|Dev: Neocore Games|
|Pub: Neocore Games|
|Release: May 22, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p|
Aside from that, my biggest complaint is something I could say about most action-RPGs: When you're playing alone, dying is really obnoxious. You can pay to respawn nearby, but if you don't have enough cash or don't want to waste it, you have to start back at your home base. Then, after a minimum of two different loading screens, when you return to the area where you died, all the progress you made is preserved.
Basically, it wastes your time but doesn't make you redo anything, which is the exact opposite of how dying in a game should work. Instead of forcing you to play better, it just makes you play longer. Why not have normal checkpoints -- ones that reset your progress to an earlier point and put you immediately back in the game?
There are a few other issues, too, though none really detract from the experience. There's some slowdown when a lot of enemies are on the screen, a minor graphical hiccup here and there, the occasional bug that hasn't been squashed, etc.
But at $15, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a great buy for action-RPG fans. Not only is the Dracula-inspired setting a nice change of scenery, but the interesting gameplay and great dialogue are sure to keep players engrossed. This is an action-RPG that offers more than just addictive loot gathering, and that's something we don't see enough of.
Date: May 29, 2013