HELLDIVERS 2 Takes The Gaming Community By Storm As Steam Numbers Surpass DESTINY 2 And HALO INFINITE

HELLDIVERS 2 Takes The Gaming Community By Storm As Steam Numbers Surpass DESTINY 2 And HALO INFINITE HELLDIVERS 2 Takes The Gaming Community By Storm As Steam Numbers Surpass DESTINY 2 And HALO INFINITE

Helldivers 2, a PlayStation-only title, is generating steam and stream figures that surpass those of Starfield and Destiny 2, making it the new darling of the battle pass/games as a service market.

By MarkJulian - Feb 19, 2024 01:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Video Games
Source: GameFragger.com

Whenever the industry prepares to pronounce the Games as a Service (GaaS) model dead, like clockwork, a new game appears to breathe fresh air into the model.

No, we're not talking about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, we're referring to Helldivers 2. If you haven't played the game before, try to picture yourself playing a masterfully made Starship Troopers video game.

In the 2024 squad-based shooter from Sony Interactive Entertainment and Arrowhead Game Studios, players take on the role of Helldivers, elite soldiers protecting the galaxy from alien threats (while spreading democracy).

Throughout the game, players can use a variety of tools, vehicles, and tactics to achieve objectives and survive. Helldivers 2 is known for its challenging gameplay, which places a strong emphasis on teamwork.

Using Steam concurrent player statistics as a metric for a game's popularity, Helldivers 2 is more popular than Destiny 2 or Starfield have ever been.

With the title being a PlayStation exclusive, it's success is truly impressive. 

The game is so popular that gamers are waiting hours just for a spot to open up on Arrohead's servers.

Heading over to Twitch, Helldivers 2 is the 12th most popular stream being played right now.

About Helldivers 2:
Join the Helldivers and fight for freedom with friends across a hostile galaxy in this fast, frantic third-person shooter. Avenge the fallen. Take up the mantle of Liberty. Enlist in the greatest military force the galaxy has ever seen and make this a safe and free place to live.

  • Become a Legend - You will be assembled into squads of up to four Helldivers and assigned strategic missions. Watch each other’s back – friendly fire is an unfortunate certainty of war, but victory without teamwork is impossible.
  • Loadouts - Rain down freedom from above, sneak through enemy territory, or grit your teeth and charge head-first into the jaws of combat. How you deliver liberty is your choice; you’ll have access to a wide array of explosive firepower, life-saving armour and battle-changing stratagems… the jewel in every Helldiver’s arsenal.
  • Requisition - Super Earth recognises your hard work with valuable Requisition. Use it to access different rewards that benefit you, your squad, your destroyer ship and our overall war effort.
  • Threats - Everything on every planet wants you dead. That’s what we’re dealing with. Each enemy has distinct and unpredictable characteristics, tactics, and behaviour – but they all fight ferociously and without fear or morality.
  • The Galactic War - Capturing enemy planets, defending against invasions, and completing missions will contribute to our overall effort. This war will be won or lost depending on the actions of everyone involved. We stand together, or we fall apart.
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Spoken - 2/19/2024, 1:17 PM
I gotta buy it next paycheck and see all the hype. Personally I bought Suicide Squad and I do really like it honestly. Not amazing like the Arkham games were, but I am enjoying it.
kider2 - 2/19/2024, 1:38 PM
@Spoken - I also bought Suicide Squad I'm 25 hours in on pc. Really weird how people are complaining about crashes and bugs I haven't had a single crash and only minor bugs which didn't impact my gameplay. Overall I do like the game but the enemies are too repetitive but that's something they can fix with the new seasons I guess.
Spoken - 2/19/2024, 2:10 PM
@kider2 - Only ONE crash happened and it was during the Batman experience. It logged me out of the live-service so I had to reload the game and it put me at the exit of the experience part (which was kind of annoying) but nothing like many people are saying.

