Action-RPG Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr has been slated for a digital release on August 23, with the physical launching the very next day. A release date for North America and Latin America is yet be confirmed.
The latest game set in the Warhammer 40K universe has a “strong focus on a persistent online world” and it’s this core mechanic that has led the game’s release to be pushed back – which isn’t the first time the developer has requested the title be delayed. Let’s hope they can stick to the new August date.
In production for three years, Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr will finally unleash its fury on consoles come May 11. The core mission for NeocoreGames has been to release the studio’s first action RPG set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – and it’s great to see the developers showing some love to console, even more so by releasing the game at the same time as the PC release.
In the game you play as an Inquisitor, deep in a sector of space that’s sprawling with heretics, mutants, and Chaos Daemons. But you aren’t alone in the Caligari Sector, or rather, you can choose not to be alone – playable in single or cooperative mode with three other players, you can tackle the game’s persistent universe as one of three classes and from the looks of the gameplay trailers, Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr has a serious case of the Diablo vibes, which is certainly not a bad thing.
Six months after his previous adventure, Van Helsing is back again to rescue Borgova from the clutches of evil with NeocoreGames’ The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II…
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is your typical dungeon crawler affair. When starting out, you have the option to choose from one of three typical character archetypes. The default is the classic Monster Hunter, arming himself with blades, firearms, and the ability to wield occult powers. The second on offer is your typical mage-like character, the Thaumaturge, who wields powerful offensive spells, and can use the power of manipulation to his advantage. Thirdly is the Arcane Mechanic, who uses a mix of his Hybrid Occult Substance Expulsion Cannon, and a variety of gadgets to do his bidding. All three are accompanied by the ever faithful Lady Katarina, who acts as your ethereal companion, and can hold her own in a fight.
Using a variety of attacking styles, long ranged weapons such as pistols or rifles, close quarter attacks using swords, and a wealth of magical abilities, it’s up to you to fight back the various creatures inhabiting each area. As you make your way through the story, and level up both your character and Lady Katarina, you unlock various offensive and defensive spells which help you on your journey. These can range from simple fire attacks, or a rather handy healing spell which allows anyone in the radius of the effect to be healed. Any of the basic spells you unlock can be upgraded to make them stronger and more fearsome against the hoards of the Ink. There is also a whole host of various items to pick up, from hats, belts, weapons, and more, all of which offer buff and debuffs, as well as helping you become even more powerful.
Van Helsing II offers a variety of different game modes, which unfortunately most require a rather high minimum level to access. Along with the standard campaign mode, there are two other singleplayer options to choose from, and a third coming later this year. Scenario has you play through a randomly generated mini-campaign, which takes place on a separate map from the main story, with special modifiers to make it more interesting. Neverending Story is a more challenging version of the main campaign, with stronger creatures to fight, and it’s up to you so see just how far you can go. Finally, Ink Hunt, which launches in August 2016, will feature four unique maps, and a brand new story, for you to tackle what lurks within the mysterious Ink Gates. Each of these modes require you to be at least level 57 or 60, and to have completed the main campaign for you to tackle.
Multiplayer wise, the offerings aren’t as rich, but still offer something for most players. For those looking for a fun co-op adventure with up to four friends, you can certainly do that, or if you want to take on the other Van Helsings of the world, then there is Battle Royale. Battle Royale is a free-for-all deathmatch style PvP mode, where points are key to winning. The strongest players in the game becomes the target, making them more of a target, and a wealth of points on offer for the plucky individual who can take them down. Once again, there is a minimum level requirement of 57 to enter Battle Royale. For Van Helsing II multiplayer options, that’s pretty much it. A local co-op mode would have been a nice addition, but at least there is a co-op option available.
Visually The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II are fairly standard for a dungeon crawler type game. The art style is attractive, is rich in colour and character, and never feels overly cluttered or overwhelming. Even when you are surrounded by a horde of enemies, it’s easy to pick out your character, and work out where you need to go. Ability cooldowns and options are easily located on the screen, and makes it very easy to quickly check what is available to you.
Overall, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II feels very much like a beginners guide to Diablo. It has an sizable amount of content to play through, along with some excellent single and multiplayer options. It’s rather generic, and doesn’t offer anything new to the table, which is a shame but not unexpected. Van Helsing II is a rich hack and slash, dungeon crawling, experience, which is worth trying out for new and seasoned gamers alike.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is now available now for £13.99 from the Xbox store.
The first trailer in the series focusses on a firm favourite of ours, destruction. Environment destruction plays an important part in war, especially in the dark and violent 41st millennium. Nothing feels better than when you’re tearing chunks out of walls but as the video shows it’s not only a cosmetic feature. The environment also plays an important feature in firefights and being destructive adds another tactical layer to the game.
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr is being developed for the Xbox One and for further information check out their official website.
So, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have seen that Neocore Games’ RPG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will not only be released on the 1st of December, but will be free for Xbox Live Gold members for the whole of December.
As RPGs go, this is looking great.
You’ll take the lead as the young monster hunter, Van Helsing who along with his companion, Lady Katarina, must resolve the dark conflicts of Borgovia and fight hordes of gruesome monsters.
Boasting an engrossing storyline, a beautifully dark gothic style, an impressive skill-tree and a unique power-up system, this is already beginning to excite my RPG-loving mind.
Here’s a taster of what you’ll get from the 1st of December.
You may not have heard of NeoCoreGames, but they have a pedigree when it comes to the RPG Genre. Primarily focusing on PC Games, their recent partnership with Games Workshop has allowed them to spread their wings and flex their developer muscle that little bit more, and the result of this is the forthcoming Warhammer 40k: Inquisitor – Martyr.
True to their back catalogue, this will be an action RPG set in the visceral and popular world of Games Workshop’s 40k universe and will see the players step into the grim and secret war among the stars, as agents of the ever-vigilant Inquisition.
Once you have finished the main campaign, the game continues in a sandbox style set in the same sector of this ever expanding universe.After the end of the campaign the story continues in a colossal sandboxed game set in the same secluded sector of this vast universe.
NeoCoreGames have promised gradual development and a continuous flow of content to their Action-RPG gameplay.
“There’s a reason why we chose the world of Warhammer 40,000: it’s intense, brutal, visceral – a perfect material for an Action RPG. Working with Games Workshop, we’re doing our best to bring a high quality game to the community. We’re huge fans as well, so we care deeply about this game.”
Zoltán ‘Pozs’ Pozsonyi, Producer, NeocoreGames
A Warhammer 40,000 action RPG has been notably absent from our portfolio of video game licenses so far and its great to finally be able to talk publicly about this wonderful game that the guys at Neocore have been working so hard on for some time now. Their previous action RPG’s are very impressive and we feel privileged to be partnering with them on this game.
Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing, Games Workshop
The first playable build of Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr will be available at Gamescom 2015, with the full title penned for a multi-platform release in 2016.
Deathtrap, a tower-defense game with strong action-RPG elements, launches this month on Steam as an Early Access Game with many exciting features. Choose from three game modes (PvP, Single Player and Cooperative Campaign), create your own maps and monsters, share them with your friends and get ready for a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.
Neocore Games have already announced that Deathtrap will be coming to Xbox One later in 2015. Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts on this latest tower defense title due for an eventual X1 release.