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Hellgate: London (Windows)

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MobyRank
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3.0
MobyScore
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The servers are dead, but the single-player lives on BurningStickMan (17738) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Tedious and Disappointing. Scott Monster (924) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall MobyScore (14 votes) 3.0


The Press Says

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91
Power Unlimited
Hellgate: London slaagt er in het beste van shooters, actiespellen, en MMORPG’s samen te brengen in een geweldige en verslavende ervaring, die mogelijk dankzij de originele opzet ongekende replay value biedt.
90
ripten
With top-down, hack-and-slash Diablo clones making a comeback (we’re looking at you, Titan Quest), it’s nice to see the minds behind the original put a different spin on things. Hellgate offers what precious few games these days do–replayability. The state of the industry is such that developers don’t want you playing any one game for too long. They want to hook you on the next IP they are working on, or the sequel to the game you just played. For what it’s worth Flagship seems to be in this for the long haul. I know I am.
89
PC Gamer
It doesn't redefine the action RPG, but in a genre laden with derivative games, Hellgate is a refreshing concoction that's likely to have enduring appeal.
85
Game Informer Magazine
What Hellgate does, it does well – few games have core gameplay this strong. However, it doesn’t venture far outside of the scope of filling an XP bar or finding that next upgrade. The story isn’t much more than a thin excuse to kill demons, and the truly memorable encounters are few and far between. If you like faster-paced combat than you’ll find in the rest of the MMO genre, though, this could be a great fit.
84
Pelit
Hellgaten maailma on kymmenien geneeristen fantasia-asetelmien jälkeen piristävä, ja siksi tympiikin valtavasti, miten heikosti peli hyödyntää hieonoa miljöötä. Tunnelma kymmenkertaistuisi, jos äänet eivät olisi niin vaisuja ja musiikki olematonta, suurimman osan ajasta sankari saa taistella hiljaisuudessa. Juoni etenee todella laiskasti ja epäselvästi, eikä missään vaiheessa nappaa kunnolla mukaansa. Metroasemilta saatavat sivutehtävät eivät myöskään aiheuta riemunkiljahduksia - jos haluaisin tappaa kymmenen mustaa luurankoa ja kerätä tusinan verran demoninkorvia, pelaisin nettiropea. Palkkioksi uroteostaan saa satunnaisen esineen ja mainetta, jolla ei tunnu ainakaan yksinpelissä olevan mitään merkitystä.
82
GameBanshee
If a bunch of Blizzard employees move away from Blizzard and create their own developing house, do you still end up with a Blizzard game? Sadly, the answer is no. Hellgate: London is a nice game, but it's far from a great game, and it's easy to spot places where Blizzard would have done things better. But Hellgate: London is playable and it's immersing, and I had a reasonable amount of fun during my time with it. It also has great graphics, a fun setting, and perhaps the best variety of enemies that I've ever seen in a game, but even so it didn't have enough content to support a 60-hour campaign (I doubt any action role-playing game ever will). My enthusiasm was dragging by the end, and I'm guessing that only those with a high threshold for grinding will really enjoy it. For others, you're probably best off sticking with BioShock or Titan Quest.
82
V2.fi
Mitä tehdä pelille, jonka tietää olevan keskeneräinen ja varman päälle suunniteltu, keskinkertainen teos? Pitäisi varmaan antaa keskinkertaiset pisteet, mutta kun Hellgaten pelaaminen on ihan aidosti ollut hauskaa. Siispä annan pisteet, joita peli ei välttämättä ansaitse. Kehoitan kuitenkin vakavasti kaikkia niitä, joita Diablon kaltaiset toimintaroolipelit eivät ole addiktoineet vähentämään pisteistä runsaalla kädellä ja harkitsemaan ostosta enemmän kuin kahdesti. Niin hyvä peli ei missään tapauksessa ole, että maksaisin siitä kuukausimaksua, jolla nettipeliin saa lisäsisältöä ja esimerkiksi enemmän tilaa kerätylle rojulle. Rahastamisen maku suussa on voimakas, kun peli ei tunnu edes valmiilta eikä ole varsinainen MMO.
