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Helldivers

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Genre: Action
Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios
Release Date: Summer 2014

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by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2014 @ 10:04 a.m. PST

Set in a dystopian future, players fight to protect Super Earth, where a managed democracy has blurred the lines between military and government rule. We are losing the war, and the Helldivers are the last line of defense against three invading enemy species.

Helldivers focuses on teamwork, as squads battle formidable foes to become Heroes Of The Federation. Communication is key; cover your teammates as they crawl to safety and revive your fallen comrades to get them back into the fight. Tactically operate weapons and gear as a team and use the full might of the military with a unique signaling mechanic. Need reinforcements? Send up distress signals and have friends join the action any time.

Up to four players can play together, either online or locally around the same television. Helldivers features Cross-Play and Cross-Save functionality, where players on the console of their choice can fight together to survive in an unforgiving environment.

Fight with the Helldivers community in global meta-games and individual missions to save Super Earth. Every battle counts in the Galactic War, where victory unlocks content for all. 


Helldivers is all about team work, the entire community wages a intergalactic war played out over 4-6 weeks (exact time frame still being discussed), every victory and every defeat impacts the war which can be either won or lost, depending on the efforts of you – the community.

Whether you’re cooperating with your 2-4 person squad or fighting steadfastly alone, you choose the mission that matches your capabilities. Rise through the ranks and earn new weapons and perks or save entire planets for that most valuable asset: the Stratagems.

In addition to the previously unveiled Bugs enemy race, Super Earth is also at war with the socio-feudal Cyborg Nation, a race of bionically augmented separatists that once were part of the Super Earth federation, but now have declared their sovereignty. The Cyborg’s heavy armor and projectile weaponry presents the Helldivers with a very different tactical challenge, where the “fire & maneuver” doctrine is of essence.

Not only do you need to band together to fight the alien races, you need to stay on your toes to tackle the dynamic environments that dictate your fighting techniques. Beware, if you wander from the solid rock to the deep powder, your squad will need to trudge through the snow, slowing you down and rendering retreat impossible.

Probably the most essential part of the game (aside from your comrades) are strategems. Each player selects their load-out prior to the mission, containing up to four support strategems of their choosing. Called in by the player, stratagems are key to deciding the outcome of battle, a few of my current favorites are automated the defense turrets, napalm, heavy artillery for busting tanks and jump packs. One thing with Helldivers that never seems to get old is the bickering and strategic talks when selecting the stratagem composition with your team.

To tackle some of the unforgiving environments and challenging foes, Helldivers have a fleet of advanced vehicles – the most frequently deployed is a mechanical armored biped that wreaks absolute havoc. The standard mech is equipped with a Gatling gun and a grenade launcher pod.

Remember, all of the weapons in Helldivers are very powerful to counter the tough alien races that mankind faces, as such almost all weapons can tear a man in half. In the heat of battle, nobody is safe.


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