In the second part of the unfolding saga that could also be enjoyed independently, you can explore new corners of this unique world and experience the mix of old-school gothic and mad science, with more action, powerful foes and plenty of stunning places to visit.
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Release Date: May 22, 2014

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May 22

Van Helsing III - Out now on Steam!

Fellow Hunters,

Van Helsing III just got released for PC and Mac! This means that the final fight of the trilogy is here, so get prepared for an epic finale!

Discount for Van Helsing 1 and 2 players!

Also, we would like to honor veteran hunters who own Van Helsing 1 or 2 - they can buy the third game with a 20% discount!



Of course, we will not abandon the series - in fact, we will start on going back to the first two games and patching them up based on your feedback over the years.

Thanks for staying with us so far, keep being an awesome community!

Regards,
The NeocoreGames Team

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May 11

Van Helsing III on Steam!

Van Helsing III Steam page is now up and live! Will this one make it onto your wishlist? ;)

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About This Game

It all seemed so simple: defeat the mad scientist, free the land and ride into the sunset, but sometimes the fall of a villain only opens the way to more sinister foes. So the incredible adventures continue, and Van Helsing, the famous monster-hunter returns to save the day again with the help of his charming, ghostly companion, Lady Katarina. The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plots revenge. It’s time to enter the dark side of Borgova and the forbidden wilderness, but beware: you are not the only one behind a mask.

Main features

  • Three playable classes – In the sequel to this gothic-noir adventure, you can choose from three very different classes: the classic Hunter with shooting and melee skills, the magic-wielding Thaumaturge or the Arcane Mechanic, the master of deadly devices, all included in the base game.

  • Hunter’s Lair – The Lair returns in the sequel as your perfect hideout to stash collected loot, trade with non-playable characters, teleport between locations, forge new items, utilize the alchemy lab and accept new quests from allies who join the Resistance against the scientific scourge.

  • Extended Tower defense mini-game – With enemies invading in waves, you have the opportunity to defend your Lair and other strategic locations with deployable traps and several upgradable functions to ward off evil, now with improved gameplay mechanics and up to 7 levels presented as optional side quests.

  • Resistance Management – As the leader of the Borgovian Resistance, you will participate in the micromanagement of the allied troops, improve the equipment of the Resistance fighters or find loot that makes them more powerful.

  • Rage system – You can charge up to three skill modifiers called PowerUps on 8 active skills by way of spending Rage points collected from impressive feats.

  • Unique companion – Lady Katarina, a ghost with snappy wit, comes to the support of Van Helsing with her own set of abilities, behaviors, and two skill trees.

  • Runecrafting – Besides forging, enchanting and infusing items with essences, you’ll have another option to alter items to your liking. Artifacts can be taken apart, shattered into magical fragments to be turned into purely magical runes that can be altered and put on new items, changing them into various new powerful artifacts.

  • The Beast in the Lair - The Chimera is a unique creature, an artificial monster straight from the Ink. You can enhance its abilities and summon it into combat or send away to the Ink to hunt for treasure.

  • Hall of Trophies - You can decorate the Lair with trophies that give global modifiers to the game world, like empowering monsters, granting more spellpower to all allies or turning Katarina into a more lethal ghost.

  • Multiplayer – You and your friends can test your skills against each other via the PVP mode (8 players) or join forces and complete the story in the co-operative campaign (4 players).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 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: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 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: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 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
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available 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
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Complete Review


The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Complete is a game you don't want to miss. The game starts out a bit slow but after you get a couple of hours in, its non-stop action and excitement. A must-have for any action role-playing fans. There are numerous skills and perks to customize your character, a multitude of magic items and artifacts, rare monster trophies, many extensive sidequests, runecrafting, and more that is sure to keep you entertained for many hours. Controllers are fully supported and there are several multiplayer options as well. While Van Helsing II is mostly hack and slash combined with RPG elements, it also has a well developed tower defense game weaved into the story along with numerous sidequests that add to the fun.

This game has many great features that would easily fool you into believing it was developed with a massive gaming budget. The storyline is great, the soundtrack is perfect for the mood, the voice acting is superb, the graphics are rich with detail, and the gothic art is simply astonishing. It does so many things right and that is rare, even from many of the bigger studios.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II plays out much like its predecessor and picks the story up right at the end of the original (although it can be enjoyed without having played the first one). In fact, there is an option that allows you to import your favorite characters from the first game. However, it has several key improvements, most notably, the game offers several character classes from the beginning and even more skills/perks to suit different play styles instead of adding them as DLC like in the original game. The tower defense portion of the game has been improved and enriches the story. The User Interface has been re-designed and is much better. The graphics have been improved as well and really give you that gothic feel. And don't forget about the DLC's included in the Complete Package. The Pigasus DLC introduces a new lair NPC pet that you can send out into the Ink to search for rare magic artifacts and weapons. The Ink Hunt DLC is an extension of the game that adds 4 new maps along with quests and nmissions to extend the overall game and can only be played after the base game is finished.

