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Van Helsing

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
66
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Xbox
67
3.1

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PlayStation 2 8 3.9
Xbox 6 3.1
Combined MobyScore 14 3.5


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90
XboxGame industry News (GiN)
The bottom line is that "Van Helsing has so many good things going for it, there's just too much to squeeze into one review. Don't take my word for it. Just go pick up your copy today and find out for yourself. This game's a classic battle of black magic vs. heavy metal with good visuals and a solid story plot. Add to that a hero with all the right moves, arsenal, class and cool and you have nearly the perfect game. There's just as much suspense, action, and drama here as on the big screen. If you liked the movie, you're gonna love the game, no doubt. I'm putting 4 1/2 GiN gems on Vivendi Universal's new thriller hit.
80
XboxGamingTrend
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there is nothing like the original. The folks at Saffire have made a noble attempt to copy the original Devil May Cry. While Van Helsin is a nice diversion, the game feels largely the same through all the levels, even with new weapons gained through the game. Move through the level, fight monsters, get through more parts of the level, fight more monsters, collect glyphs, and fight the boss. However, this game does make good use of the license. This game is good for a rental, but I wouldn't go out of my way for a purchase.
79
XboxGamesmania
Die perfekte "Spiel zum Film" steht uns zwar noch aus, aber Van Helsing ist zumindest besser als der Rest der Bande. Nicht nur, dass man die Vorlage mit hübscher Grafik, Original-Stimmen und cineastischen Einlagen atmosphärisch dicht umgesetzt hat, auch das Gameplay ist frei von größeren Mängeln - man denke mit Schaudern an Enter the Matrix. Für einen richtigen Hit fehlt es jedoch an Abwechselung - so cool die Monsterjagd am Anfang ist, so schnell fällt das ein wenig zu simple Spielprinzip auf. Wer aber nichts anspruchsvolles, sondern vielmehr unterhaltsames sucht, der kann nicht falsch liegen.
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Die perfekte "Spiel zum Film" steht uns zwar noch aus, aber Van Helsing ist zumindest besser als der Rest der Bande. Nicht nur, dass man die Vorlage mit hübscher Grafik, Original-Stimmen und cineastischen Einlagen atmosphärisch dicht umgesetzt hat, auch das Gameplay ist frei von größeren Mängeln - man denke mit Schaudern an Enter the Matrix. Für einen richtigen Hit fehlt es jedoch an Abwechselung - so cool die Monsterjagd am Anfang ist, so schnell fällt das ein wenig zu simple Spielprinzip auf. Wer aber nichts anspruchsvolles, sondern vielmehr unterhaltsames sucht, der kann nicht falsch liegen.
79
XboxGameZone
Van Helsing, the latest game from Vivendi Universal, continues the surprising and very welcome trend of late, games that are based on movies that aren't awful. It seems that developers have finally gotten the message that we as gamers demand just as much from our licensed games as we do our unlicensed games and that we will not be pacified by any game whose main draw is the license itself.
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XboxNext Level Gaming
Van Helsing is actually a pretty good game and a really solid effort. It is well known that movie licensed to games have always been pretty bad, especially in the past. It seems that game developers are now taking note and they Van Helsing is also rated T for Teens, because of blood, gore and violence. So this game really is not for young kids. The game overall really reminded me of the last Castlevania for the Playstation 2 but not as polished.
77
XboxTalkXbox
Van Helsing is a solid action/adventure romp for the 8-10 hours it lasts. Sure, it’s not the best licensed game on Xbox, nor is it the best third person shooter game, but it is a good game, and it is fun to play. Van Helsing is in dire need of a regular third person camera, as the fixed camera it has, it pretty annoying and can be a detriment to the quality of the gameplay experience. The graphics and audio in this game are excellent, and it really shows the production value of the game. With decent controls and an okay amount of replay, Van Helsing is quite good for those in need of a solid third person shooter. For those of you who’ve already beaten games like Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and even Metal Arms, Van Helsing may be perfect to fill your third person shooter crave.
77
XboxArmchair Empire, The
It's hard to be too critical of Van Helsing being a Devil May Cry clone, because that's pretty much the same essence of what the movie wanted to capture on celluloid. Vivendi's team did such a good job emulating it that their lack of originality is almost excusable, especially considering the inherent terribleness associated with most tie-ins kicked out the door to coincide with the movie's release date. Unfortunately, in following so closely to the movie, you end up losing any potential excitement. While it's a quick ride, action fans will get a decent time out of Van Helsing.
