is an Action Adventure Third-Person Shooter
developed by Terminal Reality and published by Majesco. The game has spawned a sequel, a 2D action-platformer spin-off, a series of one-shot comic books, and a movie with two direct-to-DVD sequels by Uwe Boll (unfortunately).
The protagonist Rayne is a half human
known as a dhampyr
, who works under the Brimstone Society, an organization seeking to rid the world of vampires (besides Rayne since she also hates vampires). The first game, set in the 1930s
in the years between the World War I and World War II, has Rayne fighting off monsters invading Louisiana and eventually hunting down Nazis looking for the skull of Beliar
. The sequel takes decades after the first game ends, set around modern times where Rayne must take down an evil cult formed by the offspring of her vampire father Kagan that has created a substance that's blocking out the sun, allowing vampires to roam free.
The games in the series includes:
- BloodRayne (2002, PS2/Xbox/GCN)
- It was later ported to Windows PC and Apple Macintosh in 2003; it was also brought to PlayStation Network in 2011.
- BloodRayne 2 (2004, PS2/Xbox)
- Later ported to Windows PC in 2006; also re-released on PlayStation Network in 2012.
- BloodRayne: Betrayal (2011, PSN/XBLA) — The Oddball in the Series being a tough-as-nails 2D action platformer developed by WayForward Technologies. To be released in Japan as BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer, published by Arc System Works.
- Later ported to Windows PC on April 30, 2014 by Abstraction Games.
The PC ports of the first two games in the series are also available through Steam
(the latter is cheaper for the first game as well as DRM-free
and optimized for Windows Vista and higher for both games); they are also available via OnLive for cloud gaming. The PC port of the third game is only available on Steam.
The BloodRayne series features examples of:
- After the End/Downer Ending: The end to the second game shows that Kagan's Vampire Apocalypse can't be reversed, despite his death, and that humanity is now a small Brimstone-led resistance movement living in underground bunkers while hordes of monsters rule the surface. Rayne and Severin are on the outs with Brimstone, and Rayne herself has to inherit her father's empire despite her distaste of everything related to vampires and humans in order to save the humans on the surface.
- Animesque: Betrayal's artstyle.
- Anti-Heroine: Rayne is a Type-III and IV anti-heroine; she doesn't particularly like humans, but she hates vampires.
- Archnemesis Dad: Kagan is this to Rayne.
- Argentina Is Naziland: Hidden Nazi base, naturally.
- Artificial Stupidity: Mooks getting stuck in corners and vampires slowly dying by standing in daylight.
- Aura Vision: It helps Rayne find her objective's location and conveniently shows how much health the non-boss enemies have (bosses have their own life meter).
- Badass Boast: Half her quotes throughout the series, but her boast to Hedrox is especially epic.
- Bare Your Midriff: Rayne, obviously.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Kagan's.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Ephemera's.
- Black Sheep: Rayne jokingly refers to herself as this, which is true considering all of Kagan's other offspring are loyal to him.
- White Sheep: It would be more accurate to call Rayne this, she is the only (relatively) decent individual among a family of monsters. It helps that she wasn't raised by Kagan. Kagan alludes that Trumain raised other offspring of his in addition to Rayne, but they do not appear in the story.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Rayne's handy dandy armblades!
- Blood Bath: The final boss chamber in the second game has a fountain full of blood in which both Rayne and Kagan (her vampire father) can heal themselves.
- Bloodier and Gorier: BloodRayne 2 was this to the original. BloodRayne: Betrayal for the series overall, and it's rated T!
- Bloody Murder: The Carpathian Dragons fire alchemized blood.
- Body Horror: Daemites possessing a soldier to name a few.
- Boss Subtitles: Just before the boss battles in Betrayal.
- Bottomless Pit: Par for the course in BloodRayne: Betrayal.
- Bulletproof Human Shield: One of the heroine's special moves is to grasp a near-by goon, bite down on their neck, and while wrapped around them, she can turn them around to block enemy shots, using them as a human shield and gaining health at the same time.
