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.
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Release Date: May 22, 2013

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"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 SP3, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8800, Radeon HD4000, Intel HD4000 (min. 512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit)
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU 2.5 GHz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 560 or Radeon HD5800
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 11 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
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Herb
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
The Incredibly Boring Adventures of Van Helsing
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Furrek
( 102.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I didn't enjoyed The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing more than any of Diablo games. But for some reason, it was more fun than Torchlight series. Why? Not sure. Maybe because it looks a little more dark and I really loved atmosphere in this game. Having a lovely companion also made me enjoy this game really much and the way you could spend her skill points in whatever way you want was a good idea - you can build her so she will be a real support for the way you will be playing, not some kind of obstacle.
Maybe because I was focused on hand-to-hand combat, sometimes I really had hard times - every new area ended for me the same way, with more deads than I could count. Not that I hated it, maybe it was also my fault, but I enjoyed it. This way I had more fun than just running and killing everyone with 1 hit. Also, the boss fights are great.
Graphics looks nice, music fits really well. I could only complaing about how game ends, and while the story isn't the best but not that it really matter, at least I look for something different in hack and slash games. If you are fan of those, if you look for something interesting in this genre - you should try The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Maybe it's no use comparing it to other games like that but for sure it's worth playing. It's game that grabbed my attention for few hours and the time I spend playing it was truly fun.
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mr pickles
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
fun action rpg with the loots
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_Norb
( 42.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a great hack and slash ARPG. It's from a Hungarian developer company called Neocore Games. The game has beautiful graphics, lots of customization and varied enemies to face off against. The early builds of the game were less stable and quite unbalanced, but the final build is very good. There are a lot of easter eggs and it has multiplayer so you don't have to play alone.
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Alex
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
the van helsing voice acting is like someone reading a story book to you with a monotone.
mage has some cool spell, while the hunter can only swing his sword which looks absoluly stupig and boring...
i fall asleep on keyboard while playing this game
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zjssossos
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
pretty good!
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HumanWreckage
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Great graphics with dx11 features making the environment pop out right at your eyes. The very beginning may be a little slow until you unlock and build your skills but once you do you are in for an action packed fight. I started this game off in Hard which was a huge mistake. I could barely move without being slaughtered. After lowering the difficulty down to normal the game was a lot more bareable but I still died several times. I reset skill and ability points several times trying to find the right build for me and by the end I had something that worked (melee based, i know the most go for range on this game)

This game reminds me of diablo 3/ sacred 2 with the loot and playstyle. You get tons of loot, can enchant, and put essence powers into certain gear. You can also dismantle and make essences stronger. There are a few different ways that can change your character but without paying for the DLC you are damned to only one class, The hunter. You have a companion, Katarina that will follow you and you can have her help you in different ways. Also Katarina will level up and has her own ability and skill points.

At the end of the story, it does not have to be the end of the game. You can keep playing with harder monsters to keep getting better gear. You can also do all of this with up to three additional friends. Very fun game, many smooth environments, different skills from melee to range, lots of different ways to build your character. The game runs great maxed out on an ancient system. I'm downloading the second one as I type this review!

*also, I played the entire game with a xbox controller, worked flawlessly for melee but aiming could be a little hard when in range. This game ran smoothly on an old system and I had no bugs. I did have a couple of crashes when in store or forge, but who knows what that could have been from.
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SkymeX
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Well, I have to say I was never really a fan of ARPG's. Played Diablo II back in the day and while I did finish it I wasn't too trilled with it. I generally prefer to play any game with K+M but tried this with a controller and I must say I like it. The game itself is a bit buggy and preformance a bit iffy, but it's fun to play. It even got me to play some side quests and i only do that in games I truly enjoy. The graphics are decent, gameplay get's a bit repetitive toward the end and banter between Katalina and Van Helsing is truly delightful. All in all, i think it's worth a playtrough.
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.:_$DirtyPINK$_:.
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
If you wanna be a ghost's bi**h , play this
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Crab With a Knife
( 42.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
want to retry 20 times on 1 place? go thaumaturge
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userglc | Noobest-Y
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
It doesn't work on Mac OS X El Capitan.
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AXL D CHAN
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
Hello Guys, I have a Problem in how to access this game after I update my Mac to El Capitan. Any Advice Please? Thanks... I love this game tho....
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Piszozo
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Good time killer
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Luusika
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Somewhat fun for starters, seemed way more cool before buying and playing than it actually is. No idea if I even played it halfway through, so many other games to enjoy on Steam. In my books, unfortunately this is not worth spending your precious time on.
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AveryKindGuy
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
IDK i foind it boring can't play over 30 min in 1 session
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Soto
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
"M-monsters everywhere but they only give me a single spear"

But seriously the game is only $1 if you buy from a trader/key reseller. Why not give it a go?

