If there has been one series that has taken me by surprise time and again it has been The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. The original made me believe in the genre again after the original disappointment of Diablo III. The sequel had me overjoyed to see more steampunk elements thrown into the mix as well as more mythical and scientific abominations. This time around however the game has taken everything up to the highest of notches. But does Van Helsing have enough to offer to bring the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion?
So what is everyone’s favourite monster slayer up to this time? After the events of Van Helsing II the hunter, along with his comrade Katarina, are now in the pursuit of prisoner seven. Seven is a strange being that in the previous game acted like a guide and an ally towards Van Helsing, but ended up stabbing him in the back. As well as Prisoner Seven, the entire city has broken off into different factions vying for control of everything. One in particular is a faction simply known as the cult of seven but it is unsure to the hunter whether this is related to his nemesis or not. The narrative starts off on a very immediate level with a quick reminder of the past games events, making this a great game to start out on if you are new with the series. After that little intro you are immediately thrown into the action and the story carries out via your actions. Keep in mind also that there will be many side quests throughout your adventure that can have you dealing with enemies, ranging from mutated animals to scientific abominations, or even finding lost treasures, such as jewels, journals or even weaponry. Collectively there is enough here to help drive the story home with a fulfilling beginning, middle and end.