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  • Summary: The incredible adventures continue, and Van Helsing, the famous monster-hunter returns to save the day again with the help of his charming, ghostly companion, Lady Katarina. The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plotsThe incredible adventures continue, and Van Helsing, the famous monster-hunter returns to save the day again with the help of his charming, ghostly companion, Lady Katarina. The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plots revenge. It’s time to enter the dark side of Borgova and the forbidden wilderness, but beware: you are not the only one behind a mask. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. May 28, 2014
    90
    In short, the dialogue was witty, amusing, and full of fun references. The graphics were beautiful and had a fitting art style that added to the game. And the story was interesting and made me want to play more.
  2. Jun 6, 2014
    89
    TIAOVH2 is hands down the best single-player action-RPG out there, with engaging gameplay full of discrete doses of witty humour. It shines for catering for the casual player while offering exhaustively deep gameplay elements for the hardcore player at the same time. A few optimization hiccups deprive the game of an almost perfect grade, yet I cannot wait to see the third installment of the series.
  3. May 20, 2014
    85
    Part two of the Van Helsing game is a great sequel in every aspect. There are more options for you to choose from and the expansion of the skill tree is another plus. All of this comes with a relatively low price.
  4. May 29, 2014
    80
    It solves many of the problems of the original game, and even though it's not perfect, it's a good choice if you're looking for a game of this genre.
  5. May 27, 2014
    78
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II takes the original formula and build a sequel fun and rich in contents, even if technically imperfect and a bit poor of new core gameplay mechanics.
  6. May 30, 2014
    74
    Balance issues and multiplayer bugs remain, but there's enough variety found in its tower defense scenarios and three classes to warrant donning the legendary monster hunter's hat either again or for the very first time.
  7. Jun 3, 2014
    55
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is a very weak sequel with lots of technical issues and poor choices in terms of gameplay mechanics. New adventures of Van Helsing is still funny and can show off its excellent, steampunk atmosphere, but all in all it's not a good game. The developers failed to fix mistakes from the original and added some new ones.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. Jul 12, 2014
    10
    I have had more fun with this game than other other game I can remember in recent times, it is a stellar ARPG for a ridiculous budget. If youI have had more fun with this game than other other game I can remember in recent times, it is a stellar ARPG for a ridiculous budget. If you played the first this is a must buy. If you haven't played the first one it's still a fantastic game if you like games similar to diablo, titan quest, or torchlight, but I highly recommend the first game as well.

    I did picked this up recently and I'm not seeing all the bugs other reviewers have mentioned. I've had a couple of crashes to desktop but the save system has ensured I've never lost a minute of progress, just had to restart the game.

    I love the story. The character voice acting and interactions are top notch - better than most AAA games. The plot is engaging and fun and keeps the player invigorated to complete the next objective. The music is PERFECT, I love the music in this game. The graphics are cool, lots of eye candy spell effects explosions and very nice animations.

    It is fantastically deep, re-playable, and has a fun endgame. You can specialize your character or respect into different builds, you can specialize your ghost companion, you can modify, enhance, and craft your items - in fact it has one of my favorite item crafting systems because it uses a number of different modifiers but each one is simple. Want an enchantment? Pay gold to the enchanter and get a random enchantment. Don't like that one? Remove it and pay for a new one! Quite easy, and when you do have the enchantment that you want and get a low roll, that's OK! Reroll to get a higher value (at the cost of gold)! Of course, you'll need lots gold, lol, which you get by playing the storyline, scenarios, or online.

    I also have to give a shout out to loot explosion lovers like myself. This is the first game in a long time that genuinely gets me excited about loot explosions. Sure, the mobs drop and plop the loot but you also get a chimera that you send on missions, when he comes back you get a loot explosion from whatever he gathered (usually 5+ rares on the higher missions). In the endgame you can do scenarios which drop lots of loot themselves, but you also randomly get keys that let you open up chests in your secret lair that - yes, give you loot explosions and chests can be reopened for each key you have!. It's so satisfying.

    I would pay $50.00 for this game, fortunately I only paid $15.00 and picked up the additional scenario for $5.00 which is rather short but I enjoyed it - a game lovers bargain for sure.

