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Bloodrayne 2

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Majesco
Developer: Terminal Reality
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2004

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As WP's managing editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Bloodrayne 2' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 12, 2004 @ 4:40 p.m. PST

BloodRayne is a dhampir, born from the unnatural union of vampire and human. Blessed with the powers of a vampire but cursed with the unquenchable thirst for blood and a weakness to sunlight, Rayne is challenged with her most personal battle yet in BloodRayne 2.

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BLOODRAYNE 2 DEMO v1.0 11/9/04
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

[1] SYSTEM

[1.1] SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

[1.2] SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS

[1.3] DIRECTX 8.1

[2] CONTROLS

[2.1] KEYBOARD/MOUSE CONTROLS

[2.2] GAMEPAD CONTROLS

[2.3] CUSTOMIZING CONTROLS

[2.4] HEADS UP DISPLAY

[3] ABILITIES

[3.1] FEEDING

[3.2] USING THE HARPOON

[3.3] USING RAYNE'S POWERS AND VISION MODES

[4] GENERAL GAMEPLAY STRATEGY

[5] TECHNICAL

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STORY & DEMO FEATURES
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Rayne’s Most Personal Battle Yet….
When we last saw Rayne in 1935, she joined forces with the shadowy Brimstone Society to destroy a supernatural Nazi bid for dominance. Her father, Kagan, an influential Nazi collaborator, was killed in an accident at the close of the War. Cheated of killing Kagan herself, Rayne has spent the last sixty years ferreting out and destroying his many offspring, her siblings. They have banded together and formed the Cult of Kagan, pledging to carry on his legacy of creating a new era of vampire supremacy where humans are mere cattle for the bloodthirsty predators that hunt them. Rayne’s nefarious siblings have created “The Shroud,” a mysterious substance which, when released, renders the sun’s lethal rays harmless to vampires and twists nature into a nightmarish perversion. Now only Rayne stands between an unsuspecting humanity and a horrifying vampire dawn.

About the Demo
This demo will give you a hint of the scope promised in the full version. Rayne earns new abilities, fighting combos and additional gun modes as the game progresses. This demo only features one gun mode and three special powers but we think there's enough adrenaline-pumping action to give you an idea of what to expect in the full version.

Demo Features
This demo features 1 level of play--the Mansion. Your objective is to discover who is the Cult of Kagan and put an end to their ring leader, Dariel Zerenski.


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[1.1] DEMO SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
1ghz processor
256MB RAM
200MB virtual memory
4x CD-ROM
600MB free hard disc space (for the demo only; 4.83 GB for the full game)
100% DirectX 8.1 compatible video card or higher
DirectX 8.1 or higher


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[1.2] DEMO SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS
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Windows XP
Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD equivalent
512 MB RAM
200MB virtual memory
24x CD-ROM
1 GB free hard disc space (for the demo only; 4.83 GB for the full game)
GeForce FX (any), Radeon 9600, 9700, 9800 or better
DirectX 8.1 or higher


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[1.3] DIRECTX 8.1 or Higher
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DirectX 8.1 or higher must be installed on your computer for BloodRayne 2 to run properly (the game will not start without DirectX 8.1 installed). The latest version of DirectX can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/directx.


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[2.1] DEFAULT KEYBOARD/MOUSE CONTROLS
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Start/Pause Esc
View Objectives O
Hide Pause Menu Tab
Center View End
Moves Camera Mouse

Movement ====================================

Move Forward W
Move Backward S
Strafe Left A
Strafe Right D
Turn Left Left
Turn Right Right
Look Up Page Down
Look Down Delete
Jump Space Bar
Walk Shift

Targeting System ===========================

Target Lock Control/Mouse B5
Cycle Lock-On Target Alt

Attacks =====================================

Harpoon / Bite E/Num 0
Blades Attack Mouse B1
Kick F/Mouse B3
Fire Weapon Mouse B2
Cycle Weapons Up ]/Mouse Wheel Forward
Perform Circle Combo C

Powers ======================================

Blood Rage 1/Num 1
Aura Vision 2/Num 2
Dilated Perception 3/Num 3
Normal Vision/Powers Off 4/Num 4

There is a second and third tier set of powers avaible in the full version.


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[2.2] DEFAULT GAMEPAD CONTROLS
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These are the default gamepad controls. Depending on the type of gamepad you are using, you may wish to customize the controls to a layout that fits you best. See the next section for a guide to customizing controls. Note that a dual analog gamepad is required to play BloodRayne 2.