The Good:
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+ Nice graphics/artwork
+ Quality soundtrack
+ Well-written storyline and good voice acting
+ Numerous character cusomization options
+ Several Multiplayer options
+ High replay value
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements
+ Full controller support
+ Quality DLC
+ Well designed user interface
+ Smooth graphics
+ Active developer support with updates
+ Many customization options for game, sound, video, hotkeys


The Bad:
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+ Long Intro video
+ Initial learning curve is high (it gets easier)
+ Slow loading at startup
+ A few bugs still remain (not game breaking)
+ Changing between controller/mouse requires re-launch


Final Thoughts:
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This game is nothing like it was when it was first released on Steam. Originally, there were many who had issues with bugs and crashes but the developers have actively worked to fix them and still remain involved in the community. Since then, this game has vastly improved and new features are still being added. The game is very entertaining and offers a lot of quality content for the price. I strongly recommend this game to all action role-playing fans. It has quickly become one of the best available and I look forward to a Van Helsing III.


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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
One of the best RPG games ever. Pretty nostalgic since it reminds me Diablo. Great story, boss fights, variety of heroes and talent/skill builds, amazing environment, graphics, items and sets, healing and mana potions, awesome in every single way. And all the Easter Eggs you can find will make you smile. This is one of those must have games. Easy to beat once, but can you do it again with different hero and on hardest difficulty? Play and master it!
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
This game is a perfect quick fix if you have a Diablo/Path Of Exile craving, but don't want to spend another hundred hours to satisfy it. Game's story lasts for about 15 hours at normal pace, but there are possibilities to continue playing if one wishes to: the story can be replayed at higher difficulty and there are scenarios that are certain non-randomized levels with varying challenges for end-game.

My advice is to play the first game first (because it is pretty good too), then import the character into the second game (just a button click away) and continue the story with 30 new levels of skills. Van Helsing II is otherwise a very nice game, good-looking steam-punk theme, good voice acting and an entertaining story, plus a lot of parody and great humour with references to various pop culture. Game play offers three classes and there are several builds to explore. Tons of items, including legendary and set items.

Game runs smoothy, with an occassional crash (had about 3-4 crashes during 20 hours), but game saves frequently so one seldom looses progress. No other issues encountered here. Combat is fun and satisfying, and it is very entertaining to explore the world. This is actually the first game of this style where I bothered to pay attention to the story and other lore-related details. Great fun stressless casual hack-n-slash game!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Extremely fun. Great characters and dialogue, good skill and item system. Only negatives I can think of are the end game could be a bit better, and more people need to play cause multiplayer is dead.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This game seemed promising, but has a number of bugs that make it unplayable. The only reason that there are positive reviews here is that the people writing them did not attempt multiplayer. These are some of the bugs were unable to fix over several hours of attempts:
*Stats from gear are not being applied to damage
*Mobs stand frozen after death and do not despawn
*Enemies are invisible to one player
*Projectile effects are invisible
*Cannot attack or target enemies
*Enemies ignore player
*Enemies path or are knocked into unreachable locations
*Game crashes during load screens
*Load screens persist for several minutes
*Quest objectives do not complete even when conditions are met

I just wish somebody was answerable.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
YES.

I mean, it's a great game. Finished it singleplayer with a completely new character (i.e. I didn't start in veteran mode) in like 16 hours I believe, but I did not find all the secrets. Started veteran and I'm still having fun with slightly harder enemies and - of course - better SHINIES. Hopefully I won't miss things this time.

The story was fine, although a few things were predictable, but I didn't mind. OST is great, Katarina is awesome again - although I'd wish for a few new lines instead of those we already know from VH1 (mainly talking about her reactions to "send to town"). Also perhaps different voice packs for different class (you have three to choose from). But still, I can't complain much about the visuals nor sound (some monsters sound stupid when they get hit repeatedly, but whatever). VH2 also has several new features compared to VH1, mainly Chimera (I'm not gonna spoil it, but it's a fun thing) and generals (or whatever they were called, those guys you send out to do missions). And the tower defense minigame is back (this time we have 6 different levels).

