“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 its predecessor, and introduces novelties in form of bigger, more varied skill trees for all three classes and additional mini games, that contribute to the games atmosphere. For instance, the chimera missions will provide you with interesting loot and the tower defense maps represent a welcome change to the rather monotonous tasks of a monster slayer.
In comparison with the first part 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. Countless allusions to certain films, comics and the original book by Bram Stoker are proof of that, and the protagonist and his delightful ghostly companion will keep you entertained with their wry sense of humor and many snappy dialogues. In addition almost every map has several (well hidden) secrets, which benefit the replayability on your self-imposed quest to find all of them.
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.
Fun fact: 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.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Combat & Controls
- Tactical gameplay
Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior
If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
Combat & Controls: B-Rank
(A vampire is nothing like a warlock. My granny could kill a warlock!)
Tactical gameplay: B-Rank
To conquer all achievements of the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2, you will most likely spend around 60 hours.
There are four multiplayer achievements, which can be easily obtained with only two players.
Should you have any questions about the different achievements, please feel free to contact me.
Achievement difficulty: 5 of 10
- Singleplayer [+1]
- I’m so Hardcore! [+1]
- League of extraordinary gentlemen [+1]
- One in a million [+1]
- The Grim Reaper himself [+1]
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2014
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2013http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/215530/