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  • Summary: Deep within the mysterious land of Transylvania, monsters that inhabit man's deepest nightmares take form. One man's destiny--and curse--is to vanquish evil 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's destiny--and curse--is to vanquish evil 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'll battle Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster, The Wolf Man, and other fiendish creatures with an array of deadly weapons and special abilities. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. The game feels largely the same through all the levels, even with new weapons gained through the game. Move through the level, fight monsters, get through more parts of the level, fight more monsters, collect glyphs, and fight the boss. However, this game does make good use of the license.
  2. 75
    It just lacks the depth, polish, and length of titles like "Prince of Persia" and "Ninja Gaiden." That said -- if you're looking for a quick burst of fun that won't require you to free up hundreds of hours, there are a few famous monsters that need to be offed.
  3. Nice locations, lots to unlock, nice moves, loads of variety, in fact GOOD solid design, although not overly inventive but enjoyable!
  4. Van Helsing may be short and sometimes repetitive, but it's still a fun ride. [July 2004, p.92]
  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. 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.
  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: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Markus
    May 21, 2004
    10
    Very cool game with solid graphics, cool abilities, and sweet weapons.
  2. RodrigoBorquezD.
    Jul 14, 2004
    10
    This game really rules!!!
  3. Joe
    May 25, 2004
    9
    This is one of the best games ever!! unlimited ammo, constant enamies and awsome weapons. i would give it a ten but the bosses are way to hard.
  4. GregA.
    May 7, 2004
    8
    Fun movie and a fun game!
  5. AnthonyC.
    Jun 2, 2004
    8
    Too short.