The only thing I fear about is multiplayer, since I've heard that there are still MP bugs, similar to those VH1 had. However, as I haven't played MP yet, I'm only mentioning things I've read on the forums - nothing I've experienced myself. I did have some trouble with VH1 multiplayer, though...

Did I mention the OST and Katarina are great? No? Well, OST and Katarina are great.

tl;dr: Buy it if you like aRPGs.

EDIT: So, I now had a chance to play multiplayer. In fact, went through the whole first playthrough with a friend and on the veteran one now. Yes, this game still has some glitches, but not even half as bad as VH1. No more incredible, random lags during any dialogue. I (as a non-host) did crash a few times, maybe thrice during that one playthrough. There are other glitches such as "invulnerability bubbles" staying on champions despite them being vulnerable (you can see their HP go down, though, so that's a clear indication they're not immortal ;-)), had some (mostly allied) characters keep running into a wall, etc. But the gameplay is smooth and frankly - I'd say that considering my friend's laggy connection (he lags on TeamSpeak!) this game somehow manages to workaround those lags well. Well, that's if you get used to the fact that each of your hit is slightly delayed, but that's not a problem after you play for a bit. I don't even pay attention to that anymore.

So, yes, this is still "thumbs up" and still "definitely recommended".
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
With four people I have tried to play this at different times. In the second zone we have run into a variety of bugs EVERY time. It has been a year and there is still some MASSIVE bugs. Game breaking, unplayable, stuck on save from then on bugs. I quit. I will not pay money to these guys again. I'm done. I loved the first game but I'm not exaggerating saying I've tried 10 times to play this game with people and had a different and game breaking bug every time. DON'T SUPPORT THESE PEOPLE.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Very awesome game, you should give it a try as a gamer or even to new gamers out there.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Personal rating 8/10

A little fun game, a lot like diablo but it's way more friendly. I strongly recommend getting this if you enjoy diablo type of games. It has improved from the very first game on every aspect of the game. This game has a great value for the money.

Pros:
Cracking jokes, references from other games or movies (such as batman sign in the sky or half life sign on the wall,star wars, alien and so on...you have to look out for those well worth it.)
Good story took me 20 hours to beat the game, i wasn't rushing tho.
Simple controls, variaty of items to satisfy your builds.
Visually looks very appealing for such a small game, it looks even better than diablo 3 in my opinion.

Cons: had a few crashes, that's the main reason why i didn't give this game a higher rating than 8/10.

Improvements? set items could get a small boost to the drop rate, fairly difficult to obtain a full set.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Well i just completed Van helsing II and it took me round about 20+ hours with 20 of the 63 achievements aquired.

To be honest this could have been Van Helsing 1.5 as it's really just more of the same but hey that's no bad thing if you enjoyed the first one and I did so i definitely got my moneys worth.

I would say worth purchasing especially if you can pick it up in a steam sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Game might be decent for coop if we could play it.

Sadly, we kept having game breaking issues such as all attacks/skills not working, extreme lag, disconnects, out of sync, etc.

Same problem with Van Helsing 1.

Maybe this has good single player, but it's not why I bought it.

These games should not be listed as multiplayer because they are mostly unplayable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Game is like half-done, constant bugs in cases like which enemies will stay alive on-screen with 1HP making it nearly impossible to tell who is alive and who is not. Co-op is nearly impossible as lag is inevitable and you die without knowing it. Been dead more then I've been alive and I don't know it until I realize I can no longer attack, revive, or use anything. All in all, it was a massive disappointment in what we thought it would be according to the reviews we saw.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
i picked this up because it was one of the few on steam i didnt have in the action apg. let me start by saying it looks good game play is good. it has the right feel and alot of good things. the one big issue is this. they dont change the look of your player with the armor or cape. the skills are mostly passive , i liked that, boosts and other changing buffs. the story is ok not great, voice acting is good. skills are nice to look at but they dont seem to have that yes that hit feeling when you used them. you have active buffs that have no animation. its a mixed bag. no d2 or torchlight but worth the money mostly. it needs a few fixes to show changes to what your wearing or actively useing. the sounds for skills need to be changed some and load times need to be inproved. the load times may be my system. my only real problem is that the fact that the armor and skills dont show when changed. it bugs the hell out of me and makes me feel like im playing a game from 15 years ago in spite of the rest of the good things. if d2 could show this there is no reason of any game like it made after it shoule not .
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Very fun, good story, little less on the adventerous side, more of comabt focused, 8.5/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
If you like the Diablo series, you will find this series entertaining as well. A very broad collection of monsters, weapons, items, armors, etc. Not overly difficult to play. Good graphics and mood settings. A worthy addition to any gamer's collection.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Thank you guys for this game. It's my favourite hack'n slash game so far. Love music, love humor and huge amount of tiny tiny features that keeps you enjoing even after hours of playing. Thank you for not being boring repetative dumb hack'n slash like competitors i.e. "snowstorm" production about "hellboy". A tons of skills, upgareds, modifications, enhancements, runes, addons, pets, companions, crew, army, base, radio, Silver hair witch hunter, random events and much much more. Even simple tower defence as a side quest created something like "woow" factor on my face. I just simply didn't expect that. Most important for me is Co-op and I have to say it works pretty well, apart from the resistance army management (only a player who own the session have an access to it). Thumbs up and thanks for this. Looking forward to see the 3rd part.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Many enhancements, improvements and a bunch of new things, make the second part much better than the first game. Definitely a must play.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Promising game wrecked by many bugs. It sure is one of the best action rpgs out there but I'm
sad that development team didn't get the game going smoothly.

