[PS4] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III Review
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is here to close Neocore Games’ trilogy on the PlayStation 4. Learn more about it in our The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III review!
The conclusion to the Van Helsing trilogy on PlayStation 4 is finally here. Neocore Games has given us one more action RPG in the 19th Century fictional gothic Europe featured in previous entries, with a silly brand of humor that reminded me a bit of the beloved Monthy Python crew. Tracey got to review The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Extended Edition, as well as sequel The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, but this time around it’s my turn to take the series for a spin.
As you start your adventure, you get to select from one of six classes. There’s the Protector, a heavily armored close-range melee fighter who packs a punch and can also take a beating. The Bounty Hunter, who can use ranged combat skills, making the most of his firearms. The Elementalist is a powerful magic user who, unfortunately, does not have a high defense stat, so you better make the most of his abilities as you keep enemies at a distance. The Umbralist is a master of shadows who will use hit and run tactics to survive – think of him as a mystical assassin. The Phlogistoneer uses a machine suit to survive against the monsters, using a mix of short and medium-range attacks to brute force his way into action. The last one is the Constructor, who can set up a wide range of mechanical contraptions to aid with the monster hunting.
The classes will have their own pros and cons, as well as abilities and skills that will make each one feel different as you play. As you level up, you will gain access to perks that will boost your odds of survival, as well as points that you can allocate to boost your base stats for body, dexterity, willpower, and luck. There are also skills to boost your attack power, to unleash attacks that deal damage over an area, extra defense abilities, skills that might poison enemies or make them slower, and more, along with auras that will have a passive effect.
On top of this, Lady Katerina, your ghost companion, will level up as well, and that means you’ll also get to allocate points to her base stats, as well as unlock additional skills to boost her potential, and to aid Van Helsing by providing additional bonuses to the build you’re working on for the main hero. Lady Katerina also has different “modes” in which she can be, with a melee form that will be of great use to deal some additional damage to enemies or to keep them from attacking your here. She can also take on a ghost form, remaining away from damage while also using abilities to help against the many challenges you will face. You can also select if Lady Katerina will focus on defending you, will be more aggressive, or should use skills to keep both of you safe.
Before you begin your adventure, you can select between five difficulty settings. There’s Casual, which is a good option for new hunters in Borgovia who don’t have much experience with action RPGs. Normal is the standard experience, balanced for those new to the Van Helsing trilogy. Hard is for veteran action RPG players who want to be rewarded for taking on a more challenging difficulty by receiving a higher item drop rate. Heroic is even more challenging, but the item rate drop is also increased accordingly. The last difficulty is Fearless, and as the name suggests, you better be on top of your game since enemies will be more aggressive and will deal considerable challenge, so any mistake will cost you. As a heads-up, if you manage to not attack for five seconds, you will enter a quick regeneration mode during which you will recover at a fast pace.
Every enemy you kill will give a boost to your Rage bar, which is the yellow bar located at the bottom right corner of the screen. You can use some of this rage to charge up your power-up skills, which are going to be mapped to the right analog stick. Pressing left, up, or right will use a charge for the corresponding power-up. For example, the Bounty Hunter will be able to use its rage to boost a power-up that will deal considerable damage if it lands, making it the perfect option for dealing a killing blow to one of your opponents.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III has a Platinum trophy, as long as you know what to do and are ready to do a deep dive into the game, as it will take you 30-40 hours or so to do everything you need to do to add one more Platinum to your collection. There are trophies for reaching 100 base points in your Willpower, Dexterity, Body, and Luck stats for spending 10,000 rage points across all of your runs, collecting ten relics, as well as a ton of trophies for progressing through the game’s story. Oh, and there’s one trophy for playing with 20 different people in multiplayer mode, so good luck with that one!
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III took a while to make the jump from PC to the PlayStation 4, but now that it has reached Sony’s home console, the trilogy has been completed. It does not reinvent the wheel, but it’s a competent action RPG with dozens of hours of fun thanks to its multiple character classes and the variety of ways you can work on different builds for different types of runs. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is out on PlayStation 4 for only $14.99.
This The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Neocore Games.