So far it seems to have held up pretty good for being a game made in 2013 and would still be one of the best hackNslash rpgs to buy.

Edit; Forgot to mention, usually the key comes with two DLCs for this game ;p
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m4rgin4l
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
An interesting action RPG. The story is kinda meh, but the artwork is freakin' fantastic. It controls like ♥♥♥♥, but so do most of the games in this genre.
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Crap Ton Of Games
( 30.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
The Good:
- A variety of gameplay options
- An intricate leveling system
- A large variety of monsters
- Combat is easy to learn and hard to master

The Bad:
- I encountered glitches often, though nothing gamebreaking
- Combat can become somewhat repetitive
- Despite the monsters never respawning, I reached max level earlier than expected
- Respawning mechanics made the game a little too easy, especially for boss fights
- The control scheme proved to be a hinderance from time to time

Overall:
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a fun, if somewhat repetitve, game. It has plenty of content, though leans a little towards the easy side.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A memorable hack-n'-slash ARPG. The gameplay is not necessarily unique, but the game manages to stand out in its own way with its 'magic vs machine' theme. It also has quite a bit of technical flaws, but the art style and the steampunk atmosphere manages to make up for it. (I have not tried co-op mode yet, so do not expect it to be included in this review)

Pros:
  • Immersive steampunk setting and soundtrack
  • Amazing voice acting, one of the best I've heard so far
  • Flavorful dialogues, that does not make you want to skip them (some even have references)
  • I personally liked the character design and personality of Katarina, your companion, as she really feels like a living (lol) partner you actually share your adventure with
  • Character designs of the mobs/monsters are also interesting and original
  • Tons of loot
  • A handful of quests are fun and creative
  • Lots of options to customize your character build, from skills, to spells, to auras and tricks, etc.

Cons:
  • Gameplay is entirely similar to that of Torchlight II and Diablo III, pretty much same formula
  • While Katarina has an interesting character, her function has been reduced to that of Torchlight II's pet (she can go to town and buy potions/sell stuff on her inventory, etc) which seems out of character for her
  • Too much mobs in one area with the same AI, so that they can easily crowd you
  • ^ Because of this, combat feels too repetitive and bland at late-game
  • Limited variation of mobs, as the same mobs appear in different areas and levels of the game
  • I'm not sure if this was only me, but unique items in the game seemed too easy to acquire (I ended up with lots of uniques even though I never went out of my way to acquire them or whatever)
  • Loading screens take longer as you progress further into the story. And whenever you die, you are brought back to a loading screen unless you spend gold to resurrect yourself on the spot
  • Game also freezes for no reason in the middle of combat

Overall Rating:
7.5/10

Edit 05/10/16: Just corrected a few in-game terms I have used
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
If you're a fan of Diablo or played the Fate demo on Windows XP as a kid you will like this game.
It's a top-down RPG hack-n-slash set in a steampunk world where you are a monster hunter on a quest to take down the evil professor who's inventing a super weapon.
Due to the simple, unremarkable gameplay and graphics, you'll either like this game or not. It has a very complex character building system that will take exploration, reading, trial and error, and Googling to master. Despite getting stuck on multiple occasions, it kept me coming back until I beat it.
Bear in mind I am not a hardcore commited player of this game who's spend hundreds of hours and is on a quest to beat it on the hardest difficulty. I enjoyed it, but the one-track gameplay of this game and others like it is just something I and I think a lot of casual gamers find it hard to get into.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a great hack and slash ARPG. It's from a Hungarian developer company called Neocore Games. The game has beautiful graphics, lots of customization and varied enemies to face off against. The early builds of the game were less stable and quite unbalanced, but the final build is very good. There are a lot of easter eggs and it has multiplayer so you don't have to play alone.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Well, I have to say I was never really a fan of ARPG's. Played Diablo II back in the day and while I did finish it I wasn't too trilled with it. I generally prefer to play any game with K+M but tried this with a controller and I must say I like it. The game itself is a bit buggy and preformance a bit iffy, but it's fun to play. It even got me to play some side quests and i only do that in games I truly enjoy. The graphics are decent, gameplay get's a bit repetitive toward the end and banter between Katalina and Van Helsing is truly delightful. All in all, i think it's worth a playtrough.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Pretty decent Diablo clone! Pretty, fun, and easy to grasp and play. It'll scratch your dungeon crawl itch just fine.

