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Victor Vran review

Victor Vran is brought to us by Haemimont Games, and with legendary titles such as the Tropico series under their belts, then my expectations were extremely high for Victor. I do have to manage my expectations here and defend Victor a bit, a lot of people are comparing this game to triple A titles and that’s not fair, because triple A is something that Mr Vran is not. With developer behemoths such as Blizzard behind Diablo then titles like this from smaller developers already have a hard time getting noticed. It’s time to be open minded and give the small guys a go.

Victor Vran is our protagonist and he is a Demon Hunter by trade. Victor travels to Zagoravia, a dark dank city where all manners of undead foe spawn from the ground and evil wizards emerge to cast all hell onto you. The main thing that puts Victor out in front is there are no classes to speak of, it’s you, Victor, and endless enemies to battle through. You can, however, obtain outfits and these offer various perks and aesthetics but they’re definitively not classes.

You have four types of weapons to choose from: swords, guns, hammers, rapiers. These drop from enemies and can be found in loot chests scattered around the world. Like any game of this type, loot is important, and as usual the rarer the better. Each weapon has three abilities, I can’t really tell you what they are as I didn’t really take much notice but each one has its own devastating attack weather that be targeted or a simple AOE effect. Along with your weapons, you have Overdrive, as you attack this builds up its own power bar and when it’s full you can unleash your Demon Attack skill causing carnage in your wake. Demon abilities drop like weapons and also the rarer the better. Demon skills aren’t always offensive though as some give you protective and healing auras making life a little easier.

You can equip two types of weapon at any one time and eventually unlock the ability to equip two types of demon skills. Switching between one weapon type and another is simple, at the touch of the RB button you switch, meaning that you can use your harder attacks in quick succession. The controls over all are really good and simple to get to grips with. Victor Vran offers something a little different in terms of viewpoint though, whilst most crawlers give you a fixed view, Victor Vran allows you to rotate the screen meaning you can get into every nook and cranny of each area.

Combat is often fast and exciting, with mobs spawning around all the time and quite often in packs. This gives for a satisfying feeling when you drop a devastating melee attack and obliterate everyone on the screen. With multiplayer also being an option this adds for some exhilarating gameplay as you all bring your own unique flair to the game. Difficulty naturally increases but it’s worth trudging through with your team on the hunt for better loot. That being said, sometimes you can get lost in the carnage and things get quite confusing but that’s a small price to pay.

Victor Vran also gives players a jump ability, something that is missing from most crawlers, this allows you to jump over walls and seek out hidden treasures behind walls and fences. If you jump into a wall you get a double jump chance meaning that you’re not limited to a certain path and this allows for some exploration of areas. Typically areas are big enough to allow a fair amount of venturing off the beaten path, all in the hope of finding a find a rare spawn that will drop some phat loot.

Speaking of which Victor Vran is packed with the stuff, there is loot everywhere, some not so good but you don’t have to venture far into the game before you start picking up some decent items. Some people may be put off by that but it does come in handy early on, trust me. When you reach the ripe old level of 16 you get access to the transmutation machine, this allows you to sacrifice the trash loot and improves what you have. When it comes to loot, it’s yours and yours alone, there is no trading with other players and no swapping that legendary hammer with your friend for a quick boost.

With all the elements that most RPG/dungeon crawlers have, Victor Vran doesn’t disappoint. Sometimes it can get a bit tedious especially when it comes to the voice acting, which by the way stars Doug Cockle of Witcher fame. There is a character called the “The Voice” who randomly speaks to you and sometimes offers hints, the voice cracks the same jokes all the time, frankly it gets a bit boring. These shortfalls should in no way deter you from giving Victor Vran a go, because it’s a part of what is a fantastic dungeon crawler.

Victor Vran is not without its issues but on the whole I really enjoyed playing it and I will definitely be returning to Zagoravia for more. Graphically it’s adequate and the sounds fit perfectly, Victor Vran is a treat for dungeon crawler fans and perfect for those who want something a little different. No crawler would be complete without chickens making and appearance…yep that’s right you get a gun that shoots out chickens…what more could you want. Why not click on the video below for some gameplay and a video review of the game.

