Been too long since I had meself a good old fashion retro review and so I thought I might just make up for that and take a look at one of those games that I truly loved for several reasons, but at the same it managed to give me a boatload of headaches through it’s simple unresolvable issues … You guys know, stuff like servers being offline and not being able to play the singleplayer mode either because of the same or other various reasons and more similar snaps, it’s basically Diablo 3, only earlier and much cheaper. Anyways the game was pretty cool in terms of story and most gameplay features, to be honest it crackled a little with the combat system (that was quite important given that it is qualified as a hacker/slasher dark fantasy mmorpg), but once you got used to it things were working out pretty fine because the characters and monsters were more than awesome for 2007 standards. Take a look at the trailer and convince yourselves.
Hellgate: London – Official Trailer
Alright, so you get the point, right? Demons come to the UK (not political ones like those of today when people want to split and then everyone goes crazy and we have a lot of fighting and there are a bunch of casualties and all that) … No sir, “real” demons, guys like the one from the church that carry a bloody scythe and everything in between. So in that demon-infested dump of a city you get to create 3 classes of characters: the ones who die first, the ones who just simply die and the ones you actually get to play (these being the Templars). As the game progresses you gain levels, experience, gear and all the other usual mmo related stuff that you like or that you probably don’t (case in which I must ask myself, what are you doing here?). Couple these with a relatively cool storyline and a decent hacking and bashing of demonic entities and you begin to understand why I actually liked this game back in the days (off course there are other hidden reasons as well, but those you’ll find out yourself once you play it, if you ever get the chance with so many good games coming out on a monthly basis).
Even if the game received mixed reviews and wasn’t backed up all that well by the community either, it still somehow managed to sell over a million copies, sadly those weren’t enough to save the company which filed for bankrupcy soon after the release. The game was taken over by diverse annonymous companies which tried to keep it going and even good old Blizzard had some involvent with it (because Diablo), but all these things have led to nothing else but complete revamp (called Hellgate: Resurrection obviously, what the hell were you expecting from a revamp like this?) which I’m quite sure never went to well past beta back in 2011.
In spite of all the negativity that was all around this game, I for one really enjoyed many of its features and nowadays after the many ups and downs it has went through it is good to see that they finally have made up their mind and although the community is rather small and the game became one of those dreaded “free-to-play” MMO (you can find them over by t3fun.com) it still keeps a pretty decent standard and this time allow me to tell you that servers are working properly. So do feel free to check it out whenever you feel like banishing demons in an even more brutal way than through Diablo. Also if you’re into rock then do please check out this pretty nice mix of Sabaton’s Primo Victoria and the opening cinematic for the original version of the game (just a quick tip, make sure your speakers are maxed out for this one cause it totally rocks).
Sabaton – Primo Victoria (Hellgate Cinematic)
Well sure thing the song is about d day, but the lyrics are totally working out on the video, so I actually think that both elements are fitting perfectly together, video, cinematic, action, rock and everything in between. Now if you still aren’t convinced to check out the game, at least do yourself a favor and look up the cinematics on it and check out those, cause they are pretty nice … And if after that you still won’t get the point of this game just look up a templar chick by name of Avalon (beats me on how did they come up with the name for her) or some south korean cosplay based on the game and you will finally know why the game is actually not interesting to most players (cause they think the game is all about killing demons and won’t relax even a little). That’s my time for now, I do hope you’ve enjoyed the short look at this game and if you liked it, then try it!