Victor Vran: Overkill Edition - PlayStation 4 Review

An Impressive but sometimes goofy Action RPG

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Publisher: Wired Productions
  • Developer: Haemimont Games
  • Release Date: May 30, 2017

Who it Caters to

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is an updated version giving players all the expansion packs of the previous title. If you’re a fan of Diablo like games then you’ll find a lot of similarities embedded in Victor Vran: Overkill Edition. Players are given multiple ways to customize Victor Vran in terms of several weapon classes, costumes with stat boosting perks and tons of skill cards that give players a wide range of making Victor Vran a truly powerful demon hunter. With co-op both online and offline, players can enjoy bringing a friend or friends into the fray to take down the hundreds of various enemies that inhabit Victor’s world. Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is a huge action RPG for a low price tag in comparison to other titles of the same genre.

What to Expect

Players who pick up Victor Vran: Overkill Edition can expect a very Diablo like game filled with the themes that franchise has. Players will run around from an over the top perspective slaying various enemies and picking up tons of loot. However, unlike the Diablo series, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition only has one character in the form of the titular main hero, Victor. Though that may be the case, players can find tons of ways to make their own versions of Victor thanks to several weapons that all have different fighting styles and skills as well as tons of abilities that can be given to increase stats such as health or critical hit damage. While Victor Vran: Overkill Edition may seem like just another Diablo clone, Haemimont Games made sure to show their title is anything but just a clone. Oh did we mention you can play co-op to ensure you and your friends can run around dealing out death to the creatures and demons who plague the city of Zagoravia?

Story

Queen Katarina of Zagoravia finds that she is in desperate need of assistance. Her kingdom has become infested with various creatures and demons, killing off a majority of the townsfolk or making them into creatures themselves. Having no other options, Queen Katarina summons various hunters all throughout the land. While many were willing to give their services, most if not all have failed and or disappeared. Victor Vran, a hunter himself, enters the cursed land of Zagoravia in search for a friend who disappeared while answering the Queen’s call. Soon Victor Vran will learn the truth of this infestation and whether he wants to or not, he will have to lend his aid.

Gameplay

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition plays like a typical action RPG title. Players assume the role of the game’s only character, Victor, and must fight through various areas of the kingdom in search for clues. What makes Victor Vran: Overkill Edition so much fun lies in some clever design choices. Unlike traditional Action RPGs and or the Diablo series where players can choose multiple classes, Victor is the only main class but can be tweaked by giving him different weapons such as swords, scythes, guns, hammers and even more in the various expansions, especially Motorhead: through the Ages which gives players guitars and revolvers. Alongside that lie Destiny Cards, different outfits, useable items and demon powers that can be combined into two separate equipment slots for some truly interesting combos.This amounts to a wide range of choices in play style which is necessary thanks to the ability of co-op.

In terms of more advanced gameplay mechanics, players will find there is a lot of fun in just mindlessly killing enemies thanks to in game challenges that require specific actions from the player. These can range from killing a specific number of an enemy type, a timed event in terms of hunting an amount of creatures and the list goes on. While some are pretty easy, there are a few that can be quite frustrating and will require some serious use of Victor’s various different abilities. What this sums up to is that despite areas being vary generic in nature, the usual dark prison or haunted town, players will care more about how to defeat a specific challenge. Victor Vran: Overkill Edition may have a lot of common Action RPG traits similar to other titles yet it does enough to show that it has its own title and we here at Honey’s Anime think that is where Victor Vran: Overkill Edition truly shines over some of the other popular titles of the genre.

Graphically Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is a mixed bag. While the environments, enemies and characters look solid, the art style won’t appeal to everyone and sometimes looks downright old. This is very noticeable in some of the darker dungeons. However, that doesn’t mean some dungeons don’t have a unique flair as there are some impressive stages, especially noticeable in the expansions packs that come in the Overkill Edition. While Victor Vran: Overkill Edition may not always look as good as say Diablo III, it still has an impressive tone more times than not.

Sound wise is where Victor Vran’s Tale suffers a bit. In terms of voice acting, while Victor’s inner voice acts as narrator and comedic relief and some of the expansion pack voices aren’t bad, most end up being laughably bad. The same can be said of the music which ranges from generic to okay. Each of the expansions pack also offers new music and while we were happy to hear a popular tune being played during the Motorhead: Through the Ages in the form of Ace of Spades; hearing that tune over and over did begin to kind of annoy more than fill our souls with metal glory. Fractured World, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’s other included expansion fairs about the same. However, in the end while the sound of Victor Vran: Overkill Edition may not please everyone, it still does an adequate job.

Let us also not forget about the story of Victor Vran: Overkill Edition. The main story isn’t that bad but overall suffers at times from generic ideas and Fractured World expansion fairs about the same. Our most fun came from the Motorhead: through the Ages expansion which gives the most unique story and probably the oddest one all cumulating into a solid experience. Thanks to the fact that Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’s neat feature of being able to switch between any of the three stories at any time, players can easily avoid getting to bored of any of three. As Victor Vran: Overkill Edition and we here at Honey’s Anime advise to you, save the Fractured World expansion for later on as it requires at least a level twenty character to be successful in. You may forget most of the Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’s story, but thanks to some clever designs in terms of lore and the expansions, Victor’s story isn’t by any means bad. Just don’t expect too much.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to play online cooperatively with anyone but we were able to play same screen co-op and we will say it was handled very well. Players may have a friend at any time drop in and use their own save date from the game to join in on the fun of killing some baddies. We noticed no lag or framerate issues having two Victors running around and even when the enemy load increased the game kept a steady framerate. Our only issue with co-op is the inability to trade or drop items for allies, which could have made it easier for a new player to gain some better low level equipment but it wasn’t a deal breaker. Overall, if you feeling lonely during Victor Vran: Overkill Edition solo story mission you’ll find companionship in the form of a fun co-op experience.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

Overall, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition has a lot for such a price tag. Players will find a true myriad of customization thanks to some clever gameplay choices and easily more than 75+ hours of gameplay if you just speed through the various stories included in Victor Vran: Overkill Edition. While it may have some issues with the story, okay graphics and sound it overall is an amazing experience even with those issues. If you’re in need of an impressive Action RPG we can’t recommend Victor Vran: Overkill Edition enough. We do recommend also grabbing some friends to gain even more enjoyment but if you’re unable to, you’ll still be greeted to a game that you truly will enjoy playing.

Honey's Pros:

  • Wide variety of weapons
  • Tons of customization
  • Dozens of challenges
  • A variety of Different Difficulties
  • Some fun characters
  • Co-op
  • Fun Expansion Packs

Honey's Cons:

  • Graphics aren’t that impressive
  • Weak Voice Acting
  • Generic stories

Honey's Final Verdict:

While Victor Vran: Overkill Edition isn’t perfect, its gameplay and co-op elements make up for the weaker elements. Players will have a blast experimenting with different weapons and perks to find the right balance in terms of play style. While the story may have some weak moments and the voice acting is sometimes laughably bad, you’ll always find forgiveness thanks to the gameplay. Overall, we highly recommend Victor Vran: Overkill Editions, especially if you have some friends who are willing to join in on the fun. As always hopefully you enjoyed our review here at Honey’s Anime. Let us know down below your thoughts about Victor Vran: Overkill Edition and stick around for more game reviews and articles. Now then if you’ll excuse us we have more monsters to slay.

Aaron

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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