Hell Let Loose Gameplay Preview – Hyper Realistic World War II Shooter

Developed by Black Matter Pty Ltd, published by Team17 – July 27, 2021 (PC)
*MSRP: $39.99 – https://store.steampowered.com/app/686810/Hell_Let_Loose/

Hell Let Loose is a hyper realistic World War II shooter. There’s almost no HUD and no feedback from the game to help you out. You need to scope out your surroundings with your own eyes and ears to find enemies and dangerous areas. It’s quite difficult compared to other shooters but there’s definitely a greater sense of immersion.

There are so many people on the map that it feels more like a real battlefield than other games.

The game maps are massive and feature combat between two teams of fifty people each. That’s right, on full servers that means there will be one hundred live players scurrying around every which way. The game has a small but dedicated following so you won’t have any trouble finding a populated server as of the writing of this article.

There are a lot of roles to choose from, each with a specific ability. Try them all out to see what you like!

Before you start the round, you need to pick your role. The role will determine what you can do in the game. The commander is a vital role that can support your team by taking actions such as spawning vehicles, spotting enemies, and requesting supply drops. The rifleman is the standard foot soldier and probably the best class to start out with to get used to the game. There are plenty of other classes, each with their own unique abilities so I would recommend checking them all out eventually to see what kind of play style you like best.

Run around willy and nilly and you’ll probably find yourself downed. And then the long run from the respawn begins again.

Once you’re in the game, you spawn at certain points on the map and then hoof it on foot to where all your brothers in arms are fighting. The map is rather large so it does take a while to run to locations. Once at a hot spot, the combat is pretty difficult. It’s not like your traditional FPS game where the game gives you a lot of information on screen and combat happens at relatively close distances. You need to work with your teammates and pay very close attention to your surroundings.

Coordinating with your teammates and playing cautiously is key to surviving long enough to be do something useful.

It won’t be out of the ordinary to see a bunch of soldiers crawling prone while slowly pushing a contested area. It’s a more slower and much more methodical form of warfare where caution and information gathering is vital. A few bullets your way is more than enough to down you so running around haphazardly is a sure fire way to see the respawn screen quickly.

The game definitely feels more immersive thanks to this design. You have to really pay attention to your environment and surroundings. You need to pay attention to what your teammates are doing as that will give you much needed information as well. Seeing where they move and shoot will give you a rough idea of where the enemies are and from there you can slowly push in while scoping out the situation.

Overall Hell Let Loose is a difficult game but more immersive as a result. It’s definitely much slower in pace and the barrier to entry is much higher but it provides an experience that can’t be found in the faster paced games of today.

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