Average User Score: 9.1Jun 4, 2015Very satisfying game and a blast to play. Not the graphics shown in VGX and previous trailers but it looks gorgeous nevertheless, and IVery satisfying game and a blast to play. Not the graphics shown in VGX and previous trailers but it looks gorgeous nevertheless, and I quickly moved to an immersive gameplay and a captivating story. It's a joy to steer away from the main quest and wander in the huge open world doing interesting side quests and taking contracts with my witcher senses tingling.
Beautiful music, fantastic voice acting and the atmosphere of the game feels epic. Impressive game in size and scope, truly a masterpiece.
The combat have a great flow and plays better than Witcher 2, the addition of Dodge is very welcome and offers variety. Witcher games stayed true to the novels spirit and are sublime and truly RPG at its finest. 10/10 for the best part of the trilogy, can't wait for the expansion, and for the rest of the free DLCs.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7May 18, 2015After several patches and 400+ hours playing, I still very much enjoy this game. The combat is fun and challenging, the graphics andAfter several patches and 400+ hours playing, I still very much enjoy this game. The combat is fun and challenging, the graphics and voice-acting superb, and the humor in the game is also a fresh gust of air.
Love the loot and the crafting system is one of the best out there providing useful and sometimes funny items in Larian tradition. And most of the companions are endearing.
The soundtrack in this game is freaking amazing. Whenever I boot up the game, I hesitate to load a save because of the menu-music. Divinity lived to the praise and to its illustrious predecessors, a blast to play for fans of tactical turn based combat particularly, and of course for RPG addicts like me who rejoice at the genre renaissance.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Nov 20, 2014This game suffer from severe consolitis:
Bad PC port with several technical issues especially problems with SLI and frame rates drops, FPS asThis game suffer from severe consolitis:
Bad PC port with several technical issues especially problems with SLI and frame rates drops, FPS as low as 25-30 despite GTX 780 SLI.
Bland and badly written dialogues that appears random and make no sense. Stupid AI where you have to issue commands to your companions then pause and issue same commands after a couple seconds, lest they became mutinous. The companions can't be assigned scripts and clear instructions on how to use their already cut down and simplified abilities, and the combat have been severely dumbed down and simplified even in Nightmare difficulty with no tactical challenge whatsoever, and consist of spamming buttons and hoping to connect a hit and learn to hate the long and stupid attack animation that plays even if you misclick. The GUi is a mess.
Use a gamepad? Useless as it doesn't prevent the problems already mentioned and I'm a keypad-mouse player and this is a fricking RPG game ffs, or a least it pretends to be.
The amount of fetch quests and MMO like game sequences is too damn high.
The animations and character designs are ugly, Dorian and its sentient moustache are a joke, Varric is ruined in design as well as his humour, and Solas look like crap, and there is no single good looking female character as even Leliana appear wooden (although you can feel her sadness to be part of this game :)). Romance? Plastic + stupid dialogues = no immersion. No thanks to Gayder and the hack writers who ruined romance and characters development trying to please every poor sod and their dog, the design team dealing the finishing blow to what used to be an important part of Bioware games.
The story is bland and as boring as closing the oblivion gates in Elder Scrolls minus the epicness of said game, as DA Inquisition may look nice but the world is lifeless, and even fighting a dragon in a franchise where dragons used to be a big part of the story and lore became a chore now.
Bioware tried too hard to please everybody and expand its market to MMO buffs and action games fans, failing to focus its efforts in making a proper RPG, it completely lost its ability to make good RPGs since DA Origins and Mass Effect 2. I find it moronic to rehash the same crap time and again and hope for the best, they said they learned from their mistakes and accepted fans feedback, I highly doubt that. I'm also amused by the discrepancy between professional reviews and scores and the users' ones. Surely we failed somehow to grasp the hidden EA greatness. Peace out.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7May 23, 2014This is a great game, the second in a great saga. Thanks to Neocore Games for keeping true to their promises.
The good: + Rock solidThis is a great game, the second in a great saga. Thanks to Neocore Games for keeping true to their promises.
+ Rock solid gameplay. Fluid, fast and deadly combat, well thought and executed quests and defense phases, a well designed and fonctional UI, a multitude of tactics and skills, different approaches to every situation. This is not a loot grinding hack and slash game, it's a well crafted RPG with action mechanics.
+ Higher level cap and more character choices. Several classes to chose from for various gaming styles. Balanced and fun to build, your hero have many perks, abilities, tricks, auras he can learn (and Katarina too!) You can also import your character from the first game. Basic skills keep their usefulness to late game stages, and respeccing is possible after advancing the story for a couple hours.
+ Dialogues are well written, and the city of Borgovia feel alive and offer some great moments of humor that contribute to the immersion and makes the player root for the characters and care about the game world and those within it. The witty banter between Abraham Van Helsing and his unique companion Lady Katarina is awesome. The storyline is one of the most captivating aspects of the game. Once I started playing I felt a sense of urgency that drives me to keep going.