I bought this game for me and my friend, to realize co-op was totally unplayable due to ping issues, disconnecting issues, crashing issues. I went to see what is going on (google), and realized people had these same problems YEAR BEFORE me. This was three months ago, I have absolutely no idea how the things are now, but in my own frustration I had to say this.

Game itself was fun, when it was playable.

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172 of 198 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
163.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Time Bought: Pre Ordered
Money Spent: $37.50
Worth The Price?: Yes
Position In Game At Time Of Review: Have all my classes max leveled, have game & DLCs on 2 steam accts, got most of the sets epics and all godlikes, farming

After adding the first Van Helsing to one of the most favorite games I've ever played, VH2 only polished and added to the enjoyment where the first one left off. I was still playing the first one up to the release of this game and continued playing it during this one. But VH2 not only left off where the last story ended, but improved on tons of things to make this game even more enjoyable than the first. So with this in mind, I wrote a review for people new to the series as well as one for people who have played the first game and are considering getting this one.

Newcomers to the Van Helsing trilogy-
Even if you haven't played the first one, it would still be enjoyable to start with VH2. The reason for this is much like any other game, such as Borderlands 2. Playing the first one AFTER the second one will give you more depth in the story as well as make you appreciate all the changes that were done in the second game. Even though I would recommend playing the first one first, I don't see any spoilers at all in VH2 to the storyline of VH1. There are even items/gear that is reverse compatible ;) which you will probably think is pretty keen of the developers. Yes, it plays like Diablo 3, but that is by all means not a bad thing. But that comparison is very similar to saying Battlefield plays like CoD or MoH. And what about the "Gears of War" and "God of War" comparisons in other games. Yah, it's kinda like that :/ All in all, if you get VH2, you will be getting a great funny and very enjoyable RPG which you can co op up to 4 players as well as PvP. When you play it, you'll know it's going to be a great game from the photobomb on the title screen hahaha.

Ones who've played the first Van Helsing-
It may look like the same game but many things have been polished to fit customer satisfaction. For instance there are still 6 pages of storage, but now most of the gear takes 2 blocks instead of 3, and the storage space has been significantly expanded. So now there is over double the storage space of the first game. Along with the max level reaching 60 instead of 30, there are doubled the skills to mess around with! So you have the option of lvl10ing the skills and tricks you have ported over OR taking them off and starting a whole new tree of new abilities. Or you can even mix it. Oh yeah, as I stated, you can export over your powered up character from the first game :) The Chimera is not as powerful as it looks but is still a great addition as well as a little storyline within the sp story. Also the 'sets' and 'epics' have 'ink infested' versions which are level 60s. So even though you may have a complete set with the level ranges at 33 38 and 45, you can still farm for the all level 60 versions of that same set :)))) OMG, and wait until you get your first 'godlike' item!!! Besides that they just expanded on everything that made the first game so fun to play like: glory, perks, weapons & gear, laughs, easter eggs, tower defense, etc. The story, I would like to compare to The Matrix Reloaded. Not the best story, but essential in the trilogy and to any fan of the first game. It was also fun to play through with more boss fights and loot drops. So basically, I would definitely recommend this game if you've played through the first one even just once.

The DLCs-
I've written separate reviews on each DLC.


Rating: 9/10
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537 of 713 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
Pre-Release Review
I liked the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing quite a bit, so I was excited for II. The original game had its problems, but had enough atmosphere and quirky humor and story for me to enjoy it. Where VH excelled, VH2 does not.