77
PlayStation 2GameZone
Last week I went to see an interesting film. The film, which was number-one at the box office for one weekend, looked dark and gritty, starred two spectacular actors (one of which happens to be the super-hot Kate Beckinsale), and appeared to be drenched in computer imagery. How in the world could anyone resist a film like that?
75
PlayStation 2games xtreme
Van Helsing is not a bad game, it’s a fair portrayal of a movie transferred into a game franchise, whilst not being the greatest game ever produced, its certainly not bad! I don’t think they’ll be much replay value in the game its fairly linear and lacks the depth to warrant a replay, however I’d say that there’s about 10 hours gaming in it if you take your time and explore everything available to you. So if you have a weekend free and need a pick up and play game then Van Helsing is definitely worth looking at.
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XboxGamersHell.com
I may not be a movie critic, but to me the Van Helsing game is a better form of entertainment than the movie itself. It’ll take you a good portion of a day to finish it, but even though it has secrets and things you probably didn’t do the first time around there’s no good reason to play it again – unless you want the extra challenge of a harder difficulty setting. Van Helsing has surprisingly decent gameplay, but it lacks much of the complexity seen in other games in the genre. It also falls short in terms of graphics, compared to games like Ninja Gaiden, but it does quite well in the audio department.
73
Xbox4Players.de
Van Helsing gehört eindeutig zu den besseren Lizenzversoftungen. Da man sich spielerisch sehr nah an Capcoms Devil May Cry orientiert hat, muss man sich zwar gewisse Plagiatsvorwürfe gefallen lassen, aber besser gut geklaut als schlecht selbst ausgedacht. Besonders originell und abwechslungsreich ist das Gameplay zwar nicht, aber die Steuerung ist ungemein handlich, der Spielfluss schnörkellos und die Kameraführung meist vorbildlich. Zudem überzeugen die taktische Waffen- und Munitionswahl sowie die individuellen Upgrade-Möglichkeiten. Gelegenheitsspieler werden sich auch über das faire Speicher- und Rücksetzsystem sowie die komfortable Zielerfassung und den variablen Schwierigkeitsgrad freuen. Weniger erfreulich sind hingegen die altbackenen Rätseleinlagen, die sich wiederholenden Spielabschnitte und Bosskämpfe sowie der viel zu geringe Spielumfang, denn nach weniger als fünf Stunden waren Dracula & Co auf dem normalen Schwierigkeitsgrad bereits Geschichte.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Van Helsing gehört eindeutig zu den besseren Lizenzversoftungen. Da man sich spielerisch sehr nah an Capcoms Devil May Cry orientiert hat, muss man sich zwar gewisse Plagiatsvorwürfe gefallen lassen, aber besser gut geklaut als schlecht selbst ausgedacht. Besonders originell und abwechslungsreich ist das Gameplay zwar nicht, aber die Steuerung ist ungemein handlich, der Spielfluss schnörkellos und die Kameraführung meist vorbildlich. Zudem überzeugen die taktische Waffen- und Munitionswahl sowie die individuellen Upgrade-Möglichkeiten. Gelegenheitsspieler werden sich auch über das faire Speicher- und Rücksetzsystem sowie die komfortable Zielerfassung und den variablen Schwierigkeitsgrad freuen. Weniger erfreulich sind hingegen die altbackenen Rätseleinlagen, die sich wiederholenden Spielabschnitte und Bosskämpfe sowie der viel zu geringe Spielumfang, denn nach weniger als fünf Stunden waren Dracula & Co auf dem normalen Schwierigkeitsgrad bereits Geschichte.
70
XboxTotalVideoGames (TVG)
Rip roaring combos, simplistic aiming and a fine progression to the game, where you get better and bigger weapons, that you will spot throughout, give it plenty of get up and go! There are no real deliberating factors to this 13-mission single player game unless you feel that new innovations are the bequest of a top-notch game. Although the movement of the camera is tagged, not allowing the gamer any real control of viewpoints, you will soon get used to this!
70
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Still, despite these shortcomings, Van Helsing manages to maintain a tongue-in-cheek cheese factor that makes the journey entertaining enough...in that shameless softcore kind of way.
70
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Still, despite these shortcomings, Van Helsing manages to maintain a tongue-in-cheek cheese factor that makes the journey entertaining enough...in that shameless softcore kind of way.
