E3 2011: BloodRayne: Betrayal

The fiery-headed half-human/half-vampire is back, and we have the bloodstains from our first hands-on to prove it.

The character of Rayne hasn't had a good run of late, but developer WayForward (of Batman: Brave and the Bold fame) is trying to resurrect the undead female vampire's fortunes in the new side-scrolling beat-'em-up BloodRayne: Betrayal. We played a few levels of this game revival, and we're pleased to say there's still some hot blood to be found in the veins of BloodRayne.

Betrayal is a side-scrolling action game that sees you take on evil as the half-breed Rayne. As a beat-'em-up heroine, she has several moves at her disposal: she can shoot from her pistol (ammo's pretty limited, though), attack opponents with a sword, run, jump, and perform a dash maneuver. Dashing is BloodRayne's only method of defense, because it renders her invulnerable for a short period of time.

Because of her vampire blood, Rayne can also grab opponents and suck their blood dry. Drinking your opponents' blood recovers health, while biting them and quickly releasing them again makes them infected. Infecting enemies is quite handy; pressing the taunt button while infected enemies are onscreen will cause them to explode. Explode an infected enemy around some low-health enemies, and you can set off a chain reaction of exploding bodies.

Rayne controlled quite well during our hands-on and responded quickly to commands. Pretty soon, we were jumping, slicing, and dashing our way quite happily through the game's early stages, which had Rayne taking on some low-level enemies whose main strength was in numbers. As a half-vampire, Rayne's health will slowly drain if she stands in direct moonlight, but thankfully, grabbing enemies and using them as snacks is a handy way of replenishing lost health. As we progressed deeper into the game, we came across new types of enemies, such as a froglike creature who was best dealt with via a dash attack, and giant-sized flies that flew from nests.

The game itself looked quite sharp and impressive, with the 2D hand-drawn animation having a unique style. BloodRayne: Betrayal, which is set to feature 15 levels--will be released as a downloadable title for the 360 and PS3 in the third quarter of this year.

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P90E21
P90E21

has anybody else had the problem where it said its to be released on 8-31-11 but its not avalible for download on 360 yet ?

Ronin893
Ronin893

My problem w/ the 1st two original games were that the combat was crap. You would be fighting someone and they wouldn't react to the impact. It was like you were just kicking at air. The other problem was that every sec. you were having to latch onto someone to drain blood because your life went down so quickly.

synthete
synthete

Bloodrayne...the toonami graphics sidescroller... facpalm Somebody make a real Bloodrayne game, please.

Keeper_Artemus
Keeper_Artemus

so....this looks like a lot of fun. I can get my castlevania fix that lords of shadow didn't quite hit.

mikeyline
mikeyline

I want a new Legacy of Kain game!

professorXzaver
professorXzaver

at first I did not like the "2D change", but then if you look at regular 3D games like Knights Contract, Hunted Demons Forge, Alice Madness Returns....their review scores were not all that high. They merely got very average review scores. If the deveoplers of this game can make a really GREAT 2D game (9.0 score), then the change would be a good change.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

pfff I want a continuation of the series not this bs.... pass...

y3ivan
y3ivan

i ll get it if its 800msp

chyng85
chyng85

It's bloody and I love it~!

yxw
yxw

Looks interesting .

SDMF_TrueBlue
SDMF_TrueBlue

@Lightning_Evil The price will be $15. Release is going to be late July or August.

hellpolice
hellpolice

This is a mix between the 2d Castlevania and Bloodrayne....sure has potential to be a gem!

Lightning__Evil
Lightning__Evil

Stoked for the game but still wish it were a proper continuation of the series. Now they just need to tell me the release date and price for this sure to be side-scrolling gem ;)

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

1st off, PC is a great system for gaming if that's what you prefer. 2nd, side-scroller?! I don't want that! :( I loved BloodRayne 1 & 2 and want a proper continuation with similar style.

megakick
megakick

This looks good. PC is for MMO and RTS games.

ihateds2
ihateds2

@MfKiNg360 "MfKiNg360 began Following Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty"

MfKiNg360
MfKiNg360

YES more games not realeseing on PC, pc really is just for workers and mmo gamers :D

Code135
Code135

Darn, here I thought I would be able to get it via steam or something for my PC ... that very last line in the preview just had me in check mate :( Gimme Rayne for the PC !