Excerpt: Playing Vanquish is cleansing much in the same way that seeing a ridiculous summer action flick is. Sure, the story can be absurd and defy all logic, and the action can be all style and no substance, but you get what you want out of it, and that is to have a good time. Vanquish won’t win any awards for originality or for it’s existentialistic themes, but damn if it isn’t one hell of an action-packed game filled to the brim with explosions, bullets and humongous communist...
Excerpt: Before you start writing us e-mails about the game being several months old let us reassure you that we are well aware of the fact. And believe it or not, we know that the game didn’t exactly impress most reviewers back when it was released. So why on earth are we writing a late review to a mediocre game when newer, better games are finally starting to appear? Because sometimes you have to spend more than a day with a game to fully appreciate it.
Summary: You’re forced to either run through the level like a madman, hoping to hell that the train of baddies behind you can’t kill you before you find your eight kills—or jump in and out of the instance in an attempt to reset the level’s enemies. It’s a wonderful moment when Hellgate rewards your progress by letting you sit back and stop playing the game.
Pros: It’s the closest you’re going to get to a first-person Diablo.
Cons: Poor inventory trading mechanism; server glitches force you to restart from your last save.
Excerpt: When I first saw screenshots and trailers for this game I thought it was just another first person shooter along the lines of Pain Killer or the like. But upon purchasing this game, I found out that it was far from a FPS, it was a role playing game with elements of a fast paced shooter. One of the more enjoyable aspects of this game is the time it takes to learn and really use the abilities of your chosen character class...
Conclusion: There's something very good at the core of Hellgate: London, even if it is rough around the edges. The game's combat really stands out, and a few romps through the single-player campaign using different classes could well be worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, the rest of Hellgate is harder to recommend. The environments are not particularly convincing, inventory space is annoyingly small, and portions of the game feel unfinished, or at least rushed.
Summary: Parents need to know that, while this game is chock-full of violence, it's exclusively against demonic creatures. But the gameplay is about killing creatures with swords, guns, and magic, and that killing is graphically shown. Language in the game includes lines such as "Now the son of a bitch needs to pay" and "I should know, having fled from the bastard myself.