Hell Divers 2 Review

12th March 2024
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Hell Divers 2

Arrowhead Game Studios

The Galaxy’s Last Line of Offence. Enlist in the Helldivers and join the fight for freedom across a hostile galaxy in a fast, frantic, and ferocious third-person shooter.

Helldivers 2 has taken over the PC gaming and PS5 worlds by storm over the past few weeks, and for good reason. It’s a great third-person squad-based shooter, a rarity these days with the popularity of FPS titles. The launch was a little rocky with performance issues, bugs and matchmaking troubles, but the team has been hard at work releasing emergency fixes.

Super Earth is under attack from the evil robotic Automatons and the Terminds. You’re dropped into basic training and then sent to the front lines to fight in the Galactic War with your friends. Based upon the Starship Troopers books, Helldivers 2 doesn’t take itself too seriously and is full of silly moments, pure action, humour and just over-the-top propaganda moments, which have left players grinning at the ridiculousness of it all.

Helldivers 2 has made giant leaps over the first Helldivers game whichreleased in 2015 as a top-down shooter. There’s no need to have played the first game to understand the story of this new title. The story isn’t that important!

Pros

Ridiculously fun chaotic action

Crossplay PS5 and PC

Good progression system

Fair price tag

Cons

No offline mode

Some Glitches

Helldivers 2 is more strategic than it looks at first glance. If your mission timer runs out, you won’t be able to call in extra Stratagems, which are special abilities such as orbital strikes, and your team has a limited number of extra lives called “Reinforcements”. Completing missions is all about picking priorities and managing resources. Every mission is different to the last, offering hours of playing without things feeling too similar.

While you could play alone, working with others makes life much easier, but only if you coordinate with each other! The biggest downside to this is that friendly fire is always turned on. Be prepared to accidentally kill your friends… a lot. There’s also no difficulty level scaling to your total player count, which limits how much a solo player can do. There are a lot of small details considered in Helldivers 2. An injured arm can mean you’ll be less accurate when firing a weapon, and damage to the leg could disable your sprinting capabilities.

Helldivers 2 has a lot of stuff to unlock, which gives you a lot of ways to play the game. It allows you to DIY almost whatever build you feel like playing. The downside to this? Deciding what to unlock first!!

  

  

  

  

by Simon Blue

Simon loves survival action shooter games and is a PC fanatic at heart. When he isn't playing games, you can catch him running the BlueandQueenie platforms hand in hand with Queenie. Please email us at hey@blueandqueenie.com to have your game showcased on our platforms.

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