Helldivers, the top down, twin stick shooter developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, is coming to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and the PlayStation Vita this summer of 2014. The announcement was made by PlayStation social media specialist Ryan Clements on the PlayStation blog.
The game is mainly about outfitting an elite squad, dropping into procedurally generated battlefields, and of course, fighting for survival. There are brutally difficult missions and gratifying multiplayer designs so the high level of challenge and the always on friendly fire will make for a hard but rewarding gameplay experience.
The game can have up to four players who tackle the alien menace together. The game showcases how well Helldivers was put together as it requires players to absolutely work together as a team or end up failing.
In terms of gameplay and controls, the basics are easy to grasp, especially if you are familiar with twin stick shooters. You basically move with one stick and aim with the other. Each player will have a default loadout of a primary weapon, a secondary weapon or sidearm, and grenades. Knowing how to build the loadouts is very important and can affect the strategy that the team uses in missions.
Gameplay can be both rewarding and annoying, especially when playing with newer players. Having players fight together through procedurally generated environments and learning how to cope and adapt against vicious enemies is a treat in and of itself already. The extra kick is when the newcomers inevitably kill their teammates with friendly fire via stray assault rifle fire or a badly placed grenade. Surprisingly enough, it leads to a lot of laughs and funny moments.
The decision to keep friendly fire on at all times gives the game a sense of realism and forces players to stick together as a group, play carefully, and think about positioning as well as the possible repercussions of their actions. These things will lead to much more interesting battles as players need to be careful not to hit their allies.
Another piece of good news is that Arrowhead is thinking ahead and plans to have cross platform compatibility between all three versions as well as any mix of online and local multiplayer.
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