Victor Vran Overkill Edition Review

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Posted by B1ueSeptember   11th June 2017

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Victor Vran

Xbox One

A few days ago, Haemimont Games and Wired Productions released their latest addition to the ID@Xbox program – an action RPG/dungeon crawler called Victor Vran in which the titular character is a demon hunter trying to find a missing friend. The game, originally released on PC in 2015, has now been ported to the Xbox One. So, what can gamers expect? Actually, they can expect to have an absolute blast.

Victor Vran is a man under a curse. He wields the power of demons to fight the demons themselves. He has come to Zagoravia on a mission to find his friend Adrian, who sent him a desperate message. Zagoravia is overrun with demons, the result of a bad decision by someone in the past. Victor originally plans to stay only long enough to find his friend, but he soon comes to the conclusion that this place is a trap – a trap for hunters, and he decides he must stay to fight for the brotherhood of which he is a part, a brotherhood decimated by the evil of this place.

As the game begins, you can choose between Casual, Normal, and Hard difficulties of gameplay. You also decide if you want a normal character or a hardcore character. When you begin, Victor has only a sword, but it doesn’t take long for him to acquire a shotgun and a hammer, all of which the game walks you through using.

The game is very easy to pick up and play. You have regular attacks (X button), special attacks (Y and B buttons), and demon attacks (Left and Right triggers). You can also jump (A button) and dodge (Left Bumper). What special attacks you have depends on the weapon class you’re using. Scythes, for instance, have a daze attack and a whirlwind attack; shotguns have an aimed attack and a scattershot blast for multiple enemies. Each of the game’s ten weapon types offers a different ability set.

These abilities are further refined by the special emphasis of each weapon, which are recognizable by their names. A vicious weapon does extra damage; leech and vulture weapons heal on overkills, crits, or hits; dancing weapons have faster attack speed, etc. There are no classes in Victor Vran. The customization of your character all comes down to the weapons, outfits, cards that you give him. The beauty of this system is that you can change at any time, even in the midst of a fight. If you decide that your rapier is getting you too up close and personal, you can change mid-battle to a shotgun and put some distance between you and your enemy. You can even switch back and forth between Casual and Normal on the fly. This customization is beautifully fluid and gives you any number of options when building your character.

Further customization occurs with your destiny cards. Basically, these are buff cards, and it’s up to each individual player to decide which way to go. If you have a melee-oriented Victor, you might want to use the Warrior card, which increases melee damage. The Rogue improves critical damage; the Tower increased Demon Power damage; the Alchemist lowers cooldown times for using items, and the list goes on. There are dozens to choose from that improve everything from HP to gold drops to weapons damage. There are no pre-set parameters, no skill trees that force you to choose one path over another. It’s all up to you. In the same way, you decide which two demon powers you want equipped at any given time. These offer you a variety of magical powers to draw on from healing to slowing the enemy to dishing out serious damage.

Victor’s outfits get in on the action, too. At certain levels, you’ll be offered different outfits to choose from, and these will affect Victor’s look and his stats. The original Hunter costume turns all damage taken into overdrive, which fuels your demon powers. Others raise HP, provide consistent overdrive, improve armor, etc. These are offered sparingly, so choose wisely.

One great thing about the levelling up system is that with each level you get a bonus in addition to a set reward. For instance, the set reward for a level might be extra HP, an extra destiny card slot, or an outfit. The bonus will show you three items from which to choose. Some possibilities are bombs, potions, power-up stones, or gift boxes, which can be levelled up in Transmutation.

Transmutation, available at level 16, lets you combine items in an attempt to make better ones. Transmutation is used on everything in the game. You can make better weapons, better demon powers, better destiny cards. You can even make improvements to your outfits and talismans. The one downside to transmutation is that it’s a crap shoot. You might combine $15,000 worth of weapons and end up with a $3,000 weapon that’s not any better than you had. It will, however, be a higher level, so it can be transmuted further up the line.

Different abilities can be added by combining your weapons with stones or demon powers. A stone will do one thing – add strength, a specific ability (such as extra damage against gargoyles), a stat boost like speed or crit, etc. You can even dye your outfits for a different look.

In the game hub, in addition to shops and transmutation, you’ll have a stash that lets you share items between characters, so you can build up some uber weapons on easier difficulties and stash them for a character you might want to try in hard mode.

Like any dungeon crawler worth its salt, it’s all about the monster hordes, and Victor certainly has his hands full here. The game offers a nice variety of enemies but not so many that you can’t remember what’s what, so you can learn different enemy qualities and use them to your advantage, such as letting lava spiders kill their friends when they blow up. Dungeons are displayed top-down, and you can change the camera angle with the right stick to get your bearings if needed.

