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quietearth [Celluloid 11.01.07] post apocalyptic review video game

Year: 2007
Developer: Flagship Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Windows
Cataclysm type: Supernatural
Website: link
Amazon: link
Post apocalyptic concentration: 9 out of 10
"Mad Max" level: 0 out of 10
Review by: Anglebender
Rating: 7 out of 10

This is a review based on the demo and the publicity I've gleaned from the website. Everything I say is tempered with that statement, but I've gotta say, this game kicks butt.

"A post-apocalyptic London has been overrun by hordes of terrifying demons, leaving the city desolate and scorched by hellfire. Those who were unlucky enough to survive now gather in the only sanctuary left, the Underground, banding together in order to gain a foothold against the minions of darkness and ultimately save the bloodline of humanity."

Everything is either bump mapped, reflecting, or a subtle mixture of both. I have a mediocre graphics card, but everything is 30fps. Point lights sources are accurately displayed, so if you shoot a plasma bolt down a dark hallway, it will illuminate everything as it travels. That's nothing special, unless you are shooting at monsters and all of their body chunks cast shadows. That's pretty awesome.

The music is a pop-synth-trash-ka-ka beat that I do not dig. It feels more than a bit out of place, but then again it's just a demo, so it's probably just placeholder. I'll instead pretend it does not exist. Ta-da! The ambient sounds of the streets and the abandoned London metro tunnels fit very well with a demon plagued environment. It's not distracting and does not contain anything that could be mistaken for an enemy.

Hellgate: London is a hybrid of single player and multiplayer, but the demo was single player only. I don't know how the questing system will work between single player and multiplayer, but apparently you can finish the whole game by yourself, and you won't have to power-level or item farm with your character to do so. Also, you're never forced to recruit party members online unless you want to. Now, to categorize Hellgate as an MMORPG like World of Warcraft or Everquest wouldn't be right. Yet, to pigeon-hole this title as a 1st/3rd person shooter with Diablo-esque randomized levels would be just plain hasty. I'll just wait until I play my retail copy before I start to ramble. All I'll say for now is “VERY FUN”.

The Rating:
This gets a 7 out of 10. I want more. I'll write a full review once my pre-ordered copy arrives sometime around Halloween. So until then, keep your stakes sharpened.

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