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Gamers havenít seen a new BloodRayne game since 2004, and itís about time we got another one. Developer WayForward Technologies and Majesco Entertainment thought the same thing, and while they are sticking with the super-powered half-vampire chick with blades motif, they are taking the series in a different direction, one they feel is both brutal and beautiful.

BloodRayne: Betrayal is a side-scrolling action title that spans 15 wonderfully depicted levels as Rayne plows through hordes of enemies in a series of bloody attacks that definitely meet the developerís stated goals.

This PSN/XBLA title will give Rayne a few interesting powers that will help improve the overall hack-n-slash style of the game. These include the ability to suck on your enemiesí blood in order to regain health, infect opponent vampires in order to make them explode and even heel-stomp monsters that have hit the ground in order to finish them off.

I got the chance to play through one of the levels in BloodRayne: Betrayal and found the gameís controls to be very tight and really easy to pull off some impressive combos as I went through enemy after enemy. The gameís various visual effects, like a refraction that occurs when you swipe your blades, adds an interesting feel to the visual style of Betrayal and the sheer amount of blood that spills forth from the bodies reminds me of Quentin Tarantinoís Kill Bill. Actually, come to think of it, there were a few visual elements that reminded me of that movie, especially the gameís use of shadow and light to have you fight completely in silhouette at times.

Look for BloodRayne: Betrayal this Summer for $15.00 on PSN and 1,200 Microsoft Points.