BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Review

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I remember, in the dawn of time, when I was young and impressionable, playing Bloodrayne on my PS2. I don’t remember much else about it, to be honest, but I certainly remember enjoying it. This leads to the release of a remaster of the 2011 game – Bloodrayne Betrayal. By simply adding the words “Fresh Bites” at the end, the developers, WayForward, have created a new game, and this time we can play it on our fancy new Xbox consoles. The question is, is BloodRayne just a pain in the neck, or does it have something for the discerning platform player?

The story of BloodRayne’s Betrayal: Fresh Bites, is to be honest, quite thin and almost entirely superfluous. The Brimstone Society, which seem like a good, honest bunch with only the betterment of humanity at their core, summoned Rayne for one final mission. She must lead a group of soldiers into an underground castle to fight her father, Kargan. Before you can say “Daddy’s trouble,” the soldiers are in pieces and only Rayne herself is left to continue. Will she be able to end her father’s reign of terror? Will anyone ever care? These questions and less will be answered in turnaround time!

Starring the vocal talents of Troy Baker and Laura Bailey, apparently what BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites provides is a distillation of all the best bits from the BloodRayne game series into a bloody, choppy and choppy 2D ‘hack’ n slash adventure. packed with action through fifteen difficult stages ”. Basically what the developers did is create a version of Castlevania with more blood, more violence and brighter graphics just like they hope to hold a candle to the daddy of all vampire games.

It’s just that we take it from the top and first of all, BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites looks cool, although Rayne herself looks more like a teenage girl than a mad vampire, with strong Emo overtones. However, when she moves and fights more to the point, the animation is silky smooth, while the displayed gore is staggering, unless of course Rayne drains her victims to rebuild her health. A pleasant side effect of eating like this is that Rayne seems to be invincible while she drinks, so it’s worth doing as often as possible. This leads to other weird questions, however, like when she fights the third boss, literally knee deep in blood, why she can’t heal.

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Sonically, there’s nothing to complain about either, with crackle impacts and gunfire all catered for. The voiceovers are also very well done, but you would expect a bit with video game A-listers in the house.

Fighting in BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is also very satisfying. Only so far will the button mash get you through (although that’s a good distance, of course) and after that you have to start paying attention to what the game wants you to do. For example, there is a passage where you have to make your way through two rotating grindstones. Hitting them doesn’t do anything. Shoot them either. It turns out that you have to hit the enemies in the wheels to break them, and to do that you have to throw them (using up and X) and then hit them sideways (using right and X). Other weapons in Rayne’s arsenal revolve around her biting an enemy without emptying them, allowing her to detonate them with a quick press of the Y button. This is extremely handy for blowing up destructible walls and you ensure that you are able to face at least one boss fight. However, for the most part, crushing X and occasionally pressing RT to shoot will allow you to experience what BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites has to offer.

The platform is another big part of the game, and this is where the scene isn’t so rosy. Unlike all the other platformer heroes, Rayne doesn’t have a double jump, and so if you want her to jump higher than normal, she has to run in the opposite direction, before changing direction and back. jump at the same time. And yes, it’s as complicated as it sounds. Rayne also appears to be fitted with a pair of ice skates for the shoes, as every time you stop moving she just slides a bit – usually enough to slip into a trap or pit, which is not. useful.

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And don’t even get me started on Raven; a bird with which you basically have to Flappy Bird to fight your way through a level full of spikes and cogs. I almost stopped playing at this point, I have to admit, because the hindsight after being hit is really ridiculous. And why, in the name of all that is (un) holy, are there no frames of invincibility when you are touched? If you fall into a spike pit after being hit, you’ll have a hard time getting Rayne out as she is knocked down on other spikes until she’s dead. You don’t need me to tell you how frustrating it is.

This means that BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is a very fun game to play; it’s fast, bloody and violent, and in terms of combat at least it’s right up there. The platform is where things go wrong, and the sections where you try to keep it alive via pixel perfect jumps are extremely frustrating. I’m inclined to side with the good here, mainly because you can learn how to work around jumping issues, so I will reluctantly recommend BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites, especially to fans of emo female vampires who like to hit bad guys. with blades.

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I remember, in the dawn of time, when I was young and impressionable, I played Bloodrayne on my PS2. I don’t remember much else about it, to be honest, but I certainly remember enjoying it. This leads to the release of a remaster of the 2011 game – Bloodrayne Betrayal. By simply adding the words “Fresh Bites” at the end, the developers, WayForward, have created a new game, and this time we can play it on our fancy new Xbox consoles. The question is, is BloodRayne just a pain in the neck, or is …

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Review

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Review

2021-09-20

Paul Renshaw





Advantages:

  • Fast bloody fight
  • Suck blood to heal is pretty cool
  • Looks good on the move

The inconvenients:

  • The platform is pretty much jump and hope
  • No framework of invincibility makes falling in spikes a death sentence
  • No double jump

Info:

  • Thank you very much for the free copy of the game go to – Ziggurat
  • Formats – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PC, Switch, PS4, PS5
  • Version reviewed – Xbox Series X
  • Release date – September 9, 2021
  • Introductory price from – £ 16.74


TXH Score

3.5 / 5

Advantages:

  • Fast bloody fight
  • Suck blood to heal is pretty cool
  • Looks good on the move

The inconvenients:

  • The platform is pretty much jump and hope
  • No framework of invincibility makes falling in spikes a death sentence
  • No double jump

Info:

  • Thank you very much for the free copy of the game go to – Ziggurat
  • Formats – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PC, Switch, PS4, PS5
  • Version reviewed – Xbox Series X
  • Release date – September 9, 2021
  • Introductory price from – £ 16.74

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