The gameplay is just plain fun as you slice your way through rivers of spiders or blast loads of skeletons as they rise around you out of the ground. Each location also has five challenges to complete for extra loot. Each challenge successfully finished gets you a gold star and a prize, which can be experience, money, or a treasure chest. After you’ve completed the game once, Elite challenges become available, which are more difficult missions to tackle. Every area also has secret treasure chests to find. You will discover many areas that are unnecessary to the main game but which provide more fun for you.

The gameplay is further enhanced by The Voice. This voice talks in Victor’s head throughout the game, and his snarky comments add some comic relief. He used to be a demon hunter, too, he says, until he took an arrow to the knee… The Voice will make you smile and even laugh out loud, but he also makes for quite the mystery. Who is this person? What does he want? Not to worry – all will be made known by the end. The laughs aren’t limited to The Voice either. The chicken cannon, for example, shoots chickens (why does that remind me so much of Fable?), which can make for some chuckles. It’s a pretty tough weapon, too.

In addition to the base game, the Overkill Edition offers two sets of DLC, two completely new worlds which can be accessed from the main menu. “Motorhead through the Ages” is a boon to Motorhead fans. In this world, Motorhead has gone silent, so Victor has been asked to come and destroy “The Fuhrer.” Victor finds this type of fighting new because he’s fighting not only demons but the Fuhrer’s crazy machines, as well. This DLC makes guitars and revolvers available as weapons classes and will prove entertaining to WW II buffs, even those who know nothing about Motorhead.

“Fractured Worlds” is even more intriguing. The Solicitor, the demon who keeps the contracts unwary humans foolishly make, has the opportunity to retrieve an item long lost to him and asks Victor to find it. In so doing, Victor may finally have the chance to break his own curse. Both DLCs act like independent games with their own hubs and places to explore. It’s like three Victor Vran games in one.

Next are the achievements, and achievement hunters will have a lot of work to do to get them all. The base game offers fifty achievements with the DLC adding forty more for a whopping ninety achievements possible. Many will be picked up as you progress through the game. Many more are acquired by using certain weapons, destroying particular items (like 100 pumpkins), or killing in special ways. There are others for completing challenges, including achievements for completing all regular challenges and all Elite challenges, which will be quite time-consuming. There’s also an achievement for beating the final boss with a character who has never died – another achievement that could prove quite the challenge. The achievements are many and varied, which adds to the enjoyment of an already fun title.

I only have one gripe about the game, but it’s a fairly serious complaint. The game freezes more often than it should. I have put over twenty hours in on the game thus far, and the game has frozen on me every time I’ve played. Don’t get me wrong; it doesn’t freeze every five minutes or anything like that, but it freezes enough to be annoying. I have only played in single player. The game also offers local co-op and online multiplayer. If it freezes like this when I'm on my own, it might be a problem for those trying to play online in groups. As the game has only been out a few days, hopefully this is something that can be patched before long.

All in all, I found Victor Vran to be a blast. It’s nicely voiced, has good art work, and is just plain fun. As a huge Diablo fan, I have high expectations for dungeon crawlers, and Victor Vran doesn’t disappoint. With its ease of play, high customability, and the challenge of all those achievements, this is a great game. I really, really, really wanted to give it a 9 out of 10, but the freezing can’t be overlooked and hopefully will be dealt with soon. If Van Helsing and Diablo had a love child, Victor Vran would be it. You won’t want to miss it.

Score: 8 out of 10

Price: $39.99 / €35.99
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Platform: Xbox One

Written by B1ueSeptember

    Administrator Stealth David 11 Jun 2017 06:56 pm

    Very nice review I think this is the most detailed one yet (and that says something!) glad you really enjoyed it shame about the freezing issues I have been dealing with freezing in Lego city and its VERY not fun.

      DoutorRicardo 11 Jun 2017 07:00 pm

      very interested in Victor Vran, gonna buy it eventually :) .. great review

        Kyuubi Alpha 13 Jun 2017 11:43 am

        A good review, if the freezing issues are ever fixed or it has a price drop I might play this.

          Administrator Stealth David 13 Jun 2017 12:01 pm

          A good review, if the freezing issues are ever fixed or it has a price drop I might play this.Kyuubi Alpha

          We can do co-op :)

            XRicker 28 Aug 2017 04:59 pm

            Great review! I´m just waiting the game shows up in a sale to grab it.

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