Pros:
1) Game's atmosphere is beautiful. I particularly like the outside areas. Unfortunately, very little of your gameplay experience takes place outside.

Cons:
1) They attempted to fix the lackluster skill tree from the original game. The original lacked choices and most of the skills were useless. They did a complete 180 and the skill tree still sucks. Now, it is oversaturated with no coherent structure. Certain skills unlock other skills but have no function in relation to those skills. For example, Want to build around ice damage? Pick one skill on the right, arbitrarily attached to some fire and lightning. Then, try to pick a skill on the left, arbitrarily attached to other random skills. Makes no sense.

2) Balance. Game balance is awful. I played the original game on the hardest difficulty [I play most ARPGs on the hardest difficulty]. VH2 seems to have mobs that are weak [on any difficulty] and mobs that do an incredible amount of dmg on any difficulty other than "casual". Even if I built my character around heavy defensive passives/tricks ranged/casting things [which tend to do more dmg in general] hit BRUTALLY hard. There's also the occasional 1 shot from a challenging to see ability when swamped in a pack of mobs.
Edit: I've now played through the game with a second character. My first was a thaumaturge that really struggled with balance. My second was the original hunter character, but built around spell-casting. I played my second time on hard/heroic difficulties - stacked the mana shield defensive ability and some other defensives, and could face-roll pretty much anything so long as I had mana. Again, certain skills are way more powerful than others, effectively making the oversaturated skill tree still feel problematic.
Edit Two: Played more on the thaumaturge on heroic. Balance is really what is holding the game back. Built my character around abilities that could do damage while moving and crit chance/crit dmg [crit chance around 32-35%, crit dmg maxed @ 450%], and high HP, made heroic pretty easy. The problem, though, is sometimes you just get 1 shot from off-screen, even with high damage reduction. Difficulty basically scales like this: Mobs have higher health making it take longer to kill them. High dmg abilities do insane dmg and can result in 1 shots. The longer a mob lives, the greater chance of a 1 shot. Not sure how they can really fix this, but it makes build diversity fairly limited. At a certain point you just have to be able to do damage while moving and you have to spec heavily into defense.

3) Storyline/Quests. This is really my main qualm with the game. The storyline of this game is really disappointing. Maybe the storyline isn't disappointing [as it makes sense in the context of VH1], but the way it is executed is disappointing. The questing sucks. Very little variation, mostly based around tower defense. The vast majority of your missions are "secure X, Y, Z points by battling through streams of enemies. This was my least favorite type of mission in VH and it seems to be what the entirety of VH2 is built around. If I wanted to play Tower Defense, I'd play Tower Defense. The final boss fight, spoiler alert, is not even a fight. You literally kill streams of enemies until his force field's HP hits 1. He then blows up and the game ends on a pathetic attempt at a cliff hanger. I understand the attempt at a military strategy/real-time invasion, but it simply fails to be enjoyable.

4) End Game: It's about what you expect. You get "random" dungeons [just reskinned areas of the main story] and tasks to complete within them. Some of them also have interesting things that makes them substantially more difficult [Your companion won't help, can't regen life/mana, etc]. I did a few of them on heroic difficulty. They were a challenge. The quirky interactions don't take place between Katarina/Helsing so it's basically just the mindless challenge of slaughtering enemies with certain affixes that make the already poorly balanced gameplay more difficult. I'm glad they added this feature. Unfortunately, it does not do much for me because I've already done a lot of this in Path of Exile AND Path of Exile's system is better. All in all, I think it will be fun for people who haven't already beaten the model to death in other games, but wasn't real fun for me.

5) Multiplayer: Much like during the launch of the first game [in which it wasn't even functional], multiplayer is quite buggy. In fact, I've only successfully joined 1 game [I've tried to join many], and the host disconnected shortly thereafter, rendering my efforts obsolete. I've also tried hosting multiple times. I will get a message that "x is trying to join your game", but they are never successful in doing so. Not sure if it is a bug, a lack of stable connection, or what, but multiplayer seems quite hit or miss.

Verdict:

If you did not play the first game, don't buy this. The first is a much more complete experience.
If you loved the first and are desperate to see where the story goes, buy this.
If you loved the first for what it was, and aren't too attached to the story, don't buy this.
The game simply lacks what made the first game worth playing - the quirky nature, originality, and great atmosphere - while not really fixing any of the detracting factors of the first game [lack of real diversity via skill tree].
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