VICTOR VRAN: OVERKILL EDITION
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on September 2, 2018
Recently, we told you about Victor Vran: Overkill Edition for the Nintendo Switch, because we played it during our time at Gamescom 2018. Usually the games we play at Gamescom take a while before they are actual released but, as luck would have it, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition for Nintendo Switch released the week after Gamescom. So here we go!
In this game, developed by indie developer Haemimont Games and published for the Nintendo Switch by Wired Productions, you take the role of Demon Hunter extraordinaire; Victor Vran. You arrive in the city of Zagoravia, in search of your friend Adrian, a fellow Demon Hunter. You don't know what exactly happened to him, but he's missing and you want to find them as soon as possible. But that's easier said than done. In the city of Zagoravia, more Demon Hunters disappeared under mysterious circumstances. And, on top of it all, there are many, many monsters roaming the streets in and the fields and forests around the city, who will just as soon kill you than look at you!
When your adventure begins, a disembodied voice starts talking to you. He simply introduces himself as The Voice and constantly comments on the things you do. He also comes up with a name for you. He doesn't like your name Victor so much, so he decided to call you Vicky. The start of a lovely friendship, of course. I love The Voice, he has cheesy one-liners and is filled with sarcasm. I laughed my ass off when he told Victor that he "was in another dungeon". Other times in the game I love the subtle references to other games or movies. I swear at some point the Voice sings a song I know from Monthy Python's Quest for the Holy Grail and when I'm in the pub just before I enter the Motörhead levels, the bartender tells me that "it is dangerous to go alone"!
While playing, your inventory will be filled with weapons, consumables, powers, destiny cards and other things you can use to your advantage. The weapons are totally powerful and over the top and their names are really awesome. I mean how often did you get to fight enemies wielding the Spider Slayer's Hammer of the Duelist for example? In the Powers tab of your inventory, you can select your specific demon power and the Destiny Cards make up your set of passive skills. Make it a habit to check the things you find on a regular basis and make sure you always have the best possible loadout. You can also buy items in stores, whenever you pass by one. Things get really rough out there, so you better be prepared, right?
Another thing to keep your eye on is your Overdrive meter. When you hit an enemy, you build up Overdrive. The overdrive meter slowly fills as you hit more and more enemies. When it is full, it means you can use your Demon Power, which are usually a highly effective way of inflicting major damage to a number of enemies. If you fail to hit any enemies for a specific duration, however, the Overdrive meter slowly drains and you'll have to start filling up the meter all over again, so be watchful and use your Demon Power as often as possible!
Ferry "Sadhonker" and myself love to play a good coop game, especially couch coop. This means you'll enter the fields of terror with two Victor Vran characters while playing in the same screen. You'll also share the gold and weapons you find, so you don't need to argue about who needs a particular item the most. The only downside to the local coop mode is that you can't use a character from your own account, even if that account is on the same Switch. You'll have to start a coop campaign on one of the accounts and save your character there. This way, you will be able to continue your adventure with the character you've so painstakingly built the next time you play.
As we've come to expect from games in the action RPG genre, you can also upgrade your character. When you've earned enough XP by killing enemies and completing challenges, you go up a level. This means you'll get to choose a reward and receive additional health or other awesome abilities, like the ability to wield a secondary weapon when you reach level 4. This comes in really handy if you are fighting a bunch of enemies and have to quickly switch between melee and ranged combat. At other levels, your max health or max overdrive is increased, making it somewhat easier to keep yourself alive in the constant onslaught of enemies.
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition offers you the original game set in the world of Zagoravia and the DLC's: Fractured Worlds and the Motörhead: Through the Ages. Fractured Worlds offers you a brand new and challenging chapter in the Victor Vran Story. A demon can help Victor break his contract with the devil, but they need the Timelab to do so. Naturally, the damn thing is broken into five pieces and scattered throughout the wolrd, so you'll need to get them back and make the Timelab whole again.
In Motörhead: Through the Ages, Lemmy (for everyone who's asking themselves who Lemmy is, he was the lead singer of the famous Metal band Motörhead) and his trusty companion Snaggletooth fought the demons of the three worlds. But Snaggletooth is all worn out and everyone is afraid that the demons will now take over the world. So naturally, they choose Victor Vran as their hero and he is sent out to save the day. He must carry on the fight for Snaggletooth and Lemmy. And what a fight it is! How awesome is it to have a guitar as a weapon? Or slaying hordes of enemies while listening to one of your favorite Motörhead songs?
Originally, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition was released on June 6, 2017 for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Now, a year later, we can enjoy this title on our Nintendo Switch, which also means you can now take the game with you and play it wherever and whenever you want! And, if you have a few mates that also own a Switch (and the game, of course) you can even join forces and play through the campaign together.
Victor Vran is an awesome game! The original story and the Factured Worlds DLC is already great and to develop and design Motörhead levels is absolutely mind-blowing! It totally fits the concept of the game. During Gamescom I was already impressed with this game and since we can play this game in the comfort of our own home, I'm a big fan; I'm a Fran!