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 (4,423 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

Buy The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Anthology

Includes 9 items: Deathtrap, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II - OST, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Blue Blood, Van Helsing II: Ink Hunt, Van Helsing: Arcane Mechanic, Van Helsing: Thaumaturge

 

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"If you like diablo 2 or torchlight 1/2 this is right up your alley. Its a short game but highly replayable. Has a unique combo system to spice it up."

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August 12

Van Helsing Changelog - V1.4.2 - August 11

Updates to The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client (in on-line mode) is restarted.

General Fixes
  • Fixed the Destroy the Hunter-Machines quest not spawning machines when respawn monsters is turned on
  • /FixQuest 25 command is available to fix the already existing issue. Press Enter to enter the in-game chat where you need to put the message in.

Known issues
  • Windows 10 compatibility issue
  • Issue with shrines on client-side.

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July 2

Van Helsing Changelog - V1.4.1 - July 2

Updates to The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client (in on-line mode) is restarted.

New Feature: Mantis Bug Tracker
We are implementing a new feature: the Mantis Bug Tracker!. The bug tracker allows people to submit issues via a web browser after registration. The progress of fixing can be followed as well, so now you can see who fixes your problems and when! It can be accessed via the ESC menu in-game. Note that you have to have the Steam Overlay enabled as the bugtracker opens in the overlay.
Please provide as much data as you can when submitting bugs, and do not send in duplicate issues, or issues belonging to other games - select the right game before you submit something. Thanks!

General Fixes
  • Controller users will no longer experience a freeze in the inventory or skill window.
  • The main menu promo box is now clickable.
  • Fixed a registry key that made some players unable to start the game.
  • Fixed an issue with Mouse Button 4 and 5 constantly firing spells.

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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
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
125.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I started playing this game because I didn't really feel like playing Diablo 3, and all in all I'm pretty happy with my choice.

Story:
I was expecting the game to be a Diablo-clone in most ways, so having the big bad be a mad human scientist instead of a demon-monster-creature was a pretty nice surprise. Fighting robots(?) in a steampunk-ish world also felt a bit fresh compared to fighting the same old demons and mythological creatures (some of which do appear in this game as well). The basic story is of course the good old "hack your way through a bunch of enemies to defeat the big bad trying to take over the world (or country?)", but there's nothing wrong with that.

Gameplay:
If you have played Diablo or any other ARPG you will probably recognize the play style right away. You use your mouse and a couple of buttons to dash out various spells while keeping an eye on your health and mana. The addition of rage, which refills when you kill a creature and can be used to power up your spells, was a nice touch. It gives you an extra thing to do during fights, as well as more ways to personalize your skill tree, so an extra plus there.

Graphics:
The graphics were fine. Not great, not bad. Some creatures looked pretty good, some looked pretty bland. The same can be said for the environment. Personally I enjoyed the city zones more than the nature zones. The (few and short) cut scenes were pretty meh, especially compared to the Diablo cut scenes, but that's acceptable.

Music:
While playing the game I thought that the music fit the mood pretty well, but as soon as I stopped playing I forgot the soundtrack right away.

The voice acting in this game... At first I thought that the voice acting was just really, really bad, and almost lol'ed a couple of times during the first few hours of the game. But then I realized that that was what they were going for (probably?). Sort of cheesy, over-the-top voice acting, that when you get used to it fit the game really well, and was sometimes just really funny (in a good way!). Some of the comments from both Van Helsing and Lady Katarina were just hilarious, although by the end of the game Katarina was becoming quite annoying.

Overall:
Overall I enjoyed this game, even my second playthrough, which was a little unexpected. I don't really want to call Van Helsing a Diablo-clone, since there were a couple of things that set it apart from Diablo, so let's just call it a decent option if you like ARPGs. I recommend this game, even at full price if you don't want to wait for a sale, however I do have a couple of warnings:

1. There are some bugs in the game, the most common being corpses stuck in walls or terrain that can't be looted. I also found a couple of chests that I couldn't open for whatever reason. The biggest bug I faced was a door leading to the next zone being closed, forcing me to start over with a new character. (Luckily this didn't happen with my hardcore heroic character.) There was a fix posted on the developer's forum to fix this, but that fix didn't work for me. On July 2nd 2015 they added the "Mantis Bug Tracker" to the game, which should help fix more bugs, but I wasn't able to test this out myself.

