Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
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  1. PC Gamer
    89
    It doesn't redefine the action RPG, but in a genre laden with derivative games, Hellgate is a refreshing concoction that's likely to have enduring appeal. [Dec 2007, p.48]
  2. 86
    Hellgate: London presents a wonderful story set against an artfully designed world but never goes that extra mile to separate it from the masses.
  3. What Hellgate does, it does well – few games have core gameplay this strong. However, it doesn’t venture far outside of the scope of filling an XP bar or finding that next upgrade. The story isn’t much more than a thin excuse to kill demons, and the truly memorable encounters are few and far between. If you like faster-paced combat than you’ll find in the rest of the MMO genre, though, this could be a great fit.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    Hellgate: London takes the elements that made the Diablo series classic, and puts them in new, invigorating setting of demonic threat, dark magic and high technology. The fresh world of Hellgate: London is its greatest asset, but sadly the game fails in capitalizing it properly, with quite shoddy plot and generic missions outside the main story. Nevertheless, Hellgate: London is a good action RPG with plenty to enjoy. How the multiplayer system works when the game hits stores will ultimately determine the staying power of the game. [Nov 2007]
  5. It’s no "Diablo 2," yet, but give it time and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how much is on offer here. And hey, if nothing else you get to pretend that the demons are Christmas shoppers, which makes slaughtering them just that little bit more fun.
  6. Play Magazine
    80
    Hellgate: London arrives as an addictive and highly replayable action RPG. [Dec 2007, p.96]
  7. Hellgate is like the first Diablo, just in 3D. If you can live with it's weaknesses and bugs, you will enjoy the usual hunt after better items. But, being done by former Blizzard developers, it could have - and should have - been better.
  8. I enjoyed Hellgate immensely. You have a ton of items to find, lots of fun monsters to kill in the randomized levels and fun bosses to face off with. If you're looking to scratch that pack-rat itch and can put up with the bugs, I'd highly recommend Hellgate.
  9. 79
    If Hellgate: London had appeared on shelves with no hype and no known links to past gaming glories then we'd probably be sat here at the end of the review chatting about how it was a bit of an undiscovered gem that fused FPS sensibilities with Diablo-esque loot collection and character customisation to provide a thoroughly enjoyable, if slightly unpolished, experience. Unfortunately we don't have that luxury and the game's high profile throws niggles like the repetitive level design, the often dull quests and the stability issues into harsh relief.
  10. Hellgate: London is definitely worth the price of admission for the single-player mode, but it would be an incredible bargain if the online mode was of similar quality.
  11. Sure Hellgate: London has many features that are found in the Diablo series but they have not made a Diablo clone. The games could be called kissing cousins but for all its downsides, HG:L can be an addicting experience.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 380 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    8
    horrifically underrated game, Hellgate: London is a great game that will provide great fun while playing and provides replay value for thehorrifically underrated game, Hellgate: London is a great game that will provide great fun while playing and provides replay value for the different class types. this game provides an immersive storyline, if sloppily presented. too many people think that visuals and super realistic gameplay mechanics are the most important things in a game nowadays. the game provides great atmosphere if not a bit repetitive, the game does borrow heavily from diablo in the item prefixes and suffixes and upgrade slots and having several randomized maps for each area, and of course always swapping items for better ones and upgrading your character, which is tedious for some, but diablo fans like myself will appreciate it. being able to switch between first and third person gameplay was a nice touch as well. i don't know why the guy below me is complaining about bad interface, i found it very intuitive and smooth. four stars. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2011
    9
    Great game, released too early. The game is full of unique weapons and gameplay elements, and feels like a killer action RPG with subtleGreat game, released too early. The game is full of unique weapons and gameplay elements, and feels like a killer action RPG with subtle touches of Diablo influence. However, aside from creatures from another dimension, there is no 'ripoff' from Diablo. The game is not the typical top-down ARPG like Diablo. It is no clone.
    Admittedly, the random areas are not really, and the game has bugs. But I blame the publishers, which forced the game to be released on Halloween to try and get sales money coming in. With extra time, the game would've been more complete and polished. But it's years ahead of Diablo in gameplay elements. NPCs are more strange than funny, and quests are pretty simple, but the game works well for fighting enemies and building great loot. Being able to build and upgrade items makes for a great experience, and helps create lasting equipment that you don't sell once you find a better version. It's not perfect, but it is what Diablo 3 and Torchlight should've been aiming for, instead of the same old kill grind in random areas. I'd give it 8.5 but I'll round up.
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  3. MaxH.
    Nov 26, 2007
    4
    If you're in Australia don't even bother unless you like repetitive single player games. No local server, no LAN support. This game If you're in Australia don't even bother unless you like repetitive single player games. No local server, no LAN support. This game had so much hype and they jsut didnt provide... I was prepared to look past the 5-7 year old graphics and repetitive game play for some good multiplayer, but a ping of over 400 for a first person game because you can only conect to USA servers? Sorry, not even worth touching. Full Review »