The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
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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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 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: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 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: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
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HumanWreckage
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
If your here youve probably played the first game. If not this game is exactly like it but a little better in my opinion. The art looks amazing using dx11, with added skills for both van helsing and katarina to make your character even more of a badass. There is an added feature where you can send guys and a chimera on timed missions to get some extra stuff. This game felt easier than the first one but i did die alot during my solo playthru on normal, im guessing this game would be perfect on the coop. Even after dying alot the graphics and loot kept me coming back to slaughter more. i played using a xbox controller, game ran smooth but i did get several weird bugs where when exiting or opening a menu itd pop up with one of my items and i could not do anything. Could have been a glitch caused by the controller im not sure but most of the time the game did always have me saved up so i did not have to lose progress.

Overall i had alot of fun on this game and bet it would rock on coop. Get it.
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tito2533
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Lets just say you wont get bored
Plenty of demons and turds to kill
hella fun
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Piszozo
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
As good as other games of the series
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KarliN
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
+) Even better mood compared to previous series.
+) Great use of monsters from previous series.
+) Igor doesn't blow up with poison after death.
+) While in defense mission, you can gain exp from killing monsters in addition to the reward.
+) Improvement on certain skills.
+) Going up and down has become smoother but it is still bad.

-) Time to time npcs speech is outside the screen, making the game look really sloppy.
-) In last mission two musics are being played at the same time. Also sloppy.
-) Monsters and terrain are synchronized too well. It is hard to distinguish them. If they didn't move it would've been horrible.
-) Too many things. They are totally unnecessary. Rage, Defense, Army management, and Chimera.
-) Artillery support was bad. There was no hot key for it and clicking once didn't work so you end up calling it on totally wrong places. Its range is that of your character's so you'll be getting hurt while doing it as well.
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Dante S. Ryu
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
It is a 100% NO

The game does not start after clicking "Play" on Steam.
Some other people got the same. No Reply, no help.
Same problem found in Van Helsing I, but doesn't get fixed in the second game?
It's not a good experience.
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Dominant Chris
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I don't understand why this game is getting a lot of hate, people complaining about bugs are overreacting theirs no game breaking bugs I got stuck in one area and couldn't get out but i used the teleport ability and went back into the level it's not hard people, some say the game is downright laggy, only one area was like this and I'm pretty sure I know the reason for it (the rain), it's not even that bad once you progress further into the level. The game itself is brilliant! really enjoyed playing through it, if you can pick it up on a sale I recommend you do so.
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rayplaysgames
( 36.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Follow up to the first game, and yep, it's just what you expect. It's best to consider Part 1 and Part 2 to be two parts of the same big game. It's pretty, fun, and straightforward. It gets'er done. And it's really really gorgeous.

Here's a link to my video review of the game for JustAdventure.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3VZgCb0EE
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Meat-King©®
( 59.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
“Join the resistance, they said. It will be fun, they said. No one ever mentioned something about a doomsday device!”

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 contains all the best elements of the first game, and introduces novelties in form of bigger and more varied skill trees for all three classes and additional mini games, that contribute to the games atmosphere.

In comparison with its predecessor the general level of difficulty has been increased, resulting in a more challenging world of Borgovia, that is filled with original monsters, magic and weird technology. At the same time the skills of your ghostly companion have also been rebalanced, allowing her to support you in your preferred playstyle in a more effective way.

But the greatest strength of Van Helsing lies in its love for detail. Allusions to certain films, comics and the original book by Bram Stoker are proof of that. Furthermore, the protagonist and his delightful ghostly companion will keep you entertained with their wry sense of humor and many snappy dialogues.

Nevertheless, there are a few shortcomings. One of them is the stiff combat system, as already encountered in the first instalment, which would have needed more attention to establish a more fluent hack & slash feeling. Another point is the storyline. While building on the events of the predecessor, the presentation of the story feels rather loveless, making it relatively easy to predict certain story related events.

Trivia:

Please do not open the cell of the familiar looking psychopath with cannibalistic tendencies, who prefers Chianti to certain cuisine. Your fellow resistance fighters will be very grateful for it.

Achievements:

Estimated time for 100% completion: +50 hours

Singleplayer achievements: 59
Multiplayer achievements: 4

Chronology:

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 3 (PC)
Action role-playing game + hack & slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2015

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
Link to Steam review for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.
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Savage
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Lagg simulator.
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M1Q
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
DONT INSTAL THIS GAME,ITS SUCCCCKKKKS
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Falict
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Boring
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Awesomo 2000
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
More of the same as the first one, so if you liked it a lot, you might possibly like second Van Helsing as well. But beware, there are no major changes to the game, it feels like more like a large DLC that continues the story than anything else.
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hello from the otter slide
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
one of the worst games i have ever played,
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Xenociide
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
If you love dungen crawlers. youll love this game. Not only do you slash monsters left and right. you look f**ken bad ♥♥♥ doing it. it has a good story and after playing this game, i feel like i have to buy the others. I love this game
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Izjeen
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Awesome game, cool abilties and nice classes. Prety short by ARPG standards though.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
jjani
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
i think big rigs is better game
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captainmurder
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Does not work. Controls are crap.
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Steve S.K.
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
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
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
“Join the resistance, they said. It will be fun, they said. No one ever mentioned something about a doomsday device!”