2. If you care about achievements you can get most of the achievements by playing through the game twice. None of them are really that hard to get, as my first playthrough was on hardcore heroic difficulty (=perma-death), and I only died four times, so the game is fairly easy. However, there is one achievement that is just plain stupid. It requires you to get 500,000 kills, which is a lot, seeing as you only get about 10,000-15,000 kills per playthrough. Luckily there is a way to make Lady Katarina afk farm kills for you, which she is doing for me as I am typing this, but just be aware that there is this one really annoying achievement if you (like me) want to clear the game 100%.

But all in all, a really good game.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Van Helsing is a game similar to Path of Exile&thelike in terms of how the combat plays out. Except there are a few twists that make Van Helsing worth picking up.

+The story is filled with entertaining humor.
+You get a game-long companion in the form of a ghost named katarina, similar to the companion in Torchlight. Every one of her lines are witty and help the humor and flavor of the game.
+There is a large set of skill trees to customize your character AND katarina with. While you cannot max it out, I enjoy how it forced me to assign certain roles to myself and Katarina.
+There is functioning co-op. Further being able to assign roles with friends and their katarinas really helped make the game fun. And there are plenty of modes you can play with your friends.
+PLENTY OF LOOT. Which I understand is a big thing in these kinds of games.
+Graphics are great! The art design really helps create an atmosphere in which you can get immersed into this game.
-There's a SINGLE broken quest in this game. They are never going to fix it. It's a side quest so it's not game-breaking. But do know you will NEVER be able to finish every quest in this game.
+A very innovative and interesting tower-defense 'minigame' is in this. It seems to be a bit glitchy in coop mode but it's a lot of fun and inspired the game "Deathtrap".

Overall I really liked this game. It's nothing special though. Just another ARPG, this one making its mark with its tower defense mechanic and its witty writing. If those don't turn you on however, then it's just an average ARPG like PoE, Diablo, and Torchlight- with nothing setting it apart other than that.

I give it an 8/10. Was a whole lot of fun and I do recommened picking this up. But do note my negative points, some persons I know, may find them critical.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I bought this game to play multiplayer with my girlfriend, after we beat Diablo 3. Honestly, it was some of the most frustrating gaming I've ever experienced, and if it wasn't for the fact that not many other games of this genre exist, I would've uninstalled it ages ago.

Pros:
- nice atmosphere and art
- interesting character builds
- decent story and voice acting
- the game looks great and runs pretty well - no sudden slowdowns or anything like that

Cons:
- frequent crashing/locking up when doing scene transitions, to the point where we were lucky to play 2h at a time
- frequent bugs that interrupt the gameplay (ie you are dead and can't respawn, or you respawn in your home-base but are dead and need resurrecting *in the base*)
- bugs that break missions (had en entire level bug out with no enemies spawning over multiple visits/session, broke the final boss quest 3 or 4 times)
- ridiculous difficulty. maybe we were playing it wrong after Diablo but dying constantly on Casual difficulty was not fun
- as a spellcaster, I had frequent lock-ups where a spell would remain stuck casting, so I couldn't cast any other spells and could not move - had to just wait to die and respawn

Not sure how that stacks up in single-player since I was not interested in that aspect, so if you're never intending to play multiplayer read some other reviews. However, if you want to play multiplayer, I hope you have endless patience.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Excellent Action RPG: loot, story, upgrades, skill paths, voice-acting, humor, coop campaign; it has the works.

NB: The DLC packs are non-essential, but increase playstyle choices enough to justify the additional cost.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
If you are into Diablo-like games then this game is totally worth the money and time that you're spending on it. Right when you say "I'm too good", hundreds of monsters (literally, HUNDREDS) will come and kill you. Graphics are not bad either, but the game gets buggy when there are too many monsters around.
10/10 would die again..
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