June 15, 2024

I don’t know that many people anticipated Helldivers 2 to be one of many greatest video games of the 12 months. Large video games like Remaining Fantasy VII Rebirth, even Palworld, have come and gone in about the identical time, however everybody nonetheless appears to be taking part in Helldivers 2 months after launch. And for no less than one particular person, that ubiquity is leaking into actual life.

To be truthful, because of its stay service trappings, Helldivers 2 was at all times meant to be constantly performed, however Arrowhead Sport Studios has turned that into impetus to ship a spellbinding conflict narrative and an ever-changing sandbox that’s enthralled quite a bit of gamers. And in the event that they haven’t been taking part in Helldivers 2, they’ve nearly actually seen others play and discuss it throughout social media, the place clips of the sport’s comedic chops have usually gone viral. Hell, half of my job at this level is performing as a Helldivers 2 correspondent. It’s in every single place you look.

This has apparently change into very true for one Reddit person who claims that it’s all however taken over their city. In a put up to the Helldivers subreddit, the person—who goes by the username Kaleon—shares that they’ve ran into individuals speaking about Helldivers 2 far and wide. They’ve overheard everybody from the native butcher to their barista speaking concerning the recreation, and apparently even seen a Helldivers bumper sticker within the wild. It’s like that clip of Henry Cavill instantly zeroing in on his Witcher castmate Joey Batey on the point out of Warhammer 40,000 throughout an interview. Of us are getting alongside effectively with others who’re entertaining their nerdy nonsense, and it’s a lovely sight.

The replies to the unique put up recommend that Helldivers 2’s immense unfold hasn’t stopped at that one small city both. One of the vital upvoted feedback is a narrative about two mates speaking about it on the bar when a random particular person overhears them and shouts from throughout the bar, “ARE YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT HELLDIVERS? THAT GAME IS FUCKING AWESOME!” Stunning nobody, the Helldivers neighborhood is boisterous and humorous even once they’re not roleplaying as galactic fascists.

Others point out hanging up hour-long conversations with individuals after inferring that the sport they performed the earlier evening “with the boys” was Helldivers 2, and yet one more reply claims that they met somebody at a bar, chatted concerning the recreation, and now that particular person is relationship the commenter’s good friend. It seems love can bloom on (or I suppose on this case, adjoining to) the battlefield.

The replies are crammed with tales like this, and I preserve coming throughout them whereas trying to find Helldivers 2 tales. The sport has an actual neighborhood, not simply an excessively concerned participant base that pumps out nice jokes on TikTok, loudly hates on points of the sport, and shouts on the builders, although they’re wont to do this each on occasion too. Video games have at all times managed to convey individuals collectively, whether or not or not it’s mates taking part in Pong on the identical sofa, or a squad of Helldivers 2 gamers waging a galactic conflict from distinct corners of the world. Different occasions they evidently unite a complete city. Whatever the scale, it’s good to be often reminded of how far-reaching video games might be and the way intimately they will tie individuals collectively over one thing so simple as capturing bugs and killer robots.