Sometimes cross-promotion in games can be a little, er…maybe “weird” is the right word. Take the Sonic 25th Anniversary celebration last year, for instance, which was basically an extended commercial for Totino’s stuffed nachos that was loaded with both technical problems and queso. Cup Noodles’ ubiquitous (and delicious!) presence throughout Final Fantasy XV falls into this category as well.
Sometimes, though, the cross-promotion works, like when Victor Vran: Overkill Edition prominently features legendary rock band Motörhead. It makes sense. Not even in context, it just makes sense.
Victor Vran, our demon-hunting hero, is known for his skills with blade, bullet…and bass, I guess, because now he’s working together with Motörhead to fight – who else? – Hitler. Yes, seriously. Motörhead Through the Ages is one of the new bits of content in the Overkill Edition package, with the other being the Fractured Worlds set of randomly-generated dungeons. I mean, that’s cool and everything, but there’s a pretty clear winner here.
Hold on, let’s say you haven’t played Victor Vran on PC. This would be your first time with the game, then. Basically, it’s a Diablo-style action-RPG with a little more focus on the action than the RPG side of things. In particular, Victor Vran really excels with its variety of weapons that the hunter can wield, because they each behave in mechanically different ways; the Shotgun, for instance, rewards rhythmic button-tapping to get critical shots as you fire, while the Scythe grants bonuses for hacking away at groups of enemies before launching into a devastating spin attack.
Selecting the right tools for the job is key to success and it’s always a great time playing with different combinations of gear. Many areas offer rewards for playing in a certain way – using particular weapons, avoiding being hit and so on – so there’s a lot of variety and you’re encouraged to change up your playstyle.
Anyway, again: this is a game where you play as a demon hunter who enters the world of Motörhead to fight off Hitler with the help of Lloyd Kaufman from Troma Entertainment. I know that sounds like the sort of OH SO RANDOM LOL thing that was big back in the mid-2000s, but it’s real. It’s here, you can play it. That’s amazing. Motörhead music plays in the background, you smash demons, Hitler shouts at you in an exaggerated German accent…man, welcome to the future of games.
It’s even got a new weapon for Victor in the form of a guitar that shoots dark lightning everywhere; Dante had pretty much the same thing in Devil May Cry 3, so there’s precedent for it. The gameplay doesn’t change up significantly from the typical Victor Vran outing, which means lots of weapon-switching and paying attention to the different conditions under which your gear best performs; it’s notably more difficult from the outset than the original campaign, though, so it’s probably a better choice for veteran players.
As for Fractured Worlds, well, it’s more Victor Vran. You need to go find the shattered pieces of a magic artifact scattered throughout the aforementioned fractured worlds. If you’ve got a decently leveled character from the original campaign, you can take them in here to have more fun with them, including adding a little bit more powerful in the form of enhancement-granting Talismans and fighting some new monsters that also show up in the other DLC. In terms of adding more content to a game that already had solid, enjoyable gameplay, it’s not bad, but it’s being released alongside Motörhead: The Game, so…
Generally speaking it looks and plays about as well on console as it does on PC. It’s worth noting, though, that this is a game that really wants you to have a smaller screen or at least be up close to see what’s going on; everything can get pretty small and squinty at times. Menu control is also much more pleasant with a mouse than with a controller, but that almost goes without saying.
If you can get past the fact that you’re tied to that controller, though, you’ll probably enjoy Victor Vran: Overkill Edition. Naturally, if you’ve got a capable PC then you’ll probably want to check the game out there, but lucky console gamers don’t have to miss out anymore with this great port. Victor Vran isn’t a game you should miss; I mean…Motörhead and Hitler killing. What more could you want?