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    dkirschner's Helldivers (PC)

    [September 9, 2023 02:37:20 PM]
    I played this some with Patrick. It was fun learning it together. And some random person joined our game early on and helped us out too. Then I played solo for about as long as I could withstand the onslaught of enemies. It's really hard to play solo because you have no other players to help kill enemies while you do objectives. Then, I started playing with random people online, which varied from bad to great.

    Clearly, the best way to play this is with 1-3 other friends. It's a chaotic twin-stick shooter that is basically Starship Troopers. And there's nothing to do besides killing bugs (and cyborgs and whatever other aliens there are). You quickly realize that the game is a gear/level grind. You'll do the same thing 5 hours in as you were 5 minutes in. Complete the same kind of objectives, point and shoot in the same way at oncoming enemies, and use bigger and beefier weaponry to do so. If you're having fun blasting away, then this is great! But if you're being friendly fired by players who don't know what they're doing, or if players don't revive you, or if they've got hot mics, then it can get kind of annoying. You won't make it past too many difficulty levels of planets alone, so you'll need to start playing with others.

    By far the coolest thing about the game is the Magicka style button inputs to complete objectives and call down supplies. This worked great in Magicka, adding to the frantic gameplay, and it works great here. Again, too, friendly fire is always on, and to add to the chaos, whenever you call down a supply drop, it can land on friends or foes and kill them. Flamethrowers, laser rifles, giant mechs, carpet bombing, and more are all yours to use against the alien hordes. Why are you here killing all these aliens? Something about managed democracy. Who is your character? Nameless. Is there a story? No. So you really have to enjoy the cooperative gameplay to get anything out of this. I've "retired" it so it's not sitting in my Steam to-play list anymore. Maybe I can get Patrick on board again, but I'm not sure he was into it. Maybe I'll try other Patrick. We shall see!
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    dkirschner's Helldivers (PC)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Something better came along

    GameLog started on: Tuesday 7 February, 2023

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 9 September, 2023

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Frantic top-down, twin-stick, team-based shooter with friendly fire. Chaotic! --------- Gets repetitive, but usually very exciting, especially with more players and harder difficulty.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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