Does anyone play? If you played the original Hellgate London, apparently this is much of the same (Minus DX10). I never played it but have to say I am having a blast with the game so far. Long story short, T3fun released the game and Flagship, or whoever owned it, is no more. There are some bumps in the road and the servers are not as stable as they could be right now but the game still seems like a blast.
The way they have it is that Act 1 and 2 are free. It took me roughly 10 hours to get through but I'm quite a noob at Hellgate After that you need to buy a ticket to open up the rest of the game. The ticket is 4000 tcoins ($4) but you can only buy tcoins in multiples of $5. So yes, you will have some leftover to spend.
From what I've seen there are no "i win" items in the cash shop (yet). If you guys liked HG:L I'd say it's worth giving a shot to. If nothing else all you loose is some time downloading the game and maybe some frustration trying to login.