BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites Review: Fresh bites, old blood

In this review we will tell you about BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites, the remake of the hit hack ‘n slash originally released in 2011

In this review we will tell you about BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites, the remake of the third title of the videogame saga dedicated to the vampire Rayne. Unlike the previous two chapters, the original game was made in 2D and featured gameplay that harked back to the classic side-scrolling beat ’em ups. All these elements are taken up in this makeover, which is limited to modernizing the graphics and rebalancing the mechanics.

In taking this game back in hand, the developers faced not an easy choice: by choosing to substantially modify the title they would have attracted the dislikes of historical fans, while leaving it substantially unchanged they would have ended up creating a game with antiquated dynamics. Let’s find out together if they have been able to find a balance between respect for the original and the need to innovate it.

The last battle

As already anticipated in the first part of the review, BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites is the remake of the third chapter of the franchise dedicated to the vampire Rayne and the story that it tells represents the conclusion of the saga dedicated to her. This ending leads her to confront Lord Kagan once again who, in addition to being her father, is responsible for her undead condition.

This time, it’s Rayne who brings the war to the evil vampire’s house. The action of the securities takes place entirely within the maniero in Kagan, which is inhabited by its terrible army. To get to destroy his greatest rival. the protagonist will then have to work her way through dozens of monsters lethal, which will test his training and weaponry.

BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites Review: Fresh bites, old blood

Speed ​​and Confusion – BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites Review

The gameplay of BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites is characterized by the alternation of moments of confrontation with the opponents, in which the pace becomes frenetic, and passages related to exploration, more relaxed and similar in characteristics to the classic 2D platformers. These turn out to be the most interesting ones for the player thanks to the good positioning of secret objectsi, which requires careful observation of the environment; the effort that is made to obtain them is then justified by the fact that they are often very useful.

The combat system is rather disappointing. Compared to the original of 2011, which was indicated as excessively punitive, the remake gives the possibility to change the level of difficulty, but does not touch the real criticality: the commands. These are inaccurate and unnecessarily complex and, also given the frenetic speed that characterizes the combat sequences, making encounters with enemies unnecessarily frustrating.

the boss fight, present at the end of almost all levels, should represent an opportunity to diversify the experience, placing the player in front of opponents who, in order to be defeated, require a different approach to the fight. However, these also turn out to be rather disappointing: Most champions have quite a limited number of attack patterns, and to take them down, you never really need to change your strategy.

BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites Review: Fresh bites, old blood

In a Dark Manor – BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites Review

As mentioned earlier in this review, the main setting for BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites is the castle of the vampire Kagan, the main villain of the saga. It is a dark manor, built in the image and likeness of the classic vampire abode to which years of cinema and horror videogames we are accustomed to. The main problem with this setting is the little variety: the environments that you pass through are all quite similar, both from an aesthetic point of view and from that of the construction of the levels.

On the contrary, there are numerous varieties of enemies that we will face along our path inside the palace. The modernization of the design of the monsters is undoubtedly the aspect of this remake in which the developers have given the best proof of them, also because thanks to the great diversity of the villains the combat sequences are able to be at least partially enjoyable.

Other elements on which this new version has focused a lot are the soundtrack, which is certainly better than the original, is the introduction of a cast vocale. Through the latter they have tried to give greater importance to the story that the video game wants to tell. the operation failed however, mainly because most of the dialogue is composed of short and trivial sentences, which rarely go beyond the more stereotypical action movie exchange and, to give more weight to the narrative, they would have had to substantially modify its contents.

BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites Review: Fresh bites, old blood


Having reached the end of this review, we cannot help but attest that the experiment attempted with BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites can be considered only partially successful. In fact, if the remake manages to intervene on some of the critical aspects of the original, such as the soundtrack, it maintains several of its main problems within it. In particular, the choice not to modify the control management, which affect the gaming experience as a whole, does not appear justifiable and is sufficient to make our evaluation negative.

BloodRayne Betrayal Fresh Bites was made by WayForward, was released last September 10 and is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4; thanks to the backward compatibility option, it can also be played via PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S. Continue to follow us on to read reviews, previews and insights dedicated to the best video games of the present and the past. If you are interested in buying this or another title, we suggest you take a look at the vast Instant Gaming catalog.

Remake only partially successful

Points in favor

  • Good variety of enemies to face
  • Enjoyable soundtrack

Points against

  • Unnecessarily complex controls
  • Monotonous setting
  • Minimal and stereotyped narration