Where do I start with this one? On one hand, Hellpoint could be a fine Soulsborne game and on the other hand, it’s in my top 5 for most buggy games that I’ve played this year and that’s why it’s landed on this list.
I’ve experienced just about every bug and glitch you can experience in a video game while playing Hellpoint. I’ve crashed to desktop, fallen through the floor, saw my FPS go from the upper 70s down to the low 10s, walked in midair, and so much more. This game was not ready for release. I had to restrict myself to using a longsword for 90% of my playthrough because just about every other weapon would only register a single hit on an enemy even though I would perform an entire combo on their ass. This game was damn near broken at launch and I haven’t touched it since I reviewed it on my last website. As a matter of fact, my review for Hellpoint is one of, if not the, most viewed review on this game on Steam.
I got torn apart for giving this game a negative review because of the bugs that I experienced at the time of writing it. I was even blasted for putting almost 30 hours in the game because “I shouldn’t put so much time in a game I don’t like” even though it was my responsibility to do so since the developers gave me a review copy of the game. One of the developers even admitted that my review was very useful to them and thanked me for the feedback. Hellpoint was super buggy when I played it at launch and I almost gave up numerous times because I got tired of losing progress because of an ill-fated crash to desktop. The gameplay is fine and some of the areas I explored were very memorable, but if I can’t go 20 minutes without some sort of game-breaking bug happening to me then there’s something seriously wrong with your game.
There’s a lot of things that added up to make this game land on this list. Bosses would bug out mid-fight and not do anything resulting in my completely wiping the floor with them. Bosses that did fight back were incredibly easy to cheese because their AI would completely bug out if I did something unexpected or they would simply do one or two telegraphed attacks until I circled around them and killed them. I can’t recall a single memorable boss fight in this game and that’s kind of a big deal in Soulsborne games since that’s basically what you play them for. Great boss fights, good gameplay, and if you’re lucky a good story too. Hellpoint only has one of the three and the gameplay can’t even touch other games in the genre.
Even without the bugs, I wouldn’t call Hellpoint an excellent game. If I took away the bugs and glitches that I experienced and just judged the game based on what I played I still wouldn’t give it anything higher than a 6 which is a decent score for me. I don’t give out 9s and 10s very often. Hellpoint is on the easier side when compared to other games in its genre even when you play alone. The gameplay can be really choppy and it feels like a low budget Indie game because that’s exactly what it is. It’s not good enough to compete with the big boys in this genre and the game-breaking bugs are what made me place it on this list. If Cradle Games had delayed this game by a few months it probably wouldn’t have even been on my top 10 worst games of 2020 because I actually like this game. As it stands, it easily earned its spot on my list because of all the crap I had to put up with while playing it.
I’m Omar. I’m the founder of drakulus.com and the new founder of Petescorner.net. I cover every type of game genre there is and I’m using all of the skills I learned over the last 7 years working on Drakulus to make Pete’s Corner the best it can be. My favorite types of games are strategy, RPGs, and Shooters. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other types of genres. Those are just my top 3. You can expect my brutally honest opinion on what I think of games in long reviews, editorial pieces, and game news coverage.