There's something to be said for games that foster a sense of addiction in their players. Whether you stay up all night trying to get another level in World of Warcraft or play Lineage II so long that you die, these games offer up a decidedly unhealthy, yet enthralling, gameplay experience.
Blizzard's World of Warcraft game wasn't its first exercise in free-time-stealing, however: Its Diablo and Diablo II games were arguably the progenitors of the category. Given randomized loot and the opportunity to obtain it quickly and repeatedly, the games encouraged players to make just one more Mephisto run in the hopes of finding that Buriza-Do Kyanon crossbow, to the point where people stayed up all night obsessively clicking on enemies.
The zombification of America's youth is apparently about to get another game proponent with the release of Hellgate: London, which was put together by a team led by veteran Blizzard developers. It's a slower gameplay experience than Diablo II was, but it still retains the same addictive qualities. Here's what to expect from GameSpot's Game Guide to Hellgate: London.
A basic rundown on each of the classes currently in the game and how they play.
Some useful tips to help you play the game and a description of the status effects that you'll see.
Want to earn more loot? Sure, we all do! This chapter explains the three-icon minigame that will probably be pretty puzzling to you at first.
Items and Mods
There's a lot to learn if you want to tackle item upgrades and mods. Check out this chapter to learn more.