With Nintendo Switch slowly being blessed with bigger games and bigger ports, it’s now Haemimton Games and Wired Productions turn to bring on the big guns. Originally released on PC back in 2015 as Victor Vran, the game was upgraded with two expansion packs and named Victor Vran: Overkill Edition for its PS4 release last year. Now this gothic fantasy RPG is the first game of its kind to grace the Nintendo Switch, and boy does it perform well.
The gothic city of Zagoravia and its vast array of atmospheric dungeons is where Victor finds himself. Your quest is to find Adrian, a friend and fellow demon hunter. There is plenty to keep Victor busy on this journey as within each errie, dark area comes all sorts of demonic forces. Enemy types come in all different shapes and sizes and as the deeper you delve into the city of Zagoravia, the more wonderful and strange creatures you’ll encounter.
Thankfully weapons play a big part in this action RPG as Victor Vran is a slaughterfest. Choose a sigthe to get close up and personal or opt for a shotgun to take down enemies who have the ugliest of mugs who cower further a field. Either way it’s a satisfying kill. I personally like the sledgehammer, one push to knock them over then another blow to the mid rift sends any enemy to its creator.
Special abilities come with a cool down feature which is displayed bottom screen. From sending a massive force of energy crashing to the ground or raining down death from above, each ability performs well on each mythical creature. Controls feel tigh and super responsive, whether your double jumping off old crumbled stone walls or rolling forward into or out of trouble, the Switch delivers.
As you progress you’ll level up and also gain Destiny points and tarot style Destiny cards. Such cards grant perks like critical damage and health. Along with the different weapons, abilities and Victor’s customisation, there is a lot of experimentation to be had throughout.
Traveling around the city is helped by the aid of the map, this displays areas to venture down and secrets found and with each new area comes new and fresh backdrops. Victor Vran mixes it up nicely and you never get the feeling you’ve seen it before. There’s humour amid all the dark demon slaying, a great inclusion especially when you enter the crazy world of Motörhead: Through the Ages expansion pack.
Victor Vran comes complete with local two-player co-op, with up to four-player co-op online. But for any meathead from the 80’s an even bigger draw is the aforementioned Motörhead: Through the Ages. It’s not since PS4’s Brutal Legend have we been treated to such rocking tunes and heavy metal references. Here the late great “Fast” Eddie Clarke, “Philthy Animal” Taylor and Lemmy blast out over the slaughter. Then if that’s not enough, Fractured Worlds adds even more value to an already busy package. Value for money? Indeed.
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is one great slaughterfest. With hours of extra content and ruthless attitude, Nintendo Switch has a fine action RPG to plunge hours into. Rock on!
Lizard rating 8.5/10