Hellgate London II

The action RPG/FPS didn’t fare so well in the case of Hellgate London (alas), but we’re looking at a possible round 2 with Borderlands, coming this fall.  I didn’t hear much about this until today, when I saw the recent trailer and looked into the game… it really looks intriguing.  It’s not a proper MMO — it’s 4 player co-op, or anything down to solo, I assume.  But it’s got leveling, 3+ million gun combinations, random maps and dozens of quests in a scifi-wasteland setting.  I may have to get this.

11 thoughts on “Hellgate London II

  1. Sven July 31, 2009 / 2:03 am

    I love the style of the graphics. Music for the trailer was a good match too, it would be nice if the game had a solid soundtrack like that.

  2. Victor Stillwater July 31, 2009 / 3:22 am

    YES! Get it! It’s going to be LEGEN- Wait for it- DARY!

  3. Rog July 31, 2009 / 4:08 am

    I’ve been quietly following Borderlands for awhile. I’m intrigued, but very much on a wait-and-see too.

    The art-direction, while improved, still doesn’t grab me.

    The RPG aspects are hard to determine from the interviews and dev talks, because they seem to focus on “we have tons of items!” which worries me because I’m still stubbornly of the belief that RPG isn’t just about collecting gear / stuff.

    Still, it’s co-op, RPG and FPS, so I’m hoping it’ll be better than they’ve presented it so far.

  4. Hudson July 31, 2009 / 6:58 am

    Look at the developer. It won’t be a piece of dreck trust me

  5. Scott July 31, 2009 / 8:46 am

    In this case, yes the RPG system is primarily all about the loot. And their loot generation system. It’s Diablo-esque though, and Diablo was all about the loot too. Kinda hard to have RPG “skills” when the game is an actual shooter (HGL was not, it was total RPG combat under the hood) which means player skill, but perhaps they can do like Crackdown where you can enhance certain statistics of your character? I don’t think they’ve spoken to that effect yet.

    But I have so many shooters, most of which (all but TF2 in fact) go for the realism approach. I loved the art style in Crackdown and so far I love the art style for Borderlands. Cel-shading doesn’t grab me often, but it has for these two.

  6. Pete S July 31, 2009 / 10:38 am

    This is one of my must-haves for this fall. Well, as of now anyway. I expect it to be good.

    Can’t decide between Xbox and PC though…

  7. Hermanator July 31, 2009 / 12:27 pm

    Thanks for making this post, Syp. I would have never known about this game, as I mostly keep up with MMOs these days. My favorite game of all time was Diablo 2, and HG:L had me really hyped up… but it disappointed me immediately after playing it. Borderlands looks like it’s on the right path. I just hope it’s all it cracks up to be!

  8. Scott July 31, 2009 / 2:06 pm

    *chants in Pete’s ear: 360! 360! 360!*


    I barely have any PC gamer friends these days, and the ones I do have don’t do shooters of any sort so… I’ll be all over the 360 version where I already have a good sized group of gamer friends anxiously awaiting Borderlands.

    It’s a shame Hellgate: London wasn’t a console title, it was a perfect fit for one and they could have just sold DLC packs instead of trying to make some pseudo MMO “thing” and their stupid business model.

  9. Zemm July 31, 2009 / 3:04 pm

    Sounds like there’s a few other BioBreakers who will be playing the 360 version, we should get a game going together sometime after it comes out!

    Feel free to add me to your Friends! GamerTag: CadetZemm. Just send a message letting me know you’re from BioBreak so I know to accept it 😉

  10. cx November 27, 2009 / 8:29 am

    that’s great, hellgate’s suck

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