Van Helsing

  • $8.60

In Van Helsing, players travel to a familiar, 19th-century fantasy land, on a mission to seek out and slay the most celebrated monstrosities the modern world has ever imagined. Though inspired by the obsessive vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel, the Van Helsing character featured here is modeled on the hero of Universal Studios' contemporarily released feature film of the same name. The game loosely follows the plot of the movie, as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing ventures through an amalgamated, horror-story realm where iconic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolfman all wait their turn challenge him.

In addition to these infamous enemies, Van Helsing will also face lesser-known foes as he makes his way through the game's missions, including the doting toady Igor, the volatile Jekyll and Hyde, and scores of less distinct bad guys and beasties. To help even the odds, the hero can obtain and equip as many as nine different weapons, including spinning "Tojo" blades and dual pistols. Van Helsing can also use a grappling hook, not only as a weapon but to solve in-game puzzles and gain access to new areas. The fighting system in Van Helsing has been compared to that of Devil May Cry, featuring complex combination moves and dramatic killing blows, and often displaying the action from the set camera angles of a survival-horror-like environment.