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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October 4

Van Helsing II: Magic Pack DLC

In the harsh world of Borgovia, even a tiny bit of upgrade in a hunter's equipment can mean the difference between life and death.

We know the struggle of fledgling monster hunters very well, therefore we have released the Magic Pack that gives you the edge over the horrors of Borgovia. With the pack, your stash will be staying a lot heftier as your character gains the Occult Bargains perk that reduces enchantment prices by a great deal.

This means that you can get those perfect enchantments on your epic gear for less gold - isn't this perk a hunter's dream come true?

On top of this, you earn the Predominator Helmet that you can use with all your characters. Not only does it give you a significant damage boost - it also makes you look cool.

Attracted to the arcane? The Magic Pack is just for you! The Occult Bargains perk will grant you discount for enchantment prices, and you will also get the Predominator Helmet that you can use with all classes! Charming, isn't it?

To get the Helmet in your inventory, you'll need to start a Veteran Character.

Be sure to get the Magic Pack for only $0.99 at the Steam Store - your freshly enchanted equipment will thank you.

In addition, to celebrate the release of these DLCs, games of the Van Helsing Universe will receive heavy discounts from Monday 7PM CET (Oct 3) to Monday (Oct 10):

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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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
The game was alright, just barely gets a positive review from me. And here is as to why.

The game has the same combat, gameplay, graphics and feel as the previous title.
It expands upon the skill trees and makes it feel like you progress a bit better.

I played the game through on hard, and it wasn't difficult just very annoying because I constantly had to use health potions and it took forever to kill anything, even with the best equipment.
The final battle didn't satisfy me, it was a lot easier than everything before it, and it left me with a "... is that it?" ending.

If you liked the first you will like the second, just don't play it on hard, and don't import your character, the game is far too cruel with imported characters (I couldn't get through any fight without dying at least twice -_-) 3/5.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Its full of bugs. Crashes. Garbage.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
More like the buggy adventures of some guy I don't care about.
Was this Diablo ripoff really made in 2014? Looks more like 2004. With a lack of character customization that I would expect from the GameCube era of video games.
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186 of 223 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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562 of 742 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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.

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

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.


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 51 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Game breaking bug that stops the progression in its tracks, I google the bug, it has been there since 2014 with many many complains, but yet, now is the middle of 2016 and developer don't even bother to fix it.

My game is literally stuck, quest cannot be completed or continue, this is NOT acceptable, I regret the time I put in playing this game. I wish I never have touched it.

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105 of 144 people (73%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Update: I have investigated the claim that the bugs have been fixed - it is possible that some are, but a quick check showed that the game is still unplayable as multiplayer co-op.

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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97 of 137 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 26, 2014
The game is a continuation of the first game, so if you didnt play the first one, you should play it.
It's one of the better RPGs, action and adventure games, one of my favorites.
If you are much into RPG games you should get it.
This game is about Van helsing, you have your ghost katarina with you, and she will help you doing the quests.
I must admit, that the game is pretty short, but its also very cheap! so if you liked the first one, get this!
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48 of 58 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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 159 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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The Blade Siren
27.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
This is an awesome game aside from the freezes the game periodically does.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: September 10
At this point, I'm kind of roped into the series. I was able to play the first one for free and the second one was dirt cheap during a sale.

With that said, this isn't a game for the weak. You will face HORDES of enemies on screen at all times. You are easily overpowered but, luckily, there are many ways around these battles. The main characters are charming but nothing great. One is a famous hunter of the land and the other is his ghost sidekick (sounds like a tv show honestly). The storyline is pretty cut and dry with a twist you can see coming from 10 minutes in.

Regarding it as a sequel, I felt pretty disappointed. There wasn't too many differences between the gameplay styles of 1 and 2. I wasn't expected a completely different game but it would have been nice to add some new ideas. They do try to do a sort of "tower defense" mixed with delegation of commanders and soliders but it never felt really satisfying. I felt like I just did everything I did in 1 for this one.

Overall, I do recommened if you like the dungeon crawler genre with an easy to follow but not grand story.
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39.0 hrs
Posted: September 8
If you liked the first Van Helsing, then you will probably like this. The story isn't very imaginative, but they never are in these action RPGs. There are a lot of funny lines though, or at least I thought so... I like Katarina the ghost companion and her sense of humor. Plenty of references to movies, TV shows, other games, etc, and I probably missed a few.

There are some new game mechanics introduced here that weren't in VH1, but the main gameplay is basically the same. I imported my character from VH1 and played through on the veteran mode.
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13.0 hrs
Posted: September 5
it's a good game, nice graphics, good co-op story mood game play and everything, but for some reason it doesn't want to work for me anymore, i come to second load screen and then it stops working for me, for some reason, i don't know why, cause i haven't changed any settings or anything.
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General Custer
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 3
Product received for free
In its current state I cannot recommend this game. It's fun and all, but is plagued with game breaking bugs. It crashes constantly and multiplayer is spotty at best. There is a report bug option in the game menu, so I do not understand how these problems have not been fixed. If the game were to recieve a patch to fix problems that have carried over from the first game I would gladly recommend.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 31
In principle the game is pretty nice.

IT CRASHES ALL THE TIME!!!! I can't play 15 min straingt...
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9.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Very good! A bit shorter than expected but great nonetheless!
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