How About a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Remake?

When I look back to my childhood, several games stand out as games that I particularly spent a considerable amount of time with; Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 2 and so forth. With those currently in the process of receiving remakes (man, I feel old) I look to another game that I hope gets the same treatment; Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. I played the hell out of this on both the PlayStation and the Dreamcast back in 1999 and 2000, and know that I’m not alone as I sit here pondering the possibilities of what a remake could bring to the franchise overall.

To this day, there’s nothing quite like Legacy of Kain. Originally developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos – two outlets that have worked hand in glove over the years to bring back Tomb Raider – I think now is a very relevant time for Square to put Raziel back in the spotlight. Those of you that never got around to playing this game, you take on the role of the aforementioned Raziel, a vampire-turned-wraith that has the unique ability to phase between the material and spectral planes of existence. Something that’s used to great effect.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver’s gameplay largely consisted of puzzle elements using the aforementioned mechanic, hack-and-slash combat, and general environmental traversal. This collectively made for a pretty engaging and well paced experience, and I daresay this formula would work just as well now with a modern touch and some added refinements. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver was generally well received, but legal issues at that time caused a small number of delays – ultimately leading to content that was cut and used for the sequel.

The sequel, Soul Reaver 2, enjoyed a much better critical reception – however since then, consecutive releases just didn’t have as heavy an impact, and before too long, the series because a second thought. The latest release in the series (disregarding multiplayer game Nosgoth) was Legacy of Kain: Defiance back in 2003. Unfortunately, sales expectations were not reached and outside of Nosgoth, the series is all but dead and buried. Given that 2019 will mark Soul Reaver’s twentieth anniversary, what better time for Square to bring back the franchise?

The possibilities are endless given the capabilities of current gen hardware, and I’ve always firmly believed that Soul Reaver was ahead of its time. The realm-shifting mechanic would go down a treat by today’s standards, group that with environmental puzzles and an improved foundation, and there’s already a compelling recipe to lean on. When we take the lack of single-player games into account, or at least the discussion that surrounds the lack of single-player games, it would certainly make an excellent fit in time for the anniversary.

It would help, of course, that there isn’t anything remotely like Soul Reaver on the market. The game is based in the land of Nosgoth, in which antagonist Kain kills the lands corrupted guardians in an attempt to save his realm. After finding out that he is a guardian himself, he refuses to sacrifice himself and allows Nosgoth to fall to ruin. Following protagonist Raziel’s murder at the hands of Kain, Raziel is resurrected by the elder god to become his soul reaver and exact revenge on those that have done him wrong. Thus starting his dark and twisted journey.

Does that not sound massively exciting? With a modern face-lift and a lick of proverbial paint, Soul Reaver could come back with a bang. Hell, I would take a remaster if that’s what I had to settle with. Or a compilation remaster, at least. What about you? Do you think it’s time to see the Soul Reaver series coming back for another spin in time for the twentieth anniversary? Did you play the original? Perhaps you’ve never even heard of it (shame on you) and want to learn more? Hit the comment section below to get in on the action.

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  1. Totally agree. LOK and Soul Reaver set a standard for games and yet there’s been nothing like them since. Would love to see a new game for the series or a remake on PS and XBox.

  2. Ich warte schon so lange und hoffe auf jeder e3 darauf das ein neuer legacy of kain teil kommt es giebt so viel indie Titel die das Licht der Welt erblicken warum soll die rechte Hand kains nicht wider auferstehen.

    • Ich bin bei dir, mein Freund. Ich würde gerne wiederkommen!

  3. Still waiting for another installment…

  4. LOK is still in my top 5 all time best gaming experiences ever. Both from a storyline perspective as well as from a game play point of view. I would definitely play a LOK sequel, buy LOK novels, watch an LOK movie. Got to go, I’m going to get my PS2 out of the basement right now.

    • Haha, I’ll be round with the chips. I have no way to play the game 😀

  5. Plz don’t mess it up
    And keep that original voice
    Raziel was a wonderful part of my childhood ?

  6. Yeah, those voices were the best. Cant remake Raziel without them. But Blood Omen should be remade too. Thats where it all started and really helps drive the plot when you start Soul Reaver…

  7. Why when people talking about Remake they’re saying Soul Reaver? There should be Blood Omen rework first.

  8. I would love to see the LOK series to continue or if not a remaster on soul reaver 1, 2 and defiance. But most likely won’t see it happen unfortunately 🙁

  9. Yes, all day long. Fuck I’d settle for the old versions being fixed to work on xbox one. PS version. The music blends the best with the game play. Admittedly graphics and frame rate on other versions slightly better but nothing topped the sound tracks and the way they blending into the action scents. Really built the story line up. I played the game through several times finding more elements to the game each time. Including relics to increase your life spiral.

    I still, from time to time like to listen to the band from which the music was taken from. For those who want to reminiscent, here’s a treat. Turn the base up for full effect. Somwthing the Co soles didn’t offer 🙂

    • Hey do you have a playstation system! Soul reaver is one of my all time favorite games form the 90’s next to God of war and inc… but to remake it they have to remake all of them like they did with crash bandicoot!!!

  10. The sequel had a better critical reception? I don’t think so! It had the most boring gameplay there were no bosses! The bosses were the best thing about the original Soul Reaver and gaining new abilities from defeating them. It was all downhill after SR1


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