Soul Reaver 2

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Soul Reaver 2
Soul Reaver 2.jpg
North American box art
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Violence)
GRB rating: 18
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50196 & SLUS-20165
Japanese: SLPS-25085 & SLPM-60171
German: SLES-50196
French: SLES-50196
Spanish: SLES-50196
Italian: SLES-50196
Korean: SLPM-67516
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20165
Release date: October 31, 2001
2002 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 230CB71D
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50196
Release date: November 23, 2001
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25085
SCPS-55013
SLPM-60171 (Trial)
SLPM-67516
Release date: February 14, 2002
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Crystal Dynamics
Publisher(s): Eidos Interactive (US, EU), Titus Software (JP)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN9/10, Metacritic80/100
Game description: In this sequel to the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, reassume the role of Raziel, and travel back through the currents of time into various eras of Nosgoth's past in your relentless pursuit of Kain. With new Soul Rever weapon enhancements, physical abilities, and relics, you'll battle vampire hunters, Sarafan warrior-priests, and spectral spirits, and then devour their souls. Unearth the mysteries of Nosgoth's ancient races, and expose the schemes behind the corruption of the Pillars and the vampire genocide.
The game continues the adventures of the vampire-turned-wraith Raziel, the protagonist of Soul Reaver. Though Raziel initially seeks to exact revenge on Kain, his murderer and former master, this objective is superseded by a higher quest for knowledge. Traveling through history, he gradually exposes the truth behind his own past and destiny.


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.1.svn5814 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), light game for any cpu/gpu., Can occur a imperceptible white glitch in the hair of main character,but in custom resolution the glitch is permanent,in software mode this not happen.
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx 10 (Hardware)0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • Lillypad 0.11.0 r5875
Game runs well at 6X native resolution, 60FPS in hardware mode. The main character as well as some in game objects have dithering issues when rendered in hardware mode, but disappear when the camera is close or in software mode. Bios v 2.0 was used. Zrooney
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-Bit
  • AMD FX8320 Black 8Core @4GHz
  • Sapphire R9 290 8GB Nitro
1.6.0 GSdx 1.2.0 - SSE4 (DX11 HW @ 3x - 1080p)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • Lillypad 0.12.1
Games Runs well, Can confirm disabling MTVU Speedhack fixed frozen cutscene bug (looses a small amount of performance however). Xproflipscarab
PAL Windows 10 64-Bit
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6Core @4.2GHz
  • Sapphire R9 290 8GB Nitro
1.6.0 GSdx 1.2.0 - AVX2,SSE2 & SSE4 (DX11 HW & OPENGL HW @ 3x/6x - 1080p/4k)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • Lillypad 0.12.1
Games Runs very well @1080 & 4k, Strangely the audio bug can not be fixed no matter what I try, I don't know whether its due to my new CPU (See my last test) or the fact im now using PAL but it seems any big area causes the audio to break when shifting. NOTE: Windscreen patch seems to work perfectly fine Xproflipscarab
PAL Windows 10 64-Bit
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6Core @4.2GHz
  • Sapphire R9 290 8GB Nitro
1.7.0 [DEV-1546] [Plugin Selection not present in 1.7.0 dev builds??] (DX11 HW @ 3x/6x - 1080p/4k)
  • Interpolation: 5 - Gaussian
  • Module: 1 - Xaudio
Games Runs very well (Can hit Solid [email protected]), From what I've seen using the new 1.7 dev builds fixes the game breaking Audio bug so happy days, I get some unusual blurring and "vibrating" textures here and there (which also happened back on 1.6.0) that I can't seem to fix... Don't know how to properly describe the bug or what causes it so I won't put it into known issues. NOTE: Widescreen patch seems to work perfectly with the PAL version Xproflipscarab


Trivia

  • Original names: レガシー・オブ・ケイン ~ソウル・リーバー2~ (SLPS-25085), 소울리버 2 (SLPM-67516)
  • Also known as Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2


Known Issues

Broken textures

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In Hardware mode mipmapping issues cause several wall and character textures to appear distorted from a certain distance.
  • Workaround: This can be resolved with the latest v1.5.0 git builds. Go to Config > Video(GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Mipmapping to "Basic".

Broken audio which leads to a freeze after any cutscene

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Transitioning from spectral realm to material realm can cause the audio to start glitching out at which point any cutscene will cause the game to freeze as reported here
  • Workaround: Disabling Multi-Threaded microVU1 under speedhacks fixes the game freeze NOTE: Using a 1.7.0 Dev Build (Tested on DEV-1546) seems to fix this issue but due to the stable build still not fixed I'll Leave this as Active (See Xproflipscarab's last Tests)

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