82
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Hellgate London kan jammer genoeg de hoge verwachtingen niet inlossen en levert ons op zijn best leuke Hack & Slash gameplay.
81
4Players.de
Über das Internet spielt es allerdings auch ohne Elite-Service seine Stärken aus, läuft auf stabilen Servern und steht hier auf einer Stufe mit anderen Online-Spielen. Solisten jedoch könnten relativ schnell enttäuscht sein, da man hier einfach mit Ausnahme des Item-System in jeder Hinsicht etwas hinter der Konkurrenz zurück bleibt. Dennoch muss ich zugeben, dass ich enorme Schwierigkeiten habe, mich von Hellgate London loszueisen - und das, obwohl ich schon in der Mehrspieler-Beta, dann in einer Einzelspieler-Vorabversion und nun mit der finalen Fassung probiert, gekämpft und gelitten habe. Ich will immer noch mehr und nehme dabei die zufällig meist gleich aussehenden Abschnitte in Kauf. Und das ist eine Qualität, die Spiele nur selten entfachen. Trotz technischer Schwächen ist Hellgate London eine gelungene Genre-Ergänzung mit Sammelsuchtgarantie, die man aber vorzugsweise online spielen sollte...
81
PC Action
Die Idee für die Hintergrundgeschichte ist ebenso fantastisch wie der Geistesblitz, Shooter-Spielmechanik mit einem Action-Rollenspiel zu kreuzen. Leider hält das fertige Spiel nicht ganz, was sich viele Diablo-Fans davon versprochen haben. Das soll nicht heißen, dass es keinen Spaß macht, Höllenkreaturen mittels effektvoller Spezielfähigkeiten und mächtiger Wummen ins Jenseits zu befördern. Ein wenig mehr Atmospähre, Liebe zum Detail und Abwechslung wäre halt schön gewesen - von einer würdigen Präsentation der Bosskämpfe oder wichtiger Story-Elemente ganz abgesehen. Vielleicht befriedigt ja der Mehrspieler-Modus meine Level-Lust.
81
Jolt (UK)
As time progresses and patches flow, we can see Hellgate earning a real cult following, especially online. It’s no Diablo 2, yet, but give it time and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how much is on offer here.
80
games xtreme
All in all it’s an average game that isn’t mind-blowing but unlike some reviews said, it’s not rubbish either. There’s a lot of fun to be had levelling up your character and trying out the various classes. If you’re a fan of MMO’s and you’re looking for less grind than most of the others, then Hellgate London could be for you.
80
GameStar (Germany)
Hellgate spielt sich wie das erste Diablo, bloß in 3D. Das hat Vorteile: Der Sammeltrieb greift schnell, die Scharmützel sind dank Action-Steuerung und Mittendrin-Perspektive intensiver als in herkömmlichen »Klicke die Monster von oben platt«-Abenteuern. Die direkte Verwandtschaft zu Diablo macht jedoch auch Kummer. Zwar holt Flagship aus den zufallsgenerierten Schauplätzen das Beste heraus, dennoch treiben mir die stets gleichen Umgebungen und Gegner die Gähntränen in die Augen – die handgebauten Landschaften von Titan Quest sind einfach schöner. Und wieso Flagship die gute Dauermotivation mit monotonen Quests bremst, ist mir schleierhaft. Blizzard-Veteranen darf so ein Anfängerfehler nicht passieren. Wer mit diesen Schwächen – und den Bugs – leben kann, wird mit Hellgate aber glücklich. Auch wenn es hätte besser sein können, nein, müssen.
