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Van Helsing - Hands-On Preview

by Couchpotato, 2013-04-19 01:41:59

PCGamer has a new preview of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.

The game is set in a darkly romanticized version of 19th Century Europe that’s moody enough to stand beside the likes of Diablo II and Path of Exile. You take control of the titular Van Helsing some time after his legendary father rid the world of an era when creatures of the night ruled the world. Now, however, a new darkness is rising that has something to do with the weird, unstable technology that has risen to prominence. That’s not to say that the traditional beasties of Gothic literature won’t make an appearance. There were more werewolves than you could shake a bag of Beggin’ Strips at in the 45-minute demo I played, and any Van Helsing game without vampires would be like a Blizzard story where one of the main characters doesn’t turn evil at some point.

Van Helsing is accompanied in his familiar ARPG questing, slaying, and looting by Lady Katarina. A unique story companion, Katarina is a female spectre who can help you in combat, store loot, and sell things in town while you continue to mow through the legions of darkness. She has her own equipment slots, attributes, and skill trees as well. You can build her to be a sturdy melee combatant if you’re more of a “hang back and pick things off with my crossbow” sort of player, or invest in more support-driven abilities if you’d rather remain in the thick of things.

As a sucker for dark, Victorian fantasy, I’m looking forward to The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the most polished ARPG, or the most fun in moment-to-moment combat, the story presentation is already hitting the mark enough to almost guarantee I’ll finish it once. That’s just fine. I’m not a “grind for the best gear for months” ARPG player—I’m perfectly content to see the campaign to the end if the characters and plot are interesting



Information about

Van Helsing

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: Unknown
Release: Released