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Hellgate: London (Windows)

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Description

It's the year 2038 and London lies in ruins. The nearby Hellgate has turned the sky gray and it's presence dominates the horizon. The Invasion eradicated the powerful nations of man and the decades-long process called The Burn has begun which alters and assimilates our world to make it feel more like home for the demons that now roam the streets of the destroyed city. The last surviving members of mankind are hiding in the shadows deep down in the former train stations of the city and do what they can to fight back and perhaps even stop the madness.

The game is an Action-RPG very similar to Diablo II. At the beginning you choose one of the three available factions called "The Templar", "The Cabalists" and "The Hunters". Each faction also features two different classes. For example the Templar use swords and fight face to face with the demon hordes but you can choose if you want to be a Templar Guardian or a Templar Blademaster. While the Guardian is more of a tank which uses his sword and shield to go deep into the crowd and increases his effectiveness when he's surrounded by demons, the Blademaster wields two swords at once and tries to kill his enemies as fast as possible.

The choice of your character also changes the way you will play the game. While it is better for a melee-character to see his surroundings and so playing from a 3rd-person view, the classes that use guns are better off in the 1st-person view because they need to aim right at an enemy to really hit him. Of course you can change the view at any given time.

What remains the same for all the characters is the core gameplay. You kill monsters, fulfill quests to level up your character and get the precious talent points you then invest in your attributes and the big skill tree to unlock new abilities or make you stronger. On your way you'll also find many items like armor or weapons. Although most of the stuff is limited to specific class, you can always dismantle an item in the hope of getting crafting material out of it. If you have enough material you then can upgrade your gear at the train stations.

Although Hellgate: London has a single player-component, the main focus of the game lies on the multiplayer-mode which comes in two flavors: free of costs and a monthly subscription-based premium access. The premium model grants you access to additional content and other benefits like an additional Hardcore Mode (when the character dies, the character stays dead forever) or more inventory storage space. But both player types are on the same servers and can play together.

Screenshots

Hellgate: London Windows Snow and distance blur (DX10)
Hellgate: London Windows Through a Hellrift (DX10)
Hellgate: London Windows Quest completed and another level up. That's the way to go.
Hellgate: London Windows Talking to a story quest giver.

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User Reviews

The servers are dead, but the single-player lives on BurningStickMan (17745) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Tedious and Disappointing. Scott Monster (919) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

The Press Says

Power Unlimited 2007 91 out of 100 91
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2007 82 out of 100 82
PC Action Oct 24, 2007 81 out of 100 81
VicioJuegos.com Nov 19, 2007 78 out of 100 78
Cheat Code Central 2007 3.8 out of 5 76
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 02, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Shogun Nov 14, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Computer Bild Spiele Dec 05, 2007 2.54 out of 6 69
RPGFan Jun 26, 2008 66 out of 100 66
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 18, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Asia

In Asia the game had a rocky launch. After several weeks of server crashing issues, a server patch was created to deal with it once and for all. Unfortunately, it could not be rolled out on the servers without a complete character wipe. All players lost their characters and had to start over, but in exchange they received four weeks of free subscription.

German version

In-game blood effects and cut off limbs were removed in the German version.

References to the game

Hellgate: London was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 03/2008.

Shutdown and resurrection

In October 2008 Namco Bandai announced to close down the servers on 31st January 2009, ending the multiplayer mode permanently. In the meantime, it could be played free of charge.

On Dec. 9th, 2009, Hanbitsoft Inc re-released in Korea as Hellgate: Resurrection. This new version uses a free-to-play business model.

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Sicarius (61031) added Hellgate: London (Windows) on Nov 06, 2007