The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

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Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing cover.jpg
Developer(s) NeocoreGames
Publisher(s) NeocoreGames
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Release 22 May 2013, 1 March 2017 (Playstation 4)
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is an action role-playing video game developed by the Hungarian independent development studio NeocoreGames.[1] Based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, the game focuses on the trials of young Van Helsing, son of the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing from the book.[1] The game is set in a gothic-noir 19th-century Eastern Europe[2] and contains "intentionally anachronistic humor and gadgetry".[1]

On 01 Dec 2015, the game was released as part of the Games with Gold benefit, for the Xbox One.[3]


Concept art for one of the monsters that terrorize the city of Borgova

The game is based on Bram Stoker's tale of Count Dracula, similar to how the developer's earlier role-playing game King Arthur was based on the tale of King Arthur.[1] The game is not set strictly in the same fictional universe as Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, but rather a similar one in a twisted 19th century Europe with "monsters, magic and weird technology".[4] The game takes place in Borgova, the gothic-noir capital of the fictional kingdom of Borgovia.[5] The city is vast, bolstered by anachronistic science, but also filled with evil creatures that this science has created.[5] The game's protagonist is the son of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from the novel, and it is his job to continue in his father's footsteps and exterminate the monsters from the city.[4]


Fans were allowed to vote on which visual style for the main character would be used in the game: The Mysterious Stranger (left), The Chevalier (centre), or The Veteran (right)

On 9 May 2012, independent developer NeocoreGames announced the entry of a their new project: an action role-playing game titled The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.[1] The title was developed for the PC and the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade platform.[6] The developers also announced at Gamescom 2012 that the game is planned to be part of a trilogy.[7]

In October 2012, after receiving feedback from the gamer community that the depiction of the young Van Helsing appeared "too young and inexperienced", NeocoreGames held a vote to decide which of three possible versions of the main character would be used in the game: The Mysterious Stranger, The Chevalier, or The Veteran (see picture at left).[8] Receiving 72% of the vote, The Mysterious Stranger depiction was chosen to be used for the young Van Helsing.[9]


The game received "mixed" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[10]



A sequel, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, was released on 22 May 2014. A second sequel, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, was released on 22 May 2015. A remastered version including 1, 2 and 3 was released as one big game November 6, 2015, called Van Helsing: Final Cut. The Final Cut features are:

  • The classes from Van Helsing 3 have been completely reworked.
  • Each class has its own specific attributes.
  • Completely new skill trees, each class can choose from up to 32 different skills and up to 12 different Auras.
  • Completely new Adventure Mode, which incorporates good old scenarios with daily quests and timely events.
  • Five new difficulty levels for those who want the challenge, and more.



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