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Xbox Series X/S Game Review

Hell Let Loose


Format: Xbox Series X/S
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
Developer: Black Matter Pty Ltd
RRP: £34.99
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Age Restrictions: 16+
Release Date: 04 October 2021

Join the ever-expanding experience of Hell Let Loose - a hardcore World War Two first person shooter with epic battles of 100 players with infantry, tanks, artillery, a dynamically shifting front line and a unique resource based RTS-inspired meta-game. Fight in the most iconic battles of the Western Front, including Carentan, Omaha Beach and Foy and more. This is combat at a whole new scale.... with lumbering tanks dominating the battlefield, crucial supply chains fuelling the frontlines, you are a cog in the machine of colossal, combined arms warfare. Hell Let Loose puts you in the chaos of war, complete with deep player-controlled vehicles, a dynamically evolving front line, and crucial unit-focused gameplay that commands the tide of battle...


Maps are modelled on real reconnaissance images and satellite data

Hell Let Loose takes all the elements of the classic Call of Duty and Battlefield games and expands on them in massive online multiplayer maps. With up to 50 players on each side the mayhem and true random unfairness of war is bought to life.

The game features a number of maps modelled on real reconnaissance images and satellite data, the entire battlefield is divided up into large capture sectors - allowing for emergent and constantly unique gameplay that pits two forces of fifty players in a fight to the death across fields, bridges, forests and towns on an ever-evolving front line.

When a sector is captured, it generates one of three resources for your team, creating a complex meta-game that will influence your team’s march to victory.

You can choose one of 14 playable roles within infantry, recon and armour unit types, each equipped with different weapons, vehicles and equipment. For those playing together as a tight squad you can divide up your team to balance out the roles of Officer, Scout, Machine Gunner, Medic, Engineer, Tank Commander and more to ensure that you have the best rounded team to help you take on the enemy.


Customise characters with new uniforms, loadouts and other options

Unlike the majority of first person shooters, Hell Let Loose is not about kill to death ratios - teamwork is central to gameplay. Communication is essential. Players work together beneath the leadership of officers and their Commander to take strategic targets on the battlefield and dominate the opposition. The unique sector capture metagame requires teams to make continual large scale tactical decisions as to where to attack or defend.

Manage resources and supplies to call in support, bombing runs, new vehicles, strafing runs and to reinforce strong-points or flank enemies.

While obviously the objectives are essential to winning the war, there's a lot of fun to be had with friends as you call out enemy positions or take cover in buildings, picking off any enemy troops that wander by. There's nothing quite as satisfying as saving your friend from a sneaky attack from behind. Having several pairs of eyes on the battlefield is also essential when large numbers of enemy attack or you're attacking them.

You can customise your character by unlocking new uniforms, loadouts and other options as you level up each individual role, as well as your player. You also get the opportunity to get behind the controls of a number of WW2 vehicles including the Tiger, Sherman, Stuart, Puma as well as anti-tank guns and artillery.


The game looks and plays beautifully

While it's fun to jump in and play on your own, you're going to get the most fun if you squad up with team mates. Yelling out enemy positions as you spot them, or other important elements that unfold on the battlefield, really has you working wonderfully together as a well oiled team.

The only slight issue is that the game doesn't feature AI bots in any capacity, so if the player base isn't there the game's as good as dead. This shouldn't be a huge issue now, but will you still be able to play this a year from now? Time will tell.

The game looks and plays beautifully (4K on Xbox Series X / 1080p on Xbox Series S). This is the WWII shooter you've been waiting for.


Nick Smithson

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