- Bullet Time: One of Rayne's powers and part of gameplay of the first two games is the option to use this technique, representing her heightened reaction times and senses.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: On the subject of Rayne's mother, Kagan is, "terrible with names, but I trust she died painfully, like the rest of her family". He seems to be trying to anger Rayne, but it is also true that he raped many human women to sire dhampirs, and then killed them and their families afterwards as "policy".
- Cain and Abel: Rayne has been hunting and killing her half-siblings for decades. Ephemera also tries to kill Ferril.
- The Cameo: The Boy and His Blob show up in Chapter 15 in Betrayal.
- Cast from Hit Points: In the second game, if Rayne fires one of her guns without sucking the blood of her enemies for ammo, then they suck out hers.
- Chain Pain: Rayne's harpoon. In the first game, she uses it to pull humanoid foes towards her (which would make Scorpion proud) so she can feed off them; in the second game, she can hurl foes like ragdolls with it.
- Child by Rape: Rayne's origin.
- Colossus Climb: Slezz is a variation. You have to climb inside her to cut her heart out. Rayne is not happy with this turn of events.
Rayne: I have bowel in my hair.
- Combat Stilettos: And they're actual stilettos.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: During Ephemera's boss battle, if Rayne touches the water in the pond, she gets hurt. Ephemera on the other hand, despite being a full vampire, remains unaffected by it.
- Conspicuous CG: In BloodRayne: Betrayal, most of the blood splatters, explosions and slime splatters are this. It mildly clashes with the game's otherwise 2D-art style.
- Continuity Nod: The 3rd Act of the first game has several continuity nod references to the first act of Nocturne, the survival horror game from which BloodRayne was spun-off from.
- Cutscene: The first two game uses FMV sequences in some parts of the game's story.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ephemera. Together with her sister Ferril, she plotted to kill their father and take over. Then, she (literally and figuratively) backstabbed and threw Ferril off a tower. When Rayne meets her for the final battle, Ephemera calmly tells her that she is waiting for the right moment to do Kagan in.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Implied in BloodRayne 2.
Minion: "Nice boots, miss. After I've kicked your ass, I may prance around in them?"
- Cutscene Incompetence: The first game has Rayne pull out one of the ribs of the Queen of the Underworld, only for it to force it's way into her body, causing such intense pain that she is unable to prevent Wulf from ripping it out of her. Fair enough that she didn't know it would do that to her, but then she does it again when she finds the eye of Beliar! While yes, it does grant her sniping abilities, you'd think after the first time she would be a little more leery about grabbing glowing body parts.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Rayne.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rayne, particularly in the second game, has more snark than even Buffy.
Rayne: "You saw the blades, what did you think was gonna happen?"
- Die, Chair! Die!: Oh yes! Chairs, statues, and even pianos aren't safe from Rayne's armblades.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Well, more like recyclable, street people are drained of blood to create the Shroud.
- Disposable Vagrant
- Dhampyr: Our anti-heroine.
- Dropped A Bridge On Her: Ferril's death at the hand of Xerx. After giving a crazy rousing speech to her men earlier and a shorter angry one to Rayne, she is quickly dispatched by one of Xerx sun cannons just before the boss fight.
- Dual Boss: The twins, Simon and Sigmund, while Wulf and Beliar are more of a subversion; you fight both at once, but they attack each other, too.
- Dull Surprise: Rayne for most of the first game talks in a monotone, just displaying enough emotion that you know what's going through her mind. Nothing really seems to shake her (as she said at the start of the game, "I'm just confident in my abilities,") with few exceptions. Then Wulf kills off Mynce. Then she flies into an Unstoppable Rage. The sequel has much less of this, as Rayne does a lot more wise-cracking and occasionally expressing real horror when she realizes what the plan of the Kagan Cult is.
- Elite Mooks: the first game has red-uniformed Nazi Kommandos, who have more health and better weapons. The second game has Ephemera's S&M ninjas, who can block frontal feeding attempts, and Kagan's ancient vampires, who wear nazi uniforms and fight with a heavy machine gun in one hand and a sword in the other.
- Epunymous Title
- Every Car Is a Pinto: The second has a least two vehicles that explode if you throw people at them.
- Exposition Fairy: Mynce in the first game and Severin in the second.
- Expy: Originally, Rayne was supposed to be one to Svetlana Lupescu of Nocturne fame, but this was scrapped.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: So many but one name is really, really an embodiment of this trope — Dr. Bathory Mengele.
