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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is a downloadable action role-playing game in which players take on hordes of monsters, creatures, and demons in over-the-top violent combat. Players have access to all kinds of medieval weapons, strange gadgets, and magic powers, all of which destroy enemies in graphic, gory ways. Some female characters are shown in revealing outfits; there are no substance or language issues. Parents also should note that, due to unmoderated chats in online play, gamers may be exposed to offensive dialogue in multiplayer matches.
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What's it about?
THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF VAN HELSING III is an action role-playing game that's the final game in the series trilogy. It continues the story of the monster hunter, Van Helsing, son of the original Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Joined by his spectral companion, Lady Katarina, Van Helsing is forced to use all his skills to hold back the forces of evil and defeat a former ally turned nemesis who plans on starting the "End of Days." With six unique character classes, co-op support for up to four people, and player-vs.-player support for up to eight, there are plenty of ways to hone your monster-hunting skills and plenty of allies to help defeat the coming darkness.
Is it any good?
When evil forces are knocking at your door, who better to answer than a professional monster hunter with the name "Van Helsing"? The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III wraps up the Van Helsing action-RPG/dungeon-crawling trilogy by packing in almost everything fans of the genre could ask for. Each of the game's six unique classes has its own distinct style of play, from the stealthy, ninja-like "Umbralist" to the mad scientist/walking tank powerhouse, the "Phlogistoneer." Odds are, if you have a way you like to play, Van Helsing III has a class for you. In fact, when you factor in all the skills, abilities, and special Rage boosts, there are almost too many options to wrap your head around initially.
From a presentation standpoint, Van Helsing III is a polished horror experience. Creatures look suitably frightening, and the game never shies away from blood and gore. Thankfully, while the story progresses nicely with a strong plot and interesting characters, the game never takes itself too seriously. The game's humor, such as torturing a prisoner with bad poetry, keeps it from ever becoming too dark, in spite of the violence and horror of the world. The Incredible Adventure of Van Helsing III rides off into the sunset full of monster-slaying action, which should keep action fans busy until the hero is called on once again to defeat creatures hiding in the shadows.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the mythology of the game. Who was the original Van Helsing, Dr. Frankenstein, and so on? Where do the legends of the creatures in the game come from, and what is their cultural significance?
Talk about the impact of violence in video games. What difference does it make when the violence is committed against evil creatures as opposed to normal humans? Is violence ever justified?
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