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 contains all the best elements of the first game, and introduces novelties in form of bigger and more varied skill trees for all three classes and additional mini games, that contribute to the games atmosphere.

In comparison with its predecessor the general level of difficulty has been increased, resulting in a more challenging world of Borgovia, that is filled with original monsters, magic and weird technology. At the same time the skills of your ghostly companion have also been rebalanced, allowing her to support you in your preferred playstyle in a more effective way.

But the greatest strength of Van Helsing lies in its love for detail. Allusions to certain films, comics and the original book by Bram Stoker are proof of that. Furthermore, the protagonist and his delightful ghostly companion will keep you entertained with their wry sense of humor and many snappy dialogues.

Nevertheless, there are a few shortcomings. One of them is the stiff combat system, as already encountered in the first instalment, which would have needed more attention to establish a more fluent hack & slash feeling. Another point is the storyline. While building on the events of the predecessor, the presentation of the story feels rather loveless, making it relatively easy to predict certain story related events.

Trivia:

Please do not open the cell of the familiar looking psychopath with cannibalistic tendencies, who prefers Chianti to certain cuisine. Your fellow resistance fighters will be very grateful for it.

Achievements:

Estimated time for 100% completion: +50 hours

Singleplayer achievements: 59
Multiplayer achievements: 4

Chronology:

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 3 (PC)
Action role-playing game + hack & slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2015

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
Link to Steam review for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I don't understand why this game is getting a lot of hate, people complaining about bugs are overreacting theirs no game breaking bugs I got stuck in one area and couldn't get out but i used the teleport ability and went back into the level it's not hard people, some say the game is downright laggy, only one area was like this and I'm pretty sure I know the reason for it (the rain), it's not even that bad once you progress further into the level. The game itself is brilliant! really enjoyed playing through it, if you can pick it up on a sale I recommend you do so.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Product received for free
Follow up to the first game, and yep, it's just what you expect. It's best to consider Part 1 and Part 2 to be two parts of the same big game. It's pretty, fun, and straightforward. It gets'er done. And it's really really gorgeous.

Here's a link to my video review of the game for JustAdventure.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3VZgCb0EE
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
More of the same as the first one, so if you liked it a lot, you might possibly like second Van Helsing as well. But beware, there are no major changes to the game, it feels like more like a large DLC that continues the story than anything else.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I do like this game more than the 1st one.
It's a lot more bug free, and has more things to do, and I love skill trees and everything about game.
They did a great job in improving the gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
As the second sequel in a trilogy, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II does keep its pros from the previous game. Unfortunately, it also retains its con. Recommended as the cons are not really a game breaking.

Pro
  • Memorable companion*. Still loves her.
  • Quest system*. They have since added some additional quest involving Captains and Fluffy. Not really game affecting quest but it does makes an excuse for a little breather and a nice source of extra income and items/essences.
  • Tower defence mini game*. The traps are now improved with more choices. Still wish to be able to play this mini game on demand.
  • The skill systems are well made* but not perfect. It is now improved compared to the previous skill but still, my best skill is Scattering shot from the 1st game, and that is the skill that makes it easy to get past through most enemies.

Con
  • Artificial difficulty*. Come at me bro.
  • Some skills are still useless*. Nevertheless, they made few improvement regarding this. Single target skills generally have much higher damage and almost all skill will have a bit of a multi-target effect to it such as Ricochet.
  • Some bug and glitches can still be seen*. CTD when trying to place a rune on the create item slot. CTD when trying to refund Acid Puddle skill.
  • The rune system doesn’t feels like tailored for midgame. Based on the number of required item and price for rune crafting, it doesn’t feels like it meant for mid game item upgrade. You can craft things, but it feels like it’s more of an end game system or rather completing items after finishing all the quest.

* Refer to The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing review
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
The original game offered enjoyable writing and voice acting, plenty of loot and a decent campaign. II delivers more of the same, with a number of additional game features including an expanded tower defence mode, a new companion of sorts and the ability to dispatch recruits on missions. Even the numerous pop culture references generally bring a smile.

Unfortunately, it is clearly lacking polish - from typos and even completely wrong lines in the subtitles, to constantly getting stuck in the scenery when using the Dash move to the game locking up whenever a certain button is pressed on a controller. It's particularly troubling that a sequel to this was rushed out, with plenty of its own problems, when this game could have used a bit more work.

