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BloodRayne: Betrayal Preview

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Scheduled release date:

Q3 2011


Majesco Games



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Release Date:

Q3 2011

The character of Rayne gripped me from the start, so I distinctly recall playing the original BloodRayne with great anticipation. I was a little let down but I continued to give the flame-haired vampire hottie a chance; consequently, I’ve played every title to exist thus far. …and thus far, I’ve yet to be satisfied. Even so, they all held at least some entertainment value, as the stylish combat and copious amounts of blood made for some fun-filled situations. It was always the camera and controls that got in the way so perhaps the best way to deal with that issue – outside of just fixing the recurring flaws – is to get rid of it entirely. Hence, BloodRayne: Betrayal, a downloadable old-school side-scroller.

Developer WayForward has a chance to deliver the first truly solid Rayne adventure, even if they’ll have to do it within the confines of a 2D space. As you might guess, this new project will be a straightforward beat-‘em-up action extravaganza with ceaseless action and yes, a whole lot of blood. Rayne can slash with her sword and shoot with a pistol; the basic control mechanics are simple, as she’ll run, jump and dash. Thing is, the latter ability is her only way of avoiding incoming attacks – she becomes invincible when dashing, for some bizarre reason – as there’s no block maneuver. I’m wondering if constantly dashing about as a form of evasion will affect the pace and feel of this side-scroller… Just something to ponder.

Now, let’s not forget that Rayne is a vampire (or a hybrid vampire, at any rate), so she’ll be able to grab foes and suck their blood for sustenance. Doing so recovers health and after she releases them, they become infected. Here’s where one gameplay twist comes into play: infected victims will explode when you taunt them, so if you can lure them to a part of the screen where a ton of enemies reside, you can really lay waste to the battlefield. Another interesting element of the game is that due to her vampire blood, the moonlight can effectively drain her health. I always thought it was only sunlight that vampires dreaded but apparently, any kind of light is hazardous to Rayne’s health.

At first, we’ll face simple braindead enemies that don’t really pose much of a problem but as time goes on, more challenging foes will rear their ugly heads. This sounds like standard side-scrolling fare, doesn’t it? The media we’ve seen thus far doesn’t quite qualify as “impressive” but the presentation and atmosphere definitely fits, and the special effects are decent. With 15 levels of mayhem, I’m hoping that BloodRayne: Betrayal is the type of stress reliever that is both technically sound and artistically charged. Obviously, length is always a matter for discussion when talking about downloadable titles, but 15 levels sounds promising. Look for this one some time during the fall.

6/27/2011 Ben Dutka

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Claire C
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 9:55:10 PM

Reminds me of Castlevainia. The art style stands out and looks pretty unique. I typically don't buy downloadable games though. The last one I bought was Braid and only because it was on sale for like $3.50. =<.<=

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The Doom
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:42:45 PM

Rayne the "Vampire Killer"

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Claire C
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:54:34 PM

I thought is was Rayne, "Molecular Biologist" ;)

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Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:52:00 PM

is it 10 dollars? i'll take it for 10 dollars, no more than that

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Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 11:11:23 PM

Ha, talk about ironic, I just finished watching the BloodRayne movie on Netflix.

Nahh, I'm not too thrilled about this as a side scroller or a D/L game, so I'll pass, but....

....give me a true BloodRayne game, & make it on disc & then we'll talk, OK there Wayforward????

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 3:25:19 AM

really looking forward to this, i really miss 2D side scrollers.
really want to get outland, but 20 bucks is a f*cking rip off!
heard its really short too.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 9:31:39 AM

outland is $9.99 buddy

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 8:14:27 AM

20 here.
sadly not everyone lives in the states.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 6:02:35 AM

It looks like a poor flash animation someone made on the internet, This is the sort of garbage that should stay on teh internet and not infect the PS3.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 7:21:25 AM

BloodRayne was always an average game for me. Waltzing around bland levels feeding off enemies blood to boost your rage meter got tiresome quickly, but the finishing moves were nice & gory so that was something.....

I am surprised to see the name mentioned again after two lacklustre games & one piss poor film, you would have hoped they would have learnt their lesson after a resume of failures, but no lets bring her back, & in a 2D side scroller too. This vamp should have been staked a long time ago imo.

If we're going to bring back a game with an interesting character bring back Primal from the PS2. That was a gem.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 1:23:40 PM

This looks ok... I like side scrollers though. Speaking of side scrollers... Hey Ben, are you going to review that downloadable title "Outlaw"? I think thats what it's called...

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