‘Put on your wide-brimmed hat, grab your weapons and embark on an incredible adventure in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia, where mad science threatens the fragile peace between monster and mortal. Be Van Helsing, monster-hunter extraordinaire and save the day with your charming and beautiful companion.’
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (TIAoVH for short) is an action-RPG which sees the player take on the role of Van Helsing’s son rather than THE Van Helsing which you might know, who has been called to the land of Borgovia where mad science is causing unrest in the area. The game throws you straight in after a quick introductory cut-scene with tutorials popping up as you explore different parts of the game. The tutorial covers everything pretty well but explanation for what you need to do during quests could be worked on. For example; there was a quest where I had to find the mayor in the first main town but there wasn’t any clear pointer for as to where I should go; it was only later when I spoke to a random person they gave me a clue for where I should go.
The gameplay is simple but fun for the game, only the right half of the controller needs to be used with movement and weapon swapping being bound to the left stick. It can be a bit weird at first but it works well with the game. However, the downside to the gameplay is its combat, it is lacking variety and only really changes depending on the class you pick (only one is available from the start and the others are available from the store). The enemies I fought were fairly easy to exploit and you could just make them into a train to bring down an AOE attack on them.
You have lots of different skills for your character and Katarina (his companion) to use which can help you use your own playstyle. There are also buffs on the armour and weapons as well as passive effects that you can have active, its decent but there is no real depth to it since you’re only ever going to have a handful of these things (especially skills) active. There are other game modes specifically for looting and co-op also but besides co-op the other modes are there mainly to keep you going for better loot and to max out your character if you don’t do it over the course of the story. There is a good variety of enemies to fight though and the looting is fun to see what you can get but it brings the game more towards something you’d go on occasionally to loot for a bit then head off.Putting that aside, the game is still fun and has humour and quirks to keep the player entertained such as a two headed cow talking like a human.
The visuals and soundtrack is are good, the visuals especially, they are very good on the environment which is great considering that the camera is from above and there is rarely a focus on the ground. The visuals are only ever let down slightly by some of the NPC characters not being as detailed as the enemies and player character in game but despite that they are very good. Voice acting in the game is well done, some of the characters sound a bit weird and annoying sometimes but the characters do have life to them and keep the player engaged.