A legendary monster killer from a bygone era, this black-clad professor/hunter (originally a character from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula) completed his doctorate in unholy ass-kicking long before the advent of movies or videogames. Based upon the upcoming eponymous Hugh Jackman film, Man Helsing is a weapon-heavy action-adventure that builds on the origins of the character while adapting the movie's plot to better suit the medium--which can only mean even further creature conflict after you've kicked down the towering doors of the fabled Castle Dracula.
Sent by the Vatican on a clean-up mission to Transylvania, our hero faces a fearsome array of famous monstrous opponents, including the notorious Count, the Frankenstein monster, and not just any wolfman, but TheWolfman. If thoughts of hokey black-and-white films, Herman Munster, and/or Teen Welfare leaping into your head, don't fear. Along with the title character, these classic movie monsters have received a sharp modern makeover and look scary as hell.
Of course, Van Helsing is more monsterhunting action game than white-knuckled fright test--much like Devil May Cry or Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, by which the developers were clearly inspired.
"We've taken our favorite features from the genre, mixed them with fantastic weapons, and come out with a potent new cocktail," says Lead Designer Alan Tew. The game's arsenal should satisfy the modern fetish for dual pistols, as well as offer an antiquated super weapon: the hand-cranked Gatling gun. Even better, Van Helsing's grappling hook not only helps him scale castle walls, but also reels enemies in for fatal blows.
On the Sliver Screen:
In the year 2004...Hugh Jackman...will...kill...Dracula. And Frankenstein. And the Wolf Man. While Uma Thurman needed two separate movies to take down some dude named Bill, badass monster hunter Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) hunts down Universal's three famous movie monsters in one fell swoop.
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Taking a few cues from the "stylish hard action" genre, Helsing snuffs the walking dead and shoots down swarms of vampire babies with weapons like a rapid-fire crossbow, handheld buzz saws, and his trusty grappling gun while unearthing the mysterious backstory involving him and Dracula.