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  • Summary: In Sanctum 2 players assume the role of one of four elite soldiers, each with their own unique abilities and weapons whose mission is to protect the Cores from hordes of mysterious alien creatures on the human colony planet, LOEK III. Melding the best elements of the tower defense andIn Sanctum 2 players assume the role of one of four elite soldiers, each with their own unique abilities and weapons whose mission is to protect the Cores from hordes of mysterious alien creatures on the human colony planet, LOEK III. Melding the best elements of the tower defense and first-person genres, players are challenged to protect the Cores. In each scenario, players must set up defensive towers to take out waves of attacking enemies and ensure victory. However, Sanctum 2 is not just a game where players sit back and watch the action unfold. Instead they jump into the fray head-on in FPS mode to light up the opposition with a wide array of weapons, some of which you've never seen before in an FPS game. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. May 14, 2013
    90
    While Sanctum 2 is still a tough game, it’s tough in smart substantive ways that add up. Opting for this instead of the punitive approach that Sanctum was built on has made for a far superior product in the form of Sanctum 2.
  2. May 16, 2013
    85
    Planning gets you ahead, but making choices in the heat of the moment is just as important. This dichotomy makes Sanctum 2 some of the most fun I've had with a tower defense game in a long time.
  3. May 23, 2013
    83
    Sanctum 2 remains a refreshing hybrid of two genres, tower defense and FPS. The result is a unique game experience.
  4. May 15, 2013
    80
    Sanctum 2 is a good blending of two very different genres. Just keep in mind that you need a great passion for challenges and strategy to enjoy it at its fullest.
  5. Jul 2, 2013
    76
    Sanctum 2 surpasses the original game in practically everything, and, despite a few design flaws, is very addictive.
  6. May 28, 2013
    75
    Sanctum 2 at the very least improves on every aspect of its clunky predecessor, offering smoother and more enjoyable gameplay and living up to the great promise offered by the premise.
  7. Jul 9, 2013
    60
    Sanctum 2 is a jack of some trades, and while it doesn't master them it makes them a lot of fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 99
  2. Negative: 36 out of 99
  1. May 16, 2013
    10
    sanctum 2 is like a chilled out steely dan song, seemingly shallow, but accessible, at first but dig deep into it and you find all sortssanctum 2 is like a chilled out steely dan song, seemingly shallow, but accessible, at first but dig deep into it and you find all sorts intricacies, grooves, earworms and love Expand
  2. May 18, 2013
    10
    Although I initially found the game to be a downgrade from the original, I then realized some of the nice changes. The 'perks' system allowsAlthough I initially found the game to be a downgrade from the original, I then realized some of the nice changes. The 'perks' system allows for more playtime with a specific weapon set, as well as allowing the player to grow on a certain set. The smaller maps allow for more condensed and quick matches, and are a blast in co-op. However the running back for resources can be tedious, it doesn't truly detract from the experience as a whole. Expand
  3. May 15, 2013
    9
    Better gameplay than the first, but with strange dynamics that should not have been implemented.
    -set resources per wave
    -you have to
    Better gameplay than the first, but with strange dynamics that should not have been implemented.
    -set resources per wave
    -you have to collect resources at start of round
    -you can only have 10 towers

    However I do like the new level system and drop-in-drop-out multiplayer. Unlocks and perks are great and a ways to make the game even harder than it already is.

    Sanctum 2 had improved in some areas, but failed in others though this does not make it any less addictive.
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  4. Jan 31, 2020
    7
    First-person tower defense co-op shooter with Borderlands-like graphics that can also be played solo.

    It's a decent tower defense game but
    First-person tower defense co-op shooter with Borderlands-like graphics that can also be played solo.

    It's a decent tower defense game but the shooting mechanics are subpar at best—all weapons have tiny magazines that require constant reloading and some feature tremendous knockback that often sent me hurtling through one of the countless gaps in the terrain. It's all manageable while the map is on relatively flat terrain but it's on quirky terrain that I died dozens of time per map.

    I found the game really easy even on the hardest difficulty, simply maze to the max, find a perch and snipe everything.

    The story is presented through comic panels and barely makes any sense but it's a tower defense game after all: monsters are coming, kill them.

    Playing Sanctum 2 with friends could be fun, I guess.

    -1 for poor shooting mechanics
    -1 for being too easy
    -1 for poor story

    7/10
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  5. Nov 25, 2015
    5
    They took sanctum in such a weird direction I think it would have been better to call this a whole new game just to separate it. Sanctum oneThey took sanctum in such a weird direction I think it would have been better to call this a whole new game just to separate it. Sanctum one was much more suited for solo play, and was a solo game that you could play with friends, and have a lot of fun in it. Sanctum 2 suddenly got massive changes with how guns work and how resources work and how the enemy works, ect.

    You can't use all gun types, which sucks, since they are locked to the character you pick. So you can't assault rifle and snipe anymore.

    mobs with weak spots behind them forever face you, meaning that in solo play, you can never hit their weak spots.

    Small maps and a turret limit only hinder the game.

    It truly is a game that is completely different then the first. But you will have some fun in it. The only main problem is if fans of Sanctum one go to it thinking it'd be the same game type, when it isn't, is what has hurt this game behind the scenes.
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  6. May 15, 2013
    2
    It's essentially Call of Duty: Sanctum Mod, with little resemblance at all to the first game. The gunplay is stiff and unsatisfying, mazeIt's essentially Call of Duty: Sanctum Mod, with little resemblance at all to the first game. The gunplay is stiff and unsatisfying, maze and tower placement is clunky and stagnant, and you will spend your entire time just running from spawn point to spawn point to spawn point in claustrophobic maps. I'm not a graphics person, but the game aesthetically took a dive as well.

    -No weapon upgrades (Perk system instead)
    -Ridiculously slow reload times (they prompt you to "Switch weapons!")
    -You have to run to the core to collect your resources in between rounds, which are limited.
    -Only one person in coop can place towers.

    It feels like a bad version of Halo with some perfunctory tower defenses. Buy Super Sanctum TD instead.
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  7. Apr 11, 2014
    0
    Having bought this game on a 85% off sale on steam in January, and now another 90% off sale today, is a clear sign of how bad this sequelHaving bought this game on a 85% off sale on steam in January, and now another 90% off sale today, is a clear sign of how bad this sequel really is. I have not played this game once I had read the reviews, that's how bad it was. And now I think I'll only play it if I'm really bored out of my mind. What was brandished as a TD/FPS hybrid game, is now really just a FPS game with a few drones. There is no passive strategy, just mindless shooting at hordes. If you wanted something like that, you might as well play left 4 dead 2. A TD game *must* incorporate passive strategy at its core or else it's not. I was not entirely pleased with Sanctum 1 to begin with seeing how much they valued the FPS aspect, Sanctum 2 just confirms my displeasure.

    I orginally stayed away from titles like Orcs Must Die because I really do prefer cleaner and sleeker graphics, but if there's nothing else out there that resembles a decent TD or TD/FPS, they may as well take my business, too.
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