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If you’re a big fan of Skyrim’s fantasy setting and first-person combat, then Techland has a game for you. It’s called Hellraid, and coincidentally enough, you’re reading a preview about that game right now.
Hellraid will have players jumping into the boots of a medieval warrior who is the last living member of a cursed family. Your goal throughout the game will be to fight back the minions of hell who are homebent on destroying our planet – something that I’ve always wanted to do, but never really had the opportunity to accomplish myself.
Every class of weapon in Hellraid functions slightly differently. For example, during our Gamescom demo, we watched as our hero picked up a mace. These strong, blunt instruments are useful for stunning enemies and can also shatter skeletons. Our Hellraid hero also has a dash move, which is extremely useful for avoiding enemy attacks and closing the distance to ranged fighters.
After bashing our last skeleton warrior to bone dust, we’re ready to level up. Hellraid has over 100 skills for players to pick, and these range from increasing your magic defense to improving your handling of weapons to acquiring new abilities. We pick shield bash, and I don’t know who’s naming these abilities, but they’re doing a great job, because shield bash allowed our hero to take his shield and bash into enemies, thus staggering them and opening them up to our attacks.
Unlike with some other RPG, Hellraid’s hero can use any of the game’s weapons from the very beginning, so you won’t have to work to improve your skills before unlocking the best weapons. We find a magical staff and decide to put it to use. The wand has two different types of attacks; one is an ice beam that can freeze enemies, and the other is a blast of homing ice shards. We prefer to freeze enemies, because then you can walk up to your foes and kick and shatter them. On the topic of kicking; we kicked a dude off a bridge (in the game not real life), and that felt really cool.
While approaching a nearby town, we run across a couple of new enemies. One is a zombie that reaches into his guts a hurls festering balls of pus at us. Another group of enemies are called exploders. I don’t know who named the enemies, but it’s probably the same guy who named the skills, because exploders will blow up after you attack them. This explosion damage will seep through your armor, so it’s best to dash out of the way before they pop. Alternatively you can kick them into a group of other foes and laugh manically as the exploders do the dirty work for you. (The Techland developer said the laughing wasn’t necessary, but I kept doing it because it was fun.)
If any of this sounds fun to you, you’re in luck; this isn’t just a tech demo, Techland is actually planning to release Hellraid for sale. If you’re a fan of games like Skyrim, or games with Raid in the title you might want to check this out when it releases for PS4, Xbox One, or PC sometime next year.
Until then, check out our impression of the game from E3.
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I love the title of this article.
This article is amazing.
Oh God, it seems like Ben has gotten in the German beer....I love it. All articles from now on should be like this.
fuuck it looks so good, first person combat is the best.. looks like darker tone skyrim with less dialogue and more smashy smashy
This game sounds promising.
Write more previews just like this one please
Awesome read Ben! "I don’t know who named the enemies, but it’s probably the same guy who named the skills"
Wow. I didn't think this would be Skyrim-like with its open world even remotely. Color me interested.
That is all.
Excellent work Mr. Reeves. I'm informed as well as entertained by your journalism.
I'm liking this title but I'm wondering if there is any story to it or it just pure action?
I'm glad to hear that they're planning on selling this as a game. Thanks for clearing that up, Ben! I don't know what you were on when you wrote this, but stay on it.
Shield bash does a bash with the shield. Whoever named these skills is a genius!
Two things. 1. That was a great time. 2. This game does look interesting. I'm interested about it for sure.