Thanks to Haemimont Games and Xbox for supporting TiX

Nothing’s Overkill for Victor Vran

Wired Productions, a leading independent games publisher, is pleased to announce that their award-winning action RPG Victor Vran will be available on consoles in a new and exicting content packed Overkill Edition.

Developed by Haemimont Games, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition promises players and fans more thrills than ever before. Experience the all-action game in full,  alongside two brand new adventures: the ethereal Fractured Worlds – a challenging and empowering new expansion featuring a new chapter in the story of Victor Vran, and Motörhead: Through the Ages – a wild, rock adventure, inspired by, officially endorsed by, and starring, the loudest band in the world. If however you already own the standalone version of the game on PC or Console, you will be able to pick up the two expansions seperately.

Fractured Worlds takes you to a dimension formed from the fragements of broken realms. Explore new levels and endless dungeons and face ever increasing challenges around every corner. Can Victor piece together the Astrolabe, in this new thrilling expansion or perhaps Motörhead: Through the Ages is more your thing? A wild tour through the mythos of the loudest band in the world! Harness the powers of the immortal Motörhead to defeat deadly new adversaries in three demon-infested worlds intertwined with the songs of the band. Whatever your decision remember you are Victor, hunter of demons, on a quest to liberate the cursed city of Zagoravia. Vanquish the servants of darkness, as you battle with the burdens of a life left behind.

More information about the two expansions above will be available over the coming weeks prior to the games release on console. For further information on Victor Vran, check out the Official Website.

Demon hunter Victor Vran coming to Xbox

Victor Vran

Victor Vran is one of those games that seems inspired by so many other things that it’s original in itself. The current Steam hit, by Haemimont Games, mixes action and RPG in a frenzy of demon-killing and destruction, garnering much praise from critics and community alike. The developer has teamed up with publisher, Wired Productions, to announce that they intend on bringing Victor Vran to Xbox One in 2017.

Set in a beautiful but dark gothic world, Victor Vran is an intense ride of demons, ghosts and spells. With a stunning soundtrack as a backdrop, experience frantic combat as the titular demon bounty hunter, laden with past-life troubles that weigh heavily on his shoulders.

Forge your own hero as you quest to rid the city of Zagoravia from demonic monsters and malevolent creatures. Use your skills to dodge deadly attacks from demons, leap from towering locations and crush the skulls of your foes with brutal efficiency.

The developers have rebuilt Victor Vran from the ground up for console, using Haemimont’s own proprietary game engine. This will deliver 60fps whilst keeping the esthetic feel of the game’s dark atmosphere. The isometric action RPG will also feature local 2-player co-op and online 4 player co-op action, to keep the whole family interested, with daily and weekly maps to slash through.

Haemimont Games’ CEO Gabriel Dobrev;

We’re excited to be working with Wired Productions to bring Victor Vran to millions of players around the world. Our original vision was to shake up the RPG genre by delivering the first all-action role playing game, and the response from the press and fans alike has been incredible. This partnership with Wired Productions will allow us to grow that fan base, and to engage with more players than ever before.

It is expected that Victor Vran will bring his demon slaying madness to Xbox One both digitally and physically in early 2017.

Yes, there’s a trailer. Cue the gravelly-voiceover.

 

Tropico 5 confirmed for Xbox One

Fans of the highly acclaimed dictator sim, and its bearded despot, can celebrate as Topico 5 is due to launch on the Xbox One in spring 2016

Launching with the full version of the game, as well as the Bayo del Ofato, Big Cheese, Mad World, Generalissimo, and Joint Adventure add ons, and the first expansion, Waterborne.

Xbox One dictators will also receive five new exclusive Xbox One sandbox maps, as well as a new controller-optimised interface, and, naturally, Xbox Live achievements.

For more information, and to keep updated with the development of Tropico 5 on Xbox One, visit their website.