A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Themes of good vs. evil, saving the world, though goal is accomplished through over-the-top violence, gore, occasional dark humor.
Positive Role Models
Players choose from six character classes, each with unique skills to fight forces of evil. Facing off against dark forces, seeking revenge simply reasons for nonstop violence, fighting.
Ease of Play
Though basic controls for movement, combat are simple enough (a combination of clicking, hot keys), special abilities, such as activating Rage bonuses, tricky to keep track of during heat of battle.
Violence & Scariness
Gameplay presented in three-quarters top-down view, with ability to zoom in tight on action. As a result, graphic violence can be viewed in all its gory glory. Defeated enemies (and sometimes innocent victims) occasionally blow up into bloody, meaty chunks. Blood, gore litter the environment throughout the game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters shown in revealing outfits.
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Products & Purchases
Third game in franchise. Though not required, new players may be tempted to purchase the previous titles to get the full story.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alchemy, other fantasy elements include brewing strange potions with various effects.
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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.
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.
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