Rather than spamming Bryan’s comments section on youtube with my thoughts i guess i could ramble here with my limited english.
I was talking about HG yesterday with a friend and as usual i was struck by the fact that HG is the only one of it’s kind. I don’t even know how to categorize this game to be honest.
I don’t like the title of “action-rpg” being used for games like PoE or Diablo. Yes they are action games with heavy emphasis on character development but the term is also being used for games like Darksouls ( i even heard people calling Ocarina of Time an action-RPG).
When i fell in love with the genre it was with Titan Quest and the term of Hack n’ slash was commonly used back then, but nowadays it’s used for what i call beat em’ all games like God of War or the Musou type games.
Isometric Loot Based Action RPG (ILBARPG - Eelbarhpgh) doesn’t roll off the thong easily but is at least somewhat precise. I’ll stick with HnS cause…i like it.
So what’s the difference between action-RPG and HnS then ? I guess for me the main one is the emphasis on loot.
When Diablo 3 first got released, it was closer to a Beat them all than an HnS because the loot was boring.
Then there’s the matter of builds and choices. Once again, Diablo 3 had none of this. It’s slightly better now but everyone uses the same gear and build so meh.
So back when TQ was my first lover as a teenager, Hack n’ Slash was a really strict and precise description to categorize the game genre i love.
Then Hellgate got released.
As a brief resume of my history with this game: I bought it day -2 as the shop i used to go for games (back when video games stores were a thing)and they were able to get games a few days before everyone else for good customers. I didn’t play the first MP version as my crappy laptop was barely able to handle it and my internet was terrible at best.
I kept playing SP here and there until Global came out. Made 2 55/50 characters but then got bored due to builds restrictions, ugly pay 2 win and the overall unstability of this dying mess.
I was following projects on Hellgateaus (I’m Butsutekkai there), gave them money to help keep alive the upcoming mods and played a lot of them including Naga or Revival or Lost London.I’m now waiting eagerly for the final wipe of 2038 to really dive into this game once again.
All the elements of HnS were there but the camera angle was free instead of being top-view. Interesting loots(tiers + color coded+ currencies + misc items), act based story progression, notion of builds and skills, mix of melee, ranged, single target or AoE abilities, actives and passives etc. Being able to use 3rd person or FPS view is also really unique).
All this rambling to find a name and similar games is already a clue that, to my knowledge HG is the only one like this.
The Borderlands series has a lot of points in common with HG but falls flat on the loot side and builds even if it’s way closer to the truth than others like Destiny or Anthem, where loots are thrown in the mix just because it’s a popular and addictive thing.
After 10ish years, i still wonder why HG never had anything close to it.
Loot is a popular thing ans is often thrown on games like it was easy to have meaningfull and fun items (it’s not).
RPG elements and skills are everywhere, even where it shouldn’t be ( fuck you Quake Champions i hope you die and never come back).
HnS are still very much in demand when well made. While D3 was sold well cause of it’s name rather than quality, the highly merited success of PoE proves that the genre still has it’s place and fans. A lot of titles are coming like the next torchlight, Wolcen or Last Epoch( not talking about korean stuff like Lost Ark as they are all the same and present as much interest in the long run as a Diablo 3)
PoE is my wife since 2011 and i’m still in love, but HG is my secret lover that most people never heard about.
Every time a game that looks like HG comes out im disapointed because it can’t handle all the ingredients properly, in a cohesive mixture. I was waiting on Athem as a deeper alternative of Warframe but seeing the reviews and won’t even try and waste money this time.
All this rambling leads me to ask myself: Why ?
Why does no other game like Hellgate exists ?
Why does no other devs took a look at it as a big potential despite the fact that all the ingredients that made HG a fucking good game are all popular ?
Why do i always keep loosing socks somewhere and have to buy new ones regulary ?
Why am I still in love when going back to Hellgate, Quake 3, Anarchy Online, PoE ?
Why are on hit novas so mesmerizing to play with ?
Give me my daily dose of good, intersting loots, my daily need of perfect movement and gameplay, calm my craving of deep Sci-fi universe coupled with super deep gear mechanics.
Give me some good games.