can also kick bloody hard. Different combinations of the blade attacks and kicks result in combo moves that cause a ton of damage and usually result in the enemy being dismembered. You also have a chain attack you can use to attack enemies at a distance. Once you stab them with the chain, you can then swing them around into traps such as wood chippers and fireplaces. You will also be able to use a set of blood powered guns called the Carpathian Dragons. These can be upgraded a few through the game to launch even more powerful projectiles. Even with all of these different attacks, the game still becomes repetitive after a few hours because it all just boils down to a fairly standard hack and slash and shoot game that we have seen a dozen times before. It is a fun game, but it doesnt really do anything new and relies almost entirely on blood and gore and shock value to keep you interested.
Blood Sucking Fun!
Since Rayne is a half-vampire, she still needs to feed on blood every now and then. When you press the button to feed, Rayne will jump onto an enemy, wrap her legs around them, and borrow a pint or two. This refills the health bar and it is also how you reload the Carpathian Dragons, since they use blood to form special ammo that does extra damage to vampires. While you are feeding, you can press a button and execute a fatality move. These are some of the goriest moves in the game and include simple stab moves all the way up to full on, blood filled dismemberments. There are only 12 fatalities, however, so even though they are awesome to watch, they still get old after a while just like the rest of the gameplay.