An eagle-eyed player has spotted a deep Mass Effect Easter egg in Helldivers 2, one that might put a smile on the face of anyone with fond memories of shopping in the Citadel. Earlier this month, Arrowhead Game Studios released the sequel to its 2015 top-down shooter Helldivers on PlayStation 5 and PC. Helldivers 2 shifts the camera to an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective, but it retains the same premise: as one of the titular Helldivers, the player must travel to alien worlds to defend the Super Earth government from various extraterrestrial threats.
The Helldivers series borrows some of its sci-fi aesthetics from classic works like Star Wars, Alien, and Starship Troopers, but it could also draw comparisons to BioWare’s acclaimed RPG series Mass Effect. Like in Helldivers 2, the Mass Effect games put players in the role of a futuristic space solider tasked with taking down an ancient alien menace, and the gameplay is even presented from the same third-person view as Helldivers 2.
The developers behind Helldivers 2 might just be aware of the similarities between their game and Mass Effect, as a Reddit user named QueenSparks recently shared a screenshot from the former on r/Helldivers that calls back to Mass Effect 2. In the game’s Super Store, players can read item reviews while purchasing weapons and cosmetic items using Helldivers 2’s in-game currency, and one message that can come up reads “I’m [redacted] and this is my favorite product in the acquisition center.” This is nearly an exact match for a phrase Shepard uses in Mass Effect 2: “I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite store on the Citadel."
In Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard and their new crew return to the Citadel, the capital of the Milky Way Galaxy, to prepare for the impending battle against the Collectors. In the Citadel’s Zakera Ward lies various shops where Shepard can purchase weapons and other various items, and players who choose to follow Mass Effect's more altruistic Paragon character path can gain discounts by recording an endorsement message. This message is identical in every store, and the player will periodically hear the message play on the loudspeakers as they return to the Citadel shops. Because of this, the phrase itself has become a popular meme among Mass Effect fans.
It seems that Commander Shepard’s viral Citadel endorsement message has spread beyond the Mass Effect universe, as it is now being used by random shoppers in Helldivers 2’s Super Store. Even better, the user who left this in-game review is named Specctrei, itself a clear shout-out to the Spectre program that Shepard joined at the beginning of Mass Effect. This discovery has prompted fans to start joking about how the Reapers would have fared
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Fans have discovered a throwback to Dark Souls 2 inElden Ring's Shadow of Erdtree DLC trailer which many might have missed. From new enemies to a brand new map, the new expansion trailer promises a lot to Elden Ring fans, but amid that, some are more excited about a much-requested feature making its return to the Soulsborne genre.
Despite the generally positive reception of , some aspects of the game's monetization have drawn accusations of being pay-to-win, on top of the game's standard $40 price tag. Like many other online service games aiming for continuous support and updates, includes a number of microtransactions that can grant access to additional in-game items. Unlike most other games of its type, however, offers items that can have tangible gameplay effects, as opposed to just selling extra cosmetics.
The Destroyer ship that acts as your hub in has many different upgrades you can unlock for some of the best equipment for you or your squad. These range from powerful Stratagems that provide weapons or orbital support to Modules that enhance various aspects of your ship. The best upgrades you can obtain early can redefine a mission's difficulty and make objectives far easier to complete.
has been largely praised since its launch, with the sequel to the 2015 co-op shooter also attracting far more players than its predecessor. However, there is still one key area that's holding the game back as a whole, and it's partly caused by this unexpected popularity.
An elite enemy type of the robotic Automatons in is the Devastator, or a huge armored foot soldier that can be difficult to beat. You'll encounter these tank-like soldier upgrades during Bot missions or on specific objectives on different worlds. Stopping this threat against the spread of liberty relies on your ability to recognize vulnerable spots on this otherwise unstoppable killing machine.
has a lot of interesting mechanics and techniques to set it apart from other third-person shooters, but there's an addition coming that could send things to the next level. As a sequel to an acclaimed top-down shooter about violently spreading "" throughout the galaxy, builds on an acclaimed legacy despite shifting up the gameplay perspective. Not every concept included in the original game has made it into the sequel, but the introduction of one particularly exciting component is only a matter of time.
Tomb Raider fans rejoice. It seems like we are not quite done with the classic installments for the franchise just yet. Recently, this month saw the launch of Tomb Raider I-III Remastered—a collection of the first trilogy release of theTomb Raider franchise. Aspyr was able to bring these games out with a new coat of paint, some modern tweaks to the controls, and other quality-of-life improvements.
Fans of the iconic Terminator franchise might want to mark their calendars for February 29, as game publisher Nacon is getting ready to show off more of its upcoming open-world survival title set in the nightmare future established by the films. Terminator is one of the biggest sci-fi franchises out there, telling the story of an army of time-traveling, murderous robots and the brave humans fighting to stop them from conquering the world. While the sequels following 1991’s seminal Terminator 2: Judgment Day have all been divisive to various degrees, the series has retained its popularity across a variety of mediums.
We all know the feeling. Boot up a survival game, slip into an online server, and set yourself up with a little base so you can be ready to explore the vast and glorious digital landsc – Oh. You're dead. Oh, and now someone's teabagging your looted corpse. Cool. Just wonderful.
Automaton enemies you have to beat during missions of come in many shapes and sizes, including Scout Striders who ride in bipedal walking tanks. Scout Striders are mobile turrets operated by normal Bot Troopers on worlds where you fight various machines. The heavy armor plating on these hostile units can be hard to pierce unless you or your squad take advantage of certain weaknesses.
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