What's the youngest age someone could enjoy playing this?
How does this game work for children of this age in your family?
To verify your input please enter your email to create an account.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Helldivers 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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.
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 "*!@?*" appears in the game.
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 RatingYou don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
Helldivers Dive Harder Edition
Helldivers: Super-Earth Ultimate Edition
- 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.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
Release Date: 07/12/2015
Out Now: PC, PS3 and PS4
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Players: 1-4 (4 online)
Components: 2D Overhead
Here are our hand-picked short list of similar games; the perfect thing to play next if you enjoyed Helldivers. We also have a long list of games similar to Helldivers.
Our experts have hand-picked the following board games that offer a similar experience or theme to Helldivers.