The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing cover.jpg
Developer(s)NeocoreGames
Publisher(s)NeocoreGames
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Release
  • Microsoft Windows, OS X
  • 22 May 2013
  • Xbox One
  • 1 December 2015
  • Playstation 4
  • 1 March 2017
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an action role-playing video game developed and published by NeocoreGames.[1] Based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, the game focuses on the trials of young Van Helsing, son of the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing from the book.[1] The game is set in a gothic-noir 19th-century Eastern Europe[2] and contains "intentionally anachronistic humor and gadgetry".[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Plot[edit]

Concept art for one of the monsters that terrorize the city of Borgova

The game is based on Bram Stoker's tale of Count Dracula, similar to how the developer's earlier role-playing game King Arthur was based on the tale of King Arthur.[1] The game is not set strictly in the same fictional universe as Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, but rather a similar one in a twisted 19th century Europe with "monsters, magic and weird technology".[3] The game takes place in Borgova, the gothic-noir capital of the fictional kingdom of Borgovia.[4] The city is vast, bolstered by anachronistic science, but also filled with evil creatures that this science has created.[4] The game's protagonist is the son of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from the novel, and it is his job to continue in his father's footsteps and exterminate the monsters from the city.[3]

Development and release[edit]

Promotion at gamescom 2012

On 9 May 2012, the Hungarian independent development studio NeocoreGames announced an entry of their new project, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.[1] The title was developed for the PC and the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade platform.[5] The developers also announced at gamescom 2012 that the game is planned to be part of a trilogy.[6]

Fans voted on which visual style for the main character would be used in the game: The Mysterious Stranger, The Chevalier, or The Veteran

In October 2012, after receiving feedback from the gamer community that the depiction of the young Van Helsing appeared "too young and inexperienced", NeocoreGames held a vote to decide which of three possible versions of the main character would be used in the game: The Mysterious Stranger, The Chevalier, or The Veteran (see picture at left).[7] Receiving 72% of the vote, The Mysterious Stranger depiction was chosen to be used for the young Van Helsing.[8]

A remastered version including the sequels was released as one big game on 6 November 2015, titled The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut. On 1 December 2015, the game was released as part of the Games with Gold benefit, for the Xbox One.[9]

Reception[edit]

The game received "mixed" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[10]

Sequels[edit]

A sequel, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, was released on 22 May 2014. A second sequel, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, was released on 22 May 2015.

References[edit]

  • Walker, John (4 July 2012). "Monstrous: The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  1. ^ a b c d e "IGN - New Van Helsing Game Announced". Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Developer Blog - Basic info and feature list". Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Developer Blog - Who is Van Helsing, anyway?". Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Developer Blog - The gothic-noir metropolis of Borgova". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  5. ^ "TriplePoint Newsroom - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Announced for PC and XBLA". Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Matthew (29 August 2012). "The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing to be a trilogy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Developer Blog - Voting started". Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Developer Blog - Voting is closed". Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  9. ^ "The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on Xbox One". Archived from the original on 4 December 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  10. ^ "THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF VAN HELSING PC". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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