Ben from TG writes "One of the great things I love about Sony is the support they have given Indie Developers. In a world where we get sequel after sequel, year after year, the indie games are a welcome breath of fresh air. The ability to think outside the box and deliver games that get back to the basics and deliver downright fun reminds me of a time long since past where the only war I had over consoles was finding the pocket money to buy more games!
Helldivers is the latest indie game published by Sony and developed by the fine chaps from Arrowhead Game Studios. This is the very studio that created Magicka so I had high hopes going into this that there would be a world of fun to be had."
VGChartz's Adam Cartwright: "Competing with other players online is ingrained into the gaming ecosystem these days, with every hardware manufacturer (even the previously resistant Nintendo) offering ways to connect to others over the internet to engage in multiplayer. Ever since SEGA blazed a trail with their gone-too-soon Dreamcast and titles such as Chu Chu Rocket and Phantasy Star Online, the console landscape changed towards embracing the internet – solidified further by Microsoft’s Xbox initiative in 2001.
On handhelds, inroads into online gaming were slower, but with the advent of Sony’s PSP in 2005 that changed again and suddenly portable experiences were offered that could also connect with other players across the world. This was refined further with their next-generation handheld the PlayStation Vita, which offered improvements like easily accessible friends lists, system-based party chat, alongside some of the best portable online games that were available at the time of its release."
Arrowhead Studios, the developers of Helldivers and the Magicka series are working on a new third-person online co-op game.