- Fanservice: Rayne was one of the first video game characters to pose nude in Playboy. There are also a few fan mods to the PC version that make her nude.
- Fantastic Racism: Most of Rayne's family has this towards dhampirs and humans. Kagan refers to dhampirs as "mongrels", "tainted" and continually refers to Rayne as "it". This doesn't stop him from raping human women and using his dhampir offspring in his army. Ferril believes that any full-blooded vampire should be able to best a dhampir, even if it's Rayne and Ephemera expresses mild disappointment that their adversary isn't "at least full-blood".
- Five-Bad Band: The second game:
- Flipping the Bird: Rayne does this enough to make one think she's channeling "Stone Cold" Steve Austin: she does it at least four times during the first game's ending, before flipping off her handler at the start of the second game.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Scratch the friendly part: she is working to wipe out Nazis and cults, but she's very much an anti-hero, doing it for her own ends rather than any "good" benefit for others.
- Game Mod: Besides the nude ones, there's a fan-made HD mod for the second game's PC version that enhances the textures with high resolution ones, as well as allow the game to run on resolutions higher than the default ones. It also features a lot of pictures of Kristanna Loken as Rayne replacing many photos and painting in the game, for some reason.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In cutscenes, a vampire who is killed by sunlight turns to ashes (and the process is virtually instant). In gameplay, sunlight drains the health of vampiric minibosses rather slowly, and when killed by it, they simply collapse.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The latest game in the series, BloodRayne: Betrayal is a 2D hack-and-slash that's quite frankly Bloodier and Gorier than the first two games. Blood splatters everywhere, mooks are grinded up by blades, beheaded, cut in half or worse. And it's a T-rated game.
- Ghostapo: The first game's central premise is that the Nazis are seeking occult relics for the purpose of gaining supernatural powers, and Rayne's mission is to stop them.
- Giant Enemy Crab: The Crab Puncher (no, not that one), the first boss from BloodRayne: Betrayal is a giant mechnical crab.
- Giant Mecha: She fights them in the first game, and practically squeals with joy at getting to drive one. The giant pink things Rayne fights in the second game are organic ones.
- Gorn: A huge part of the game's appeal, and why it has the name it has. Bloodrayne stands out as maybe the only franchise of it's time where dismemberment is not done solely through canned animations, or through bodies having specific points where they can be cut; enemies are dismembered exactly where you hit them. Even then, there are examples that stand out, such as the Blood Bomb weapon which causes enemies to shatter into blood and body parts, and a move Rayne can do in BloodRayne 2 while feeding that leaves her foe as nothing but a torso.
- It's even a gameplay mechanic in BloodRayne 2; the player frequently encounters sequences where they need to throw a number of enemies into something painful (a helicopter rotor, a vat of chemicals, etc.) to progress.
- Grand Theft Me: The second act of the first game features parasites that do this.
Parasite: "I'll wear you like lederhosen."
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Most of the killing puzzles in BloodRayne 2 involve throwing minions at something until it breaks. She can also score free knockdowns (but no damage) by throwing enemies into one-another.
- Guns Akimbo: Rayne does virtually nothing but this in the first game, with the exception of some larger weapons. In the second game, the Carpathian Dragons are duel wielded.
- Guns Are Worthless: Despite the wide variety of firearms available in the first game, guns are only really effective against common Mooks. Some tougher enemies and bosses take very little (if any) damage from bullets, or are difficult to hit in the first place (especially Daemites). Compounding this problem is the fact that guns don't hold much ammo and can't be reloaded; Rayne discards a weapon upon emptying the magazine, and must pick up another to replace it. On top of all this, Rayne's blades and harpoon are generally more efficient weapons anyway, and it's entirely possible to play through most of the game without firing a shot.
- In Betrayal however, Rayne's Magnum is actually quite powerful, able to knock most mooks off their feet.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Rayne and other dhampyrs.
- Heal Thyself: Rayne drinks the blood of her enemies to restore her life bar.
- High-Pressure Blood: Oh lordy...
