“Be a hunter they said, kill monsters they said! No one ever mentioned something about picking flowers!”
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing represents a solid action role-playing game, based on Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire slayer. It has a charming atmosphere in combination with an interesting storyline and lovely characters, set in a gothic–noir universe resembling the 19th century Eastern Europe, that is filled with original monsters, magic and weird technology.
The protagonist and his delightful ghostly companion have a wry sense of humor and contribute to the game’s atmosphere with many snappy dialogues. Especially the details in form of allusions to certain films, comics and the original book by Bram Stoker will keep you entertained.
The only shortcoming of this game is the rather stiff combat system, which would have needed more attention to establish a more fluent hack & slash feeling.
Fun fact: Lady Katarina has stolen my heart and she is still refusing to give it back to me, mumbling something about the key to divinity.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Combat & Controls
- Tactical gameplay
Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior
If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
Combat & Controls: B-Rank
(Me? What am I a grease monkey? I am wearing a cape!)
Tactical gameplay: B-Rank
To conquer all achievements of the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, you will most likely spend around 120 hours. You have to play the single-player campaign several times, due to challenges like ‘But they are so cute’ and ‘I’m the Hardcorest’.
There are no multiplayer achievements.
‘Carnage Incarnate’ will take approximately 80 hours to complete, because it requires massive grinding in the scenario levels. I recommend using the Orichalcum Mines for this achievement; each run will net you around 500 kills in a couple of minutes.
Should you have any questions about the different achievements, please feel free to contact me.
Achievement difficulty: 6 of 10
- Singleplayer [+2]
- But they are so cute! [+1]
- Carnage Incarnate [+2]
- I’m the Hardcorest! [+1]
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2014
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2013