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PC Games (Germany)
(Multiplayer) Nach der durchwachsenen Einzelspielererfahrung war ich todsicher: Hellgate würde im Mehrspielermodus sein ganzes, großartiges Potenzial entfalten. Nun, das tut es nicht. Hellgate macht mit Freunden „nur“ so viel Spaß wie im Einzelspielermodus – denn es ist das gleiche Spiel. Besonders die Jagd nach immer besseren Items motiviert wie in Diablo 2 zu seinen besten Zeiten. Auch die Klassen sind eine echte Bereicherung für das Genre – den Templern und Kabalisten bei der „Arbeit“ zuzusehen, ist eine Freude für Sehnerv und Zerstörungstrieb. Doch auf seinen Mehrspieler-Aspekt reduziert, schneidet Hellgate schlechter ab – zu nervig die Mängel bei Bedienung und Sozialfunktionen, zu ermüdend die Bugs und zu nötig die fehlenden Features, etwa ein Auktionshaus. Gut möglich, dass künftige Patches all das richten und die mangelnde Abwechslung durch zusätzliche Levels, Waffen und Gegner etwas aufweichen – doch bis dahin zahle ich bestimmt keine monatliche Gebühr.
79
PC Games (Germany)
Ich sitze an meinem Rechner, spiele erst seit ein paar Stunden. Ein Kollege steht hinter mir und kommentiert: „Oh, bist ja gleich schon im zweiten Akt.“ Ich blicke auf: „Ach ja? Woran merkt man das?“ Er erwidert: „Na du hast doch gerade den Boss da gelegt.“ Verstehen Sie? Dass ich soeben einen Bosskampf absolviert hatte, war mir überhaupt nicht klar! Kein spannender Dialog, keine durchdachte Quest hatte mich darauf eingestimmt. Nicht mal die Musik hatte sich angepasst – sie fällt ohnehin kaum auf. Hellgate: London schert sich nicht um Atmosphäre oder eine fesselnde Erzählung, ungeachet der interessanten Charaktere. Es konzentriert sich auf das Nötigste: tolle Klassen, knallige Kämpfe, süchtig machende Item-Hatz. Eine althergebrachte Formel, der Flagship wenig Neues hinzufügt. Enttäuscht hat mich auch die maue Direct-X-10-Unterstützung (siehe Tuning Seite 82) und einige Bugs. Letztere flossen leicht in die Bewertung ein – der Fluch einer unfertigen Testversion?
79
Atomic Gamer
I enjoyed Hellgate immensely. You have a ton of items to find, lots of fun monsters to kill in the randomized levels and fun bosses to face off with. If you're looking to scratch that pack-rat itch and can put up with the bugs, I'd highly recommend Hellgate.
79
Play.tm
If Hellgate: London had appeared on shelves with no hype and no known links to past gaming glories then we'd probably be sat here at the end of the review chatting about how it was a bit of an undiscovered gem that fused FPS sensibilities with Diablo-esque loot collection and character customisation to provide a thoroughly enjoyable, if slightly unpolished, experience. Unfortunately we don't have that luxury and the game's high profile throws niggles like the repetitive level design, the often dull quests and the stability issues into harsh relief. If all you want is a Diablo clone wrapped up in FPS clothes with some MMO features then you'll undoubtedly be satisfied. However, those looking for, or expecting, some kind of new dawn for the action RPG genre will be left wondering what all the fuss was about.
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VicioJuegos.com
El debut del nuevo equipo de Hill Roper, Flagship Studios, con Hellgate: London prometía bastante con todos sus datos en la mesa pero su lanzamiento ha sido demasiado temprano, y a peor. Aún ofreciendo una mecánica cuanto menos destacable por su facilidad de acción y una buena ambientación los numerosos errores en su optimización, y su gran parecido con la notable obra de Blizzard, hacen que sea sólo recomendable a los fans del género o a los que busquen un título de acción sin complicaciones en el que puedan aniquilar enemigos sin parar.
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Gamer.co.il

אם אותה כמות המחשבה שהושקעה ביצירת המקצועות והנשקים המגוונים הייתה מושקעת גם בגיוון מראה המשחק ושיפורו, ואם כל התקלות היו מתוקנות, זה יכל היה להיות היורש של סדרת דיאבלו האגדית. כפי שהוא כיום, המצב הוא שהמשחק מתנדנד בין איכות המשחקיות הגבוהה לכל שאר היסודות החיצוניים הגרועים שלו. בשורה התחתונה, עם כאלו נקודות חזקות לכאן ולכאן, הלגייט: לונדון מתאזן על בינוניות - וחבל.

