The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 is an ARPG game where you get to play as a son of the famous vampire hunter. The game is not epic, but it was fun exploring Borgovia.
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Abraham Van Helsing was a fictional character from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. He was legendary vampire and monster hunter, though in a game you play as his son. NeocoreGames, production company who published titles like King Arthur and first Van Helsing game, has almost completed development of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2. The game is in Beta phase, very much playable and did not crash once in my adventure that lasted for 5 hours.
The game takes you into a fictional world that looks like 19th century Europe, with all the magic and weird science that apparently happened in those days. There used to be a lot of confusion with science, where some was considered as magic and vice versa. As a son of a legendary vampire hunter, Van Helsing has to save the land of Borgovia from all that evil races. The world has a gothic-noir feel to it and presents dark science in a cool way. You will encounter various contraptions and ugly looking monsters as soon as you begin the quest to save the world.
Simple tutorial is more than enough to get you used to a gameplay, while game settings offer several nice options to suit everyone’s play style. Once you got familiar with the UI, you are asked to set up your character and choose between 6 playable classes. If you are up for a true challenge, enable the Hardcore Character mode which will make death counts. Die and lose everything, or play in a normal mode and respawn without losing game’s progress.
Your companion, Lady Katarina, a ghost that your father once rescued is there by default and she is helpful in combat. She is also rather witty and sarcastic, making dialogues more interesting. Nothing better than a ghostly companion to brighten up a dark day. You start The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 in Factory District, with a task to defend it from evil creatures while civilians are being evacuated. Monsters are abundant, there are hordes of them waiting to get you, and each race has its own unique features. Even though they came in large groups, there was not much challenge to complete the quest and defeat enemies. Mind you, this was Beta and you start at level 30, with nice weapons and gear which most likely make the fight easier.
Running around the map, trying to get to a marked point in order to complete the quest, was challenging enough. Mini map cannot be moved to see how far you are from the next marker and whether you are going in the right direction. Fortunately, Van Helsing 2 is not an open world game, and the whole map can be explored within minutes. Unless you set an option that lets monsters respawn after you have been killed. I had it on and it was more fun that way. You can grind monsters for coins as long as you want, but at some point you will want to continue and progress to the next location. To make things even easier, you can choose to respawn at the exact same spot where you died, if you have enough money to do so.
Running around to find an NPC for the quest and fighting monsters is the main focus of a game. Dialogues are not that often, but you will be presented with choices and your decisions will influence the progress. For example, one of the first quests asks you to choose whether you want to command defensive actions, or to let a captain do it himself. Being an RPG fan, I just had to do it myself to experience everything that game has to offer. It also meant faster progression and building up my skill-tree quicker. Unlike enemies, the loot is scarce in Van Helsing 2, nothing like we are sued to see in modern RPG titles. Enemies drop some good loot and there are few chests on each map that can be open. You can find a Trader as well, but finding epic loot is always better when fighting enemies.
Aesthetics are not that impressive, all elements looked like something that would be great 5 or 6 years ago, but not in these days. For instance, items in the inventory seemed too simple, though it does have to be a bad thing. Van Helsing 2 game is set in the 19th century Europe when weapons and armour did not look futuristic. The whole story has a dark atmosphere surrounding the world and characters within. There is a lot of blood, but you can turn blood effects off in the menu. Sound effects, visuals, music and every single element give you a feeling of what a world packed with evil races would look like.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 plays good. Sure it could do with some improvements. It plays like an ARPG most of the time, though sometimes it felt more like a tower-defence combat style.
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