Put on your wide-brimmed hat, grab your weapons and embark on an incredible adventure in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia, where mad science threatens the fragile peace between monster and mortal. Be Van Helsing, monster-hunter extraordinaire and save the day with your charming and beautiful companion, Lady Katarina (who happens to be a...
User reviews: Very Positive (4,021 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2013

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Includes 4 items: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Blue Blood, Van Helsing: Arcane Mechanic, Van Helsing: Thaumaturge

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Includes 6 items: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Blue Blood, Van Helsing II: Ink Hunt, Van Helsing: Arcane Mechanic, Van Helsing: Thaumaturge

 

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April 2

Van Helsing III coming this May

It’s official now: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is coming this May.

For further details, check our devblog post :)

http://www.neocoregames.com/2015/04/van-helsing-iii-coming-this-may/

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Reviews

"Get this game, dear reader. You will not be disappointed."

9/10 – Hooked Gamers

"The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a surprisingly enchanting ARPG from an incredibly talented team."

8.5/10 – IGN Italia

"There is a lot in this $15 game, and fans of action RPGs should really take a look at it. I highly suggest it."

8.5/10 – ZTGD

About This Game

Put on your wide-brimmed hat, grab your weapons and embark on an incredible adventure in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia, where mad science threatens the fragile peace between monster and mortal. Be Van Helsing, monster-hunter extraordinaire and save the day with your charming and beautiful companion, Lady Katarina (who happens to be a ghost, by the way). Explore the savage wilderness in the mountains and the soot-stained brick districts of a grim metropolis twisted by weird science, and don’t forget: you might never know who the real monsters are!

Main Features

  • Enter a memorable gothic-noir universe filled with monsters, magic and weird science.
  • Play through a refreshingly unique story, spiced up with wry humor and snappy dialogue.
  • Fight fierce battles against supernatural foes with diverse skills and abilities.
  • Use the special abilities and tailor the skills of your remarkable follower.
  • Customize your character through a detailed level-up system where you decide which skills and abilities you’ll need for the hunt.
  • Modify your skills on the spot with a unique power-up system.
  • Learn the secrets of mystical alchemy and forge powerful items.
  • Build and develop your hideout and place traps to defend it from waves of terrible monsters.
  • Become the greatest monster slayer of all time while playing a cooperative multiplayer monster hunt up to four players.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 8800 GT, Intel HD4000 or AMD HD3850
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 275 GTX or AMD HD5770
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 330M, Intel HD4000 or AMD HD4670
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 285M or Nvidia 640M or AMD HD4870
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Beside the Torchlight franchise, Titan Quest and the free Path of Exile NeocoreGames' Van Helsing represents another alternative for those finding the latest Diablo entry a bit too casual. What's more is that while Van Helsing is shorter than aforementioned hack 'n' slash games it still offers a decent story and a lot of content. Due to the additional game modes (scenario and neverending story) it has a high replayability value, as well.

The game follows a quest of Van Helsing and his companion, the ghost Katharina, who try to get to Borgovia to stop a mad scientist. Along the way you encounter dozens of different enemies throughout numerous different environments. Some of these locales look stunningly beautiful: you traverse through a muddy forest fighting hideous monsters and evil spirits and also join the resistance in a town to fight the soldier-machines. These machines add the steampunk part of the game - with all the traps and contraptions you find they make the game even more diverse.

One of the things I liked about Van Helsing was its atmosphere. Sound effects and the score are excellent and I liked the sarcastic conversations between Helsing and Katharina. One-liners are common from them as well as from enemies and there are numerous references to other video games and films throughout the game. In order to find all of them it's worth hovering the cursor over all objects in every environment - Van Helsing might collect a quest item or just make a funny comment.

There are many sidemissions, of course, as it is common in this genre and there's even one that takes you throughout the game. You just need to carefully look everywhere and open all chests, containers, destroy all barrels and boxes as you might find the next piece of the puzzle. It's worth mentioning, though, that not all items are related to a quest, still, they will be part of the corresponding tab in your inventory.

Normally, Van Helsing wields two swords and two pistols. You can decide which way to go from there in terms of customisation. Beside these two tabs there is also one called Tricks (active spells) and Auras (passive skills). Every level-up grants you ability points (the good-old attributes we are talking about here), skill points and occasionally reputation points, but the latter is not related to quest but more to the annihilation of strong beasts. Your reputation can then yields you perks - the list is gradually increasing and you can pick more and more of them along the way.

Katharina, the ghost companion is a bit similar to the pet we have in Torchlight. She can do the shopping on behalf of us and can also pick up loot by category. Her behaviour is completely modifiable. Of course, she has many skills and also attributes - her skills either make her stronger or support Van Helsing in combat.

While there are no other companions in the game the abovementioned customisation I described for Van Helsing is the Hunter class only. With the added DLCs you can play as a Thaumaturge or Arcane Mechanic. I hear they are pretty fun and diverse, too, so this is all the more in favour of the longevity of this game.

