Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
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  1. 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.
  2. Despite the short length, the few hours you’ll find yourself playing the game, you will be quite enthralled.
  3. AceGamez
    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."
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nice locations, lots to unlock, nice moves, loads of variety, in fact GOOD solid design, although not overly inventive but enjoyable!
  9. 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.
  10. Manages to maintain a tongue-in-cheek cheese factor that makes the journey entertaining that shameless softcore kind of way. [July 2004, p.114]
  11. 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.
  12. The action is fast and basically satisfying, resulting in what's a simple but fairly good game all around.
  13. Fans of the film will enjoy it but action game fans will probably ultimately find it to be just an average game.
  14. 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.
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Van Helsing may be short and sometimes repetitive, but it's still a fun ride. [July 2004, p.92]
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. A shame, because the production values are in place for something far better than what is actually delivered.
  23. 70
    Riveting duels, killer combination moves, and buckets of blood see the cinematic adaptation effectively mimic the flick that inspired it.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - 29 [Vol 822]
  28. PSM Magazine
    The real problem is the mediocre gameplay. [Aug 2004, p.25]
  29. Edge Magazine
    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]
  30. Cheat Code Central
    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.
  31. Computer Games Magazine
    And while the game doesn't look very impressive, the main character does resemble Hugh Jackman. [Aug 2004, p.7]
  32. Play Magazine
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#65 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. CarnegC.
    Jun 11, 2006
    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. Full Review »
  2. JoshuaH.
    Nov 2, 2005
    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. Full Review »
  3. AndrewC.
    Jan 19, 2005
    Exciting game and even a bit scary.