Victor Vran Overkill Edition: DLC highlight – Review
Follow Genre: Isometric Action RPG
Developer: Haemimont Games
Publisher: EuroVideo Medien
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, XBox One
Tested on: PC

Victor Vran Overkill Edition: DLC highlight – Review

Site Score
8.6
Good: Lots of different choices of items, refreshing new settings
Bad: Story not as good and atmospheric as in the base game
User Score
8.5
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In addition to releasing Victor Vran for consoles, Haemimont Games also released Victor Vran Overkill Edition, with two DLCs full of content to complement the base game: Motörhead Through the Ages & Fractured Worlds.

This review is written as addendum because the DLCs have their own story, and the ‘feel’ of the game -as conveyed by both graphics and sounds- is also quite different from the base game, putting it all in one review would be too long and unclear. Don’t forget to check out the review of the Victor Vran base game, if you haven’t read it yet.

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Story

In Victor Vran Overkill Edition, Victor can travel to different worlds, each with their own separate story-lines. It doesn’t matter at which level you start these alternate worlds; you can use a new or a seasoned character, if you wish. You’ll be able to select worlds through the main menu.

In Motörhead Through the Ages, Victor travels to a strange world ravaged by war, where an evil tyrant has built wicked machines to kill for him. In this area you learn there were rebels fighting against this Hitler-like tyrant, led by the (in)famous Lenny. You’ll find out this story not only by the cut scenes, but also by activating narrated journal fragments, which describe parts of the story of Lenny and the ideas of the tyrant. Next to the war ravaged world, there are two more different themed worlds with different issues which brought those lands destruction. The next area is wild west themed, and tells about the massacres caused by religion. The story is being told via journal fragments you’ll encounter in areas, and via cut-scenes in-between areas.

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In Fractured Worlds, Victor learns he can undo the pact he made with a demon, by retrieving parts of an artefact from different fractured worlds, and bring those part to a demon who should be able to restore the artefact and free Victor from his curse. The story of this world is not very dense: you’ll have to play through different areas for quite a while until you get some progression in the story-line.

Graphics

The worlds of Victor Vran Overkill Edition are less dark and moody than the one of the base game, but it’s still in a style fitting to the game. The Motörhead world is more modern, post-apocalyptic and grim, different from the moody dark style of the base game, and it is of course definitely more metal.

The worlds in Fractured worlds are very varied, some are more colorful and more cheerful than the base game, some look dark and grim, each having their own personality. There are tranquil gardens, shimmering caves or post-apocalyptic cities to travel through.

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Sounds

The music in the Motörhead world is of course music from Motörhead! Different songs are used for different moments in the game, and it’s pretty cool and fitting background music for a game like this! There’s no continuous frequent narration during the game, but pretty often you’ll encounter journal fragments which are narrated and tell the story of the area.

The music of Fractures world is more cheerful compared to the base game. There’s not much narration in this world, sadly.

Gameplay

Victor Vran is a hack ‘n slash action RPG. The gameplay of the DLCs is the same as in the base game, but in the DLCs you’ll not only have new area’s and a new story-line, but also new and challenging monsters and loads of new items. There are two new weapon types: guitars and revolvers, new destiny cards (which are Motörhead themed), new consumables, and rock-themed demon powers. The guitar weapons is a ranged AoE weapons, which is similar to the lightning gun, but has 3 beams instead of one, and does not auto-target or bounce between enemies. However, using this weapons does have an interesting ‘stun’ effect: every now and then the hordes of enemies stopt to headbang. The guitar is perfect for clearing huge hordes of mobs. The dual revolvers look very awesome, but are less interesting as a new weapon-type compared to the guitar.

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In the Motörhead DLC you’ll encounter Monuments of Rock in the larger areas you’ll play through. These monuments are regions with a very high density of mobs, spawning wave after wave, including a few bosses. If you come close to a monument (indicated on the map), the sky darkens and the music changes into something darker as soon as you approach. It’s a lot of fun to complete these, and the rewards are plentiful.

The new enemies offer more variation, which is nice. There are succubi, hellhounds and schorpions, all with new abilities and many different sub-types of enemies. They fit well into the Motörhead DLC’s theme. The bombastic Motörhead themes bosses are also very cool, especially for Motörhead fans.

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Conclusion

The Overkill Edition is a very good addendum to the game! New areas, new weapons and new monsters. Especially Motörhead Through the Ages was a lot of fun, since the story-lines there were pretty engaging, the worlds and their stories are a nice change of scenery and fun to play through, and the Monuments of Rock are a great challenge to complete. Plus, the guitar weapons are totally awesome.

 

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I'm a LARP writer, freelance teacher and everlasting PhD student, and an avid gamer. Nowadays I game mostly on PC, but I love my retro playstation 1 & 2 as well :) I like watching anime, movies and series, and read books & comics whenever I have time!

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