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  1. May 7, 2011
    Great 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. Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. 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. 60
    You might get sucked into the online world of competing slayers and level grinding for a while, but the tedium will kill you far quicker than any member of Hell's vast.
  3. 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]