Hell Let Loose is a hardcore tactical World War 2 First Person Shooter with epic 50 versus 50 battles involving infantry, tanks, artillery and a dynamically shifting frontline and it is available this month on PS Plus. It uses a unique resource based RTS inspired metagame to keep you thinking on your toes. You play on iconic battlefields of World War 2 and all these maps are at the heart of the experience. Hell Let Loose includes historical vehicles, weapons and uniforms which are all extremely detailed and the combat is brutal and bloody.
Combat takes place on huge scale maps and is extremely satisfying. Unlike most shooters, Hell Let Loose rewards forward thinking from the meta game to the simple infantry-based combat. Although it’s a hardcore teamwork-based shooter it requires less coordination than other games and appealing to a more casual player base. Hell Let Loose’s maps are realistic, brutal and absolutely stunning. Fighting ranges from trenches, forests and urban combat. This game does an incredible job of immersing you in World War 2. There is a dynamic player-controlled spawn system so people can’t spawn camp you.
You can dig trenches or foxholes on these maps as they do provide a very significant amount of cover in the form of long trenches, destroyed buildings and geographical cover and the atmosphere really is amazing. The combat in Hell Let Loose is one of a kind and one of the most brutal and epic I’ve ever seen. With the 50 versus 50 battles there is hundreds of ways to die in this game and you really have to watch out for other infantry, grenade, snipers, trip mines, tanks, artillery bombing runs or to get shot in the back by friendlies.
The time to kill is pretty much 0 with 1 bullet having 95 percent chance of killing the enemy and it can be a real challenge to get used to these weapons as almost all weapons use iron sights. When you finally get the hang of it, the combat is incredibly satisfying but there is no form of kill confirmation or kill cams so you have to be on your toes and be ready for anything.
As I said before there is a dynamic spawn system which if you die gets you back in the fight somewhat quickly so you’re almost always in combat during these matches. The sound and effects are the icing on the cake when it comes to giving you the fully immersive experience as the effects are very cinematic and everything from death animations to tanks blowing up all look fantastic. It’s hard to describe why the sound in Hell Let Loose is so good besides that it’s loud, realistic and never really stops as you rarely have a quiet moment within this game.
You can customize your character at the barracks before jumping into a game and here you can change your helmet, face and uniforms. Each class has its own leveling system so you can earn rewards for each separate class. The servers are community hosted in this game so you may get different variations of map rotations and game mode rotations. Once you are in a game you will get to the squad screen and there are 3 types of squads to choose from being infantry, armor and a sniper team.
As for the 2 game modes in the game, we have Warfare and Offensive and in both modes the map is divided up into sectors that each team seeks to capture and control. In the Warfare mode the game is won by either controlling all sectors at a given point in time or by controlling the majority of them when the timer runs out. In the Offensive mode, the defending team is in control of all sectors at the beginning of the match and the objective for the opposing side is then to capture all of them before the timer runs out similar to the push game mode in most team-based shooters.
One of the downsides in Hell Let Loose is the spawn system as sometimes the enemies can destroy the spawn point that a squad leader has placed and you will spawn far away and then just totally dominate the map. Secondly is the ranking system and it ranges from Level 1 – 250 but unfortunately this rank means very little in the way of weapons and kits that are unlocked using the role rank system.
You need to play that class to potentially get new weapons which is fine except it will literally take you hundreds of hours to achieve as I have more than 50 hours in the game and only have a couple unlocked. I have heard that some countries only have a limited number of servers to queue but I haven’t experienced that problem. Competitive fast paced players who are used to the Call of Duty Black Ops series will probably not like Hell Let Loose as much and it is more oriented for players of the Battlefield Series.
The reason being is that the movement system is very deliberate and slow and you can’t slide, jump excessively or use grappling hooks. It’s a very slow deliberate hardcore shooter and it’s a fairly big-time commitment to jump in and out so it takes a long time to get into that competitive nature. It might put off the more casual player as the games are usually longer than 30 minutes but this game is a great experience if you get the hang of it.
Hell Let Loose will be available to PlayStation Plus members until Monday, November 1.
Hell Let Loose delivers a near-unparalleled experience as a hardcore World War 2 shooter. With a deep layer of strategy and maps that perfectly capture the devastation of war, there are few games in the genre that mixes action and strategy like this game.