76
Cheat Code Central
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.
75
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Hellgate: London staat voor hersenloze en zich herhalende fun. Maak jezelf niets wijs: dit is geen rollenspel in de strikte zin van het woord of een sociaal spel. Het is pure hack-and-slash, in een horrorsetting met een onafgebroken stroom van buit die als een worst voor de neus van de spelers hangt. Als je hiermee kan leven, is Hellgate: London een erg prettige verslaving en ontspanning. En zodra de technische mankementen zijn opgelost, wordt het ongetwijfeld nog een stuk minder frustrerend.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
La lecture de cet article pourrait laisser penser qu'Hellgate : London n'est finalement qu'un pétard mouillé. Après un tel inventaire de défauts, difficile d'imaginer le voir obtenir mieux que 12 ou 13. Et pourtant... C'est étrange, je ne saurais expliquer pourquoi, mais le charme opère quand même, et j'ai un mal fou à décrocher d'une partie pour m'alimenter. Nul doute que le jeu est addictif, et il l'est car il est bon, malgré tout, alors on lui pardonne aisément les soucis mentionnés. Mais ceux qui voyaient en lui le digne successeur de Diablo 2 en seront quittes pour patienter encore quelques années.
75
ActionTrip
Sure Hellgate: London has many features that are found in the Diablo series but they have not made a Diablo clone. The games could be called kissing cousins but for all its downsides, HG:L can be an addicting experience. FlagShip Studios has an uncertain road ahead of them. It remain to be seen whether they will prove to players that paying $9.95 a month is worth it by delivering some good content. If not, that one item may be the holy water that banishes Hellgate: London.
71
GameZone
Taking place in an apocalyptic, futuristic England, you stroll into this war-torn wastleland armed to the teeth with a very large chip on your shoulder. Don't think about winning this campaign, that's a foregone conclusion. Instead, you must kill, scavenge and unpgrade not only yourself but your abilities and weapons. If this sounds strangely familiar then you have been playing games for a while, for although it is a tried-and-true formula, Hellgate is an enjoyable experience provided you come armed with patience and a heavy-duty system.
71
YouGamers
To be honest, Hellgate: London is a disappointment. Unfinished, unpolished, monotonous and offering poor value for money with the subscription scheme. Yet it kind of grows on you over time. If you like the Diablo-style item hunt across randomly generated maps, by all means do check out the demo - just dial down your expectations.
71
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Наиболее ожидаемый последователь серии Diablo сохранил самое ценное свойство — сумасшедший ритм. Возможно, его хватит на какое-то время, пока привередливая армия поклонников будет терпеть врожденные болячки Hellgate: London, исправно качать обновления и ждать выполнения обещаний. Когда финансовая поддержка зависит в основном от доверия, даже бывшей Blizzard North стоит поторопиться.
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Game Over Online
A lot of what worked in TQ, because it was somewhat new back then, doesn’t work so well now. The scenery is dull and repetitious, and the monsters are slow and stupid, coming at you a few at a time to be dispatched easily when a serious bull rush might actually cause you some trouble. Getting a party together for multiplayer is awkward and takes far more time than it should, and even then individual party members are often lost or cut off from the rest of their party without an easy means of correcting the problem. Between the been there/done that overall flavor of the game and the niggling UI and gameplay doldrums, I’d have to say I’m dissatisfied with my trip through the Hellgate.
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Video Games Daily
Hellgate: London nowhere near lives up to the hype placed on it over the age it has spent in development, but some way, somehow it manages to not be a total disaster. The ingredients for a thoroughly dull and uninspiring experience are all present and correct, but the collectathon aspects make it seem less... Well, crap. Multiplayer brings the game alive even more, though it is difficult to organise things initially - hopefully this will change in time. It isn't the saviour of all things ever, but it will keep the Diablo zealots happy for the time being.
