One game I spent my precious time playing and truly enjoyed was The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut an Action-RPG set in a gothic-steampunk world filled with monsters, weird science, humor and pop-cultural references.
Today we are taking a look at a game that I have had a privilege to play and truly enjoy. I have always enjoyed reading about and watching movies that included stories surrounding the folklore of witches, vampires, werewolves … all those fun creatures. This game has it all jam packed in there, and some more just to kicks and giggles.
Developed by NeocoreGames The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut is a collection of several of the series titles rolled into one. Founded in 2005, NeocoreGames is an independent development studio aiming to create high quality products. Best known for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series and Deathtrap, NeocoreGames also developed King Arthur – The Role-Playing Wargame series. NeocoreGames passionate group consists of professionals from diverse backgrounds including game development, graphic arts, programming and acting. NeocoreGames continues to use this energy and commitment in the future to create popular titles that people will enjoy.
The storyline in the final cut is vase and immersive. This newly streamlined compilation of all three of the gothic-noir steampunk action-RPGs influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula – includes new content and a huge new endgame. Here is some insight from the producer:
“With the trilogy reaching completion and available, it was the obvious choice for us to create Final Cut, combining all three games and adding more content to provide the ultimate Van Helsingexperience for ARPG fans,” said Zoltan Pozsonyi, Producer, NeocoreGames. “Final Cut is more than simply all three games bundled together: we created new content and put a ton of thought and detail into how to tie each game into one another.”
Playing through the game using the steam controller was actually a pretty smooth experience. It is a large game though with a lot to process so when loading each time if your RIG isn’t top quality you may experience some serious slow loading times. For us loading the game for the first time each time we play was the longest, after that it wasn’t too bad.
Once the game loads depending on your experience with RPG games it is either a really complex and intense game mechanics and leveling up system … or it is fairly straight forward. If you aren’t concerned with all the leveling up options you could just play the game through, but I don’t recommend it as you quickly come across enemies that are beyond your strengths if you aren’t equipped to handle them. You have several different mechanics to track, level up, equip, transfer, scrap, collect, create and sell. When they say that there is a huge and complex skill tree that is an understatement. Each skill tree is unique to each class, and gives you a vast range of opportunities to make good use of your chosen class.
And don’t forget Lady Katrina. You not only have your own leveling up and skills to manage but you also have to consider the growth of Lady Katrina’s special abilities and tailor the skills of your remarkable follower to expand her role in combat.
The graphics on this installment of the Van Helsing franchise aren’t too shabby. I didn’t experience much frame rate issues and everything was pretty crisp for me. During the game you travel to several different regions and areas, getting exposed to different backdrops and environment. Each one is unique and well thought out. I found myself exploring all of Borgovia coming across various monsters and magic (sometimes monsters with magic).
With more than 50 hours in the campaign, several multiplayer modes and massive endgame content, Van Helsing: Final Cut will grant players entertainment, excitement and fun for a very long time. And if you play like me that time is probably double while exploring and doing all the side quests possible. That being said though I honestly am exhausted. After a while the hordes of battles became very grinding and I was tired. Sometimes I found a rhythm other times I was caught of guard. While I really enjoyed the game and the vase story line I don’t see myself returning to play it again any time soon.
There is much more to The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut that we haven’t even touched yet. We have only discussed the campaign so far. Still to experience are the tower-defense mini games and the multiplayer gameplay. In the tower-defense mini games you deal 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. And you can become the greatest monster slayer of all time while playing in one of the cooperative or PvP multiplayer modes (4-player co-op mode, Touchdown, Arena or Battle Royal).
With all that said there is much depth and challenge awaiting with this game. Certainly one you should add to your library.
Name: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut
Platforms: Steam (Windows & Mac later)
Release date: November 6, 2015
Multiplayer: Co-Op, PvP