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Let’s Talk Gaming: -Helldivers-

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Strap into your Hell Pod and grab those cigars because honey, we are going in! Innuendos aside, I had the awesome chance and by awesome I mean I took advantage of a PlayStation Plus Sale and grabbed Helldivers: Turning Up The Heat Edition. Now, now, I can hear you already asking, well what is this game? Why does it look like Destiny meets Warhammer meets Starship Troopers, you might ask. Well, that is all because it is. This game is something of a special gem that is only available for the PS3, PS4 & PS Vita. So for this, Let’s Talk, we are going top down for this twin stick shooter!

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The Game: The game centers around you the player, a fresh faced recruit to the awesome Helldivers! Think ODST type drops but with a warhammer/starship troopers vibe. You are tasked with defending, Super Earth! (Yes that is the name of our shining blue jewel) You have to fight off against three unique factions. First off you the Bugs. Yes they remind me of Starship Troopers and yes it also partially reminds me of Alien. The second being the cybernetic altered human Cyborgs. There is a strong Star Trek Borg like mentality with this group. Then Lastly you have the standard super advanced alien race, the Illuminate. With three theaters of war to choose from the player is able to get a diverse enemy experience and fight style. The game itself runs on the back of the meta-game, Galactic War. It is a war in which every player has an influence on and one that ultimately determines if Super Earth is victorious against its enemies or is utterly crushed under their enemies boots or buggy foot. How you win this game is determined by the community influence you gain by beating missions and conquering or liberating planets from the enemy. These points stack in your favor and help get you all closer to the enemies homeworld(s). Now do note that if the community neglects a theater of war, the enemies will advance and take key planets that will push everyone back a sector.

Sourced by Kotaku, Displays in-game map!
Sourced by Kotaku, Displays in-game map!

Now you do get access to gear, in terms of different armor looks for your player character (Male or Female) and you get access to an arsenal of destruction via weapons, perks and stratagems. These Stratagems comes in several flavors themselves: Offensive, Defensive or Mobility. So one could let you shower your enemies with sweet air support or you could lay down a turret at a defended objective point. You gain more of these items through the leveling or ranking up of your character via Exp, which you gain by doing and completing missions. Now in terms of the game as a whole it does require an online connection and does support drop in and drop out multiplayer/Co-op. Meaning at any point fellow Helldivers from any console (PS3, PS4 or PS Vita) can drop in to help you out! That is if they don’t accidentally blow your brains out. This game, being developed by the Magicka creators Arrowhead, features always on friendly-fire and this just isn’t limited to gun shorts. Their own drop pod as they spawn in game can kill you. The Stratagem drop pods can kill you. The Mechs can kill you. Pretty much everything in this game is out to kill you. Which adds to the overall fun! In terms of dealing with players who just kill for the fun of it, Arrowhead does have a system of kick and report. If that said player gets reported enough, they only are able to queue up with other intentional friendly-fires.

The Price Point: Now if you are a PlayStation Plus member you can get this game for all three Sony systems for the awesome price of 17.99USD (Normally 19.99 USD) And you even get a few free DLC bits as an extra bonus. I normally would not purchase a game like this for the price but take into account that you get this on all Sony systems as a Cross Buy, Cross Play and Cross Save game, it was enough to say in the least. Again this is a PlayStation exclusive so unfortunately you cannot enjoy this via PC, Xbox or Wii U/3DS.

Now that is all for today! If you didn’t notice we also had a change! We are officially a registered domain on the internet! So from now on all you have to do is type in otakugamerzone.com to get right to the action! I do plan on getting a in-depth review posted once I have a bit more time with the game itself! Thank you so much for the awesome support so far and I hope to see you all in the future!

PlayStation Store: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/helldivers-turning-up-the-heat-edition/cid=UP9000-PCSA00134_00-HELLDIVERSADDON7?emcid=ps-se-717&utm_medium=Paid_Search_{ps}&utm_campaign=Playstation&utm_source=Google&utm_term=ps-se-717&utm_content=Brand

Developer Website: http://arrowheadgamestudios.com/

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