Helldivers update turns up the heat

helldivers updates turns up the heat helldiversheader
Helldivers, the wickedly hard twin-stick shooter from Arrowhead Game Studios, is receiving a free content update, and things are going to get a little bit warm.

The update, dubbed “Turning up the Heat,” brings with it both new mission objectives and new enemy types, addressing criticisms that these particular areas were uninspired. What doesn’t look to be changing is the campy tone and hair-pulling difficulty: There will just be several more ways for the game to kill you.

In the first of the “Turning up the Heat” development videos, designer Patrik Lasota shows off several new objectives, including an artillery cannon that must be loaded with nearby shells through Helldivers‘ Dance Dance Revolution-style mechanic, and a bomb-disarming mission that tasks the Helldivers with using metal detectors to locate nearby explosives.

New enemies include the “Illuminate Obelisk,” a round, armored enemy capable of trapping characters in place with a projected energy shield that will instantly kill anyone unfortunate enough to cross its path. The “Bug Impaler,” meanwhile, uses its “three vicious tentacles” to attack Helldivers and stop them from pushing ahead. Much like the original enemies, the update brings a mix of both organic foes and robots, and the new armored hounds appear to be straight out of the latest Wolfenstein game.

With a name like “Turning up the Heat,” it only makes sense that this all takes place in new lava-filled environments. The areas are filled with floating bits of dust and erupting lava; if it’s anything like the original release, this will look quite a bit better on the PlayStation 4 version of the game than on the PlayStation 3 or Vita, where muddy textures and a compromised control scheme slightly detract from the experience. If you’re still looking to purchase Helldivers, it’s available with cross-buy and cross-save support for $20 on the PlayStation store.

Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Everything we know about 'Anthem', including new details on Javelin classes

BioWare announced an upcoming action role-playing game called 'Anthem' at EA Play 2017. Here's everything we know about the game so far, including gameplay, DLC, and when you'll be able to play it.
Gaming

Feeling nostalgic? Here are the 25 best Sega Genesis games

Although the company has since fallen into obscurity, Sega was an indisputable titan throughout the '90s. That said, here are 25 best Sega Genesis games that helped define its fabled decade.
Gaming

The best free-to-play games you can play right now

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.
Gaming

The best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

‘Spyro Reignited Trilogy’ proves nostalgia only goes so far

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a faithful and beatiful remaster of the PlayStation classics, but its dedication to retaining the original experience ultimately hinders the experience. Spyro was great in the late-'90s, but it hasn't aged well.
Gaming

Microsoft is reportedly planning an Xbox One without a disc drive for 2019

Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new Xbox One model without a disc drive in 2019. The console will be significantly cheaper than other Xbox One systems, including the Xbox One S.
Gaming

15 tips for keeping your vault-dwellers alive in ‘Fallout Shelter’

The wasteland can be an unfriendly place, if you don't know what you're doing. Here are 15 tips that will help your vault thrive in Fallout Shelter, including information on questing.
Gaming

Stock up on Switch accessories this week with these awesome Black Friday deals

Black Friday is right around the corner, and it's the perfect time to stock up on accessories for your Nintendo Switch. Here are the best Switch accessory deals on Black Friday, from controllers to cases and more.
Product Review

Make friends. To survive the wasteland of 'Fallout 76,' you're gonna need 'em

Fallout 76 brings the nuclear wasteland online and invites you to hop in with your friends. It’s fun, and a new direction for the Fallout franchise, but it’s not without its faults.
Gaming

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ director sets record straight on game’s progress

Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura clarified some information about the game's progress. There were earlier reports that the RPG was put on hold in favor of Kingdom Hearts III, but that is apparently not the case.
Features

From NES to PlayStation, retro gaming is booming. But will it last?

Everyone craves the good old days, and companies like Nintendo and Sony are cashing in with their mini versions of beloved retro consoles. But is this fad built to last or will our fixation with pixelated graphics come and go like mom…
Gaming

‘Blockchain gaming’ startup gets $16 million in Series A funding

A gaming startup, Mythical Games, has raised $16 million in Series A funding to work on their concept of blockchain gaming. The aim is for the startup to develop games for the PC, console, and mobile markets.