Here's a link to my video review of the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3VZgCb0EE
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Hunter is a decent class to play, but early on, the Thaumaturge, even on normal, is really boring, and difficult.. Slow single target spell casts, fighting packs of 5+ enemies.. The main attack can take 3 to 5 hits to kill each enemy..

The hunter on the other hand, has the ability to melee, or range.. Default melee swings, or gun shots..

I enjoyed the game playing as the Van Helsing iconic class (Hunter), but really dislike how the Thaumaturge (spell caster) plays..

That said, Part 2 is FAR better than TAoVH1...

Is really badly optimized.. Im far above recommended specs, and the game gets below 20fps often.. Skimming through the discussions, theres dozens of people asking for help with the same issue..It really pisses me off that i have to turn off all the deent settings to play this game, which isnt really great looking to begin with..

All in all, i would say pass on it, unless you are a di hard arpg fan, and absolutely need another title... Because theres not enough of them apparently, lol.. Poor performance is the killer here..
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
132.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Van Helsing is a great hack and slash ARPG - beautiful graphics, lots of customization and varied enemies to face off against. Earlier builds of this game were less stable and quite unbalanced, but the final form is quite polished and a pleasure to play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Ive had the time of my life playing Diab... I mean Van Helsing!

The game is amazing, lots of fun, great story, very responsive combat.
A great RPG game fit for anyone who loves RPG games.

Negative; the multiplayer system is very bugged, the more players you are the more
technical issues you will come accross. Game crashes, characters freeze etc.

Also the spells and fighting might get a little casual and even boring for the veteran
RPG player, tons of options for upgrades, very few options for utilizing spells.

However its a great game! Highly recommended! =)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
A great ARPG. Does everything we want from an ARPG title, and a bit more. Does have some flaw, but not a deal breaker. The first series of a trilogy. Review based on GOTY version as the based version might have other flaws as mentioned by other review.

Pro
  • Memorable companion. The ghost companion makes me feel like I'm not just going out to kill monster randomly. I’m out for an adventure. She’s a playful character and does make all those little things interesting by her quirky remarks.
  • Quest system. The main quest system doesn’t differ much from any other ARPG, but the side quest is where it gets interesting. The game doesn’t use the standard exclamation-mark-quest-here for all quest. The quest might be out there hidden in the nearby area by interactable items. Once you get the item, read what the item tells you and look for any related items in the surrounding area.
  • Tower defence mini game. The game manages to incorporate a tower defence game without slipping away from its main genre. You can’t fully rely on the traps provided thus you should deploy the trap tactically and let you yourself be the main defence. Unfortunately, there are not much chance to play this mini game and only playable depending on the storyline.
  • The skill systems are well made. You have lots of build choice you can make. With the skill refund, you can change your playstyle midgame. The build might not be well balanced, but it might be just me, not good at creating a build.

Con
  • Artificial difficulty. As other mention, the game uses artificial difficulty by employing a sheer number of enemies. I’m not saying the enemies design are bad, but you always need to fight with a sheer number of them, and by that I mean, a buttload of them up to the point that you can’t move due to being surrounded by them. It is not undefeatable though.
  • Some skills are pure useless. The skill itself aren’t bad, but due to the artificial difficulty, some skills, especially single target skills are worthless. You’ll only use AOE skills or you won’t make it to kill each of the enemies one by one.
  • The game feels pretty short. Granted that this is only the first part of a trilogy, but it does feels a bit short. Nevertheless, it makes you want to continue with the second instalment. Probably it’s not really a con point.
  • Some bug and glitches can still be seen. For example, the Mana per second for Ray of Destruction skill are listed as Skill.Common.ManaCostPerSecond.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
+ Nice story (because i like van helsing)
+ Good Character
+ Pet? No, you have ghost

