Posted: May 21
Want to relieve some steam? What better way than to play an ARPG like Van Helsing (NOT). The game has features similar to that of diablo/torchlight series, however that's about it.
Firstly, the monsters are designed to be more difficult to kill than yourself. The most tedious monster killing I've ever done in my life. Nothing is more fun than a group of ranged characters blasting you in the ♥♥♥♥ with poison spit as they split up and run away from you. Nothing more fun than little bomb guys (swarms of them) that drop bombs around you and guess what.. they run away too.
Secondly the graphics. Not as good as D3/Torchlight 2, but, not as good as bad as their originals, considering this game is only 2 years old that's nothing to be proud of. I felt a bit dizzy after attacking people. I never felt tired from playing any other ARPGs. This one for some reason makes you feel a bit dizzy/tired eyes because the colors of the NPCs/the background make you feel drunk after playing for a few hours.
Thirdly, the combat. As a ranged character you can shoot them with damage similar to that of a Tiki dart against a tank. If you go melee (which I did and is apparently OP) a typical fight goes like this. Walk downwards and get shot off-camera for 25-50 percent of my health from a group of enemies. Drink healing potion and engage. Melee a normal guy for half his health. Run away to a corner/door so the enemies funnel towards you. Take hairs of health off of them with AOE attacks. Use healing ability. Continue AoEing them and pray that you don't get nailed by some fatty off screen with a cannon ball. Continue withering away the pack and loot them. Level up! Try to put skill points in and get killed by fatty off screen as you try to increase your AOE damage that does only 260 to 270 damage. Moving on...
Fourthly, the gameplay. As mentioned above it's tedious as heck to kill stuff. I was roflstomped for the first half of the game and HAD to look up builds so I wouldn't get curb stomped (on normal). The frustration reminds me of playing D3 with inferno difficulty. This is only on normal! Why am I getting graveyard camped by werewolves 5 minutes within my first playthrough? And speaking of werewolves...
The game has a steampunk theme to it. Why is this? Van Helsing is about using that kinky whip (non-existent) and killing vampires (only one in the game and you can't even kill him). The first-half of the game had some decent parts to it. You're out in the forest killing werewolves and harpies. Then you get to the second act and it turns into a steampunk RPG/dungeon defenders. What's with that?
Overall, I love ARPGs but this one (I was looking forward to it so much) has been a let down. Stick to the same theme. Nerf the monsters, people play these games to brainlessly kill crap for a few hours, not to pull out their hair and chain-smoke/drink in order to progress through. I have done one play-through and that will be enough for me. Hopefully the second one is an improvement.