Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic 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. By no means an essential purchase, Van Helsing is decidedly better than the average. If you’re into cool moves and lots of action, you’re going to enjoy this. We’d stake our reputations on it.
  3. I don't usually embrace clones, but Van Helsing is a unique exception. It's got most of what you love about "Devil May Cry," give or take a few elements.
  4. 77
    What really makes Van Helsing stand out is that it’s frantic and destructive.
  5. 75
    It's not the most original or innovative of games, but when was the last time you got to face off against Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Frankenstein monster in the same sitting?
  6. I had a fun time kicking Vampire, Wolf Man and Frankenstein booty all over Transylvania. The game is however bogged down by some camera angles and the game really would have benefitted if you could have been able to control the angles yourself.
  7. 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.
  8. 7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - 29 [Vol 822]
  9. Van Helsing may be a simple, all-out action game, but then the film was a simple action flick. Van Helsing looks good, sounds good, and plays well. It just needs that extra bit of depth to push the score that little bit higher.
  10. Nice locations, lots to unlock, nice moves, loads of variety, in fact GOOD solid design, although not overly inventive but enjoyable!
  11. The one aspect of the presentation that does warrant attention, however, is the camera, which true to third-person shooter form, manages to make the game far less enjoyable than it really should be. Where action is concerned, this isn't such a problem, but when solving puzzles the camera can prove a greater enemy than Dracula and all his undead minions combined.
  12. Manages to maintain a tongue-in-cheek cheese factor that makes the journey entertaining that shameless softcore kind of way. [July 2004, p.114]
  13. 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.
  14. After sitting down with the game for a while though, I can say that the game has much more in common with "Devil May Cry's" lackluster sequel.
  15. Riveting duels, killer combination moves, and buckets of blood see the cinematic adaptation effectively mimic the flick that inspired it.
  16. Surprisingly inoffensive and actually decent. If you don't have lofty expectations and just want some interactive B-movie thrills, this game certainly fits the bill.
  17. The action is fast and basically satisfying, resulting in what's a simple but fairly good game all around.
  18. Fans of the film will enjoy it but action game fans will probably ultimately find it to be just an average game.
  19. With a clever plot and some impressive visuals the game could be appealing and addictive though tiresome at times. Unfortunately, if you have seen the film and you already know exactly how the plot unfolds and you have already seen those most surprising, awesome scenes, this game has little thrills.
  20. 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]
  21. It’s a shame the experience is over just about the time you are warmed up, and the fixed-position camera might work for movies but doesn’t translate well into gameplay, especially in a 3D world.
  22. 65
    There are lots of monsters to hunt, tons of secret items, and horrible camera angles to muck it up, but it's a fairly fun outing. The big problem is that after the initial burst of going through the game once there's little to hold your interest.
  23. Van Helsing may be short and sometimes repetitive, but it's still a fun ride. [July 2004, p.92]
  24. The graphics are good, but the slowdown hampers the gameplay too often. Besides that, everything is so repetitive that it makes the game a bit of a pain to play through after a short time.
  25. The real problem is the mediocre gameplay. [Aug 2004, p.25]
  26. It's let down dreadfully by the truly monotonous nature of the gameplay later in the game - and, perhaps most damningly of all, by the fact that the game is simply ridiculously short.
  27. Despite the short length, the few hours you’ll find yourself playing the game, you will be quite enthralled.
  28. 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."
  29. It’s just too bad that the very games that Van Helsing attempts to mimic are better games, and it’s for this reason that Van Helsing’s license will have to carry it in the end.
  30. 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.
  31. Decent graphics and gory (if kinda short) game play will keep most players nailed to the controller, but sometimes wretched camera placement sucks harder than the minions of Dracula at a Red Cross blood drive.
  32. Gunning down wave after wave of Dwergers was oddly fulfilling, though not enough to warrant a purchase. No matter how you slice it, the game is far too short - the game clock read 2:37 when I beat it.
  33. And while the game doesn't look very impressive, the main character does resemble Hugh Jackman. [Aug 2004, p.7]
  34. Many titles are likened to "Devil May Cry," but Van Helsing appropriates that game's structure with such brazen thoroughness that it might be seen as this generation's Great Giana Sisters. [July 2004, p.108]
  35. A short simple action filled blast. The camera is annoying at times, and it becomes a trifle unoriginal, but if you enjoyed the film (on the assumption of course that you didn’t expect it to be great) then you’ll feel the same way about the game.
  36. It’s little more than a clone of a more successfully designed game, produced as a good idea for garnering a license respect rather than a good game in itself.
  37. It does fail in attempting to create an identity of it’s own. Instead, choosing to plagiarise bits and pieces from successful titles within the genre that have come before it.
  38. A shame, because the production values are in place for something far better than what is actually delivered.
  39. This is a repetitious, laborious adventure, riddled with poor character models (what they've done to Kate Beckinsale is a crime...that hair!), shoddy collision and sub-par animation. [July 2004, p.73]
  40. But Van Helsing's missions are all means to an end, which is to rehash the film's plot in a videogame.
  41. 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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