12 Mar 2024

Helldivers 2 already had a film adaptation and you haven’t seen it yet

Helldivers 2novo shooter cooperative from Arrowhead Game Studios, arrived at the beginning of February on PlayStation 5 and PC. The sequel has been attracting more and more attention and bringing together a legion of Helldivers around the world — but did you know that there is an “adaptation” of the game in 90s cinema that you probably haven’t seen yet?

Star Troopsa 1997 science fiction film classic, is not exactly a direct adaptation of the Arrowhead game — but rather the source of all the inspiration for the shooter. And it seems that the film also had the “rebirth” it deserved because of the game.

All the warm welcome that Helldivers 2 had resulted in a notable increase in demand for the film. According to data from Television Statsa monitoring website, Star Troops rose in rank from 109th to 19th among the most popular online films of recent days.

Starship Troopers is a true classic of science fiction cinema.Fonte:  Film at Lincoln Center

As a result, naturally, Helldivers 2 e Star Troops have been hotly debated topics among internet users on social media, with many people remembering the cult cinema classic — as well as curious newcomers who didn’t have the opportunity to see the film. The feat was also celebrated on X (formerly Twitter) by Arrowhead CEO, Johan Pilestedt. “This is incredible,” commented the executive on the social network.

Meet Starship Troopers

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and released in 1997, Star Troops is a true classic of science fiction cinema set in a dystopian future where humanity has colonized distant planets and is engaged in an interplanetary war against an alien race known as Arachnids, or “Bugs.”

The film follows a group of young Federation recruits who volunteer to fight the Bugs and defend Earth from imminent extinction — something very similar to the Helldivers’ role in Helldivers 2.

The inspirations of the Helldivers franchise in Starship Troopers are quite clear.Fonte: Den of Geek

With a cast led by Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris, the film mixes action, suspense and political satire. Critical reception was mixed, with some praising the visual effects and Verhoeven’s direction, while others criticized the script and character development.

However, the fact is that the film that inspired the franchise Helldivers It has won countless fans over the years, becoming a true cult classic of the genre — even if it is a little corny at times.

Despite the criticism, Star Troops It performed moderately at the box office and gained popularity through VHS tape releases and broadcasts on TV channels. If you are over 25 years old, you have probably already watched the film at a Cine Espetacular session on SBT.

Classic Starship Troopers pinball.  Have you ever seen one of these in an arcade in your city?Classic Starship Troopers pinball. Have you ever seen one of these in an arcade in your city?Font: Reddit

Its influence transcends generations and can be seen in other science fiction films, as well as games like the game itself. Helldivers 2 and themed Pinball machines that flooded arcades in the 1990s. With a lasting legacy and unique blend of action, humor and social critique, Star Troops remains an important reference in pop culture.

The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree

Well, the similarities between Star Troops and the franchise Helldivers They’re already very clear, aren’t they? Both explore the idea of ​​a militarized humanity fighting an alien threat in a dystopian future.

In the film, humans face Arachnids, while in the game, players fight monsters called Terminids—after all, they are all giant, slimy insects. Furthermore, both also highlight camaraderie and teamwork as essential elements for the success of missions.

Helldivers also has a satirical and political approach.Helldivers also has a satirical and political approach.Fonte:  Arrowhead Game Studios

Another significant similarity is the satirical and political approach. Star Troops criticizes excessive militarism and blind nationalism, while Helldivers satirizes propaganda and military rhetoric, presenting a cynical and humorous view of interplanetary warfare.

These thematic similarities contribute to fans’ appreciation of both mediums, making both the film and game immersive and engaging experiences of the science fiction genre.

Now all that’s left is for a classic-themed crossover to be made official in Helldivers 2. We’re waiting, Arrowhead!

Starship Troopers games haven’t had the same acclaim as the Helldivers franchise

Over the last few years, Star Troops There were some games released on the market. The most recent of these was Starship Troopers: Exterminationa cooperative FPS for up to 16 players in online multiplayer that received a neutral reception on Steam.

Even though the franchise is remembered by many because of the films, the games have not achieved the same notoriety as Helldivers. There can be many reasons, such as choosing the studio, the publisher and even the strategies for the marketing campaign.

Starship Troopers: Extermination is in early access on Steam.Starship Troopers: Extermination is in early access on Steam.Source: Steam

On the other hand, Helldivers 2 is a game long awaited by fans, as the first game has built a solid base in the community since its debut in 2015. Furthermore, there is also the fact that Starship Troopers: Extermination still be in early access — unlike the Arrowhead game. So, who knows, there’s still time for it to mature in the market, right?

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