+ Well done side quests that never feel contrived and offered great interactions with unusual characters. To help Abraham in his missions, you can make friends, gain allies, micromanage your troops and bolster morale of the Borgovian resistance. Van Helsing doesn't fight alone, and his choices have consequences. The principal villain have grit and charisma, he must go down, this will not be easy.
+ The defense of the town of Borgovia and continuous war of attrition with your enemies feels great and is immensely fun. Alternate tower defense which takes an important role, and hack and slash sequences. Lay traps, prepare or evade ambushes, make quick strikes. Being constantly tested, elaborating various tactics accordingly, and seeing your efforts impact the game world offers a deeply satisfying feeling of completion to the player.
+ Fantastic scenery, stunning graphics. Landscape change with war damage. The various skills offer interesting visuals and some beautiful animations, feel the power of your protagonist putting weight in every combat move.
+ Character build is of the utmost importance. When built right, Van Helsing is a sight to behold in combat. The game keep things challenging, helped by a good AI and enemies scripts that adapt to your tactics and develop synergies and skills on their own. Also Katrina buffed up and can hold her own in combat. While in the first game she died quickly and was mainly around for banter and passive bonuses, now the bond between her and Van Helsing makes for a very efficient pair in combat, health can drop very fast, a la Titan Quest, so better fight as a pair, Katrina can tank, support or cover Van Helsing retreat quite efficiently.
+ One of the characters newly introduced held particularily my interest. I kept thinking this guy have his own agenda and motivations, and can't help but wonder if he is an ally or a liability. Katrina snide remarks and banter whenever this character is present are priceless.
+ Balanced loot and decent drop rate. Quests are varied and interesting. Monsters both bio and mechanical abound (learn to hate those electrical bots), a hall of trophies, spectacular and non intrusive cutscenes, gothic 19th century Eastern Europe ambiance, numerous easter eggs and secrets to discover, beautiful music, all contribute to a great gaming experience. Van Helsing have co-op and PvP modes to boot.
+ Game price is $15 on Steam. A buck per gaming hour. This is a steal. A crowning achievement from a small studio that puts many AAA titles to shame.
- Some minor bugs and text typos. A patch is needed to iron some multiplayer issues.
- Would love to start from level 1 and have fun building my characters and grinding levels, especially in co-op. The game is a sequel and it makes sense to play from lvl 30 to 60 storywise, still the option to start from scratch is present but grayed out. This might also alienate new players, hopefully a patch will change that.
- Enemies keep coming in waves in the extended lair defense mini-game. I didn't mind, but some friends who haven't played Van Helsing before found it frustrating to have no respite in tower defense phases, which are more important in this game. 5 or 6 of attacks on Van Helsing lair happened in my playthrough, countless waves repelled and generous loot drop made me happy, not all may agree. I guess either you enjoy tower defense mechanics or you don't.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4May 10, 2014Pretty sad bottom line for a remake. Adds nothing of value to the original. Having to pay $30 for the addition of community mods that arePretty sad bottom line for a remake. Adds nothing of value to the original. Having to pay $30 for the addition of community mods that are available for free is a disgrace. 8/10 for the game itself which is a pretty good RTS , 0/10 for the low move from MS studios. Buy the Gold Edition for less than $10 and save yourselves the trouble.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9May 10, 2014The goods: + awesome crafting system, equipment can be upgraded on the fly and change visually with every upgrade. + nice music + good UI +The goods: + awesome crafting system, equipment can be upgraded on the fly and change visually with every upgrade. + nice music + good UI + bugs are few and non game breaking, nothing that can't be easily squished with a patch or 2 + 3 skill trees, mix and match for some customization.
- Generic story, predictable and unoriginal. Lore and motivations of different factions are not developed. Nothing to write home about.
- poor dialog and voice acting
- average gameplay, clunky combat consisting of mashing 2 buttons from start to finish with the occasional flame spell and trap thrown in, lack of tactics as all encounters plays the same.
- bland "hero", one liners that felt forced and lack of charisma made me indifferent about the protagonist
- companions are useless in combat, forgettable, and have no depth and characterization. You can solo the game and not miss anything of note.
- lack of a credible antagonist, just witless undead, no Irenicus or Saren here, move along.
- unpolished, stiff animations, but can't ask more from a relatively small studio.
- plastic graphics that breaks what little immersion I tried to have. again Bound By Budget.
- Ending is rushed and quite frankly as insignificant as the rest of the game.
- short campaign with no replay value (13 hours on highest difficulty, with all side quests done, most are fetch quests)
Overall not impressed. Can hold some interest if lower your expectations, you don't mind spending $40 on an average game and have nothing else to play.… Expand