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Victor Vran Overkill Edition – Nintendo Switch

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Title:  Victor Vran Overkill Edition
Developer:  Haemimont Games
Publisher:  Wired Productions
Website:  https://www.victorvran.com
Genre:  Action, RPG
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Audience:  Mature – Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Lyrics, Violence.
Price:  £35.99.  I was very kindly provided with a review code for this game.

When the Switch was first announced, I thought that it would be a great, casual console, with some good, family-friendly games on. How wrong was I? I continue to be blown away by the full game experiences that the Nintendo Switch provides.

My latest Rapid Review is for Victor Vran: Overkill Edition.

Before you continue reading the review, I wanted to inform you that this was my first experience of the world of Victor Vran.  Also, I haven’t experienced the multiplayer mode of this title as yet.

What the Developers say:

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition includes the fully updated and award-winning Action RPG Victor Vran, the expansive Fractured Worlds & the legendary Motörhead: Through The Ages.

Look your very best and reinforce your play style with a monumental arsenal of powerful weapons, game-changing outfits, wicked demon powers and fate-binding destiny cards.

Redefine how you play at any moment, even in the heat of battle. Modify your demon slaying loadout as you dodge deadly attacks, leap from towering locations, and take on hordes of hideous beasts and clever boss monsters. Fedora or no fedora, you decide!

Slaying demons doesn’t have to be a lonely affair –  Form a pack and find even greater strength in numbers, to explore the story of the dark world together.

We’re going on a Demon Hunt…

In this game, you are Victor, the hunter of demons. He is a cocky, charismatic character, who is out to rid the world of demons. You are on a quest to help Queen Katarina and free the demon-infested city of Zagoravia. You also discover that Victor is on somewhat of a personal quest, to find a fellow hunter called Adrian.

The game has a top-down style camera, which you are able to rotate a full 360º. The game looks amazing and is incredibly atmospheric. The levels are really detailed and feel alive. Steam rises from the manholes, items glow, papers blow around. You can smash crates and pots. This sometimes leads to discovering items that you can collect. I did feel that the camera was a little bit jerky at times, especially when rotating. However, it wasn’t bad enough to make a negative impact on the experience.

The HUD is really informative. It shows your current objective under the map.  The map even shows you if you’ve killed enemies, the white dots, or red if there are enemies left to slay. The Demon mask glows when you’re close to a secret chest.  The left bar is your health and the right is your Demon power bar, which once full, will allow you to unleash a powerful attack.  There is a cooldown timer on the health potions and everything else, other than the basic attack.

The sound effects really compliment the atmospherics of the game. Walking through tombs, you can hear the candles crackling as they burn away. The sounds of your gun and the slashing of your sword are really pleasing. Even slicing pumpkins give a really satisfying squelch. The addition of the Motorhead soundtrack certainly gives this game added value for money.

“The city is eerily quiet, not a human soul in sight…”

https://youtu.be/K9CBgLXinsM

These are the words that Victor peaks as you enter the abandoned City of Zagoravia. The first part of the game is a tutorial to teach you the basic controls. You will be attacked by small, spider-like creatures, who you are able to defeat without any hassle at all. A sarcastic, demeaning voice, seemingly known to Victor, directs you to hidden chests which contain different weapons.

After a short while, you approach the Castle gates. Once the tutorial has taught you all of the basics, you’re ready to begin your quest.

Control layout

Upon entering Castle Zagore, you get to choose one of three outfits, each with a different advantage.  I chose Hunter’s outfit because it favours a balanced playstyle. Also, it looks the coolest, IMO.   

You’re choice of outfits

After deciding what outfit to adorn, you’re given some more options.  A hardcore, or a normal character.  I’ll give you one guess as to what I chose!

That’s right, normal. I prefer to play a game, without stressing too much! It’s good that you have the choice though.

The final choice is casual, normal or hard mode.  Again, I picked casual mode.  Casual mode means that there will be less loot available to collect.

After choosing your outfit, and difficulty level, it’s time to explore and meet the people who reside within the confines of the Castle.

First up is an alchemist called Damian.  He has items that you are able to buy, you’re also able to sell to him.

Next up is the disgruntled Sir Krum.  He’s seen it all and says that you’re just another hunter coming to save the day.  He has a warning for you “Don’t promise the impossible to her majesty.   She’s determined to stay and save the city.  With you around, she’ll become even more determined to stay and die in this castle.  If it happens, I’ll hold you personally responsible.”

He has seemingly given up hope, although remains loyal to the Queen.  Penultimately, you meet Patriarch Casimir.

Finally, you meet Queen Katarina.  You discover that she refuses to leave the castle and wants you to help take back the City.  You make it known that you’re only here to look for Adrian, however, it’s pretty obvious that this will not be the case.  Luckily, she knows the whereabouts of Adrain, and she sends you south, to the Royal Gardens.

The map lets you teleport to different areas of the map. 

Each area has a specific location that you must reach, however, there is plenty to do along the way.  You get attached by various monster and creatures.  Each area has hidden tunnels and entrances which you can explore, although some have a required level to enter.  As you make your way through the maps, the voice continues to taunt you.

I really liked the codex which gives you detailed information and pictures of the various weapons and enemies that you encounter.

Combat is really smooth and satisfying.  Especially when you get to use your demon power.  Defeating enemies and completing challenges allows you to collect XP and destiny points.  This allows you to change your destiny cards, with each having a different bonus, for example, increasing the max health or unleashing powerful effects in combat.

Conclusion

This is an excellent game. It offers so much depth and longevity.  You can either pick the game up to go on a quick demon hunting rampage, or you can spend longer sessions, completing the story.  With three worlds to conquer, and multiplayer, this game offers huge value for money. Completionists will want to return to each area to find all of the secrets and to get 5 stars.

I certainly can’t wait to continue my journey into the dark world of Victor Vran.

Now that’s what I call a spider!

Rapid Reviews Rating: 8 out of 10 – Hell yeah!

Victor Vran Overkill Edition is available today! You can purchase it from the Nintendo eShop on the following link, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Victor-Vran-Overkill-Edition-1424731.html

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