They know how to do it and they do it real well.
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition delivers on promises of a console release for the original Victor Vran and adds two brand spanking new expansions, Fractured Worlds and Motörhead: Through the Ages. If you enjoyed the original Victor Vran, I highly recommend picking up the expansions on Steam. Fractured Worlds adds greater longevity to the experience, filled with daily quests and an endless dungeon to keep the party rocking long into the night. If you really want to turn the volume up to 11, Motörhead: Through the Ages gives you the chance to whip out a guitar and literally riff your opponents to death.
You can check out Hey, Poor Player’s review of the base edition of Victor Vran here.
Victor Vran Helsing.
The eponymous Victor Vran is a demon hunter with a gravelly voice recognized by most as Geralt of Rivia—the Witcher. Doug Cockle’s performance breathes life into an otherwise straight and narrow character. Victor Vran is an exaggerated wink and a nod to Dracula’s archnemesis, the vampire slayer Van Helsing. The traditional crossbow is dropped in favor of an anachronistic shotgun that perfectly encapsulates the goofy, self-deprecating nature of Victor Vran: Overkill Edition.
In the main campaign, a voice in Victor’s head makes wry comments about the demon hunter’s exploits as you advance through the game. He also likes to make pop culture references that age the game far more than it really should—and this is a trend that continues in the Motörhead: Through the Ages DLC. Esteemed director Lloyd Kaufman replaces the voice in Victor’s head, bartending at the Pub at the End of Time while he narrates your journey into the realms of the damned. Kaufman too makes jokes that might fall flat two or three years down the line, but it’s admittedly rather satisfying to hear him mocking Donald Trump by comparing him to the Führer himself.
Weapons to kill, weapons to maim, and weapons to rock.
Victor Vran’s arsenal is filled with a wide variety of weapons, from swords and hammers to shotguns and lightning guns. Motörhead: Through the Ages adds guitars to Victor Vran’s wicked arsenal. Guitars are especially potent weapons that deal massive damage to large crowds of enemies and can be used to power slide out of dangerous situations. While guitars have a long cooldown on their abilities, a second weapon slot allows you to switch back and forth to get the most bang for your buck. Including a more single-target focused weapon like the sword can ensure that you can best every wretched being that’s thrown at you.
It’s now the mash (it’s now the monster mash).
Demons, zombies, wraiths, and enough spiders to give Ron Weasley a heart attack inhabit the world of Victor Vran: Overkill Edition. They lurk on every street and in every nook and cranny of its sprawling maps. Champions, powerful monsters capable of using the same demonic powers as Victor Vran, pose unique obstacles. They are often part of map challenges that reward you with gold, experience, or potent weapons. It’s almost always a good idea to take them on whenever you see them because death in Victor Vran is rarely more than a slap on the wrist.
Bosses lurk at the end of long maps and mark important pieces of your journey. They have massive pools of health and often summon swarms of mooks to whittle you down in a battle of attrition. Unlike most enemies in the game, bosses regain their health after you restart from the last checkpoint, so you’ll have to start the battle from scratch. Their mechanics freshen up gameplay that often becomes stagnant and repetitive. Mashing the attack button between jumps and dodge rolls gets a little stale after five or six hours of the Victor Vran: Overkill Edition.
Through the Ages and into Fractured Worlds.
Motörhead: Through the Ages gives you the chance to play through a full metal album on repeat. It’s the perfect soundtrack to bust the heads of nazi zombies, fiery succubi, and rabid hellhounds alike. You even get a chance to face the Führer in his Warpig Machine, so if Wolfenstein 3D and Persona 2: Innocent Sin haven’t whet your appetite for killing Adolph Hitler, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition has got your back.
The Fractured Worlds expansion is comparatively tame. It contains the most difficult endgame content to pit you against impossible odds, low-leveled players warned against stepping foot into its endless dungeons. I spent the least time here because I was kept busy enough by the base game and the Motörhead expansion, which include more than enough content to keep me satiated for a long, long while.
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is a game that doesn’t take itself all too seriously, reveling in action that makes you feel like a complete badass. The game runs like a charm on consoles outside of a couple hiccups when enemies flood the screen, but the issue is rarely noticeable and doesn’t impact the flow of battle. There’s a lot to like about Victor Vran, but once you’ve played through the first few hours, you’ve seen most of what the game has to offer. Expansions fail to fix this fundamental issue, but offer a great deal more of what made Victor Vran so fun in the first place.
Final Verdict: 4/5
Available on: PlayStation 4 (Reviewed), Xbox One, PC; Publisher: EuroVideo Medien ; Developer: Haemimont Games; Players: 1-4 ; Released: June 6, 2017 ; ESRB: T for Teen ; MSRP: $39.99
Full disclosure: This review is based on a PlayStation 4 review code given to HeyPoorPlayer by the publisher.