Last year, we got a taste of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. It was a hidden gem in the indie gaming world and it had a lot to offer. The developers revealed that this game would be a trilogy, and now we are getting the second installment very soon. I had the opportunity to play the second game to give you this preview. Hopefully, it encourages you to get this game as well as the one before it to experience everything it has to offer. The Steam description of the story goes like this.
It all seemed so simple: defeat the mad scientist, free the land and ride into the sunset, but sometimes the fall of a villain only opens the way to more sinister foes. So the incredible adventures continue, and Van Helsing, the famous monster-hunter returns to save the day again with the help of his charming, ghostly companion, Lady Katarina. The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plots revenge. It’s time to enter the dark side of Borgova and the forbidden wilderness, but beware: you are not the only one behind a mask.
Here are the Five Reasons Why The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Should be on your Radar.
Enhanced and Refined Combat System
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was a great introduction to a game series with something different to offer. However, the game suffered from a feeling of unpolished game mechanics in terms of the combat. While it still worked, it left you wanting more and it wasn't as tight as other dungeon crawler Action-RPG games. From the preview build, I was immediately able to see differences between the two games and the new combat works very well.
With added DLC, the first Van Helsing game had a few classes to choose from. This time around, there are 3 different classes to choose from. This drastically changes who you encounter online for Co-Op as well as how you play the game. While Van Helsing II takes the path of the second Dead Island game, you choose a class and start at level 30, or you can import your previous file.
Import Your Old Van Helsing File
Yes, you can import your previous Van Helsing character with the same skills, weapons, and look. This sort of thing in sequels is highly encouraged for RPG games. None of this, “Lose all your powers at the start of the game” bullcrap. You get to continue where you left off and it is glorious.
Teslapunk Visual Style
Steampunk is super popular right now, and personally, it feels rather pretentious. At first glance, that is what Van Helsing looks like, and then you see the gritty atmosphere, tesla powered machinery, magic, and mythical creatures. After witnessing this awesomeness, it shall be known as Teslapunk! It is very unique among other video games right now so the art direction alone is reason to pay attention.
Action RPG Goodness with Co-Op
A good Action-RPG has Co-Op, especially of the dungeon crawler variety. Looting enemies with friends is always sweeter than by yourself. Van Helsing I's Co-Op was alright, but it didn't feel integrated well enough. This time around, it is practically a focus. Not to mention the game is slightly easier and more challenging with another person. If you have the Steam OS installed, this very well could be a great couch rpg with a friend.