70
PlayStation 2Games Radar
Van Helsing is never bad. Anyone who loved Devil May Cry will recognise the similarities and relish the flamboyant combat sequences. It's just that the true stars of the game are the monsters and the only fleeting glances you get of them are in the frenetic boss battles. Poor old Van upstaged by Vlad even in his own game?
70
XboxYahoo! Games
Things that go bump in the night are a dime a dozen in Van Helsing, an interactive adaptation of the feature film produced by Vivendi Universal. Offered in tandem with the motion picture, this strangely enjoyable, yet oftentimes pedestrian action-adventure stars Hollywood regular Hugh Jackman as its eponymous -- and heavily armed -- hero. Visiting Transylvania in the guise of Bram Stoker's most renowned monster hunter, you and the Broadway regular literally paint the town red.
69
XboxGameSpot
The game based on the new action horror blockbuster Van Helsing doesn't earn too many points for originality--but the same can probably be said of the movie. Likewise, the game can make for a pretty entertaining time if you don't go in expecting too much and just want a few hours of none-too-serious, gothic-styled action.
69
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
There are your garden variety games, your oddities, your top achievers, and your stinky butt losers. Then there are the movie games. These are the ones that are commonly predictable to fall into the middle, squished between the lessers and the mores. Sometimes they're bad, sometimes they're good, but they usually never achieve that level of brilliance or distinction that non-liscensed titles do. Vivendi Universal's Van Helsing is really no different. Ever since Spider-Man hit it big two years ago, basing games on movies became the "thing to do" for game makers. Just like last year's disappointment Hulk, in both movie and video game format, Universal came back on track with another movie-to-game combo.
69
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Van Helsing, the game, can make for a pretty entertaining time if you don't go in expecting too much and just want a few hours of gothic-styled action. The game based on the new action horror blockbuster Van Helsing doesn't earn too many points for originality--but the same can probably be said of the movie. Likewise, the game can make for a pretty entertaining time if you don't go in expecting too much and just want a few hours of none-too-serious, gothic-styled action.
68
XboxGame Chronicles
Van Helsing does a good job of recreating the style and action of the film while creating a challenging game. It’s a shame the experience is over just about the time you are warmed up, and the fixed-position camera might work for movies but doesn’t translate well into gameplay, especially in a 3D world. If you are looking for a mindless adrenaline rush, a test of reflexes, or simply a fun afternoon of monster bashing then look no further than Van Helsing. He is more than up for the task, but his adventure is best served as a weekend rental rather than a purchase.
67
XboxThe Video Game Critic
Van Helsing is action packed, and the puzzles aren't very hard to figure out. I love how the game is saved often and transparently. Van Helsing doesn't push the envelope, but it serves its purpose very well. Monster movie fans would be wise to give this one a chance.
65
XboxIGN
Today is a glorious day for all the monster freaks out there with the simultaneous release of the Van Helsing movie and the game with the same name. We'll leave the review of the movie to the critics who are already having a field day with it, but the game is a surprisingly competent action title with lots of Devil May Cry elements. There are lots of monsters to hunt, tons of secret items, and horrible camera angles to muck it up, but it's a fairly fun outing. The big problem is that after the initial burst of going through the game once there's little to hold your interest.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Today is a glorious day for all the monster freaks out there with the simultaneous release of the Van Helsing movie and the game with the same name. We'll leave the review of the movie to the critics who are already having a field day with it, but the game is a surprisingly competent action title with lots of Devil May Cry elements. There are lots of monsters to hunt, tons of secret items, and horrible camera angles to muck it up, but it's a fairly fun outing. The big problem is that after the initial burst of going through the game once there's little to hold your interest.
60
XboxXbox Nation (XBN)
The touching story of a troubled monster hunter and his most favored hat, Van Helsing reminds us all there's nothing in this world a good shotgunning can't cure.
60
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Voici un fac-similé de DMC qui est loin d'être exempt de défauts. Problèmes de caméra beaucoup trop nombreux, durée de vie un peu faiblarde, difficulté mal pensée et gérée, ce clone de Devil May Cry 2 n’en possède pas moins une ambiance qui ne peut que plaire à l’amateur des films fantastiques des années 30 de la major hollywoodienne (et bien entendu aux œuvres de Burton ou aux films de la Hammer) et à ceux qui ne jurent que par l’action. Un titre qui ne révolutionne nullement le genre mais qu’on a plaisir à découvrir le temps d'une petite journée, et ce malgré ses gros problèmes de gameplay.
