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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
6 July 2014
Summary: The first Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing wasn't a bad game, however it did have crippling technical issues that held it back. Those issues have since been fixed, and developer Neocore Games has learned a lot in the process, it seems. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II does what a sequel is known for and improves on the core idea of Van Helsing while adding enough content to justify a sequel.
Conclusion: Van Helsing II is very much the same game as its predecessor, just with “more.” While still as fun as the first, there’s a lack of actual overall progress, just a reshuffling of used ideas. Given the ending, it’s assured that we’ll see a third game. Hopefully “more” becomes better before The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing becomes just another monster amidst the fray.
Excerpt: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing seemingly snuck under a lot of people's radars, despite being a highly enjoyable alternative to the bigger loot-based action RPGs out there, and it has now been joined by this second part of a planned trilogy. While it is more of the same with a touch of extra polish, for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II that's certainly not a bad thing.
Conclusion: I opened this review by talking about the dangers of going into a project knowing you intend it to be part of a larger whole - in this instance, a trilogy. After playing Van Helsing II, Neocore games have another problem on their hands after this - not that they held stuff back, but that they gave it their all. This feels like a complete experience, one that is a natural and smart evolution of the first game's mechanics.
Conclusion: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II represents a considerable improvement over its predecessor, although its focus consists primarily of augmenting the core action RPG experience rather than changing it. Balance issues and multiplayer bugs remain, but there's enough variety found in its tower defense scenarios and three classes to warrant donning the legendary monster hunter's hat either again or for the very first time.
Excerpt: Like its predecessor, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II bills itself as a "gothic-noir adventure." While there are too many pop culture references and too much comedic relief for the "noir" part of that label to stick, the general tone is one of grim expressionism, bolstered by some finely constructed action sequences.
Pros: Excellent world-building, After the introduction, it really opens up, Dense environments that give you plenty to do, Quick, rewarding combat
Summary: Van Helsing 2 is a near-complete title that NeoCore are clearly racing to finish in time for release day. It’ll end up a better game than the first, but will almost certainly retain some deadline-crunch bugs until a couple of patches are out of the way.
Conclusion: Van Helsing II eclipses its predecessor in almost every way. Where the original game depended on fast, action-packed combat to entertain the player, Van Helsing II is a much more refined game and successfully leans onto a better story. The hectic, satisfying hack and slash gameplay of the original game is augmented with cleverly disguised mini-games that offer a level of gameplay diversity seldom found in Action-RPGS.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Review (PC)
4 October 2013
Conclusion: I'm a huge RPG fan, but when it comes to hack and slash games, I'm a bit picky. I was profoundly disappointed by Diablo III, though I greatly enjoyed the previous installments in the series. Fortunately, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing restored my faith in the ARPG genre and proved once again that small studios like Neocore can create amazing games even if they do not get too much exposure.
Pros: - Immersive steampunk setting, - Deep character development and customization, - Brilliant voice acting, - Refreshing gameplay, - Art work and music perfectly fit the dark gothic environment
Cons: - Broken multiplayer, - No monster respawn in single player, - Limited replayability