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Posted: May 25th 2008 1:26AM (Unverified) said

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I was a huge Hellgate fanboi and totally bought into their hype surrounding the game. I had hoped it was the second coming of Diablo.

It wasn't.

But I can still hope it improves and gets better, but unfortunately there are better things to occupy my time, like Age of Conan, and in the future, Warhammer Online.

It was a good lesson for me and a lot of others, don't buy into the hype too much, because it's just that, hype. Take it all with a grain of salt.

I actually bought the four Weta Hellgate statues also, which are beautiful, and sit above my desk right now, but it's a bitter reminder of the disappointment that was Hellgate: London.

Posted: May 25th 2008 3:28AM (Unverified) said

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I never experienced the hype myself (beyond that CG trailer), as I was late coming to HG:L -- only started playing 2 months ago, so I missed all the issues people dealt with at the Halloween launch. I've gathered that those problems were significant.

I don't usually opt for collectibles/figurines but I did pick up the collector's edition at about $25, so it had the mantawraith pet. I had some problems with patching it to the current version- namely that even though the patcher says it failed, you shouldn't close that window. If you look in the tmp folder you'll see it continues to fill up with more files. Eventually it'll download everything and patch, but that's a pretty serious flaw that's not communicated well to the playerbase.

Patching issues aside, I've enjoyed the game as a non-subscriber. Can't say for sure yet how the experience changes for subs, or those in hardcore mode. Sure there's some repetition in the game, but graphically HG:L is beautiful. I play the game casually, and usually solo, and it's been a good experience for me. I have no plans to stop playing Hellgate, but like you said, it's not my main game.
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Posted: May 25th 2008 7:41AM (Unverified) said

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I'm a part-time Hellgater myself. Even though I wander around a lot between games, I come back to Hellgate because even though it's just another brain-dead click-n-slasher, it is a really pretty one, with a quick accomplishment slope to take on to make me feel like I actually got SOMETHING done during my day.

Also, I have subscribed for a while. And while the perks are minimal, and they haven't learned to keep up or provide like say Dungeon Runners has, it was still a worthwhile experience when I was playing it more than any other game.

My main disappointment and complaint was that it took too damn long to get mail and shared bank space in the game. Even when mail was implemented before shared space, I still found it faster to harass a friend to bring his laptop over, hang out, patch up and log on to transfer items to alts.

To get to a point, I feel like the Dev team has vague, minimalistic goals they're struggling towards, instead of an end-game vision and/or plot that they sticking to.

Posted: May 26th 2008 7:19AM Ghen said

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Hellgate is a good game, and if you have a DX10 graphics card it looks really awesome. Unfortunately the looks don't scale very well if you have less than a 7000 series Nvidia.

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