Helldivers II Reviews

Helldivers II is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2024

Helldivers 2 is one of the best multiplayer games in recent years: it's funny, entertaining, brutal and challenging in just the right way.

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90 / 100
Feb 22, 2024

Regardless of the early-day technical issues, Helldivers 2 is an absolute blast… When it works. The high-octane, exhilarating, take-no-prisoner approach to fighting off horde after horde of enemies is utterly fantastic. Tight gunplay, excellent coop, varied and rewarding missions, and a fun upgrade system all come together to create a perfect blend of shoot-em-up chaos that I simply can’t get enough of. While server issues continue to be a considerable nuisance, I can’t help but wonder what Arrowhead Game Studios have cooking for Helldivers 2 in the years to come. Now, step forth, Cadet. The day ahead is uncertain without you.

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Keyvan Jahan Bani
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2024

Helldivers 2 takes the single most important component of the previous game and expands it into a full-fledged third person shooter, full of fast paced combat and massive explosions. It's a rewarding experience especially if played as a group, and can keep you and your buddies entertained for months.

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9.1 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2024

Helldivers 2 delivers a streamlined, premium experience, features some of the most satisfying space marine-style combat I've ever played.

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85 / 100
Feb 22, 2024

As a Starship Troopers fan, I almost get excited every time I jump into my Hell pod and I don't miss the intro video every time I start the game, as a good defender of democracy. The truth is that Helldivers 2 has hit hard in my nineties heart and from what I have seen, also in the hearts of many. The question is whether it will be enough in the medium or long term for the gaming community, because it shows that you don't need to have a huge AAAA-style promotional campaign like Skulls & Bones or Suicide Squad to succeed. And that's another signal that players are giving to the big companies. Despite being a PS5 exclusive, I'm happy for the success of Helldivers 2, but even more so, because it proves that locking a game into one platform is becoming more and more of a mistake.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2024

Helldivers 2 is a masterstroke, a sensational sequel to one of my favourite games and an absolute must play for people who enjoy simple, cinematic, and irreverent fun. The shift in perspective, the upgraded graphics and sound design, and the hard lean into satirical humour have launched it easily into one of my favourite games of 2024. I highly recommend that you suit up and hit the Hellpods soldier, I'm doing my part, are you?

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9 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2024

Crafted with intelligence and brimming with chaotic good vibes, Helldivers 2 sets the kind of tone many others in the action space should take notice of, overcoming some early tech issues by being a sheer delight to play.

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8 / 10
Feb 21, 2024

Helldivers 2 doesn't do anything special, exceptional, or unique at its core. But what it does, is it does damn well, and it enhances it with similarly good mechanics, audiovisual design, impeccable atmosphere, an emphasis on co-op, and an overall gameplay loop. In other words, it's just incredible fun to play. We couldn't have hoped for more.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2024

I can say that we are facing one of the best coop games released in recent years. The fun imposed is something superb, and I believe that with the studio's commitment to adding additional content over time, if they play the right weapons (Arrowhead, can I suggest a training ground on the ship to test the weapons, please?), they will be able to keep the player base pretty high... and I'll be there to spread democracy!

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7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2024

If this review reads odd, I apologize; I always try to be real with y’all so I want to be upfront about the state of things with Helldivers 2. Yep, it sucks we can’t play right now due to stressed servers, the good thing is that the game is obviously hot but the bad is that it could lose the player base if this isn’t fixed quickly. Y’all know me, I am an optimist, I have high hopes for Skull & Bones and I am sure that Sony will step in and get this resolved and we can all get back to fighting for freedom and democracy together. But in the meantime, if you don’t mind maybe not being able to play when you want, or having random crashes and missing rewards then dive into Helldivers 2. These are all growing pains and can be resolved, at the end of the day this game is blast, made more so when you are playing with friends which is evident if you watch any of our gameplay videos. If you all pick this up and happen to be teamed with ZeroTolerance, just watch ya back because he is all about completing the mission, teammates be damned. LOL.

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Feb 21, 2024

Helldivers 2 is a fantastic co-op game where anything can and will go wrong, thanks to several clever design choices. Calling in orbital bombardments while laying waste to alien swarms and robot armies has never been more fun. However, server capacity remains an ongoing problem for anyone looking to get in.

