On Halloween, Flagship studios (the same people who brought us the classic Diablo series) shipped their latest game, Hellgate: London. Published by EA Games, Hellgate: London has the somewhat unique distinction of being half single-player action RPG, and half MMO action RPG.
Admittedly, the MMO portion of the game is currently lacking population to make it truly massive, but the game is yet young. In addition, online play is free, but a subscription service with extra perks (such as a larger stash and high-level raid content) is available. The game is played almost entirely in the third person perspective, with all of the proper attitude, rotation, and zoom controls needed for such a game. When a player equips just a single firearm (without a shield), the first person perspective becomes available, and the game is transformed into a first-person shooter. Even with the genre-bending, experienced gamers should have no trouble picking up on the familiar “WASD” keyboard controls, and new gamers won’t be hard pressed to learn them either.
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