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Hellgate: London previewed
Hellgate: London previewed [ Game -> Preview ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime Wed 27 Apr 2005, 9:34 AM
More info on Game: Hellgate: London

Accompanying the official press release of this new post-apocalyptic game is a preview from IGN. By the sounds of it it's very similar to Diablo, as the preview writes fans of the click-fest will love Hellgate.

A lot of the same principles are back at work here, including dynamically generated content and levels, tons of weapon and item drops for treasure hunters, and an emphasis on adventuring in the hell torn London with a group of friends. Weapons and skills are being designed to be both satisfying in single player and cooperative modes, and although PvP is something that's still being considered, it's not likely to play any kind of major role, due to weapons balancing issues. You try to balance 100 different weapon types perfectly for both single and multiplayer, and I'll talk to you in five years when you've pulled your hair out.

The biggest and most immediate difference is probably the perspective at which the game is experienced, with first-person replacing the 3/4 field of view of Diablo. "The first-person perspective allows us to create different environments in feel as well as look," says Roper. While they loved the game they created at Blizzard, it just didn't provide some of the atmosphere that they were hoping for. One level in particular Roper mentioned was the Maggot Lair. In that 3/4 view, it just didn't provide the claustrophobic punch that could have made it perfect. They're hoping that allowing players to look through their character's eyes will provide them with more opportunities to frighten and wow them with new things that pop up around every corner.

Essentially, it's Diablo in first person set in an interesting setting. Which is no bad thing, considering the talent behind the game.

Update: another preview is on Actiontrip, and there's a basic trailer available as well.

Spotted @ Blues News
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