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GameDaily
It's easy to write Hellgate off as a mediocre game, but the truth is it's not altogether bad. In fact, it has some truly excellent innovations, like the item augmentation system that can imbue common items with special properties. Hellgate also has a machine that increases the level of an item, so players don't have to ditch useful armor or weapons because they outgrew them. Additionally, the game has a fantastically wicked sense of humor that comes out in the NPC dialogue. The problem is, the game tries to be a little bit of everything, but no one aspect gets fully developed.
70
Gaming Shogun
Hellgate: London would be a highly-recommended and fun game if it were not for the tremendous number of bugs plaguing it currently. This sucker needed a few more months in the oven before serving.
70
UOL Jogos
"Hellgate: London" serve de substituto de "Diablo" enquanto o terceiro episódio da série da Blizzard não chega - se é que um dia vai chegar. Porém, isso não quer dizer muita coisa. A quantidade de bugs e problemas técnicos mostram uma falta de capricho dos desenvolvedores, o que não é aceitável para um jogo que ficou em desenvolvimento por tanto tempo. Por outro lado, a mistura de tiro em primeira pessoa com RPG de ação cai como uma luva, ainda que a repetição seja constante. É um jogo de longa duração, que apesar dos problemas agrada tanto no modo para um jogador quanto online, graças a uma infinidade de itens, missões e ao amplo sistema de evolução de personagens.
70
Vgames

לאור הציפיות הגבוהות והמפתחים האיכותיים שעבדו עליו, האכזבה רק מתנפחת ואני מכתיר את הלגייט חד משמעית כאכזבת השנה האישית שלי. נקודות האור הקטנות לא מספיקות כדי לשפר את התמונה, אלא רק להדגיש את החורים העצומים בעיצוב המשחק, ובעצם עושות אותו אפילו יותר מתסכל. מי יתן ומפתחים עתידיים ילמדו מהטעויות של פלאגשיפ ויתנו לנו משחק ממש ממש דומה, רק בלי הפגמים.

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GamingExcellence
All in all, Hellgate: London isn’t the next revolution in Diablo-style gameplay. While it does some important parts well, notably the item management and upgradeability, other parts like the skill sets and character customization fall short. The technical issues have gotten better since the last patch, but they’re still present, and can hamper the experience, especially the framerate. It all adds up to a game that doesn’t live up to expectations. It’s not a bad game; it’s just severely flawed, and ends up just being decidedly average.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite this, we've got vast reservations about key aspects of the game; the randomly generated levels feel increasingly hollow, pointless and gimmicky as you progress, the user interface is clunky in some important areas, and there are clearly some hefty bugs here that need patching.

Our reservations are balanced out against the obvious talent and effort that has been ploughed into the game - and the simple fact that every time we put Hellgate down, either during its extended beta period or while reviewing it, we were itching to get back to it within hours. It's compulsive, it's good fun and it's certainly addictive; perhaps as the online service evolves, it'll even be worth coming back to for a further evaluation. For now, though, this is a game too deeply flawed to deserve the masterpiece status we'd all hoped for.
70
Gaming Nexus
It's definitely a game I hope succeeds in the long run but right now it just needs to address many many issues. If I wrote the review a few weeks ago after my first few initial experiences, the score would definitely be lower but the game has grown on me a little the longer I play. It's certainly not up to the expectations I had for it but if Flagship Studios continues to refine the game I think it can become a pretty good product.
70
Worth Playing
f it had been released six years ago, then maybe the litany of unfinished rough patches could have been overlooked. However, the gaming public has grown nominally more sophisticated over the years (at least in regard to Diablo clones), and as a result, these errors are all the more apparent. If you're a fan of action-RPGs, then by all means add this game to your collection. Just don't expect it to be Diablo 3. That crown still belongs to Titan Quest.