- Not recommended for small graphic spec
- Many bug spot, you can do nothing (exit, save, return from start point)
- Little difficult for Normal Mode, i mean it's hard for newbie rpg player
- Will get boring after play 1-2 hours
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
I've been playing Diablo 3 a lot lately, and I got a tad bored with it, so I decided to finally fire up Van Helsing. At first I didn't like it, but it gets progressively better the more you play. It has a few unique twists and mechanics to the whole ARPG formula that I really like. It's not quite a fluid and fast paced as Diablo, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion. Anyway, if you like ARPG's, then this is a no brainer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
What can I say. Its EPIC. Only problem is voice-acting that is bad. It like Path of Exile but way better.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
As I sometimes venture in RPGs similar to Diablo or Torchlight I did enjoy TIAOVH.

For a game that looks good, is somewhat challenging I would recommend it to a casual player to spend a Sunday evening when you don't know what to play.

The graphics is OK for today's standards, nothing new and groundbreaking, nothing fancy.
The scripts and the animation is decent. But this game is not about graphics, it's about gameplay.
It's smooth, the controls are very similar to other hack and slash games making it easy just to venture in the game.
The best part of the combat is the diversity how you can approach the hordes of enemies. You can dive in or you can pick them off from a far and with multiple skill trees to make it interesting.
Considering sound I did find the voice acting standing out from all other sounds in the game and it can become quite irritating

If you are looking for something to pass the time, this is the game you should consider to add to your library.
I've had time to play the game for a couple of hours for now but I will surely finish this on some Sunday afternoon for sure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
7/10 (with DLC)

One of the best executed Hack and Slashes recently.
If you're a fan of slaying hordes of monsters solo get this one, if you prefer to do it with friends, get Diablo 3. Probably will not appeal to anyone staying out of HnS already.

Sure the gameplay is dull and the story isn't very complicated, as in any game of the kind, but still the graphic is enjoyable, spell effects are just fine, music doesnt get annoying, character development and loot system are decently made, there are some humorous accents that make grind more interesting.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I'd like to say in advance, I LOVE Steampunk games, I LOVE Hack 'n Slash, but most of all, I LOVE Van Helsing.
This game is, in many ways, a fantastic one. The behavioral settings on Lady Katarina are interesting and helpful, the loot system is ok, the music and environment are great, and the voice acting is one of the best in Indie gaming history. The Drawback, however, is in the actual "Hack 'n Slash" part. This games Combat is HORRIBLE. and the reasons are that, one, you hold still and sit there everytime you attack which is annoying for ranged players and downright punishing for melee players. The other problem with combat is the fact that the game attacks your targets for you, meaning I, a ranged player, cannot chose which guy I'm gunna shoot at. Instead the game is gunna make me shoot the wolf instead of the wolf handler, or the boss. So I don't get to chose my targets which hurt melee players even more, because, unless they are lucky, can't Dps the highest damage monster and are forced to sit there and take hits from all the guys while they are stuck hit that Fricking wolf that deals no damage whatsoever. So those are the problems with combat. Other problems include the lack of tutorial on how the inventory and level ups and as well as specail attacks work. It wasn't a glaring problem since I am a Dark Souls player and don't need my hand held, but it took me a frustrating 10 Mins to figure out how to equip better gear. My final qualm is this. Why do I need to set what percentage of health Katarina needs to be at before she is allowed to drink a health potion? Just... why? At first I didn't know what it was so I set it to the max and then gave Katarina some health potions. We get into a fight and she downed all five health potions like they were tick-tacks. She then was complaining about her lack of Health potions and i replied "Sweetheart, you drank those last five health potions at the speed of light. I'm not gunna give you anymore."
So that sums up why a am not going to recommend this game. As much is I like it and had fun, the glaringly painful combat ruined what could have been a really great tribute to Steampunk Hack 'n Slashes.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
The graphics are pretty good and gameplay is arlight at the begin beginning is also quite good it doesnt make up for the gameplay at the end of the game, i loved this game however i found it almost unplayable, when you first start playing your met with little amounts of enemies and their quite weak compared to your character making a nice and playable start, but as you progress the amount of ememies increase to the point where your fighting atleast 70 enemies at once but not only that your character becomes extremly weak compared to them. the feature when u have to spend your gold to spawn back where you were is also a bad idea, near the end of the game i had around 230,000 gold but after a couple hours of playing i had 5000! overall the start of the game is good but the gameplay at the end is what ruins the entire game for me.
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Not Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Just aweful! One of the worst games I have played. Story is great for putting you to sleep. The gamepay is just "Mob them" no strategy involved at all. I actually had a group of baddies that mobbed me and I kept respawning in the same spot so it was more of an annoyance than anything to respawn 100 times whilst I wasted wave after wave of baddies. Loot drops are nearly useless, I think every 150-200 drops I got something that might be useful on another character type. Speaking of character types, you only get one unless you buy the dlc... why on earth would you want to have more of this crappy game IDK! If you are allergic to money or just like mindless clicking this game would be great for you, if not don't waste the money.
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Recommended
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Action RPG taken to perfection