Van Helsing is pretty cool game considering it is a relatively low-budget hack 'n' slash. It is filled with content and there's high replayability due to the 3 different classes, more difficulty levels, hardcore mode, online cooperative mode in the game. I look forward to playing with its sequel. In the meantime, if you are the fan of the genre Van Helsing should be in your library. Word of advice: buckle up as the game can be pretty challenging even on normal difficulty setting!
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game is worth twice the price. A great ARPG.
The skill trees are interesting and probably my favorite of any RPG I've ever played.
Your companion is strong and valuable but not OP.
Script is EXCELLENT
Voice-acting is EXCELLENT
Music is EXCELLENT
Art is EXCELLENT
If you play RPG I would recommend
If you play ARPG it's a must have.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
I finished my 1st playthrough of Van Helsing the other day. It was pretty good, the graphics were fine (nothing great), the story was very average (the usual save the world from the bad-guy & his minions), & the gameplay was similar to Torchlight/Diablo ARPG's.
I ended up with 73/95 Achievements, & that's ok with me. To get them all you would need to do multiple playthrough's, & i wasn't impressed enough to want to replay it, maybe in another year or so.
All in all, it was a good game. I used a controller, & it worked fine. If you like ARPG's, i'd say give it a try, but don't expect an involved storyline. It's more loot collecting & monster killing, so if you like that sort of game, you'll like this.
Enjoy :)
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
It's a nice piece of a diablo-like game, but I don't have much words for it. I see it a little bit wearisome, running around holding left mouse button and every end of cooldown clicking on specail abilities, where from whole skill tree are only a few useful. This game is a real challenge if you overlook this deficiencies and try hardcore mode, there you gotta be very careful and the game starts to demand more use of your skills in strategy.

6/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game was gifted to me a little while ago, and I have to admit that although I found it a little slow to begin with, I am really starting to enjoy this game. If you're a fan of games like Diablo or Torchlight, I would recommend this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
In a cliched world of action RPGs involving medieval/fantasy type settings, it’s refreshing to discover Neocore’s 19th century steampunk gothic-noir type game, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. The game’s ambience of nighttime villages and murky swamps accompanied by a greatly appropriate soundtrack will keep you playing until your index finger gets numb.

Character class and selection is so varied the game will probably warrant more than a single playthrough to flesh out all of its possibilities. Upon seeing the blank skill tree when first starting out it’s almost mind blowing to wonder where you’re going to put all of the skills, perks and auras the game allows you to. It’s not quite the endless skill tree as Path of Exile, but it’s deep enough you’ll feel your character grow as you play. Enemies come in waves, overwhelmingly so. I played a range character and being able to kite the enemies helped somewhat. If you decide to play as a melee class I think you’ll have your work cut out for you.

Neocore is a small publisher out of Hungary, and big publishers could take some lessons from these guys. I’ve never had the desire to play an RPG through more than once until I played this. Despite the trappings, however, all is not perfect. There was no game manual included in the download, and for the developers to instruct players to read online forums and watch online videos to learn simple instructions about the game bears little in the way of professionalism. Once I learned how “rage” (the energy required to do super attacks, acquired through killing NPCs) worked I was able to accomplish much more. Some creatures in the game had an attribute called Abomination. I never did find out exactly what that was. And the final boss fight involved a lot of lag for me. I died many times because I simply lagged out. Definitely not a deal breaker, but it made that final fight more difficult than it had any right to be. This may or may not be an issue affecting anybody else. I have a state of the art rig, and I was surprised the lag even occured.

Still, I’m glad I found this game. I look forward to playing through it again, experimenting with another class. And then I’ll look forward to tackling Neocore’s sophomore effort, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
The Incredible Adventures of van Helsing is a really nice surprise. The game has a unique gothic atmosphere, a well designed character development system, dynamic combat, storyline with decisions to make and some tower defense elements. Unfortunately there are some errors and issues - a silly economy model and weak epic items, for instance. Still - Van Helsing isn't a game visibly worse, than other hack'n'slashes out there. If you like gothic mixed with strange machines, it's worth checking out
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Hack&Slash + Steampunk theme = all i need in my life.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
171.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Best ARPG game on steam. Would buy again :)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Excellent fun! Modestly intrigueing story!

Customizability abounds.

If you like torchlight or diablo, you'll like this game!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
If you like short arpg's with interesting storyline, I recommend this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
If you like Diablo style games such as Path of Exile or Torchlight then The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is for you. I recommend getting the Franchise pack while it's still on sale for a mere $13.59 or else you'll be missing out on the amazing game!

10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Hard mode - Challenging - Improved optimization - 100+ Hours to invest - Value for money

Verdict : Grab it ( the dlcs are worthy too )

Heroic Hardmode Guide is coming for Thaumaturge

Grab it 8/8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by Van Helsing.

At it's core it is a typical action RPG, kill waves of varying enemies as you fight towards a boss all while collecting loot and skill points. Although it does have a few unique features that make it stand out in certain ways, such as a lair defense game which has you defending your secret base from waves of enemies with traps you can upgrade and strategically place about.

The story is great it kept me interested up until the end. The AI companion is actually incredibly useful, she has a ton of useful skill points and a ton of options for adjusting her behaviour.

This game is not as complex as other Action RPG's, Path of Exile for example. In my opinion it doesn't have a lot of replay value after you complete the story, there's a neverending mode where you can farm for high level items and multiplayer for playing with friends for those that do want to keep going though.

Definately worth picking up, it's a great game that pretty much anybody should be able to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Very fun game! So worth the money!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Not normally into this type of game but my love for Van Helsing and everything Steampunk forced my hand. So glad it did, the game is beautiful the music is awesome the voice acting is great and whitty. The customization and Skill Trees are pretty in depth and replaybility seems pretty big.

10/10 addicted!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Great game for me , really nice effects and nice ryo "gj"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
8/10
Classic RPG with some beautiful features, must have.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
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.

PROS:
- 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)

CONS:
- 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
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
very very worth it...
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