70
GameSpot
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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Computer Bild Spiele
Die Kritik, die wir nach dem Vorserientest äußerten, bleibt unverändert: Dämliche Gegner, die vor Ihnen weglaufen, optisch ewig gleiche Spielumgebungen, dazu viele kleine Fehler und Nachlässigkeiten. Wenn etwa Fässer explodieren, erleiden Sie dadurch keinen Schaden. Personen, die woanders sein müssten, tauchen plötzlich neben Ihnen auf. Das halbwegs "befriedigende" Spiel wirkt teilweise seltsam seelenlos und unfertig, auch wenn die Geschichte spannend und die Optik ganz passabel ist.
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Gamesmania
Höllisch schwer fiel es mir, eine gerechtfertigte Wertung für Hellgate: London zu finden. Das Spielprinzip ist alt, aber immer noch wirksam. Das Setting ist unverbraucht und hätte so viel Potenzial - wenn man es denn genutzt hätte. Trotz insgesamt handwerklich solider Umsetzung wirken viele Einzelheiten so, als wäre hier vorschnell veröffentlicht worden. Und damit sind nicht nur die Bugs gemeint. Warum Spieler für ein kostenpflichtiges Premium-Mehrspielererlebnis monatlich Geld abdrücken sollten, weiß vermutlich niemand, zumal es noch keine konkreten Angebote, sondern bis jetzt nur Versprechungen gibt. Im großen und ganzen betrachtet, ist Hellgate London somit insgesamt eine Enttäuschung, die keinesfalls die bereits vor Jahresfrist geweckten Erwartungen erfüllen kann.
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IGN
So if you read last Friday's impressions of Hellgate: London, you know that we were hoping to spend a little more time with the game before finally rendering our ultimate verdict. Well, after a few more days with the title, we're firmly convinced that our initial impressions weren't far off the mark. The action RPG scores high in terms of atmosphere and the quantity and quality of monsters and loot, but falls far below the mark owing to repetitive combat, generic levels and a multiplayer system that adds little to the single player experience.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
In the end, I still found that I enjoyed Hellgate immensely. You have a ton of items to find, lots of fun monsters to kill in the randomized levels and fun bosses to face off with. If you're looking to scratch that pack-rat itch and can put up with the bugs, I'd highly recommend Hellgate. However, if you're looking for an engaging story or a bug free experience, you're going to either want to look elsewhere or wait a few months to pick this one up. It should be better by then.
66
RPGFan
For all the twisted, macabre, death-worshiping crap that's found in this game, it only makes sense that the game itself should suffer a terrible fate. And it did. As I've already said, the rushed release killed any chance of mainstream success, and even after the fact, I found myself wanting to play Diablo over this game. It's clear that Bill Roper still has a strong sense of vision, but without a strong team of programmers and a lot of extra time, all we can look forward to is more bug-ridden releases and some empty promises.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Hellgate: London showed an awful lot of promise but has really failed to deliver. There’s plenty of content in the game, but it fails to remain interesting beyond the five hour mark. The developer then has the audacity to lock away parts of the multiplayer game with a subscription fee that nobody will think is worthwhile. Melee combat feels clunky, while the first person shooter component just lacks the oomph of other games on the market. The graphics look dated and the audio has been really neglected. Worst of all, the game is really buggy – players who buy the game will have to sit through at least an hour of downloading updates before they can even hop online. Flagship has brought all of the right elements of an RPG to the table, but they’ve failed to put them together in an exciting way. Some RPG fans will cherish Hellgate: London, but the rest of us will look at it with sad eyes and wonder what could have been.
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PIB (Programmer In Black)
If you are looking for a new and interesting RPG - try The Witcher instead of this. If you mainly love to run around and kill things with no interruption of other plot elements, this game may well be for you.
60
Legendra
Pour terminer, je tiens à dire que le jeu n'étant plus disponible en multijoueur, il ne vous reste plus qu'à vous amuser en mode solo. Malheureusement le jeu deviens alors encore plus rébarbatif, pire encore, les patchs qui avaient corrigés tellement de choses en multi n'ont quasiment rien arrangé en solo. On se retrouve alors avec un jeu qui manque de finition et qui aura du mal à accrocher tout les joueurs passés par le mode multi. Mais peut-être que les nouveaux joueurs apprécieront plus. En regardant les vidéos teaser du jeu, on se dit que c'est dommage qu'il n'y en ai pas plus au cours de l'histoire car elles sont de bonne qualité et vraiment sympa à regarder. Voilà donc une review mitigée, pour un jeu dont le principal attrait, le mode multi, a été amputé et auquel il ne reste qu'un mode solo rébarbatif et répétitif.
