Hellgate
Basic Information

Hellgate is a free-to-play relaunch of the anticipated Hellgate: London. Originally developed by former Diablo series staff, Hellgate features a fantasy post-apocalypse where demons ravaged humanity and razed its cities. Characters are part of a London-based resistance seeking to rediscover magic, fight off the demons, and with luck, destroy the Hellgate. Later expansions include additional quests and locations, including a complete campaign within a demon-infested Tokyo.

HanbitSoft
T3 Entertainment
Free to Play
June 30, 2011
released
None/Unknown
Yes

  • Hellgate Returns: The free-to-play relaunch Hellgate: London
  • Dark Fantasy Post-Apocalypse: Fight demons in the ruins of modern cities
  • Class-Based Factions: Fight for the Templars, Cabalists, or Hunters, each with their own classes
  • Dynamically-Generated Content: Weapons, Armor, and Levels are randomly generated, creating different experiences each time you play
  • Crafting System: Use the raw materials of your old equipment to build new items
  • New Expansions: Includes all-new Hellgate: Tokyo expansion, plus updates planned for original game
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About the Game

The original Hellgate: London was one of those games that sounds fantastic on paper, but just never took off like developers hoped. Created by Flagship Studios, under the direction of former Blizzard Entertainment staff, Hellgate: London was a action RPG with single-player and MMO components. While the game itself was reasonably well-received, its MMO experience couldn't obtain long-term interest, and was closed the following year. Thankfully, interest in the game was strong enough to warrant a reworked free-to-play version by HanbitSoft, bringing players back to its demon-infested world once more with additional expansions to boot.

Hellgate is set in a near-future world where demons entered our reality through the game's namesake. Although the world was ravaged, survivors managed to escape into underground settlements, with plans to one day retake the surface. The player will lead one such character into battle against demons that conquered London, England, with the hopes of eventually destroying the Hellgate itself.

Hellgate's gameplay reworks the top-down RPG gameplay of titles like Diablo into a third-person 3D experience. Characters choose from one of three factions, each with a specific combat style. Templars are your traditional hack-and-slash fighter, wielding powerful swords and melee weapons. Cabalists are mage-equivalents, capable of casting spells and summoning ally creatures. Finally, Hunters are ex-military operatives trained in firearms and explosives, which adds shooter components to the mix. All classes have exclusive armor and skill trees, allowing players to develop a specialized character over time.

The game world consists of several quest hubs connected by randomly-generated combat environments. Hellgate's dynamic content allows each quest playthrough to be unique to the player, although just as in Diablo, map elements will be similar in each experience. Interestingly, dynamic generation extends to your armor and weapons, with each item's stats created at random upon discovery.

Creating a free-to-play version of Hellgate has some benefits and drawbacks. One major benefit is that Hellgate: London's original content can be played for free without spending a dime. The game can even be played solo without forming groups, despite the lack of London's single-player mode. Unfortunately, since the game's text has been translated from English to Korean and back, players will find several instances of silly-sounding Engrish dialogue that breaks game immersion. Players may be able to overlook that problem thanks to entirely new Hellgate content, including updates planned for the original and an entirely new Hellgate: Tokyo expansion. In the end, Hellgate is an excellent opportunity for players new and old to explore its post-apocalyptic fantasy setting once more.

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System Requirements
Minimum
  • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 2000
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD processor
  • RAM: 512MB Free
  • HDD: 3.0 GB Free
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce MX or equivalent
Recommended
  • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 2000
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD processor
  • RAM: 1GB Free
  • HDD: 3.0 GB Free
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce TI or Radeon 9200
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