60
XboxGameDaily
Van Helsing is a pretty straight forward linear single player game. It keeps you visually enticed and doesn't lose your attention because of its fast paced action. If you are a big Castlevania fan and looking for something to tide you over until Konami decides to release another title in the series, give this one a run through.
60
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Voici un fac-similé de DMC qui est loin d'être exempt de défauts. Problèmes de caméra beaucoup trop nombreux, durée de vie un peu faiblarde, difficulté mal pensée et gérée, ce clone de Devil May Cry 2 n’en possède pas moins une ambiance qui ne peut que plaire à l’amateur des films fantastiques des années 30 de la major hollywoodienne (et bien entendu aux œuvres de Burton ou aux films de la Hammer) et à ceux qui ne jurent que par l’action. Un titre qui ne révolutionne nullement le genre mais qu’on a plaisir à découvrir le temps d'une petite journée, et ce malgré ses gros problèmes de gameplay.
60
XboxGameSpy
As a gamer, you've surely brought down zillions of generic no-name blood-suckers, shape-shifters, and ghouls over the years. But how often do you get to take on the name-brand type? Based on the movie, Vivendi Universal's Van Helsing lets you whack away at some true icons of horror. While there's no denying the thrill of facing off against the likes of Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Frankenstein monster, Xbox action fans may feel a bit shortchanged in the end by this gotta-kill-'em-all creature feature.
60
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Games based on movies. They're all rubbish, right? There are obvious exceptions of course, but as a general rule, for every GoldenEye-style title which takes a film franchise and artfully applies it to a stunning example of its resident genre, there'll be a hundred uninspired but well made cash-ins like EA's Lord of the Rings games, and twenty outright stinkers like Shiny's abysmal Enter The Matrix.
60
PlayStation 2GameSpy
Forget about The Ring, 28 Days Later, or Blair Witch. The scariest thing about movies today is the games based on them. For every great Lord of the Rings or James Bond title, gamers have to suffer through a million Blade IIs, Mission: Impossibles, and whatnot. Vivendi Universal's Van Helsing could have been a cheap and sleazy way to cash in on this summer's big screen creature feature, but instead of the typical, bug-ridden, unplayable movie-based game, the Dual Shock crowd gets to whack away in a fun and challenging Goth-tinged romp. It's not the most original or innovative of games, but when was the last time you got to face off against Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Frankenstein monster in the same sitting?
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PlayStation 2Gaming Age
Don't get me wrong, I actually had a great deal of fun playing through Van Helsing. Gunning down wave after wave of Dwergers was oddly fulfilling, though not enough to warrant a purchase. No matter how you slice it, the game is far too short - the game clock read 2:37 when I beat it. Give it a rental or pick it up after the eventual price drop, but under no circumstances should one pay full price for Van Helsing.
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XboxSnackbar-Games.com
Van Helsing is a game that I didn't give a whole lot of thought to. I had to force myself to play it at first and until I started playing on easy I didn't really enjoy myself. The learning curve can be mildly steep, but nothing you shouldn't master in the better part of an hour. After having played through just over half of the game, I can say that I have honestly enjoyed it so far. I am also really into the story now and that may be due in part to the fact that I skipped the movie, but I am really excited to see how it turns out. Typically with games that I review I stop playing them after the review is done and move on but I think I may actually finish playing Van Helsing.
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XboxGame Revolution
Van Helsing is a shining example of what’s wrong with games based on movies. Rather than complement the film with some sort of stand alone side story, it opts for arcade gameplay sans interesting plot, depth, or really anything beyond just blasting and whacking. There might actually be a market for this sort of thing, but there probably shouldn’t be. Go rent The Monster Squad instead and find out what real monster hunting is all about.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Some misguided fools think the best horror movie of the 1980’s was Freddy’s first in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Others prefer the artsy creepiness of The Shining or the undeniable tension of Aliens. But too few dare mention what is certainly the cream of the 80’s crop - and my personal favorite - The Monster Squad.
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XboxGame Shark
All in all, if you are looking to play a mindless shoot ‘em up in a typical and depthless game that has no multiplayer and a rather short single player campaign, than Van Helsing may be what the doctor ordered, but you will definitely want to give this game a renting before handing over your hard earned cash to buy it just so you can see what happens when good movies make bad videogames.