Released on June 6, 2019, in early access, Hell Let Loose is an ultra-realistic tactic focused first-person shooter. While the World War II setting may not exactly be original, I feel that the direction the game is trying to go certainly is. They have a clear one-year road map for this so it certainly looks like it is going to be getting updated very often over the next year.
How to Download Hell Let Loose
The game can be obtained from Steam. Click on the Download button at the end of the review.
The Game Review
I thought that Call of Duty WWII was as “realistic” as it got when it came to first-person shooters set in that era. The first thing you need to get out of our head about this game is that this is NOT a COD or Battlefield style game. If you try to play this like either of those games, you are not going to have a good time at all.
That is because Hell Let Loose is going for a much more realistic approach to WWII. The game is all about 100 player battles and on your team of 50, you are nothing more than a small cog in a large machine. Trying to play this all on your own is not fun, you will die before you likely even get a single shot off. This is a game where tactics and teamwork are key.
There are 14 different classes in the game which is just insane. While I like to go for a modest infantry kind of approach. You can play as a medic or even something more epic like a tank commander if you feel up to it. Above you are the “big brass” who will instruct you and try to lead you to victory.
The battles are pretty crazy and there are tanks, guns blazing and people all over the place. The game does not play like a more action-packed first-person shooter like Call of Duty for example. Trying to run and gun in Hell Let Loose is not going to work for you. You really need to communicate with other players and work together to push forward and take a sector
The idea of taking a sector is that once you do, it will then generate resources for your side. So, as you have probably guessed, battles over sectors can get very heated and frantic. It is fun, but there is a very steep learning curve. The UI is very bare-bones, but this is on purpose. There is no big reticle showing you where you are actually shooting so your aim has to be on point.
I feel that this is a game that has a lot going for it, but at the same time, it is clearly not a game for everyone. I can see some people getting frustrated and not having a good time with this, that rings especially true if you are expecting an experience like Battlefield or Call of Duty.
On Steam, they have a clear road map of the upcoming 12 months and it looks very promising. The maps are quite large and detailed and from the sounds of it, the maps they are adding are going to be larger than the ones that are already in the game. It will be interesting to see what other kinds of content such as game modes will be added.
I think that Hell Let Loose is a very interesting game. These kind of FPS games are not for everyone, but if you go into it knowing you have to work as part of a team and the learning curve is steep. Well, I feel that this is a game that is really going to get its hooks in you. There is not a ton of content at the moment in its early access state, but as I said a detailed plan is there so you can see what they have planned.
- 100 player fights
- A different kind of WWII FPS game
- It puts a heavy focus on working as a team and strategy
- The game requires a lot of skill to be good
- They do have a detailed plan for its early access run
- A few “early access” bugs here and there
- The learning curve is very, very steep