Summary: Whether you purchase or rent this game really depends on how much you have or are willing to spend on games and as this is a full priced game I would probably suggest renting it as it’s a relatively short game and would only warrant a purchase if you really like the game, are a massive fan of the film and expect to play through the game multiple times.
Excerpt: It’s not that the film was that bad, it just wasn’t particularly enjoyable popcorn fodder for your intrepid reviewer here. I found it something of a “ Blade lite” in fact, sans the decent soundtrack and action set pieces. Its gaming brethren nearly suffers the same fate. Taking its aesthetic, aural and mechanic cues from Devil May Cry and Castlevania: Lament of Innocence ; Van Helsing lacks the atmosphere, guile and polish of either of the aforementioned titles.
Excerpt: Why are so many movies made into videogames? Although both transport us briefly into someone else's life, they do so in very different ways. We may identify with a movie's hero but we can't influence him; his story unfolds without any help from us. Yet when we play a game, our actions are essential to the story. Sometimes, in a game like Pac-Man , our actions are the story. The truth is that videogames and movies require very different kinds of audience participation.
Excerpt: The latest action character to make it to the big screen, Van Helsing , also greets his fans in a new game that puts you inside the movie. The levels are fairly big in size, and the level of detail in both the scenery and the character models is outstanding. The deep shadows and dim lighting in many of the scenes adds to the story's 19th century feel. The various creatures and characters seem to be taken straight from the silver screen.
Excerpt: Games licensed from summer movies tend to be pretty awful, so when you play one that isn’t it is always a nice surprise. Not that Van Helsing is a great game as it certainly has some issues and shortcomings, but if you enjoyed the movie and want to make a quick romp through its storyline Van Helsing will fit the bill.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Gamers who can't sit still and wait for Devil May Cry 3 are advised to pick up Van Helsing to fill the void, and re-taste classic DMC gameplay before Capcom rewrites the formula with its highly anticipated prequel. Any fans of the movie need to get out of their chair now (or after you're done lounging) and purchase.