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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 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
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. aaazzz
    May 15, 2004
    It was one of the best games ever!!! Just wish U could move the camera!
  2. AndrewC.
    Jan 19, 2005
    Exciting game and even a bit scary.
  3. Dwayne
    May 7, 2004
    Awesome Devil may Cry like game!
  4. 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 awsome. If you lick shoot them up, chop them up vido games this is the game for you. Collapse
  5. GaryB.
    May 16, 2004
    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
    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
    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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