‘Don’t airstrike me, bro’: Helldivers 2’s merciless friendly fire isn’t bad, it’s actually clever design

Helldivers 2 two characters hugging as an explosion detonates in the background

Helldivers 2 wears the over-the-top brutality of Starship Troopers on its fascistic sleeves. Soldiers bark propaganda slogans dynamically, missions are labeled “Restore Liberty” with no further elaboration on the alien genocide you’re committing, and the opening cinematic is pure Verhoeven.

But I didn’t expect that same brutality to make friendly fire a source of fun.