Start/Pause B10
View Objectives B9
Center View B12

Movement ====================================

Move forward/back Axis 2
Strafe left/right Axis 1
Turn left/right Axis 3
Look up/down Axis 6
Jump B2

Targeting System ===========================

Target Lock B5
Cycle Lock-On Target B7

Attacks =====================================

Harpoon/Bite B4
Blades Attack B1
Kick B3
Fire Weapon B6
Cycle Weapons Up B8

Powers ======================================

Activate Aura Vision D-Pad Left
Activate Blood Rage D-Pad Up
Activate Dilated Perception D-Pad Right
Powers Off D-Pad Down


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[2.3] CUSTOMIZING CONTROLS
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BloodRayne 2 allows you to customize controls. From the Main Menu, go to Options and then Controls. If you are using a keyboard/mouse, select Customize Keys under Input Configuration. If you are using a Gamepad, select either Customize Gamepad Controls or Customize Gamepad Axes under Controller Configuration.

With a gamepad (must be dual analog), you may also need to calibrate your controller when you first begin the game. Select Calibrate Controller under Controller Configuration and follow the steps to calibrate your gamepad.

If you wish to reset the default controls for either the keyboard/mouse or the gamepad, look for the option to Restore default controls under Input Configuration or Controller Configuration.

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[2.4] HEADS UP DISPLAY (HUD)
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Health Meter (red bar)
Indicates Rayne’s health and fills as she feeds.

Rage Meter (blue bar)
Fills as Rayne kills enemies with blades, kicks and fatality moves. Fatalities will increase the meter the fastest.

Carnage Marker (markers that move along the bars)
Indicates Rayne’s level of carnage and moves to the right as Rayne kills her enemies using the environment (impaling, fires, killing puzzles, etc.). Once it is entirely to the right, Rayne’s health and rage meters will grow together so she has more capacity for both overall.

Gun Mode Level (Green dots)
Indicated Rayne’s current gun mode level. You upgrade modes by maxing out Rayne’s experience with a particular weapon.

Gun Mode & Ammo Count (red center circle & counter underneath)
Indicates current gun mode and available shots left for that mode.

Gun Experience Meter (yellow ring around center)
Fills as Rayne gains experience with a particular gun. Once it is entirely filled, Rayne will upgrade to a more powerful gun mode. All six weapons have two possible upgrades for 18 weapons total.

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[3.1] FEEDING
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Rayne's ability to feed on enemies is the key to restoring HEALTH (the red meter) and a great way to earn RAGE points (the blue meter). To feed, approach the enemy from either in front of them or behind them. Press the FEED button to mount them once they are close enough. Rayne cannot be LOCKED-ON to anything when attempting to FEED.

Note that enemies with melee weapons can use them to block Rayne's attempt to FEED from the front. If possible, knock the weapons out of their hands (using a KICK attack is one way to do this).

To obtain RAGE points while feeding, press either the BLADE or KICK attack key soon after mounting the enemy. Rayne will then perform a FATALITY on her victim. There are also alternate FATALITIES Rayne can perform. To access these, press the FEED keyn an additional time before pressing the BLADE or KICK attack key.

In addition to restoring health and earning rage by feeding, Rayne can also refill her DRAGON PISTOLS' ammunition tank. The DRAGON PISTOLS are powered by blood, and if they run out of ammo they will begin to drain blood directly from Rayne. To refill the tanks, press the FIRE WEAPON key soon after mounting an enemy to feed.


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[3.1] USING THE HARPOON
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The HARPOON is a great aide in combat and is sometimes the key to proceeding through a level. To HARPOON a person or an object, you must first be LOCKED-ON to them. Once you have LOCKED-ON press the HARPOON key. If the HARPOON did not attach, try getting closer to the enemy or object. Note that not all enemies are vulnerable to Rayne's HARPOON.

After the HARPOON is attached to an enemy, quickly use the MOVEMENT keys to direct where they will be thrown.


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[3.1] USING RAYNE'S POWERS AND VISION MODES
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Rayne has three innate POWERS/VISION MODES: BLOOD RAGE, AURA VISION and DILATED PERCEPTION.

BLOOD RAGE can be used to increase Rayne's attack and defense. AURA VISION is helpful for Rayne to find enemies or objectives. Use DILATED PERCEPTION to slow down time so that you may more strategically conduct an attack.

There is also a second and third TIER to each POWER/VISION MODE. Rayne obtains these abilities throughout the story (in the full version).


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[4] GENERAL GAMEPLAY STRATEGY
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FEED early, FEED often. You never know who or what is lurking around the corner. Keeping Rayne's HEALTH bar full is a necessity, and keeping a full rage bar is nice as well.

Study your environment before you begin an attack. There may be poles or other ledges that can give you the advantage in a tough battle.

Rayne's DRAGON PISTOLS are a unique weapon. The more you use them, the more powerful they become.

