I'm not a big fan of top-down RPG's, but Van Helsing is a surprisingly good game. Although, I still believe it would've been better as ARPG. It has a pretty interesting story and nice character design. With tons of secrets, far-stretching maps and numerous missions it has hours of fun to offer.
- Interesting story
- Detailed and beautiful environment with atmosphere that involves both steampunk and gothic elements
- Impeccable level design (a rarity these days)
- Companion that comes in handy when facing hordes of enemies (Lady Caterina – available through DLC); she has her own skill tree and stats and can carry extra items, too
- Convenient interface (compared to older games in RPG genre)
- Contrary to other RPGs, the player is not tormented with endless choices between items, which are slightly better than the previous item in one aspect and slightly worse in another
- Automatic equipent feature (allows to auto-equip best items)
- Versatile skill tree
- Relatively easy achievements (although, some might consider it a bad thing)
- It's very demanding in terms of processing power. I experienced occasional freezes and lags on some maps (playing on high or very high settings). Some say it's because of bad optimisation and I tend to agree, as those lags occur in specific areas only.
- IMO, towards the end, enemy spawn is a bit unbalanced; it's literally armies of enemies rushing towards you and, if you retreat in the wrong directions, it means another army. At times, you're just surrounded by countless enemies in a small circle and doomed to die. These hordes also make the game lag.
- Level cap of 30 (not even enough to cover 20% of the skill tree)
- Some missions use the previous maps and you have to reveal the whole territory again, even if you had explored it all before
- This game does not launch on all systems without problems. In order to play the IAVH, I had to edit the registry values
My overall rating: 9/10