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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Game Review

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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Game Review

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a 2013 game from Hungarian game studio Neocore Games. While it has since been followed up with The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II (inventive, right?) in 2014, if you’ve never played the first one, you should still start there. The following includes a review from a Macintosh computer but the game is also available for XBox and Windows. In fact, if you get it on Xbox, it’s surprisingly cheap at just 1 cent. Otherwise you’ll have to head over to Steam to buy your copy for Windows or Mac.

Graphics

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Beautiful maps

Most gamers care a lot about graphics, so I’ll start there. The game is nicely detailed but not incredibly high-end, which is to be expected for a game where you pay less than $20 for it brand new. You get beautiful maps, an incredible isometric view, really realistic animation, and an overall beautiful world. It’s not incredibly detailed and you can’t zoom in and get superb quality, but technically that’s not what gameplay is about anyway.

Plot

Just a bit bloody

Just a bit bloody

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing has a visible plot with multiple side branches and so much action that you might get sidetracked and forget all about what you’re doing. However, it very much does have an actual plot. Much like Diablo II, the plot will guide you from place to place, but you can take multiple side quests, explore hidden realms, and generally just kill a lot of beasts. The story is a lot of fun when you do follow it, has a few mistakes, but overall is enjoyable, and just a bit silly.

Difficulty

I still haven't figured out how to take multiple screenshots and not die

If you’re new to RPG’s, this might not be the game for you. Even in the easiest mode, Van Helsing eventually flings a lot at you. You’ll be bombarded with up to 50 or more monsters at once, which you will have to kill before they kill you.

Review of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

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Waypoints and all

Overall, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was thoroughly impressive considering that I paid less than $5 for it on sale. I was expecting another 2 star Indie game, and instead I got about 20 hours of really immersive, enjoyable gameplay. The game isn’t perfect, and you’ll notice that a lot with mouse optimization, but it’s got everything an RPG player could possibly want. The skillsets were particularly impressive as they advance with you through the game and get steadily more complex. However, the interface is smooth, surprisingly simple, and nearly identical to Blizzard’s, which makes it relatively easy for most of us to learn. If you, like many of the RPG generation cut your teeth on WoW or Diablo, it’s basically like picking up an older copy with it’s own unique personality and style.

Final Thoughts

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is surprisingly good for the money. While not a 5 star game by any means, it’s refreshing, funny, and fun to play, plus it’s nearly identical to Diablo, so big-name RPG-ers are sure to love it. If you can get past the occasional bad voiceover and a couple of typos, then The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is definitely a game for you. If you’re an RPG fan looking for a decent, affordable game with which to spend your hours, it’s definitely a good choice. If you’re looking for the game of the year, prefer first person shooters, or need every last detail to be perfect, not so much.