Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

On the Road to: Helldivers 2 Review

After much anticipation and speculation, the sequel to the popular cooperative twin-stick shooter game, HellDivers, has finally arrived! Titled HellDivers 2, this sequel is a magnificent blend of thrilling action, absurd humor, and surprisingly fair monetization practices.

Overview

Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, HellDivers 2 is a cooperative multiplayer game that has taken the gaming community by storm. Released on February 8, 2024, the game is available on multiple platforms including PC and PlayStation 5.

Gameplay and Mechanics

Stratagems and Gear

In HellDivers 2, players make use of special abilities known as ‘Stratagems’ to gain an edge in combat. These include calling down heavy weapons, gun turrets, and ordnance strikes. However, unlike its predecessor, the variety of Stratagems in this sequel has significantly reduced. Most of the toolbox is now made up of different versions of the same thing – airstrikes and turrets.

On the other hand, the game provides a satisfyingly weighty shooting experience. The selection of gear for your HellDiver is initially limited but shooting is satisfyingly weighty. As you progress, you unlock a huge catalog of weapons, emotes, armor, and abilities that can be purchased with the in-game currency earned by completing objectives.

Missions and Objectives

The game structure remains similar to its predecessor. Players drop onto a planet with a main objective and a whole bunch of side stuff. All this happens while a horde of alien bugs or violent cyborgs are trying to chew you apart. The maps are vast with points of interest scattered far apart. Players often spend a significant amount of time jogging from one landmark to another, making the game’s pacing feel a bit slow at times.

Character Progression

Character progression in HellDivers 2 is a slow and grindy affair. However, the game rewards patience. As you level up, you unlock powerful new Stratagems and abilities. This can make a huge difference in how you play and provides a sense of achievement.

Visuals and Aesthetics

The biggest stylistic departure in HellDivers 2 is the perspective shift. The game has abandoned the top-down view of the original in favor of a standard third-person shooter presentation. This change has made battles against bugs and robots even more spectacular.

However, the aesthetic of HellDivers 2 has received mixed reviews. The cosmetics in the game are monetized through a rotating shop and microtransactions. As a result, the once-endearing visual style of the original HellDivers has been diluted, giving the game a generic sci-fi shooter look.

Enemies and Combat

One of the highlights of HellDivers 2 is the enemy variety. From small bugs that spit acid to robots with chainsaws for hands, the game offers a plethora of foes to defeat. Each encounter is challenging and keeps players on their toes.

Multiplayer Experience

HellDivers 2 shines brightest when played with friends. The game thrives on its cooperative multiplayer experience. However, soloing the game can be a challenging affair as the game does not scale the difficulty levels based on the total player count.

Connectivity Issues

Despite its exciting gameplay and cooperative multiplayer experience, HellDivers 2 has been plagued by connectivity issues since its launch. Players have reported issues such as connection drops, loading failures, intense lag, and outright crashes. The developers have been releasing patches to fix these issues, but they haven’t been completely resolved yet.

Microtransactions and Rewards

HellDivers 2 offers both a free and a paid battle pass. The game is also generous with the rewards that players can buy between missions. While microtransactions are present, players have reported that they have never felt like they were missing out on anything important by not using them.

Critics and User Reviews

HellDivers 2 has received generally favorable reviews from both critics and players. The game holds a Metascore of 82 based on 61 critic reviews. The user score stands at 8.3 based on 892 user ratings.

HellDivers 2 offers an exciting cooperative multiplayer experience. Despite the connectivity issues and the shift in aesthetics, the game delivers on the thrill of combat and offers a satisfying progression system. Whether you’re a fan of the original or new to the series, HellDivers 2 is worth checking out if you’re looking for a cooperative shooter game to play with friends.

4.5 out of 5

Latest patch notes:

HELLDIVERS™ 2 – ????️ PATCH 1.000.12 ⚙️ – Steam News (steampowered.com)

Get the game on Steam:

HELLDIVERS™ 2 on Steam (steampowered.com)

 

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