Study the MOVES LIST in the pause menu. Slashing your blades all day may be fun, but there's nothing like mastering the more complex attacks to get the job done a little quicker (and to fill that rage bar too)!

When Rayne gets surrounded, use a CIRCLE COMBO to thin out your enemies!

Switch to BLOOD RAGE when your HEALTH gets low. Not only will it increase your defense and attack, all damage while in BLOOD RAGE will be taken out of the RAGE points instead of your HEALTH.

Examine the environment. If you see something sharp, it's likely you can use the HARPOON to throw an enemy on it. If you see some faulty electronic devices try throwing an enemy at it to... complete the circuit!

If you get lost, turn on AURA VISION. You can see the aura of enemies as well as an icon indicating Rayne's objective.

Check your OBJECTIVE list! This will remind you what your current mission is.

There are many explosive devices scattered around the world. Use them to your advantage, but don't get too close!

Use DILATED PERCEPTION when fighting a large boss to evade their sweeping attacks or to study their weakness.

Simply throwing an enemy off a high surface can build up your CARNAGE meter real quick. Get even more CARNAGE points by throwing multiple enemies in rapid succession.


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[5] TECHNICAL
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NOTE: BloodRayne 2 requires a video card that has Hardware T&L (Transform & Lighting). If a card does not have Hardware T&L, you will receive the following error and the game will not run:

"DirectX8 Driver Error
Cannot create hardware vertex processing device. Please check with your hardware manufacturer to make sure your video card indeed has hardware vertex processing".


Supported Video Cards
Radeon 8500 LE
Radeon 8500 DV
Radeon 9550se (Diamond version)
Radeon 8500
Radeon 9600
Radeon 9800 Pro
Radeon X series
GeForce 3 Ti 200
GeForce 4 Ti 4200
GeForce 4 5200
GeForce 4 5500
GeForce 4 5700
GeForce 4 5900 SE
GeForce FX series
GeForce 6 series

Non-supported Video Cards
ATI Radeon VE and Radeon 7000, 7500, 9000
ATI Mobility Radeon (original, laptop)
NVidia GeForce 4 MX 420 or 440 PCI
Kyro 3D Prophet
Matrox
3D Labs
Intel Onboard (all versions)

Q: I have a video card with only 1MB of memory on it. I meet the system requirements otherwise. Can I play BloodRayne 2??
A: BloodRayne 2 requires a video card with at least 32MB of memory on it. Sorry, you will need to upgrade your video card.

Q: BloodRayne 2 seems really choppy and slow. I have a fairly low system and I was hoping to play...
A: In the Graphics Options Menu try turning your screen resolution down. The default is 640 X 480, but you will get faster frame rates at lower resolutions. Unfortunately, some video cards can have trouble with lower resolutions. If this happens to you, try varying your resolutions in the game to see which resolution gives you the best performance.

Q: I have a 3Dfx based card. Will BloodRayne 2 use this card?
A: Sorry, but no.

Q: 1280x1024 mode runs slow.
A: Not all resolutions are best for all video cards. Try switching to a smaller resolution if you experience trouble with higher resolutions.

Q: The game says that I have less than 200MB of Virtual Memory free. How do I fix this so that BloodRayne 2 runs best?
A: Select Control Panel, then System, then Performance, then Virtual Memory. It is best to change this setting so that Windows manages virtual memory.

Q: Game gives an error message saying that you're out of memory.
A: You need more virtual memory. See previous Q&A for how to change your virtual memory settings.

Q: BloodRayne 2 levels do not load as quickly as I would like.
A: Add more RAM to your computer. The more RAM that you have, within reasonable limits, the faster BloodRayne 2 will load and run.

Q: The dialog skips, pops, or drops out. I have a SoundBlaster Live card. Your box says that it supports this card. What's up with that?
A: You have old LiveWare software and drivers. Visit the Creative Labs web site and download LiveWare 3.0 or higher.

Q: I don't have a SoundBlaster Live card, but I have dialog that skips, pops, or drops out. What about me?
A: You should download and install the latest drivers from your board manufacturer.

Q: Should I use DirectX 8.1 with BloodRayne 2?
A: Yes. DirectX 8.1 or higher is required.

Q: I have set up my controls so that I use the keys on the number pad. I can't seem to get combinations of keys to work (i.e. run and jump at the same time). Why?
A: Because of the way the number pad works, it can't understand two keys on the number pad being pressed at the same time. You should reconfigure your controls so you will never need to press two keys on the number pad simultaneously (i.e. run and jump for a running jump).

Q: How do you Uninstall BloodRayne 2.
A: Go to control panel and select Add/Remove programs.

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