Victor Vran is an Action RPG that works better than most in the same genre despite the uninteresting name. For example, it runs rings around the long winded Van Helsing game in terms of loading and is much more fun to play than other games in the genre minus Diablo and possibly Torchlight. In fact, Victor Vran seems to take some of the best elements of ARPGs of the past and fuse them together in just the right way to make an impressive debut (in the event of possible sequels). For example, the loot will remind players of Diablo since it is possibly the best since that franchise. Minus the loot, the combat and narration really drive the way for this game’s fun factor.
The narrator constantly chiming in to taunt Victor Vran is priceless. The voice acting really hits the mark and adds a new level to the genre. The taunting goes so far as calling the hero “Vicky”. In other words, the narration drives the action instead of a great story. You want to know more about the voice after each sarcastic quip.
The combat is intense and the controls are spot on. Furthermore, you will not have to go far without fighting. The combat just flows as you hack and slash through waves upon waves of baddies. Since I am partial to huge melee weapons, swinging the hammer is a pure delight. You hit in a range instead of just one monster at a time. This is what keeps the action flowing.
On the down side, multiplayer is the biggest culprit by far. Keep in mind that the developers are not Blizzard and do not have Battle.net to use. That said, co-op multiplayer is very limited unless you have friends already to play with. At the time of this writing, there were just five people on all of the servers. Co-op multiplay is fun, but it is a shame the game does not have more players playing online.
Overall, Victor Vran is definitely an action game to try if you like the Diablo games or any action RPG for that matter. The loot, combat, narrator, and even dexterous jumping will keep you interested must longer than you would expect.
- Beautiful 3D Graphics.
- Retails on Steam for normally $20.
- Single player.
- Action RPG.
- Voice acting plays a major role.
- Co-op gameplay.
- Intuitive controls.
- Intense combat.
- Frequent combat.
- Loot aplenty.
- Humor in the right doses.
- Great music.
- Different difficulty settings.
- Xbox controller support.
- Loads fast compared to other games in the genre.
- Weapons are very different from each other.
- Good music.
- The game world makes the game feel unique.
- The voice acting is superb, especially the mysterious antagonizing voice.
- Offers a lot of variety.
- Easy controls.
- No level cap to worry about.
- Good loot.
- Good multiplayer with friends.
- Great item customization.
- One of the better jump abilities in any RPG.
- Save does not work well.
- Too linear at times.
- Not that much variety in loot.
- Monsters repopulate when you return.
- Online play can be scarce.
- Only one character.