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Helldivers (2015) is a challenging cooperative shooting game where four players take on the role of an elite unit protecting Earth against alien attack. From an overhead perspective, you direct your character through the battlefield, shooting the enemy or evading detection. It stands out for the combination of tactical battles and challenging teamwork.

Players must coordinate their attacks in the chaotic combat to complete objectives and minimise friendly-fire casualties. Through a series of missions, you take on three enemy species with specific weaknesses and weapons. Each mission is generated fresh for each run, and you have the chance to select weapons and deployment locations to start from. Some are best-taken head-on while other challenges require stealthily infiltrating enemy-controlled territory.

As you progress you learn to use the supporting fire and assistance stratagems to aid in specific locations on the map. This can offer off-map firepower or additional mobility to give you the edge when you need it. There are also occasions where avoiding confrontation of combat is beneficial when facing an enemy with substantial reinforcements. Either way, once the mission is completed or failed you must get to the dropship and escape.

The result is a game that keeps you on your toes, both in terms of tactics and quick reactions. Adding in more players is a great way to enjoy it, although care needs to be taken over friendly fire. The tensions (and at times comedy) of mishaps and unplanned moments on the battlefield bring the experience to life.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Helldivers 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting, Shooting and Strategy game with Action and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete. To see and complete everything in the game can take close to 100 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent depictions of death or injury towards human characters. The local and online multiplayer variant of the game contains gameplay that has been identified as portraying the worst of the violence. Players participate as members of a team and as such can kill or injure any other team member. Whether this is achieved by shooting or an explosion the character attacked will react accordingly, when shot a large splash of blood will be seen and the character falls to the ground; if blown up a large cloud of blood will appear and the character will disappear. During online play, if the number of participants is large then the scale of death or injury seen on screen will increase exponentially. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Violence. From a top-down perspective, players use pistols, machine guns, flamethrowers, and turrets to shoot and kill enemy forces (e.g., robots, cyborgs, and giant insects). The combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and screams of pain. Red blood spray appears when players are hit; some areas of the battlefield depict bloodstains and dismembered corpses. The word "œ*!@?*" appears in the game.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to be able to work as a team well, and deal with chaotic and frantic battle scenarios. You also need patience if you lose, to then try again.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Helldivers usually costs £15.99.


Steam Store PC £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
There are a range of add-ons that offer new characters and equipment. The Helldivers Dive Harder edition provides many of these add-ons in one package. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/12/2015

Out Now: PC, PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Helldivers Game (@HelldiversGame)

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