The first game in what would become a series a three, was released by Neocore Games in May 2013. At first sight, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing doesn't seem to offer much new or original to a well-established gaming genre: the fast-paced action rpg, played from an isometric point of view. After all, we had the Diablo and Torchlight series, which did a pretty good job at delivering extremely enjoyable games.

From my first impressions with this game, it was clear that Neocore Games knows its classics: they stayed true to the core of this particular genre, which is the combination of the fast-paced hack 'n slash (or shoot 'n bewitch) gameplay with the development of your character and the endless craving for loot. After all, what's more rewarding than mowing down horde after horde of enemies, in order to find dozens of lootable items, among which there might be just that one special items? Or breaking hundreds of barrels, hoping to stumble upon a golden ring belonging to a named set?

Actually, Van Helsing goes several steps further than most other action rpg when it comes to loot, objects and what you can accomplish with them. I've played through the entire game twice (first as a gun-oriented hunter, than as a melee character), and both times I found myself busy with objects for a fair amount of time. There's not only an incredible number of weapons, armour, rings, boots, gloves, hats, capes and trophees, there's also the possibility to enchant and even enhance them with small magical pieces, "essences". The best items come with a slot for one or more essences, and it's great fun to upgrade one's armour or items in this way. The game gives you a huge amount of customization options over your character (although you can only play as Van Helsing himself, obviously) too: upon levelling up, you can spend 5 ability points (to build your character's strenghts) and 3 skill points (spent in a very extensive skill & spell tree). Part of the immense fun this game provides, lies in building a well-balanced, skilled character that's up to the task and to the items he can wield. There are "perks" too, which offer a general or more specific buff and which unlock after meeting certain requirements.

But Neocore Games went even one step further by introducing a companion to Van Helsing: a female ghost, who can help you defeating the enemies in several ways (melee, range or simply by enhancing your capabilities). Even better: Katharina also gains experience and can be upgraded, can learn skill and can be equipped with weapons, rings and armour. All of which can be upgraded and enchanted, of course. So if you like that sort of finetuning a character, Van Helsing offers a fantastic experience. And Katharina even helps to solve to everlasting problem of having too much loot but too little inventory space: you can send her off to town to sell some items for cash, or for potions.

Compared to such an extensive character building & enhancing system, the actual gameplay is a little more bland, although it's still pretty solid and enjoyable. With the aid of good weaponry, skills, spells and aura's it is great fun to mow down entire legions of enemies, which the game keeps throwing at you. But towards the latter part of the game it becomes clear which skills are best suited to your style of playing, and the gameplay starts to show some repetition. The story itself is decent enough - nothing special, but it does the job of keeping the game going, and Katherina is a humorous sidekick in many situations. The user interfaces (and the extremely important inventory screens) are a marvel of lay-out and offer whatever you want at a mouse-click. This game offers the perfect example of how developers can make life easy and enjoyable, even in the most complex of situations.

And if all of this were not enough, Van Helsing offers perfect integration with Steam through leaderboards, co-op multiplayer, and nearly one hundred achievements which offer an extra challenge and a great fun to hunt after. The three main dlc's are pretty useful too: they offer two new sets of skills & spells so that you can play either as a magic character or as an "arcane mechanic" (have to try that one out sometime). The third dlc offers a new set of skills for your female companion.

Highly recommend, and an essential purchase for everyone who loves a good action rpg.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Got the game for christmas and have only managed to be able to play a couple of hours on it but so far it seems awesome. Loving the graphics and design of the game. Look forward to seeing how the end works out
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