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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.

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