The BloodRayne franchise hasn’t exactly had the most highbrow run to date. There have been numerous third-person action games and disastrous film adaptations directed by Uwe Boll; all of them play off the overt sexiness of the main character, the half-human and half-vampire (or dhampir) Rayne.
Fortunately, developers WayForward have come to the rescue with BloodRayne: Betrayal. The game is a side-scrolling beat-em-up steeped in Castlevania nuances. In other words, they’re trying to bring a shred of dignity to a franchise that really should be a good one.
The team have purposefully toned down the overt sexiness and focused on fast-paced action, contrasting colour pallets and lots of dismemberments with fountains of blood. Animation is silky smooth and the cartoony art style makes for a great interpretation of the IP. Things are looking good indeed, and with the release dated pegged at 30 August 2011 on the PlayStation Store and 31 August 2011 on Xbox Live Arcade, we don’t have much longer to wait.