New enemies would be great and new missions that don't feel too much of the same. I'm at the Flash boss fight right now and what a pain in the ass lol.
RegularPoochie - 2/19/2024, 3:23 PM
@Spoken - fook it, I'm buying ff7: rebirth.
Spoken - 2/19/2024, 4:51 PM
@RegularPoochie - That game looks great too.
RegularPoochie - 2/20/2024, 12:15 AM
@Spoken - yeah, it looks amazing and it has like 5-10 games in one lmfao😄 and hell who am I kidding, this looks fun also, so I'll just buy both problem is that I don't know how many of my friends will be buying this, because with randoms there is always that one in your team, you know what I mean, lol.😄
bobevanz - 2/19/2024, 1:20 PM
As a live service game, there is no story yet, the game loop is actually enjoyable compared to suicide squad, it's like starship troopers, with a destiny aesthetic, plus the horde mentality from world War Z plus big ass explosions, it's pretty great. I'm like 15 hours in an I'm having a blast. My only complaint is the different types of missions. It's so good
Orangeblack - 2/19/2024, 1:22 PM
Ah yes my favorite comic book movie
marvel72 - 2/19/2024, 1:25 PM
I watched a few videos on YouTube and it does look like it could be fun to play.
Th3Batman - 2/19/2024, 1:46 PM
I expect Sony will acquire their developer any day now.
ModHaterSLADE - 2/19/2024, 1:49 PM
Congrats to the developers. Even the first one on Vita was a lot of fun.
CorndogBurglar - 2/19/2024, 3:51 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - I played the first one on PS4 like 8 years ago when it launched. It was a top down shooter but had all the same basic ideas. Just a different perspective. This one is tons of fun.
DankMan - 2/19/2024, 1:50 PM
Sir, do you know what website you posted this to? Get your s*** together lol
JobinJ - 2/19/2024, 1:51 PM
I don’t like third person shooters. Why not make it 1st person?
bkmeijer1 - 2/19/2024, 2:43 PM
@JobinJ - as a shooter, it does make more sense to make it first person. I don't mind the third person though, and it kinda helps set itself apart from games like Destiny and Halo
Evansly - 2/19/2024, 6:55 PM
@JobinJ - You can still ADS to get it to first person but running around and hip firing is 3rd
KaptainKhaos - 2/19/2024, 1:59 PM
Movie directed by Michael Bay when?
bkmeijer1 - 2/19/2024, 2:43 PM
@KaptainKhaos - I could actually see it happen. The lore is pretty minimal, but you can make a Starship Troopers movie out of it for sure
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/19/2024, 2:00 PM
Where were all these people when Lost Planet was out? It's literally the same game.

kazuma - 2/19/2024, 2:45 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - It's similar but Helldivers 2 has a better vibe imo. It does Starship Troopers better than Starship Troopers, and the way the community is used to liberate planets is good.

The more missions done on a planet = a higher liberation percentage. The higher percentage a planet has been liberated, the "easier", a planet is. So being the early players on a planet is different than coming in at the end.
Failing missions = a win for the enemies. So it's a good back and forth. You'll also get times when they'll "flank", and move to different planets/ systems, trying to make it to Super Earth, which will open up new planets.
bkmeijer1 - 2/19/2024, 2:44 PM
Looks like the perfect match between Starship Troopers and Destiny 2, and since I like both I gotta give this a try. But I'll wait for some storymode first
CorndogBurglar - 2/19/2024, 3:52 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I don't think there ever will be a story mode.
bkmeijer1 - 2/19/2024, 4:47 PM
@CorndogBurglar - I don't think so either. Think it was the game director or something who also said there won't be PvP.

Do hope the game does branche out into different modi, because from what I gather it does lend itself for it.
CorndogBurglar - 2/20/2024, 12:25 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Eh...pvp kind of goes against the entire setting of the game. The whole idea is that everyone on Earth are all fighting for the same thing, and there's a certain brotherhood there. They are all cogs in the machine. But I do suppose the could do a team-based PVP kind of like the training scene on Starship Troopers. But I personally like that this game is built around a community of gamers that are all cooperating to reach the same goal. Pvp kind of changes that. Because, seriously, this game has one of the best/friendliest communities I've ever seen, and a large part of that is because you aren't competing against each other. You're all competing against the aliens together.
bkmeijer1 - 2/20/2024, 2:26 AM
@CorndogBurglar - very true. I could see it work as a kind of training though. Kinda like how Starship Troopers, but also how Destiny 2 does it.

PvP isn't a necessity though, but a story mode could work I think.
CorndogBurglar - 2/20/2024, 7:39 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I would personally like a story mode. It would be pretty hilarious. The whole tone of the game is quite funny.
bkmeijer1 - 2/20/2024, 11:35 AM
@CorndogBurglar - agreed. Think especially co-op story would be fun
BeNice123 - 2/19/2024, 3:04 PM
Lots of shit are being posted on here that has nothing to do with CBMs. Im surprised nobody hasnt posted anything about Zach Snyders, Blood and Ashes yet. Just FYI. You snyder cults.
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