Review

I think when it comes to strategy games you either love them or you hate them. For me, the number of these types of games that I have played has been limited because I took a huge break from PC gaming years ago and I am just now getting back into it. The great thing about Defense Grid 2 is that it takes the best in terms of strategy that you would find typically on a PC, blends it with the tower defense genre that tends to be most dominant in the mobile space and serves it up on a console (and PC) environment for which it ends up working perfectly.

Defense Grid 2 Screen

If you haven’t played the 2008 original, that’s okay. The one thing about Defense Grid 2 is that the story is a bit convoluted and I found myself not really paying attention to it anyway as it is delivered while you are playing the game. I was concentrating on what I was doing and so missed out on some of the details. The good news? It doesn’t really matter. What you need to know is that there are enemies coming to steal your core pieces and you need to defend them. Not only do they have to steal them, but they have to escape with them so don’t panic if these little buggers make it past your initial defenses, you have a second chance to take them out. When the game ramps up though, you’re going to need it.  Trust me.

You have limited resources that replenish slowly over time and with them you can purchase different kinds of weapons that have different capabilities. The standard gun is cheap and fires quickly but doesn’t do a lot of damage. The canon tower is great and strong but takes a long time to reload. It’s typical in that you need to manage your resources vs. the rate of enemies vs. the placement of your weapons.  One thing that keeps Defense Grid 2 interesting, and greatly adds to the replayability, is that in some levels the environment changes. In some cases, you yourself can redirect the enemies (allowing you longer paths to give you more time to destroy them) and in some cases it happens without your control.

Defense Grid 2 Screen 4

I’ve really enjoyed playing this game so far and I think one of the biggest advantages is being able to sit down and play for 20 or 30 minutes and finish a round. There are checkpoints if you need them as things get more difficult later on (and you will need them!) and the game even features online competitive and cooperative modes, something that this genre typically goes without.

Defense Grid 2 isn’t going to take over the world, but it’s certainly your job to defend. Even if this isn’t your typical game to sit down and play I encourage you to give it a try. I was impressed all around and think it’s definitely worth your time, and your limited resources.

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Syd Bolton
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games as Canada’s top video game collector at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He plays all of the latest games on his 80" Sharp TV and provides the "Lost Treasures" segment during The OMG! Hour. Follow Syd on Twitter @sydbolton.