Video Game Review: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC Only)

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The core concept originates from one of the protagonists in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, namely Van Helsing, the legendary vampire hunter, in this case set in a similar universe that resembles Europe in the 19th century, where monsters, magic and weird technology is real. Our protagonist is the son of the legendary Van Helsing who takes upon himself his father’s duties – a young man trained to slay monsters and rescue innocent souls, confident in his abilities as a hunter but still lacking the experience in using these abilities in real life.

Young Van Helsing is a gothic noir hero with a flair for the dramatic and Romantic gloom, who sees the world in black and white, taking everything a bit too seriously. He is the protagonist of his own grand tale, narrating his own adventures almost continuously.

And now he will face the most incredible adventure of his life, when the strange twist of fate brings him to the aid of the ancient and noble monsters of Borgovia threatened by a menace even more frightening than they ever could have imagined. Now the vampire lords and the werewolf clans need the greatest hunter of all times to fight the scientific nightmares appearing in their realm, created by a Frankenstein-like mad scientist who intends to give birth to a new age of enlightenment.

Van Helsing travels to Borgovia, to the kingdom on the very edge of the map, to the dark place where all legendary monsters used to roam. He will explore the snow-capped mountains and forests of the wilderness and walk the sprawling, gothic city of Borgovia, the town of black stones, marble spikes and gloomy courtyards where the helpless citizens need a new hero to free them from the nightmares of science.

I’m what you would call a “casual” girl gamer. I like to game but I don’t do it as a full time hobby (like reading). I do own quite a few games but I’m rather particular in my gaming habits. I prefer hack & slash (H&S) RPG games that allow me to point and click. I also prefer smaller scale RPG games vs MMOs/MMORPGs – I prefer to play single player at almost all times.
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Coursera: MOOC Learning – Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

I decided to take a MMOC free online class with Coursera. The class I’m taking is named Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. So excited!

We’re currently in Week 1 of the course. During this week our assignments include:

– J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring (“Prologue, Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” and Book One)
– Jesper Juul’s Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds (first 7-pages of the “Introduction” )- Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”

(Computer) Gameplay for Week 1 (required for students on the Distinction Track; optional for all others):
– Download and install Lord of the Rings Online
– Create a character
– Complete the Tutorial and the Intro quests

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