Still, though those are aggravations, the game is still a enjoyable experience apart from that.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
I loved the first game, which I played all the way through. The first was really a Diablo/Torchlight clone in a different setting with a tower defence mini game thrown in.

This one feels like it should be similar but they have strayed away from the formula a bit too far and the game is somehow worse for it. Also the difficult jump is just frustrating if you import a character like I did. All your good kit from VH1 is pointless garbage, ditch it right away. Even as you kit up you wlll find some foes that are simple and the next second some monster that just instakills you and nothing you can really do about it.

You also keep getting called back to base so you can assign people to the task which just breaks the flow.

There are far better ARPGs out there and looking at the feedback to VH3 the series fell off the tracks. Shame as such a great setting
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Awesome game, cool abilties and nice classes. Prety short by ARPG standards though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
If you love dungen crawlers. youll love this game. Not only do you slash monsters left and right. you look f**ken bad ♥♥♥ doing it. it has a good story and after playing this game, i feel like i have to buy the others. I love this game
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
97.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Van Helsing has his work cut out for him. For all the monsters he's slain, the looming spectres of Diablo, Torchlight, and Path of Exile cast an imposing shadow over the rugged hero. To set itself apart, this modern dungeon crawler has to find a way to truly sink its claws into the player beyond the usual loot'n'grind. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, the second part of a planned trilogy by Neocore Games, succeeds remarkably in carving out its own identity, but at the potentially steep price of polish and balance.

The visuals and soundwork of Van Helsing II are competent, with a few bright spots. The graphics are technically solid, with varied color palettes that provide atmosphere as Van Helsing explores underground caverns, snowy forests, and laboratories full of disgusting experiments. The voice acting is serviceable and the musical score is suitably sweeping and epic, with a few catchy songs, but nothing new for the genre.

A common criticism of dungeon crawlers is that they start off slowly, and Van Helsing II does everything in its power to defy that stereotype. Players of the first Van Helsing will be pleased to find that they can import their character into the sequel, with all of their skills and equipment intact. Newcomers are able to create a character of one of the three classes -- the iconic Hunter, the mage-like Thaumaturge, and the tech-oriented Arcane Mechanic -- that begins at level 30, giving them a set of gear and plenty of skillpoints to spend. Those who find the game's in-depth, granular skill system a little too daunting can start at level 1 without any major handicaps, giving them more time to learn the deep mechanics of the game.

These mechanics are much of what set Van Helsing II apart, but also where this ambitious title first stumbles. The game is unapologetically complex; each class has four primary stats and access to dozens of abilities, all of which can be upgraded up to ten times. There are plenty of ways to construct a character, but unfortunately, not all of them are viable. Many skills pale in comparison to others within the same tree, and it's easy to find yourself with a build that simply doesn't work. Luckily, a respecialization option is both cheap and accessible, making it easy enough to experiment until a satisfactory skillset is found.

There is a lot of content in Van Helsing II, and most of it is implemented well. The usual prerequisites for the genre are in place: a lengthy storyline with plenty of side quests, co-operative multiplayer modes for both the campaign and individual scenarios, and a 'Battle Royal' PvP offering for those wishing to test their mettle against other players. What sets Van Helsing II apart, however, is its dedication to making its single-player experience memorable to the player. Throughout the fifteen to twenty hour campaign, Van Helsing spends plenty of time fighting his way through hordes of enemies, but he also fortifies and defends his Secret Lair (yes, that's what it's called in the game).

The Lair -- the heart of the Resistance movement of which Van Helsing is a critical agent-- is unlocked early in the game, and houses merchants, alchemists, and enchanters capable of modifying and upgrading Van Helsing's equipment. It also grants access to a couple of additional minigames that add much-needed variety to the usual action-adventure fare, including tower defense-style sequences in which Van Helsing must prevent the antagonist's forces from discovering the Resistance's hideout, and a menu-driven command center where the player can build a small army and send them on missions that grant equipment and monetary rewards. Though fairly basic in design, both of these distractions are plenty of fun, and I often found myself teleporting back to base to play with them between campaign missions.

The combat itself doesn't introduce any shocking twists, but it stands proudly with the best in the genre. With eight of his abilities available on the skill bar at any given time, Van Helsing is never lacking for tools with which to fight, and a generous cooldown on potions and plenty of ways to restore health and mana keep things moving at a tight pace. Enemy variety is impressive, with three or four new kinds of foes introduced in each zone, and multiple difficulty levels allow players to suit the challenge to their preferences. The biggest problem that I found was that pure melee characters never really come into their own. Every class has ranged options (and, in fact, the Hunter is the only one that can melee at all), but for all the depth of the skill trees, there's no real way to avoid the punishment that comes from being surrounded by the game's dangerous enemies. It's certainly possible to succeed with a melee-oriented build, it just never reaches the destructive potential of the other choices.

