- July 1st, 2016
- NeoCore Games
- Xbox One
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is a game that consoles really need but sadly doesn’t accomplish all that it has the potential to.
The game picks up directly right after the first game ends and calling this one a sequel is a stretch with this one feeling like DLC or just a longer section to the first game. If you have a character from the first game level 30 or higher you can import them otherwise you can choose from several classes to play as such as your standard more warrior type class, a mage class, and a mage that is more technical and gadget prone. Game play is okay and quickly turns into just creating room between you and enemies trying to kill them while healing yourself. It’s standard here and while not being great is decent enough to pass by.
From the start though the game almost instantly kills itself. The beginning section of the game is overly long and tedious to the point where it becomes boring. Having to drag through the opening section sucked almost all fun and excitement from the game. Outside of that the game is the standard Diablo type loot RPG you’ve come to expect. You constantly are in the grind to level up and defeat increasingly tougher enemies and gain better loot to progress forward. All that brings it to a downfall that the first game had as well is that the game as a large difficulty spike and continues to increase that. You’ll soon find that you are swarmed by enemies much stronger than you are and that they attack at a faster pace and with more damage then you have time to heal so prepare to die a lot.
You will level up at a fair pace though but using your points to level up can be overwhelming because of large skill trees and subsections to each skill. Since you can level up ranged and melee which are both separate sections as well because of no real tutorial given on it using your points becomes a gamble in hoping that it works with your play style. That difficulty spike I mentioned before hurts your progression because especially when unlocking a new skill to use it from the start feels severely under powered making you no longer want to use it.
Just like the first game as well the in game menu is incredibly over complicated. Going from screen to screen can be confusing trying to find a specific page and pages that should be all together are spread apart. Your inventory page more so the inventory wheel as well is something that on PC with a mouse would be much easier as trying to move to specific sections on the wheel can be something that takes several tries.
Visually the game doesn’t have much to boast for itself. The backgrounds and environments are bland and dark leaving the game looking dated. Worst to boot is that during hectic moments the frame rate slows down and sometimes lags. The soundtrack is your standard fare for this so nothing special there. We do have some of the worst most cringe worthy dialog here though but thankfully you can skip past that all.
Overall Van Helsing II could of been a lot better if maybe updated for more modern consoles and given a fuller feeling. Instead we get a mediocre hack and slash RPG that has a few too many huge problems that prevents it from being anything great.
Score : 5/10
Digital Review Code Provided By NeoCore Games