- Highly-Visible Ninja: The Kestrels, ninja vampires from the East in BloodRayne 2.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Only in the first game; Rayne finds a pair of mystical blood-powered guns in the second. The first game does have a cheat which displays the weapons; however, it's interesting how the lot stays strapped to her back.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Rayne feels this way towards her father Kagan, who raped her mother and drove her mad. All his daughters hate him, in fact.
- Jiggle Physics: There is a cheat code in both games that allows you to increase both Rayne's bust size and the jiggliness.
- Disturbingly, the jiggle physics in the first game tends to turn on and off quite routinely, leading to a case of uncanny cleavage when Rayne is speaking.
- Large Ham: Jurgen Wulf in the first game, and Kagan in the second.
- Ferril has a lot of fun with her villainy as well.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Rayne herself lampshades this at the start of Betrayal's final level, where she must escape the collapsing castle after defeating the final boss in the previous level.
Rayne: "Ugh, I didn't realize he was a load-bearing demon!"
- Ludicrous Gibs: In third-person shooter games, even moreso in the second game.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Kagan has sired many offspring with many women, sometimes without consent.
- Meaningful Name: Ferril, Ephemera, Severin to name a few.
- Mêlée à Trois: Happens quite often in the first game.
- In the first episode, the infected townspeople will actually fight with the fully mutated townspeople as well as the spawn creatures. All are trying to kill Rayne.
- Nazis and Daemites fight each other in episode 2. Likewise with Nazis and vampires in episode 3.
- The final battle of the original game is a 3-way fight between Rayne, Belial, and Jurgen Wulf.
- Mirror Boss: In the first game, Bathory Mengele and later Mynce, both blade-wielding femme fatales, both fight using the same combat style as Rayne. Likewise with the Kestrel mini-bosses in the second game.
- Mission Control: Severin in the second game serves this function.
- Mook Horror Show: Two mooks in Xerx's tower lock themselves up in an office to wait out Rayne's passing. These are the ones with the cockiest sounding voice-sets, the ones taunt Rayne as provocatively as possible, yet when you knock on their door, they wet themselves.
- Mr. Fanservice: For someone with so little screentime and absolutely no action scenes, Severin has become this more handily than anyone else in the franchise. It's because of Severin that Kagan hasn't been fitted with leather pants. It's because of Severin that all other ships arrive presunk.
- Ms. Fanservice: Rayne (arguably moreso in the sequel), Ephemera, and Ferril.
- Nintendo Hard: BloodRayne: Betrayal is a very hard action-platformer. In fact, the difficulty came as a surprise to those not accustomed with Nintendo Hard games (or have been avoiding them).
- No Ontological Inertia: A funny subversion at the end of BloodRayne 2. After Rayne defeats the final boss, she observes that his primary work, an alchemical cloud covering the land that allows vampires to walk under the sun, has not dissipated. Rayne remarks off-handedly to her partner, “I half-expected everything to go back to normal once he was dead. I guess that wasn’t very realistic, huh?”
- No Swastikas: The PC and PAL Xbox versions removed all swastikas and other Third Reich symbolism.
- Off with His Head!: In BloodRayne: Betrayal, if you perform a dash blade attack on one of the goons with mere inches of their HP, you can slice their heads right off, resulting in a geyser of blood.
- Opera Gloves: Rayne has them.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Dhampyr, actually. Water, sunlight, healing by drinking blood and apparently having the grace of a Cirque de Soleil performer and the body of a lingerie model.
- The full-blooded vampires are a varied bunch as well, with Ephemera being an Intangible Girl who can teleport through shadows; Hedrox, a bestial creature with a Doppelgänger Attack; and Slezz, an ancient and monstrously inhuman "Babylonian Winged Shakkab" described as a "born vampire". The only two vampires who seem to match the usual profile are Zerenski and Kagan.
- Painted-On Pants: Rayne's default outfit.
- Parental Favoritism: Ephemera is Kagan's favorite daughter.
- Parental Substitute: Trumain seems to have been this to Rayne.
- Power Tattoo: Ferril's body is covered in moving tattoos.
- The Dark Rayne outfit you get as a bonus gives Rayne some nice tribal tats as well.
- Puzzle Boss: This sets apart the bosses from the Elite Mooks; the bosses have some other condition before you can beat them down.