It's a good thing, too, because the plot of the campaign doesn't stand too well on its own. The storyline is basic, but decent enough: after slaying the evil Professor Fulmigati in the first game, Van Helsing finds that the exiled General Harker has returned to take his place. Setting out on a mission to overthrow the new government, the monster hunter is joined once again by the ghost Katarina, who has to be one of the most obnoxious characters I've ever encountered in a videogame. A constant presence at Van Helsing's side, she's an endless font of overwrought sarcasm and grating negativity; in the first two hours of the game alone, she voices her distrust of a new character seven times. I counted. As if to make things worse, she and Van Helsing trade uninspired quips with depressing regularity; the tone of the story, which can get fairly dark at times, is completely offset by the constant, heavy-handed references to games, books, and movies the pair make. Occasionally, a gem of a line can inspire a smile, but for the most part, it's a distracting and desperate attempt at humor.

Further putting a dent in things are the technical issues. The game isn't particularly buggy, at least not in the conventional sense, but it found some creative ways to hamper my enjoyment. Load times are far too long for a game of this size, and even inexplicably happen just from alt-tabbing. The camera is solid enough during gameplay, but in cutscenes, it has a habit of taking nauseating jaunts for seemingly no reason. Oftentimes, a scene with two characters simply standing on either side of a table discussing tactics is lent a surreal air as the perspective randomly changes.

Despite these problems, it's hard not to recommend Van Helsing II. Most of the issues it has feel like the inevitable consequences of making an ambitious game on a small budget, and I have to applaud Neocore Games for packing so much content into their latest endeavor.
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Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
The second installment of Van Helsing's series has nothing more to offer than the first one.
It still has all the requirement to fit every stereotype of the hack'n'slash: poor graphics, chaotic, slightly boring, flat protagonist, no real dialogue, repetitive to death. Clearly it is not genre I like that much. So, why am I playing it, and recommending it on top of that? Two main reasons, which are what really set Van Helsing apart from all the other games of its genre: the amazing atmosphere of its world, a charismatic mix of steampunk and gothic fantasy you cannot find anywhere else; and secondly, the quirky humour, filled with references to other famous brands. Honestly, in which other game can you loot a dead Grey Wizard, wielding a sword and a staff, lying in front of a broken bridge, in an underground cave?
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Not Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Not a bad game, but too clunky to be worth it unless you're a fan of dungeaon crawlers. It would've been worth completing the story if the UI didn't occassionally lock up causing loss of progress.


Pros:
-Production Value
-Plays well
-Fun

Cons:
-Gets boring and tedious quickly
-UI occasionally gets stuck, needing focre close and loss of progress
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4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
I got the system requirements, better than the minimum,. But the game is unplayable, everything is low, turned off but it's unplayable. When I can play Bioshock 3, Skyrim etc. with nice graphic, but can't play with this, I think the problem isn't in my computer. Unplayable.
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Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
This game is surprisingly boring, and they managed to somehow balance the player perfectly between being slow, weak, and fragile.

You're better off sticking to the first game, or going with Torchlight or Diablo.
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175 of 202 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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Not Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 24, 2014
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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47 of 55 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
94.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
The second episode of the adventures of Van Helsing resumes without a breather the narrative continuity of the previous chapter enriching the structure with a good dose of new integrations: first of all, the introduction of a class system that, while not making the pillars like pale, puts a proper piece to one of the most important shortcomings of the previous episode. The roundup of news continues with an unprecedented Runecrafting system, simple to master but unexpected depth, and a new management mode of our allies within the resistance. Add to this the return of particular Tower Defense mode and get back in your hands one of the best quality/price ratios currently available for any fan of action-RPG. Shame about the multiplayer component issues: currently, if you are interested in buying the game with friends, our advice is to wait and see the developments in the coming weeks, given that for the moment the online is very unstable.
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110 of 157 people (70%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
254.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
I have played the closed beta which consisted of a multi-stage invasion of your fortified resistance forces by the bad guys. It played exactly like the first game, which for me was a very good thing. I played the first game on heroic to offer some challege, as anything less and it seemed I would just steamroll the enemies. I imported my Hunter character (I finished the first game with the Hunter and the Thaumaturge, but I could never get the hang of the Arcane Mechanic) and the game started up on the heroic difficulty. It was much more difficult this time around. I don't know if I was under-geared, as I could never complete the post storyline challenge quests from the first game, or if they just upped the difficulty in general. The loot drops were appropriate and generous.

Overall, I am really looking forward to this release. I am really excited that all your equipment, gold, and character skills carry over.

You will learn to loathe the throngs of flying robots that shoot electricity. Absolute and complete loathing.
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