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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (957 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2014

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October 30, 2014

Van Helsing 2 - Changelog V1.1.04

Updates to The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client (in on-line mode) is restarted.

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II v1.1.04

Major changes include:

Fixed bugs:

  • Fixed a bug with the Ring of Guidance. The Wraith Leader no longer gets killed by other monsters.
  • You can now correctly navigate through the Trophy Window with a controller.
  • The "New Quest" Effect is now properly aligned if you are using a controller.
  • Increasing an attribute now correctly works for Katarina.

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October 14, 2014

Deathtrap is going Early Access on October 22

Good news!

First I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who supported us and made it possible that we can do what we love and release titles like The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series (yes the final episode is also on the way :) ) and Deathtrap which will gain its Early Access status soon.

Also there was a very positive feedback about the Tower Defense game segments we used in Van Helsing I and II, and considering the fact that we are huge fans too, it simply made sense to make our own TD game. :)

This will be our first attempt to implement user generated content as a feature, and this is one of the main reasons why we will need all the help that the community can provide so we can make it as good and polished as we've imagined it.

If you have any questions, first check " what the developers have to say tab on the store page", or feel free to visit the general discussions thread.

Thanks again,
Valkyrie
NeocoreGames

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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
157 of 180 people (87%) found this review helpful
148.0 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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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
I bought VHII for 10 dollars with an online coupon. Even though I'm sure I didn't get the BEST deal out there I'd say it's money well spent.

I never played the first game. So, I started on this one with a new toon and leveled him up to 30 by the time I beat the game on Hard Mode. Then, went to veteran mode afterwards on fearless and had a blast. The loot was much better on the higher settings and for those who like crafting -- you can spend a good amount of time sifting through loot to enchant and enhance your gear to get the most defense/offense out of them. If you don't like crafting then I'd stay away from that part.

Replay value is fairly good. The story itself isn't spectacular, but if you're going for achievements it's always nice to get a few new options when you do the second run through. If you don't want replay value. It took me roughly 28 hours to beat it first time through on hard mode. So, again worth the ten bucks I spent. Voice acting for main toons is good, and side characters is a bit shady from time to time, but overall good with music that is also good. Nothing was annoying to my ears.

Tower defense is tricky. Harder the mode you put it on the less likely you are to succeed. Or, maybe I just suck at tower defense, but on fearless mode it was crazy as the joker with 300 minions willing to do his bidding.

Music - 7/10
Challenge - 9.5/10
Loot - 9/10
Skill system - 7/10
Story - 7/10
Price - 10/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
This is a fun action RPG. Worth getting if you like gothic/mad science steampunk settings & humor in your games.
More skills, a new rune-crafting system, improved Tower Defense maps, army management, co-op & PvP Multiplayer, and the optional ability to avoid Tower Defense missions make Van Helsing 2 a definite improvement over Van Helsing 1 for me.

Skill trees from Van Helsing 1 have been improved, with more skill choices & a bigger range of secondary abilities.
Skill points, Ability points, and Reputation buffs can be respeced on the main character and the sidekick at your home base, so you are never locked into unworkable playstyles for too long.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
59.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
“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.
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My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Combat & Controls
- Details
- Tactical gameplay
- Characters
- Story

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).
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Atmosphere: A-Rank

Combat & Controls: B-Rank

Details: S-Rank

(A vampire is nothing like a warlock. My granny could kill a warlock!)

Tactical gameplay: B-Rank

Characters: A-Rank

Story: B-Rank
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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

Common:
- Singleplayer [+1]

Special:
- I’m so Hardcore! [+1]
- League of extraordinary gentlemen [+1]
- One in a million [+1]
- The Grim Reaper himself [+1]
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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2014
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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC) – Action role-playing game + Hack & Slash
(Dark Fantasy) – 2013
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
288.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Well, the guy who did the trailers for this could have done a better job, but the game is awesome :D
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Excellent follow up game to Part 1. Worth a 10 spot if you liked the first game.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Visuals and gameplay remains the same as in Van Helsing I, but there some differences. The first is the interface, which I like more Van Helsing II (such as inventory, shopping features, rage indicator etc.). Humor, references and hidden content are pretty much the same (great), but what I luck is the variety of environments. The areas with nature are drastically reduced and everything is more in steam-punk style. There are also some changes in "tower defense minigame" and extras like rune-crafting and army building. Overall it's still pretty fun and if you like the first game, I will recommend to get this one as well.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
Highly recommended, if you're into hack'n'slash RPGs. If you like the Diablo series, and you need a change of scenery, pick up this game, and pick up the first episode too. It does not revolutionize the genre. The production might not be up to AAA standards. The voice acting is a bit so-so at places, the UI is not the cleanest. But the gameplay itself is solid, the class and talent system is complex enough to validate multiple playthroughs, and offers randomized scenarios after finishing the story, which is about 8-10 hours long.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Great Games for fans of Diablo type RPGs.
Supports Co-op play (played with 2 other friends to the end) and was VERY Fun.
The game can be diffifcult at times for some of the boss battles (expect to die...)
There ia a LOT of depth/customization to the game in the skills, abilities and items, MUCH MORE thant Diablo
Overall rating for this is an 8.5/10
It would have been even higher but we did encounter a few places where the maps have bugs (a 3d collision problem and it it took us some tries to get our co-op game connected and synce'd, but as I said we were able to finish the full game and we all really enjoyed it.
I am purchasings the Ink Hunt expansion right now
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Good game. Can get a bit repetetive later on. Lots of different ways to play. References to other games and stories are entertaining if you notice them
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Прогресс относительно неплохой первой части во всем. Уйма возможностей пооптимизировать, достаточно интересные механически враги, которые красочно умирают под красочным месивом спецэффектов. Любопытные референсы и умеренно хреновые шутки. В каком-нибудь бордерлендс пресиквел с этим все сильно хуже.
Думал пробежим сюжет персонажами из сейвов первой части, но я по пути буквально утонул в возможностях рункрафтинга, прошел стори и остался на сценарии ради "вот еще пяток миллионов/эпик рун и будет идеально". В итоге за 50 часов докачался до состояния когда фирлесс как изи и на этом закончил. Но порывы пройти еще раз и найти не найденные секреты пока не отпускают.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
A great hack'n slash game I recommend it becouse is fast ,easy and has a nice graphic.The storyline is somehow boring but has a lot of funny dilogues.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
♥♥♥♥ING AWESOME

Hey look, you can import your characters from the first game too !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
45.9 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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.5 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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