Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
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  1. Mar 18, 2015
    While it may not look like much on the surface, Helldivers has a hell of a lot going on once players dig in, and being a disposable interstellar trooper raiding death planets has never been more perfectly captured than it is here.
  2. Mar 3, 2015
    With its sledgehammer humor and clever blend of stealth and action, Helldivers is a lot smarter than a passing glance might have you believe. It’s a game in which life is cheap but the deaths aren’t, where carelessness gets you turned into kibble, and sustained battle will leave you with an empty gun and a horde of pissed off monsters.
  3. Mar 13, 2015
    It isn’t the prettiest game you can play on PS4, PS3 or Vita, but Helldivers is one of the most exhilarating, and you’ll get all three versions for the price of one.
  4. Mar 10, 2015
    At a first glance Helldivers might look simplistic and repetitive, but it does not take long before you realize how deep and enjoyable the core mechanics are. If you want an easy to understand yet challenging cooperative shooter, you cannot do better than Helldivers.
  5. Mar 10, 2015
    Helldivers isn’t game that has come out of nowhere, but it is one that has fully exceeded expectations.
  6. Mar 5, 2015
    Fast-paced and humorous with deep combat, this space romp should be required in every PS4 owner's library.
  7. 90
    Right in the sweet spot between being fun and challenging.
  8. Mar 3, 2015
    While the maps and enemies could be more varied and interesting, there’s no denying that the gameplay is stellar, rewarding you for working closely with your teammates and punishing you otherwise.
  9. Mar 3, 2015
    Unrelenting and brutal, Helldivers delivers fast-paced combat, epic standoffs and a comical approach to death. Its enemies are varied, powerful and a constant threat to the players. While the full impact of the larger multiplayer experience remains to be seen, it still adds a nice little scratch to the progress itch.
  10. 90
    Helldivers may not look that spectacular, but it certainly plays that way. A hardcore shoot 'em up that rewards tactical thinking and teamwork.
  11. Mar 8, 2015
    Helldivers has everything we expected in an Arrowhead game: it's fun, it's challenging and highly rewarding. It is best played with friends as you can annoy them for the sake of fun. The social component of the global war effort is well implemented and motivates players to engage in it. Highly recommended.
  12. CD-Action
    Apr 30, 2015
    You can play Helldivers alone but there’s not much point to it, because it’s the co-op that’s teeming with dramatic moments that make this twin-stick shooter easy to fall in love with. Not for a lifetime maybe, but for a dozen evenings of heroism, sacrifice and brotherhood in arms. [05/2015, p.52]
  13. Mar 11, 2015
    If you can find good company that will help you throughout the online campaign, here you'll experience one of the best co-op games ever created.
  14. Mar 11, 2015
    If you are looking for a game that you can pick up and play a few rounds on your lunch break, or spend a few hours playing with friends while laughing, strategizing, and blasting your way to victory, I’d say quelling the menacing alien forces is well worth the enlistment price.
  15. Mar 9, 2015
    Helldivers is an excellent mix of tactics and action. The freedom it offers through weapons and Stratagem-skills makes it possible for everybody to create their own way of playing this game. The difficulty level is nice and high, which makes the co-op experience even more intense. This game might look a bit generic, the gameplay is so much fun that you won't even notice.
  16. Mar 4, 2015
    Even after the unlocks dry up, the challenge and camaraderie that Helldivers offers makes it hard not to attempt "just one more mission" with your friends, a proposition made all the more enticing by the inclusion of four-player couch co-op. I still don't know how the community-driven galactic campaign will shake out over the coming weeks, but contributing to the larger war effort is just one more welcome excuse to enlist.
  17. 85
    Things can go from excellent to utter crap in mere seconds, and entire missions can be lost easily, but that’s part of the fun.
  18. Mar 3, 2015
    A badass little blaster that's not afraid to be hardcore and treat you like a whiny little child, Helldivers is most fun when you and your teammates work together.
  19. Mar 4, 2015
    Its strategy, action and excitement on cooperative mode with friendly fire helps us to forget that Helldivers' procedural design results in repetitive matches. If you are looking for a game with difficult challenges and a great time with friends then this is the game you're looking for.