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3.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2024

Helldivers 2 struggles to appeal after stripping out so much of what made its prequel memorable, and if that’s all that was wrong with it I’d be sadly grateful. Miserably, it’s such a wreck of a product that it spends significant amounts of time in a near-unplayable state while the rest of the time is typified by frequent crashes and other technical difficulties. You're supposed to expect a certain level of quality in a Sony-published game, and Helldivers 2 is a reminder that such expectations are naive as all fuck.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2024

Arrowhead’s Helldivers 2 is an addictively fun co-op shooter that delivers explosive thrills and laughs, when it works at least. The constant server and matchmaking issues prevent it from being a must play experience right now. But it is indeed a worthy successor to the original game, and a great homage to the sci-fi space action genre. Now will you show your patriotism for Super Earth, soldier?

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87 / 100
Feb 20, 2024

Despite its flaws, HellDivers 2 offers players real fun. Black humor disguised as democracy, propaganda, chaotic gameplay, and the relief of victory are among the game's greatest strengths. The fact that the price is more affordable compared to the newly released games increases the attractiveness of the game. However, in order to unlock the true potential of the game, it is necessary to play with the right friends; That is, friends who can laugh at the chaos and friendly fire that will occur in the game.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2024

Overall, I loved my time with Helldivers 2. The most exciting thing for me, though, is how well-positioned this game is to deliver into the future.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2024

Helldivers 2 might just be the best damn space shooter ever made - an exceptionally fun co-op experience packed with intense action, humour and style.

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87 / 100
Feb 20, 2024

HELLDIVERS 2 is a third-person shooter focused entirely on online cooperative play - it cannot be played offline - that has surprised by its solid gameplay, its Starship Troopers-like humor, and above all by the fun and addiction it offers. Arrowhead Game Studios has found the formula for success with this second installment of its HELLDIVERS franchise, and all that remains is to improve the online infrastructure - imperative - and grow the game to maintain its new community.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2024

Server issues aside, which eventually should be eliminated, jump into Helldivers 2 and you’re bound to have a good time. Its battles are challenging and engaging, it’s got a fun sense of humour, and it’s rewarding seeing your war efforts pay off. Whether you find yourself fighting against fearsome automatons while waiting for your flag to be raised, or squashing bugs while racing to take down an illegal radio signal, chances are you’ll have a big grin on your face while doing so. And that’s what really matters. Helldivers 2 isn’t particularly big or clever, but boy, is it a lot of fun.

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4 / 5.0
Feb 19, 2024

Launching a live service game in today’s environment is a risky proposition. Not only are the market leaders incredibly entrenched, but launching a brand new one without a satisfying gameplay loop, content variety and character could doom a game right out of the gate. Helldivers II bucks the trends with highly satisfying gameplay, a good variety of planets to explore and objectives to complete, unique hooks and hilarious improvised moments. Gunplay is punchy, smart and requires some thought to be effective, though it can also just be chaotic fun. Unique hooks like the Galactic War where you’re just another cog in the war effort rather than the “Chosen One” adds more stakes to every match. It’s also fun to hop into a match with friends and unleash all forms of chaos. It’s not perfect with Helldivers II unable to escape every Live Service pitfall. Progression feels unnecessarily padded with multiple currencies to juggle, the fun factor doesn’t extend to playing solo and technical issues plague the post-launch week. Still, Helldivers II delivers where it matters and leaves us excited to see what Arrowhead can bring to the game next rather than leaving us pondering if the game can be saved. Helldivers II is one galactic conflict players can happily dive into.

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8.6 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2024

Helldivers 2 is the rare game that honestly benefits from being live-service. Just within a week we’ve already seen new missions being added with new objectives for the community to work towards that will allow all players to reap the benefits. Arrowhead’s dedication and constant communication to enhance the experience for players deserves to be commended. Alongside those rewards, there’s also compensation for players who didn’t get proper rewards for their missions and XP bonuses to make up for time lost under server maintenance. Under the right conditions (working servers and your misfit group of friends), Helldivers 2 is simply one of the greatest co-op games to come out in recent memory. The feeling of fighting for my life waiting for extraction while the orchestra is blaring away is the greatest movie I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking part in. Unfortunately, it’s not always going to be available due to factors outside the game. Yet when it all comes together, democracy has never felt so good.

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