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  • Summary: The sequel to the tower defense game of the same name, Defense Grid 2 introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a new look and the addition of new game modes, player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities andThe sequel to the tower defense game of the same name, Defense Grid 2 introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a new look and the addition of new game modes, player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    95
    Even if you've never played a tower defense game before or are looking to get into the genre, this is a good one to start out on.
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    90
    Defense Grid 2 is hard. Make no mistake about it. I hit my first wall at level 8 and found an uphill climb after that. Those new to the tower defense genre will find its difficulty curve unforgiving. Yet, somehow, this challenge ends up feeling rewarding.
  3. Sep 24, 2014
    83
    Defense Grid 2 isn't just another tower defense game, it's the best new tower defense game.
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    80
    Defense Grid 2 is not a revolutionary sequel, it plays more like a subtly refined version of the first part. The successor to one of the best tower defense games is no revolution but still in the first class of the genre.
  5. Oct 1, 2014
    80
    Defense Grid 2 takes everything we know from the first game, adds clever new ways to both build upon, and improves your strategies. On top of this we find a sometimes hilarious story told by a bunch of misfit AI's.
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    It's a basic tower defense and Defence Grid 2 doesn't even try to innovate, but it remains on of the most solid tower defense games around.
  7. Oct 17, 2014
    70
    Defense Grid 2 is a good tower defense, with a simple control system and immediate mechanics which unfortunately are also the biggest limitation of the production. The game is missing the new and bold ideas that usually make the difference, and relying solely on the community may not have been a winning choice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    Take everything great, and makes it better.

    The music is inspiring, the story fun and compelling, and the replayability massive. Thankyou
    Take everything great, and makes it better.

    The music is inspiring, the story fun and compelling, and the replayability massive. Thankyou Hidden Path for an experience worth having!

    If you haven't played the original, grab that, play through, and then play this - you won't regret it.
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  2. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    I gave it a ten for what it is - the best overhead tower defense game you can buy right now. I'm really confused by folks that liked DG1, butI gave it a ten for what it is - the best overhead tower defense game you can buy right now. I'm really confused by folks that liked DG1, but not 2. It looks to me like they gave everything people wanted from 1, including multi-player and user created content. I didn't care for the MP, but the user content is going to be huge. I also liked the new tower perks mechanic and engine. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2014
    9
    Defense Grid 2 adds various elements to the mix, such as multiple space weapons, and boost towers, which can function as just inert blocks, orDefense Grid 2 adds various elements to the mix, such as multiple space weapons, and boost towers, which can function as just inert blocks, or provide the potential to add tower upgrades. In play, you are also awarded enhancements to the basic tower ammunition, which show up at the end of a round, and which you can use from then on. There's also the command shuttle, which gives you additional controls, such as heat maps of where damage is most intense, and the ability to raise hidden terrain. The gameplay is more varied than in Defense Grid 1, and there are more paths to victory.

    The story gets more characters and some of the unexplained plot lines in DG1 are pursued to their conclusion. The voice acting is good, but the story itself is a bit predictable. There's still some ambiguity about what the aliens are up to, but there's less of that sense of devastating bleakness that pervaded the first game. The music is lovely, but again slightly misses the spot in comparison to the dramatic score of the first game.

    I have no problem recommending DG2. It's one of my favourite games of all time. I hope there is DLC and even DG3 in the pipeline, because my biggest complaint is that I want more official maps.
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  4. Sep 28, 2014
    6
    the negative:

    the balance of towers is not perfect. - some towers are just useless ( tesla towers for example ) - or well - maybe not
    the negative:

    the balance of towers is not perfect. - some towers are just useless ( tesla towers for example ) - or well - maybe not completely useless but too spacialized to waste a good spot for them.

    the maps do not offer the same freedom in many cases.... which limits the players choices and tactics - and so limits the re-playability.

    the aliens - some of them - do look a bit too much the same. - it is not easy on first glance to determine which alien can do what. - i am also not so sure about the balance of waves.

    the positive:

    all in all - the game is fun! yea - i am having a blast trying to get gold status

    i do like the AI chatter - yea, it is a big cheesy - but it is fun.

    there is lots of room for custom maps and expansions - it certainly is one of the very good TD games, but it does not re-invent the genre. ( which is also good, i like how it is quite classical )
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  5. Oct 13, 2014
    5
    It's just like the first but seems to crash more. Same visuals, towers, monsters, etc. Feels more like a buggy expansion than a sequel. IIt's just like the first but seems to crash more. Same visuals, towers, monsters, etc. Feels more like a buggy expansion than a sequel. I suggest buying Defender's Quest instead of this. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    3
    I'm a Defense Grid 1 lover. And I was really waiting for DG2, but what a disappointment. I'm glad they took out "Command tower" and the % ofI'm a Defense Grid 1 lover. And I was really waiting for DG2, but what a disappointment. I'm glad they took out "Command tower" and the % of more resources, it was the only good thing. But the game feels bad. I didn't like the graphics, couldn't find anti-aliasing. The towers feels lame, so you have to build too much towers, making a visual pollution. The level 3 towers don't feel powerful at all, the inferno tower can't target properly, and even the level 3 inferno tower won't make damage... and won't burn a lot of aliens...
    Tesla don't feel particularly useful. Missile too. All towers seem a bit of the same..., just spam and spam towers all over the map.
    DG1 was so detailed. Every one of tower you built or upgraded felt important and unique, and some very powerful.
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  7. Nov 4, 2014
    0
    This game suffers, like most PC games today from severe Consolitis.

    I only played 5 minutes until I deleted the game: your mouse cursor
    This game suffers, like most PC games today from severe Consolitis.

    I only played 5 minutes until I deleted the game: your mouse cursor does not move. Instead your mouse moves the camera (intended for game pad play). Your mouse cursor gets LOCKED to only be able to move vertically when you open the build menu.
    There is no borderless windowed mode.

    0/10 because of Consolitis.
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