  20. Mar 9, 2015
    The amount of depth, coupled with the potentially super high rewards for good players, makes this a diamond in the rough. For those of the correct disposition, Helldivers will be an absolute gem.
  21. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 26, 2015
    Will you do YOUR part, citizen? You should. [May 2015, p80]
  22. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 20, 2015
    The upgrade paths and gear-gating lend genuine longevity. [May 2015, p.94]
  23. Apr 24, 2015
    Despite those small story issues, Helldivers conquers its fair share of stars.
  24. Mar 22, 2015
    An utterly superb cooperative game: one that makes you work together not just to win, but to survive more than a few minutes.
  25. Mar 13, 2015
    As long as you find capable team players this is a fun romp, while with the wrong “mates” it becomes a tedious mess. That aside it lacks a little refinement here and there and mission variety – nothing critical though.
  26. Mar 13, 2015
    Helldivers measures its brutal difficulty against a dehumanizing military and political complex that results in humor and violence, both about as subtle and hard-hitting as a freight train. Such is the price of liberty, paid in full with a pile of shell casings and the sickening splat of another expendable soldier.
  27. Mar 10, 2015
    As long as the network issues can be sorted out, I have a lot of great expectations for Helldivers. This can easily be one of the most fun co-op experiences all year, for both indie and AAA titles.
  28. Mar 9, 2015
    Helldivers is one of the new stars of the PSN, no doubt about it. This game may look average at first sight, but its simple but deep systems, its numerous originalities and its advanced cooperative gameplay makes it simply irresistible and totally addictive.
  29. Mar 8, 2015
    It's a bit chaotic and the visuals won't win any awards in the near future, but if you don't mind these things, Helldivers turns out to be a pretty enjoyable top-down shooter with some strategy elements thrown in for good measure.
  30. 80
    Helldivers offers plenty of challenges and a great excuse to play with others, and that is when the game is at its best. There is a nice campaign built around the carnage that offers a sense of accomplishment, too, that makes the difficulty worthwhile.
  31. Mar 4, 2015
    Helldivers is simple in concept, but demanding and very engaging. Hours of fun guaranteed.
  32. Mar 4, 2015
    Chaos, frenzy and a great cooperative action game. Helldivers is an awesome game for those who want a top-down shooter to play with friends.
  33. Mar 3, 2015
    If you are looking for a co-op title fun and direct, Helldivers is what you are looking for. It innovates on its genre and does almost everything right. Much better played with friends.
  34. Mar 3, 2015
    Helldivers works as a well designed cooperative experience in PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. A great game with tons of content that will bring you many hours of space combat gameplay.
  35. Mar 3, 2015
    After being left disappointed many a time by previous local multiplayer games the PlayStation 4 has had to offer, Helldivers is a breath of fresh air providing short bursts of explosive action that’s both strategic and enjoyable.
  36. Mar 3, 2015
    Gameplay is quick, satisfying, and often chaotic, and the stratagem system gives the action a unique identity. The only question mark here is the one that hangs over the title's community, which must be sustained if the shooter is to realise its impressive potential.
  37. Mar 3, 2015
    A well designed, challenging and entertaining shooter that's best appreciated as a multiplayer game. More variety in mission types would help it feel less of a grind, however.
  38. Mar 3, 2015
    Helldivers is the kind of game all co-op titles should strive to be. Not only does it offer a very rewarding top-down twin-stick shooter experience, but it's co-op goes beyond your own game.
  39. Mar 3, 2015
    Helldivers is a solid twin-stick shooter that will force you to use your brain, not only your pad. Addictive with friends, boring when played alone. Give it a chance: you might be surprised.
  40. Mar 3, 2015
    Imperfect as it may be, Helldivers' focus on the cooperation of a small team looking out for each other against oppressive waves of enemies elevates it from what would have been a fun and challenging shooter, to a game that now sits at the top of my list of how I plan to spend many future evenings: with a gun in hand, my allies at my back, and a broad smile on my face.
  41. Mar 7, 2015
    Helldivers has some fine cooperative cooperative mechanics, but has also flaws. Visuals are not so next-gen, but first of all is too repetitive and grinding prone, even though we have a great multiplayer mode, the Galactic Campaign.
