The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Extended Edition
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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Extended Edition is a fun game that will remind players of the Diablo series – which is never a bad thing. There's plenty of content on this one as well as a full trophy list with a Platinum. So if you feel you're up for a challenge, check out this game today!
This is not the best hack 'n slash on the PlayStation 4, but it stands out positively against the competition. If you suffer from a shortage of games of this genre, then you can seriously think of buying at full price. Otherwise it is better to wait for the price reduction.
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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will sate the ARPG fan's appetite, but only just. Those looking for an entertaining story will find plenty to like here, but you'll have to slog through some uninspired combat in order to get to the good parts. A mid-game tower defense mashup freshens things up a bit, but a poor control scheme will lead you to wonder how much better the game could have been. Still, at only $19.99/€19.99, if you think you can deal with some annoying controls and otherwise average RPG action, the surprise metagame in The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing might be worth the price of admission.
There's a kernel of an idea buried within The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing that has potential. The son of a legendary vampire killer continuing where his father left off is at the very least a vaguely compelling starting point, and the action RPG genre could certainly benefit from some more humorous titles to serve as palette cleansers between all the hell and death and misery. Van Helsing's lighthearted tone certainly helps it to stand out from most games in the genre, but neither the battle system or the narrative are interesting enough to make it worth persevering with the other.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing takes its influences from the best, and although it can't match that high quality, this Extended Edition is the best version of NeoCore's action RPG. Worth playing.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Extended Edition is a good action RPG that is a welcome addition to the PS4, but is held back by some uninspiring loot, uneven difficulty and the decision to release the trilogy one game at a time.