Van Helsing Reviews (Xbox)

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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.
GamingTrend (Oct 28, 2005)
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 (Jun 22, 2004)
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.
GameZone (May 26, 2004)
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.
Next Level Gaming (May 26, 2004)
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.
TalkXbox (May 26, 2004)
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.
Armchair Empire, The (Jun 21, 2004)
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.
74 (May 18, 2004)
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 (Jul 05, 2004)
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.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (May 28, 2004)
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!
Still, despite these shortcomings, Van Helsing manages to maintain a tongue-in-cheek cheese factor that makes the journey entertaining that shameless softcore kind of way.
Yahoo! Games (May 24, 2004)
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.
GameSpot (May 18, 2004)
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.
Game Chronicles (Jun 19, 2004)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Jun 23, 2004)
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.
IGN (May 07, 2004)
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.
Xbox Nation (XBN) (Jun, 2004)
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.
GameDaily (May 25, 2004)
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 (May 17, 2004)
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.
GameSpy (May 26, 2004)
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.
Diehard GameFan (Jun 01, 2004)
The game is better than the movie, at least it is more fun even if it makes about as much sense, and it is about the same length as the movie. If you’re considering seeing the film, waste the money to rent the game instead. There’s about as much CGI in the game, only you can interact with the game!
40 (Jun 29, 2004)
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.
Game Revolution (Jun, 2004)
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.
Game Shark (Jun 07, 2004)
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.