Is Helldivers 2 a Looter-Shooter Game? How do You Progress?

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In Helldivers 2, you unlock a variety of gear and weapons between your missions. Does that make Helldivers 2 a Looter-Shooter game? Read on and find out.

Arrowhead Game Studios are releasing Helldivers 2 any minute now. This fast-paced co-op shooter puts you against various alien threats, like cyborgs and space bugs. You must rely on cooperation and teamwork with your squad to survive these deadly missions. Moreover, you can pick and choose between different weapons and equipment, to suit your playstyle. But, do you need to grind to get your hands on new gear? Is Helldivers 2 a Looter-Shooter game?

Is Helldivers 2 a Looter-Shooter Game?

Well, not really. In Looter-Shooter games, you usually have to grind for random drops to improve your gear. Helldivers 2 has a more loadout-type gameplay, where you choose the gear you go on a mission with. You can find and pick up different weapons and call for additional equipment during the mission, but that is not how you get better gear. There are different in-game currencies, some obtained by completing missions, others found during those missions. You use them to unlock new weapons, armor, Strategems, etc, between missions. All in all, your progression does not depend on a random chance.

HELLDIVERS 2 – Pre-Purchase – Standard – PC [Online Game Code]
  • 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.

How do You Get New Gear?

As new gear does not drop randomly during missions, how do you unlock new stuff? You do that using in-game currency, like Medals, Samples, and Super Credits. Sony says: “While you’ll start with Super Earth’s standard issue equipment, new weapons can be bought from the Acquisition Centre with Medals – earned for completing operational objectives – or with Super Credits, available to buy from the PlayStation Store.
New armor sets can be bought via Warbonds in the Acquisition Center.
Stratagems are the jewels in your arsenal. You’ll unlock more from your Ship Management Terminal with ‘Requisitions’ (a special currency is awarded for completing operations) and you’ll get your hands on stronger Stratagems as you go.”

The less meaningless grind for a random chance, the better.

For more Helldivers 2 articles, take a look at Can you play Helldivers 2 on PS4, Is there Early Access, and Does Helldivers 2 Have a Battle Pass.


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