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  • Summary: Blending fast-paced, explosive action with tactical battlefield command, Anomaly puts players in charge of a military convoy tasked with fighting back against the mysterious alien war machines that have begun to spring up in many of the world's largest cities. Players take part in battles personally to support and assist a hand-picked armor squad, utilizing their top-down tactical view to plot each and every turn of the convoy. As they progress through the story campaign and challenge modes, players will unlock upgrades and new units to build their ultimate destruction squad. Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Apr 10, 2012
    94
    Even if you don't normally play strategy games l encourage you to at least try the demo for Anomaly Warzone Earth. It might look like another Command& Conquer or random tower defense game on the surface but there is something truly original, highly challenging, and compulsively addicting with this game. And even if you already own this game on PC or iOS, I daresay the Tactical Trials is worth a double-dip. At only 800 MS points, this is the best $10 you'll spend in the Xbox Arcade this month.
  2. Apr 7, 2012
    90
    In case you don't have a computer to play games on, this XBLA version of Anomaly Warzone Earth is just as good the original, and one less reason to avoid putting off playing this game.
  3. Apr 20, 2012
    85
    Anomaly: Warzone Earth does something different with the tower defense genre and does it well. You're dropped in the middle of the action and always have something to do. The Tactical Trials are a great addition to this XBLA version of the game. They are fun and make you try something else. A great game, for only 800 Microsoft Points.
  4. 80
    The constant shuffle between real-time mobile defense and time-pausing tactical route planning is both seamless and nerve-wracking. Even after you know every crisply rendered map back to front, you may find you just want to keep playing.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    Anomaly Warzone Earth was a fun game when it came out last year for the PC and the development team has done an exceptional job bringing it over to the Xbox 360.
  6. Apr 22, 2012
    79
    Porting over to a console had no adverse affect - short of the lower res visuals - making this one of those 'must own' games for any console tower defense fan.
  7. Apr 13, 2012
    64
    AWE is a great idea, wrapped up in a bland package. Visually, the game is fine, but it just seems to lack punch. If you are a fan of Tower Defense games, and are looking for something a little different, then it certainly is worth checking out. Ultimately, AWE is missing a certain something and probably has little lasting appeal.

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  1. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    I think that this game is not bad, have great moments, and is funny in much parts, this version of the iOS, is really interesting. I love this game is fantastic. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    8
    Pretty original twist on a tower defense. The game utilizes ideas from Tower Defense by flipping the concept upside down, plus there are RTS elements like resources gaining / spending, plus there's a bunch of action elements represented by controlling a commander who's equipped with power-ups to shift enemies. The story will take you approx. 6 hours to complete but if you're hungry for more, there's a set of survival modes to unlock and some kind of virtual missions challenging you with puzzle-like goals to achieve. Enough for a 800 points game. Plus it's localized to German and several other languages, like Japanese (!). Expand
  3. Apr 10, 2012
    7
    "Anomaly Warzone Earth" is an XBLA game (that costs 800MS points), with gameplay and features based on a Tower Defense game with some modifications. The story is centered on an alien spaceship that falls to Earth, as its pieces fall into cities as Baghdad and Tokyo, that create energy domes (called anomalies), which obscure the view from the outside world. Your mission as a Commander mechanized unit, is to investigate this phenomenon, leading a unity of military vehicles. In the gameplay, which can be defined as a mix of RTS gameplay and Tower Defense, in essence, you have the role only of the commander of the units, and can perform multiple functions (and new emerge later in the game), serving as the units repair, "factory" and upgrade of you team military units (each one with its advantages and disadvantages), and issue areas of concealment, through a defined map with multiple routes, and you decide the route to the units follow, while collecting repair credits (dropped by stealth bombers), and alien minerals along the way, as they engage the enemy defense towers (there are several types), to finally reach the goal of the stage. The game has graphics viewed from above, in a 3/4 perspective, that are good, but nothing that stands out - the sounds and music are good to (better than the graphics), and fit the game well, but the highlight is in the gameplay, as a reversed Tower Defense game, with dynamic actions, and which goes through areas of the cities, as the story unfolds... destroyng enemies and collecting the minerals you gather more credits, which are used to purchase new units and to upgrade the existing ones. Because of the different approach to the genre, I recommended this game for fans of Tower Defense games - with a fast gameplay, and the adequate price, it's an addictive XBLA, despite the overall simplicity being a great option for those people. My score: 7.5 / 10.0. Expand