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I don't get many chances to play games any more, at least not for lengthy periods of time. It's usually a few minutes here and there. I haven't played WoW in well over a month, although I sign in periodically just to stay updated on patches.

So I'm not really sure why, but I picked up a copy of Hellgate London a few weeks ago. I think it was the cool looking box that did me in. I even bought the Collector's Edition in the big ass box. I'm a sucker for packaging, what can I say?

Anyway, I let the game sit on my shelf, mocking me for a few days... I considered returning it. Eventually, my curiosity got the better of me and I ripped it open and installed it. Installation went smoothly enough, no errors or weird messages... always nice.

I fired up the game and watched the intro movie, pretty cool. Compelling story. After watching it (twice actually) I made a character, customized the look a bit (I enjoy this part more than I should) and jumped into the game.

The plan was to play for 30 minutes to an hour. So, four and a half hours later, I decided I really like this game. It's more sci-fi than fantasy, swords and lazer pistols, demons and undead, hellgates and teleporters. So basically it's Science Fantasy, which is a genre I actually like better than hard fantasy or sci-fi by themselves.

The action is pretty basic. Melee combat is point and click Diablo style, except more first person style, although you can zoom back a bit and make it over the shoulder, which is how I play it. Ranged combat does require some aiming. You have a health pool and a mana pool, and ways to refill both in combat. So there's definitely some Diabloesque action here.  You find way more stuff than you can use, and you have an easy means to sell it off... with on demand teleporters to get you from the action to the store and back.

There's very little "new" here, quite honestly. Like I said it takes one of my favorite games of all time, gives it a first person feel, interesting storyline, interesting characters, cool weapons and different character classes. So far, I am loving it.

I just finished the first "chapter" a couple days ago (Sunday) and I haven't played since because I've been too busy, but I'm looking forward to some quality gaming time this weekend.

I can't honestly say that the collector's edition is worth the extra $10 because I havent looked at a single extra yet... but the box looks awesome on my game shelf. :)

Also, I don't know that I'll subscribe or not, because there's a ton of playability in the solo game, but apparently you can subscribe to an online part of the game as well. I just kinda skimmed through it, but apparently there's some MMO aspect to it, along with additional content?  We'll see...  it will be a while before I jump into that. I still need to finish the game as a swordmaster, and then try all the other classes.

If you're looking for a fun, addictive game with a good storyline and lots of action. You can do a lot worse than Hellgate London.

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 9:11 PM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top

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You can still play online for free without subscribing too. If you do decide to jump on sometime, I have a few characters that could use some playtime as well.

I have also been loving it.

Also, if you want a wasp dye kit for your account, let me know. I bought 15 of them at Frys (long story), and have a few left.
Left by Rick Mogstad on Dec 13, 2007 10:48 PM

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wasp dye kit... what's that?
Left by Chris G. Williams on Dec 13, 2007 11:06 PM

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Ill take one u can find me on the US server HellGunnerz is my name
Left by someone on Dec 27, 2007 10:04 PM

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Hi Rick,

do you have one for me? I´m searching a long time for a dye-kit key.
Left by Sascha on Jan 01, 2008 5:00 AM

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Hey if ne1 gets a dye code and dont want it i'll take it off ur hands.
Left by Stephan on Jan 02, 2008 1:04 AM

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hey im guessing the dye kits are gone but worth a chance to beg for one. PLEASE SEND ME ONE, PLEASE.
Left by keith on Jan 28, 2008 3:10 PM

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this is a long ago post butttttt I REALLY REALLY WANT a dye kit please. my e-mail is

Thank You

Left by Spirit on May 27, 2008 4:02 PM

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