  42. Mar 5, 2015
    Helldivers is fun and engaging, and the "galactic warfare" theme adds interesting elements to the global cooperation. On the other hand, even if the character progression will keep the players interested for a while, the repetitive missions will loose their grip.
  43. Feb 9, 2016
    With some great cooperative mechanics, Helldivers is better when playing with friends, but repetitive missions and maps lacks experience.
  44. Mar 9, 2015
    Helldivers is at its greatest when playing with friends in short bursts. If played alone, or over long periods of time, weaknesses like the small number of abilities to choose from, repetitive battles and weapons, and overly-similar missions start to show.
  45. Mar 3, 2015
    A great and fun arcade shooter. A little gem that needs to be supported and expanded by Arrowhead. The game presents some really nice ideas in a too-tiny, and repetitive, universe.
  46. Mar 3, 2015
    Helldivers is a fun romp through a tedious space system...The rapid co-op action makes for a great way to kill a few hours with your friends, but continued travels expose repetitive maps.
  47. Mar 11, 2015
    Some - those that love a bit of pain in their games, to make the reward even sweeter - might be truly bewitched by this charming game, especially if they play it with the right company. All the others will find in Helldivers a fun and refreshing experience, one that's capable of adding something unique to a well known formula crowded with glorious precursors. It might not be fully on par with the best ever in its genre, but don't hesitate to give it a chance if you dig this kind of shooter.
  48. Apr 7, 2015
    Excellent co-op top-down action offers a very satisfactory gameplay focused on the endless bloodbath and well designed, but slightly stereotypical tasks. With the right bunch of teammates it will attract your attention for long hours. But join the wrong group and you will feel like the hell broke loose.
  49. Mar 25, 2015
    Helldivers is at first a fresh, rewarding, challenging experience that stands up to any other game in terms of quality.
  50. Mar 13, 2015
    Despite all this, with the raucous chaos of multiplayer mode, Helldivers is still capable of being engrossing for long periods.
  51. Mar 9, 2015
    Helldivers is a typical co-op twin stick-shooter. The multiplayer is challenging and makes up for the inconsistent pacing, the boring surroundings and repetitive missions. On your own, Helldivers is a very frustrating experience with big ambitions but too little depth of content.
  52. Mar 5, 2015
    The only good bug is a dead bug... Starship Troopers has become a (very hard) third person shooter.
  53. Mar 4, 2015
    Travel the universe and meet hordes of interesting alien species, then shoot them repeatedly in the face - with friends.
  54. Mar 4, 2015
    Helldivers is an enjoyable game, especially white playing its co-op mode that allows playing with three friends. It's not very good playing solo and it's much harder, enough to put average players in hardship. However, it has quite a lack of variety when it comes to mission objectives and its gameplay mechanics aren't very good either.
  55. Mar 3, 2015
    Helldivers’ metagame campaign and variety of gameplay are more than enough to keep you entertained, but only players with a tight-knit group of co-op buddies will be able to get the most from the experience.
  56. 60
    Although the gameplay and mission structure quickly becomes repetitive, Helldivers offers hours of entertaining co-op twin-stick action in a universe that's begging to be further developed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 489 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 489
  1. Mar 3, 2015
    helldivers is like baby from starship troopers and warhammer 40k , fun and addictive but also...... PREPARE TO DIE.......... ALOT !!!! withhelldivers is like baby from starship troopers and warhammer 40k , fun and addictive but also...... PREPARE TO DIE.......... ALOT !!!! with unlimited replay value, it cant go wrong for 19.99 Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2015
    Dear Arrowhead,

    Thank you so much for making this game. Lots of fun, lots of laughter, very reasonable price. Cross-play cross-save
    Dear Arrowhead,

    Thank you so much for making this game.

    Lots of fun, lots of laughter, very reasonable price. Cross-play cross-save cross-chat cross-buy? No-brainer.
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  3. Mar 3, 2015
    Another overrated indie game without anything interesting about it, bad for SP gaming, no story, same as every online centric game out there,Another overrated indie game without anything interesting about it, bad for SP gaming, no story, same as every online centric game out there, and you only need one of those to play, so this is just extra"fat" that serves no purpose. There are much better indies out there, including on the PS4, and some of them were free on PS+ so no need to waste money on this. Full Review »