Hellgate: London Review
Hellgate: London box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Flagship Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 31, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (MMOG) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Monsters, demons, he-beasts, she-beasts, and other frightening anomalies such as hovering eyeballs will attempt to thwart your progress at every turn. They possess different attack patterns which will challenge your reflexes, even at ranged distances. These creatures will crawl, lunge, run, fly, float, and attempt to ambush you from the shadows using stealth techniques. Monsters that don't personally attack will launch a multitude of projectiles. You can defend yourself with a shield or just dodge the incoming.

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Eventually you will be able to discern the different demons' patterns and initiate the various moves required to neutralize the threat. You will encounter many of the same creatures throughout the game. For the most part, they are well rendered and display convincing animation, although it's difficult to debate the locomotive mechanics of a giant brain since we have no model to base a theory on. The character models are imaginative but perhaps a bit too diverse. There's not much consistency with the demons. It seems as though Hell is not selective enough with its immigration policy. At the same time, the story does little to explain the origin of these horrendous species.

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Boss battles are as challenging as they are refreshing. It's nice to find a character that has different, and more deadly' attack patterns. The melee characters fare better in boss battle because of the close proximity to its weaknesses. For my money, I enjoy the immediacy and instant gratification of melee combat with the Blademaster.

Environments are far too repetitive. You'll see the same textures, tunnels, streets, corridors, and ruins over and over. In the multiplayer mode, you will meet with other players in the various connecting underground junctions. Here you will be able to meet and greet other players as well as swap and shop your loot. Once you enter into a co-op game, you'll revisit the levels that you played in the single-player mode. The multiplayer component helps to lessen the feeling of deja vu, but the latency and slowdown can make it a really frustrating experience. A couple of recent patches helped with some of the glitches, but it's still got a ways to go to make the multiplayer component a selling feature.

Hellgate: London is definitely worth the price of admission for the single-player mode, but it would be an incredible bargain if the online mode was of similar quality.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Features:

  • The RPG Authority - Flagship Studios was founded by the core creators of Diablo, one of the biggest PC gaming franchises in history with over 13 million units sold worldwide - they are the first, last, and only voice in the world of action RPGs.
  • Beyond RPG - Experience new layers to the traditional hack-and-slash forumla by experiencing the action RPG from the first-person perspective and through nontraditional character classes and play styles.
  • Have it your way - Three unique factions with their own visual and gameplay style, offering something for every type of gamer, whether they prefer the longer-range blasts of the Hunter or want to get up close and personal with the Templar.
  • Infinite Replayability - Dynamically generated levels, chance events, and massive quantities of randomly created items makes for infinite replayability -- no two experiences will ever be the same and every game will be its own unique event.
  • Mad Skills - Each faction has two character classes that contain a wide variety of skills and spells that are fully customizable.
  • London Calling - Explore post-apocalyptic London, even darker and gloomier than usual. From shattered cathedrals and landmarks to the ancient ruins buried beneath the shell of a once-great city, players will need to scour all of London in search of the unknown.
  • Misery Loves Company - Don't be a glory hog - fight online. Gather with friends or recruit strangers in Underground stations and venture out into mean streets of London together to erase the Demonic threat.
  • Hell Never Looked Better - HellGate: London features all of the latest next-generation technology to deliver a true, DX10 experience, while being fully scalable for optimal performance on older PCs.

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.3
    Graphics
    Excellent character models and animation. Too much texture and environment repetition.
    3.8
    Control
    The single-player mode responds well, unfortunately the online mode suffers from slowdown and latency.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Good music. Sparse voiceovers, but good acting.
    4.5
    Play Value
    Randomly generated levels keeps the gameplay from becoming too predictable. There is hope for the online mode.
    3.8
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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