Zombies are becoming the mainstay of modern games; almost every FPS out there has a Zombie Mod. Vampires, however, are still somewhat rare in gaming (possibly due to the recent popularity of the sparkly variety).
Well, we like real vampires that dont sparkle, and we definitely like saving the world from them. Good thing we have the early Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing System Requirements then isn't it...
Early Van Helsing system specs were passed through to us back in November by our buddies over at Neocore, the indie dev studio responsible for this title.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing System Requirements
OS: Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz or AMD Phenom 9150e Quad-Core
RAM: 2GB System Memory
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 470 GTX or ATI Radeon HD 6950
DX: DX 9
HDD: 7 Gb Free Hard Drive Space
We are advised that a quad core is not necessary. The system requirements above are those that would comfortably play the game. Van Helsing is still in late development, and there still might be further optimisation before the game is released.
To give you an idea of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, you play as a badass vampire hunter in a top down point and click, similar to Torchlight 2. There are lots of character customisations to fine tune your games development.
We decided to run a few benchmark tests on this build of Van Helsing to give you guys an idea of what sort of performance you can expect from two ends of the gaming PC spectrum.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing benchmarked on Intel i5-2500K, Nvidia GTX 560 Ti, 8GB Ram
Van Helsing is going to be available on PC and XBox 360, we have been informed.
Bare in mind that the build we have been using is not quite the finished version, although it did feel pretty much complete in terms of gameplay.
We decided to use our low end onboard graphics PC to test Van Helsing on lower specced PCs.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing running on Intel I5-3570k Quad core @ 3.4GHz, 8 GB RAM, Onboard graphics Intel HD 4000.
So it is just playable with an Intel HD 4000 providing you turn down the resolution and run it on Very Low Settings. Take a look at the following two images. The first is Van Helsing on Very High graphics settings and the second is Van Helsing on Very Low graphics settings.
The main difference you will notice is that characters have shadows in the Very High Settings version. Turning the game down to Very Low graphics setting does not significantly hamper the games look. It is a top down isometric game and so only some of the subtle special effects or exaggerated death animations might be missing when played on Very Low, but otherwise the game runs fine at this setting even with the onboard Intel HD 4000 graphics solution.
Van Helsing allows you to customise all the settings so you can turn on some parts of the animations if you feel your GPU can handle it.
Neocore have also put together some other solid titles over the past few years, namely King Arthur and its sequel, King Arthur 2. Both of which give the mighty Total War franchise a run for its money. We recommend you take a look at those titles if that sort of game is your sort of thing.