The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Review
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Neocore Games
Pub: Neocore Games
Release: May 22, 2013
Players: 1
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.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Screenshot

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.

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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.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: May 29, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
This is a good-looking game, but there’s some slowdown and other minor glitchiness.
4.0
Control
Click, click, click, click, click.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is spooky, and the voice acting is entertaining.
3.6
Play Value
The campaign is a great buy, but multiplayer is still unstable.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Enter a memorable gothic-noir universe filled with monsters, magic, and weird science.
  • Play through a refreshingly unique story, spiced up with wry humor and snappy dialogue.
  • Fight fierce battles against supernatural foes with diverse skills and abilities.
  • Use the special abilities and tailor the skills of your remarkable follower.
  • Customize your character through a detailed level-up system, in which you decide which skills and abilities you’ll need for the hunt.
  • Modify your skills on the spot with a unique power-up system.
  • Learn the secrets of mystical alchemy and forge powerful items.
  • Build and develop your hideout and place traps to defend it from waves of terrible monsters.
  • Become the greatest monster slayer of all time while playing a cooperative multiplayer monster hunt up to four players.


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