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PostSubject: Hellgate: London   Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:46 pm

Metachronos overall score = 7.9 / 10

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# Gameplay can be supremely addictive because of the way it lets you collect tons of items and upgrade your gear
# Good-looking graphics, especially on DirectX 10 machines
# Impressive story

Negative
# Plenty of technical glitches can get in the way
# Most ranged weapons really lack powers

Hellgate: London is a likeable action role-playing game that answers the question "What would happen if you took all the loot lust from Diablo and fit it into a first-person shooter?" OK, maybe you weren't asking that question, but Hellgate is an interesting game. It will probably come into its own after a few more patches, but right now, it has almost as many issues as strengths. The game takes place in London, naturally, and it's the near future. A large gate to hell--some might call it a "Hellgate" of some kind--has opened and demons have been spewing forth from it. The storyline has you, as a character in one of six classes, falling into an adventure that puts you on a path to seek out various oracles, kill a whole lot of demons, and eventually penetrate the Hellgate itself. But the storyline is rather limp. It's best conveyed by prerendered cutscenes that play out between each of the game's acts, but there are hours of often poorly written quest dialogue text and flat character exclamations between those cutscenes. The game can't seem to make up its mind as to whether or not it wants to be serious or funny, and the characters that have been placed in the game for comic relief don't work very well, with the possible exception of a guy who, through your actions, ends up having a small demon hump his face for the rest of the game. The game also has a handful of technical issues, including frame rates that randomly take a dive and hard lockups that, depending on when they occur, might make you play through a significant chunk of the game again. You also have to watch your character stats. Each time you level up, you're given five points to drop into accuracy, strength, stamina, and willpower. Most items have stat requirements, and those requirements stack. So if your pants require you to have five willpower points and your shoulders require three more, you'll need at least eight points in that stat to wear both. It's possible to upgrade a weapon to the point that you can't actually use it anymore, but the game doesn't warn you about this, which is supremely frustrating.



While you can certainly play the game online for free and experience most of what Hellgate has to offer, you can also subscribe for $10 a month. Right now, the main benefits for subscribers are access to a harder difficulty setting, more character slots, and more room to store gear. You also get to partake in various themed events. There have been two such events as of this writing, one based on Halloween and one based around Guy Fawkes Day. These events add a few quests, but their primary function so far seems to be adding a bunch of annoying little drops to the game, such as apples, potatoes, or blueprints, for pets and stuff. Considering you have limited inventory space, it all just gets a little overwhelming. If you love hoarding stuff and don't mind repetition, Hellgate: London is a really neat but often uneven game that will probably keep you busy for at least a month or two, even if you don't subscribe. But, for many, the game's issues will be a real deal breaker. If you're on the fence, you might want to watch the game's patch notes to see how many technical glitches, as well as other annoyances, are cleared up.







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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:10 pm

looks great too bad its pc

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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:34 am

yeah

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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:38 am

ps2 is the way to go lol

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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:41 am

they know that a pc everyone has. not everyone has a ps2, someone may have an xbox,ps3, wii and others. everyone owns a pc today. it's more worthit

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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:43 am

god of destiny wrote:
they know that a pc everyone has. not everyone has a ps2, someone may have an xbox,ps3, wii and others. everyone owns a pc today. it's more worthit

everyone owns a pc yes...but you need a gamers pc(one that costs 1000$ of punds) to play the game!

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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:45 am

and a powerful graphic card, not to mention a sound card

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PostSubject: Re: Hellgate: London   Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:00 am

lamo Razz

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