- Rank Inflation: In BloodRayne: Betrayal, and the ranks are judged the points you've earned in a level.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Subverted with Rayne. Her outfit is red and black, but she's one of the good guys.
- Serrated Blade of Pain: The female Mad Scientist duel-wields amputation saws.
- Scoring Points: In BloodRayne: Betrayal.
- She-Fu: The general fighting style of Rayne.
- In the first game, Butcheress and Mince uses this.
- In the second, so does the female Dhampir and Kestrel.
- Spikes of Villainy: Subverted. The heels of Rayne's boots are a pair of spikes.
- Sociopathic Hero: Subverted by Rayne. She has no qualms about slicing someone in half, but she actually makes a point of trying to emphasize her humanity, like her freak-out when Mynce died.
- Standard FPS Guns: In BloodRayne 2, the blood guns mimic the effect of several weapons:
- Blood Shot = Pistols
- Blood Stream = Machine guns
- Blood Flame = Flamethrower
- Blood Hammer = Rocket launcher
- Blood Bomb = Time bomb (blows up enemies after a short period)
- Statuesque Stunner: The very attractive Rayne stands 5-foot-11 barefeet, and wears 5-inch heels most of the time, making her 6-foot-4.
- Stripperific: Rayne's outfits in the second game. Her default outfit speaks for itself, of course.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Actual jetpack Nazis in the first game.
- Thicker Than Water: Massively averted. Rayne absolutely hates her family, with good reason and she strongly emphasizes that Kagan's offspring are half siblings.
- Third-Person Seductress: Rayne.
- Throwaway Guns: In the first game.
- Tyke Bomb: Essentially the result of Kagan's policy of raping women to sire dhampyrs, them slaughtering the child's entire family to leave them with no one else to turn to and raising them into an obedient and loyal army. Trumain got to Rayne before Kagan could do the same with her, though not in time to save her family.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: The first game is a fixed-camera, Max Payne / Jedi Outcast style third-person shooter which incorporates melee combat. The second game is a free-floating-camera, Final Fight-style beat 'em up which incorporates platforming and auto-lock shooting. It's a moderate but significant shift. The third game is a 2D hybrid of Castlevania platforming and Devil May Cry combat. Compared to the first two, it's a REALLY significant shift.
- Unwinnable by Mistake: There's a glitch in BloodRayne 2 if you don't use your harpoon to open the path before killing some mooks.
- Vapor Wear: Ferril is mostly nude, if you took her markings away from her.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: In the mines, you may notice a few doors have been barricaded from the inside with a few Nazis hiding in them. Rayne will actively taunt these poor fellows who are just hiding from the Daemites, even though they offer no resistance; in fact they are outright cowering. They are free health should you need it, but damn.note BloodRayne 2, meanwhile, has many, many different ways you can dismember the human body.
- Dismembering was very much possible in the first BloodRayne, particularly with Insane Gibs Mode on. And how it felt... shaving off surplus limbs then watch the Nazi in question writhe in agony, or far away screaming, or try to get away? Blowing off heads? Mincing them into thin little body pieces?
- Video Game Dashing: In BloodRayne: Betrayal, of the X and Zero variety.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Specifically in BloodRayne 2.
- Wall Jump: Rayne can do this in Betrayal, given it's a 2D platformer.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Xerx. He's the only one of Kagan's children that we see who is actually loyal to him, having spent years putting him back together after Trumain blew him up. Despite his loyalty and desire for Kagan's approval, however, the game makes it clear that Xerx is looked on with disdain by everyone in the family.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Rayne's sunlight weakness is kind of expected, being half-vampire, but water? Seriously? In BloodRayne 2, you can get killed by the sprinkler system.
- Why Am I Ticking?: In Betrayal, Rayne can either drain an enemy of blood for health or infect them with some sort of virus that turns them into walking acid bombs that she can detonate at will, which can cause chain reactions.
- Worthy Opponent: Ephemera seems to consider Rayne this after fighting her for the first time. She remarks that Rayne is "more... interesting" than she expected, and is eager to "meet" (read: fight) her again.
- You Killed My Mother and My Family: Why Rayne hates Kagan so much and what motivates her to kill him and the rest of his family.