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GamePro (US)
Hellgate: London does offer some simple-minded entertainment, but it falls well short of its lofty goals, a fact that is made all the more galling when you consider the fact that the developer, Flagship Studios, was founded by two of Diablo's creators. You might get sucked into the online world of competing slayers and level grinding for a while, but the tedium will kill you far quicker than any member of Hell's vast army.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
It is now officially easy to say “Go to hell” to someone. Just be careful what you wish for, because I’ve witnessed things only a handful of exorcists, action movie stars, and Saddam Hussein have seen. It’s not flawless, I tell you, but if you can look past some of the common ground a grinder comes with there is a perfectly adequate successor to everyone’s classic favorite underneath all the blood.
60
GameSpy
"Action-RPG" is kind of a clunky moniker. Often used for Blizzard's classic Diablo series, it describes a game design that cuts out all the so-called "boring" parts of the classic computer RPG structure in order to provide a constant stream of exciting moments. Kill monster! Get treasure! Level up! Repeat with more powerful monsters! Hellgate: London, Flagship Studios' highly anticipated "spiritual sequel" to Diablo, was created with the explicit intent of bringing that formula into the modern era of gaming. In that, the developers have succeeded. There's certainly plenty to recommend in Hellgate: London. It's an endless demon-slaughtering party with fun combat and an addictive (if repetitive) loot system. But problems in design and implementation, and a general lack of polish -- especially in the buggy multiplayer experience -- mean you'll have to work a bit to enjoy the good stuff.
60
Boomtown
Overall, Hellgate London seems like it began incarnation with a lot of fun and original ideas to bring the genre to a new audience and avoid the obligatory Diablo sequel. The only trouble is that it seems to borrow too much, and doesn’t really deliver in terms of an immersive story, hoping that the gameplay itself will be addictive enough to keep an audience captive and paying extra per month. Choose not to and you probably won’t feel hard done by the game, for the simple reason that it is remarkably addictive.
55
GamingEvolution
For all of Hellgate: London’s faults and hubris, it is not with-out its merits. The “kill everything in sight to get more cool stuff” mechanic is as addict-ing as ever. The team at Flagship did what they do best: they made another Diablo. Unfortunately, the team at Flagship did what they do best: they made another Diablo. They didn’t try very hard to bring that design philosophy into the current generation, and when they did try, they fumbled. After some patches, some content updates, maybe an adjustment to or at least justification for the subscription plan, Hellgate could shape up to be what it was hyped to be. Until then, however, I might as well just play Diablo II.
50
Maximum PC
It’s a wonderful moment when Hellgate rewards your progress by letting you sit back and stop playing the game. While this was surely intended as a way to develop the plot, we consider it an act of charity for such a miserable bloody romp through London.
40
G4 TV: X-Play
As a single-player game, Hellgate delivers – especially if you’re a die-hard Diablo II fan. If you can deal with annoying inventory management and unimaginative level design, you’ll get a lot of fun out of this game. Online, however, is a broken mess as of launch. In time, you’ll probably be able to add at least a point to our score, but as of right now, you’re better off waiting to jump into this demon-infested version of London.
40
1UP
Underneath the frustrating instability, behind the graceless chat window, and beyond the procession of NPC dialog boxes, you tickled that deep primordial need to gather more stuff and get stronger. Loot and leveling are the essence of any RPG, and you're equipped to satisfy that jones. Now, if only you could straighten up the rest of your act, you might be more than a partner in whatever dysfunctional need you meet for those unfortunate players willing to put up with you. You might be an actual good game. But for now, get help. Patches, add-ons, reboots...whatever.