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  • Summary: Deep within the mysterious land of Transylvania, monsters that inhabit man's deepest nightmares take form. One man works to vanquish the demons of the world and destroy the lethal and powerful Count Dracula. Descend into the murky depths of the Carpathian Mountains as legendary monsterDeep within the mysterious land of Transylvania, monsters that inhabit man's deepest nightmares take form. One man works to vanquish the demons of the world and destroy the lethal and powerful Count Dracula. Descend into the murky depths of the Carpathian Mountains as legendary monster hunter Van Helsing. As Van Helsing you battle fiendish creatures with a deadly array of weapons, unique abilities, and unparalleled courage. Explore the haunting land of Transylvania in 13 exciting missions. Battle Dracula, Frankenstein, the WolfMan and 22 villainous creatures. Control an arsenal of powerful deadly weaponry: tojo blades, dual pistols, gatling gun, unlockable elephant gun, and more. Deliver spectacular kill moves to supernatural enemies. Unlock hidden content when you play through three different difficulty modes. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Superior to "Devil May Cry 2" and should be able to tide Devil May Cry fans over till the next sequel in the franchise.
  2. Sure, it could have been a bit better, but if you're looking for a fun action game that doesn't require a ton of thought, you'll have a good time with this.
  3. I wouldn't say the game feels great, the controls are just a little bit on the sloppy side and the framerate, while steady, is not fast enough to give the game that "polished" look. The monsters are average looking.
  4. Van Helsing is never bad. Anyone who loved "Devil May Cry" will recognise the similarities and relish the flamboyant combat sequences. It's just that the true stars of the game are the monsters and the only fleeting glances you get of them are in the frenetic boss battles. [PSM2]
  5. 60
    The convoluted control scheme outlined in the manual leads you believe you can pull of coolly calculated combinations (isn't alliteration fun!), but the action quickly devolves into button-mashing confusion.
  6. A second rate clone of "Devil May Cry" and if you're looking for that you'd be better off with "Devil May Cry 2."
  7. Rather than complement the film with some sort of stand alone side story, it opts for arcade gameplay sans interesting plot, depth, or really anything beyond just blasting and whacking.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. aaazzz
    May 15, 2004
    10
    It was one of the best games ever!!! Just wish U could move the camera!
  2. AndrewC.
    Jan 19, 2005
    10
    Exciting game and even a bit scary.
  3. Dwayne
    May 7, 2004
    9
    Awesome Devil may Cry like game!
  4. CarnegC.
    Jun 11, 2006
    9
    This is a relly cool game but the camera angles are hard to get used to, but is a kick but game, and even some tims a littl scarey. but is an This is a relly cool game but the camera angles are hard to get used to, but is a kick but game, and even some tims a littl scarey. but is an awsome. If you lick shoot them up, chop them up vido games this is the game for you. Expand
  5. GaryB.
    May 16, 2004
    7
    In response to what others have said, just to set anyone straight who wants to play this, the camera angles are pretty bearable. You'll In response to what others have said, just to set anyone straight who wants to play this, the camera angles are pretty bearable. You'll forget about the camera after about 5 minutes. You can't really say the weapon upgrade system is moronic, because there really isn't one in it, and if you say that you sound like a big geek. Targeting is fine, the graphics are decent, although they do get a little worse towards the end, and the game is short but it gives you a bit of incentive to play it again. Once you beat the game once, which takes about 5 hours, you can start a new game with all your weapons. It's fun to go around killing the weaker enemies in the beginning with your gatling gun or blades. So basically, what I'm saying is that Mart R. is a whiney geek, and if you like Devil May Cry, rent this game, have some fun, and then come on here and write your own review. Expand
  6. JoshuaH.
    Nov 2, 2005
    7
    Not God of War or Devil May Cry, but still a good, solid, fun experience. Had a hard time adjusting to the fixed camera. Should have been Not God of War or Devil May Cry, but still a good, solid, fun experience. Had a hard time adjusting to the fixed camera. Should have been able to move/control it. :-( Appreciate that it didn't take me 20-30 hours like all my other action/platformers do.(I don't have the time) And like Hulk, the game is way more enjoyable than the movie. Expand
  7. MartR.
    May 7, 2004
    5
    Another half-hearted movie tie-in. Featuring ugly graphics and annoying slow-down whenever a battle takes place. The weapon upgrade system is Another half-hearted movie tie-in. Featuring ugly graphics and annoying slow-down whenever a battle takes place. The weapon upgrade system is moronic, targeting is rubbish and the combo system is beyond human comprehension. Rent, do not buy. Expand

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