    I seriously can't recommend this game enough.
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  2. May 26, 2014
    10
    this game is really recomending, the rune system, the pet, well every in this game is really good
    Game price is $15 on Steam. A buck per
    this game is really recomending, the rune system, the pet, well every in this game is really good
    Game price is $15 on Steam. A buck per gaming hour. This is a steal. A crowning achievement from a small studio that puts many AAA titles to shame.
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  3. May 22, 2014
    10
    This game is an amazing arpg with an abundance of depth and beauty. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed, and for $15 it's a safe bet. IThis game is an amazing arpg with an abundance of depth and beauty. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed, and for $15 it's a safe bet. I didn't play the first one, but am loving it so far. Veteran of Titan quest, Diablo 1-3, Torchlight, PoE and backer of Grim dawn giving VH2 2 thumbs up. The lack of publicity for this game is mind boggling! Expand
  4. Jan 11, 2015
    7
    This game is not bad at all. I picked it up on a steam sale, for 10 bucks, and it was well worth the purchase price. Its Diablo 2, DraculaThis game is not bad at all. I picked it up on a steam sale, for 10 bucks, and it was well worth the purchase price. Its Diablo 2, Dracula style. The dialogue between the main character and his ghost friend is quite funny, at times. The game play is very close to diablo 2, in play, but it just feels great, the universe is good, its just a very good, underrated game. The only complaint I really have... Is the voice acting on the generic npcs is very monotone. It feels like they took audio recordings of each word and tried to stitch it together, just feels robotic. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2014
    6
    I really loved the first one. It was really great, kind out of no where to me, pleasantly surprised.
    On first impressions #2 it looked a lot
    I really loved the first one. It was really great, kind out of no where to me, pleasantly surprised.
    On first impressions #2 it looked a lot the same. Even the starting level as I recall was about the same.

    Some stuff new, and some new stuff they probably shouldn't have attempted..
    There are little one liners here and there, references to "Lord of the Rings", etc., the horrible voice acting
    and, or, the flippant way they were delivered was very cheesy.
    For that manner, one of the main characters is horribly voice acted too. He sounded like that one teenage schoolmate you probably had too that could make this constant guttural burp like voice.

    The bottom line, PLEASE have you voice acting professionally done and directed, and, or, have very little of it. Even with great professional graphics and what not with such horrible amateurish voice acting it makes the whole game feel cheap and shallow.

    There is one big nagging problem that made me give up and uninstall it this time around after several hours of trying.
    And that is the user interface/control interface that has to do with battles (which is really what the game is about after all).
    The percentage of the time I could not direct where I wanted my attacks/skills to go.
    I would right click in a direction, or most certainly get the cursor right on my target, but the dumb game would be fooled and think I wanted to move instead! I would click to attack but instead I run right into the enemy..oh great.
    Same problems with other skills like I'd try to put down a flame wall (that I bound on right click).
    A good percentage of the time the game would mess up and no wall was put down, and with no sort of feedback why it didn't. It became unbearably frustrating.
    The game was getting hard at points where I couldn't but help thinking that "humm.. maybe I'd have a chance if the game would just let me control my damn character!"

    For any game really, the #1 thing is..playing it. You got to get that right. The player has to be able to expressively control their character.
    All the graphics fluff (and horribly voice acted one liners) should come AFTER the game play control is solid!

    My advice if you really want to play this game is choose a skill build that has the least directionality to it, instead go for general AOE's that go down with a press/click or ones that are centered on your character et al.

    They had a hit with the first Van Helsing game, now hopefully next time around they will mature as a game company and put enough focus more on actual game play and interface mechanics the next time around..
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  6. Sep 21, 2014
    5
    The game is annoyingly glitchy, and has extremely long load screens... It's ok playing with my boyfriend, I guess, but I would neverThe game is annoyingly glitchy, and has extremely long load screens... It's ok playing with my boyfriend, I guess, but I would never recommend this game to anyone Expand
  7. Feb 28, 2015
    0
    Horrible Broken Mess that wont even start past the loading screen. Waste of money don't buy cause you are not gonna get any type of refund andHorrible Broken Mess that wont even start past the loading screen. Waste of money don't buy cause you are not gonna get any type of refund and don't try to fix it, it will make it worst Expand

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