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Same Name, Different Game and other YouTube shows from me

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
I love Legacy of Kain! I found that first game enthralling and it sold me on the franchise for a long time.

I also felt like the only person I knew who was playing it. It felt like a hidden gem I had found, at the time.
I'll just say you should hold on to that nostalgia and not revisit it, because it's ROUGH to go back to now.

My older brother and I played Blood Omen for about as long as it took to killed by a bunch of guys outside a tavern or some other kind of building. We had a lot more fun with Soul Reaver, with it's Zelda/Tomb Raider exploration and puzzles combined with the very-good-for-the -time voice acting and writing. It would be cool to see some sort of Re-master of those games, as we only played the first SR and I've wondered over the years where the story went after the giant To Be Continued.
I'm honestly a bit surprised that Square "We Reissue Every Game We've Ever Made Because Money" Enix hasn't done any kind of re-release, tbh.

Worth watching just for an underlit Roger rising from the bottom of the frame and uttering the blood. Please tell him he is in fact my favorite video game-playing blue puppet.

I bet that colored lighting in the dungeons was pretty neato in '96.
Yeah, the lighting was definitely a selling point then, and I will let him know!
 

jpfriction

You'll never take my hat away
Good video and glad to have my suspicions confirmed that it’s not worth revisiting.

I played it back when it was new. Abused the code that refills your health every few seconds in the later areas, gets pretty stingy with the human enemies by that point. Definitely remember the atrocious load times and purposely going through the items in the menu so I could hear Kain’s VA read all the item descriptions. He nailed that performance.

I think my favorite part was Kain quipping “what an odd little man” after killing one of the bosses, some dude who turned his girlfriend into a puppet or something.
 

fanboymaster

(He/Him)
Good video, I still like Blood Omen but it'd be nigh on impossible to say that it's worth going back to for anyone other than super dedicated early ps1 fans or LoK fans. I'd still argue Soul Reaver's a classic but even ignoring the taint of Dyack BO is hard to go back to. Tony Jay's pretty fun to hear in the game at least. Didn't know there'd been a tug of war over putting it on Saturn or PlayStation, made sense at the time but man that's... dodged a bit of a bullet.

As a bit of interest there was a point where Legacy of Kain almost got rebooted as a PS4 launch title and there's a fair4 bit of footage of that unannounced prototype, it's not even a case of "someone pitched it and no one bit" the developer (seeming Climax in this case) clearly seems to have spent a fair bit of time on it. The resultant game looks like it probably would have been fine but also like it would have pissed a lot of people off, that said, footage is fairly findable if you go looking for Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
Good video and glad to have my suspicions confirmed that it’s not worth revisiting.

I played it back when it was new. Abused the code that refills your health every few seconds in the later areas, gets pretty stingy with the human enemies by that point. Definitely remember the atrocious load times and purposely going through the items in the menu so I could hear Kain’s VA read all the item descriptions. He nailed that performance.

I think my favorite part was Kain quipping “what an odd little man” after killing one of the bosses, some dude who turned his girlfriend into a puppet or something.
The load times are just... untennable.

As a bit of interest there was a point where Legacy of Kain almost got rebooted as a PS4 launch title and there's a fair4 bit of footage of that unannounced prototype, it's not even a case of "someone pitched it and no one bit" the developer (seeming Climax in this case) clearly seems to have spent a fair bit of time on it. The resultant game looks like it probably would have been fine but also like it would have pissed a lot of people off, that said, footage is fairly findable if you go looking for Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun
Interesting...
 

Kishi

Little Waves
(They/Them)
Staff member
Moderator
It's interesting to think Soul Reaver and the rest of the series might not have happened if the first game hadn't done nearly as well just as a result of being on Saturn.
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
Yeah, to say nothing of 3DO. (Though all of Crystal Dynamics' 3DO games eventually came to PS1.)
 
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