The legacy of Kain continues in the latest installment of the series. For those of you with their heads in the sand, Kain is a vampire and most players would be familiar with the character from the Soul Reaver series - Kain is Raziel's protagonist and responsible for Raziel's shattered form.
In this storyline you play the part of Kain who has been slumbering for two hundred years and has finally woken from deep sleep hungering for blood. Kain has forgotten much of his knowledge and training and hence the interactive training sequence before getting into the game proper.
Graphically the title is certainly nice to look at at first glance and continues on in the same way for some time. Eidos are known for good looking games. The atmosphere is gothic and dark and Kain moves like the predator he is through throngs of unsuspecting passersby.
Character progression is a key part of the title with Kain gaining in strength as he progresses throughout the game. The more blood that Kain drinks (don't discriminate with your victims!) the more powerful he gets and the more abilities he acquires.
One thing to bear in mind is that the current tale precedes the Soul Reaver storyline and that may confuse some players. This is before Kain became the enemy of Raziel. As in all the Legacy of Kain series, Kain is excellently voiced by Simon Templeman who makes Kain sound smooth as silk, giving a sinister edge to every word.
Remember, even though you are Kain, he is pure evil. Killing indiscriminately in order to further himself, Kain will take down normal men and women along with his "enemies".
And speaking of enemies, Kain is often attacked by groups so be sure to always be on the lookout. However he seems to get stuck on certain opponents and you cannot just chop and change from one person to the next. Attacks are varied and will keep you amused.
Be sure to play with the controls and get used to them before proceeding too far into the game otherwise you will not get to see a lot of the kills that Kain is capable of performing. There is a brilliant attack in which Kain throttles his opponent and then you can choose in which way to finish the struggling miscreant, or just hurl them into a wall.