Soul Reaver’s Nosgoth is modelled on late Victorian industrial London, while its take on the spirit world evokes the jagged silhouettes and eerie perspectives of German Expressionist cinema. This was a departure from the medieval vampire fantasy of Blood
Omen, but the script retains the latter’s silly yet diverting Shakespearean monologues. The game is also memorable for its voice acting, with Tony Jay supplying an especially baroque and resonant performance as the Elder God. In terms of videogame influences, there are parallels with Looking Glass Studios’ original
Thief, from 1998. The Silenced Cathedral area, in particular, seems worthy of master pickpocket Garrett’s attention.