|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|Dev: WayForward Technologies|
|Pub: Majesco Entertainment|
|Release: September 6, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Mild Language|
There are 15 levels of brutal non-stop action, and players will have a few reasons to want to go back through the game after the initial, second, and maybe even third playthrough. Aside from trying to pad their achievements/trophies collections, players will also search for bright red skulls in each level. Collecting five of these—many of which are very well-hidden—will allow players to choose to increase Rayne's health or the number of bullets she can carry. It might not exactly be the greatest reason to go back through the game, but when you can have this much fun mindlessly hacking at vampires and other nasty creatures of the night, why wouldn't you want to?
Visually striking, BloodRayne: Betrayal breathes new life into Rayne and the world she lives in. Reimagining Rayne's world with an anime/manga allows Rayne and her enemies to feel more alive. The backgrounds are sharp, crisp, and rival other side-scrolling games currently on the market. Rayne, in my opinion, has not been represented this well in a very long time; I'd say it's even refreshing to see this spin on her character. The solid mix of classical music and explosive guitar riffs set the pace for the game, enhancing the kinetic charge of the fast-paced combat.
BloodRayne: Betrayal may not be all that revolutionary. In fact, it's probably safe to assume the developers wanted to play it safe with this title. I can't fault them for their logic, either. Betrayal succeeds on so many levels that you won't complain after seeing something that's already been done before. It might be familiar, but it's never obnoxiously so.
This game allows you to mindlessly kick the crap out of things while playing as a badass vampire chick. If that sounds like something you'd like, then BloodRayne: Betrayal will not disappoint. And if this doesn't sound like a great way to spend a fall afternoon, then you may be one of the undead yourself.
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