Dungeon Defenders (Trendy Entertainment)
Systems: PC/PS3/360/Ios Release Date: Oct 18th, 2011
So you take one part tower defense, then mix in one part MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), and then 2 parts Loot Grind and you get Dungeon Defenders, the fantastic co-op strategy game from our friends at Trendy Entertainment. As one of four, apprentices to the heroes of the realm Etheria you are charged with defending the castle while they are gone. When a crystal holding back an incredibly dark power is shattered your skills will be put to the test as the armies of darkness come to claim what is theirs.
Dungeon Defenders is unique in that it combines the elements that make tower defense, customizing your character for multiplayer, and the addicting loot grind dungeon crawler into one arena chock full of enemies (more than a couple hundred at once). the arena’s themselves are full of dangers, everything from pits of spikes to pools of lava will give you the advantage as the hordes of enemies work their way into your cleverly planed choke points.
Unlike other Tower Defense games once your towers are up the action isn’t restricted to watching a plan unfold (although this is still possible if your exceptionally good kupo) your always in control of your character and act as a mobile turret yourself, slashing or blasting your way to victory alongside your defenses. This is where the loot and character customization really shines. Your character gains levels as you prove yourself allowing you to spend points increasing stats like: turret speed, turret damage, your running speed, and base damage to name a few. As you level you’ll be able to equip stronger weapons and armor that will alter your stats further turning you into a agent of destruction, but even with all these upgrades and powers you will still need to rely on your friends.
Multiplayer in Dungeon Defenders is the real meat in this title. Coordinating your towers with a friend and distributing the resources in order to win is a very rewarding experience. Where a map can feel overwhelming alone with even one friend things can easily turn in your favor. Each of the 4 classes work well together and watching a well practiced and oiled strategy play out is the true highlight of this experience kupo. the one downside to the fantastic multiplayer is that the singleplayer suffers, most end game levels are virtually impossible without a friend or extensive grinding.
Lastly I want to discuss the DLC. On PC the delvelopers have added a slew of fantastic additions to the game including a gender swapped hero set (that includes slightly faster/stronger versions of the main classes) and various challenge missions. The current expansion to the story is unfolding and includes a new map and boss for each chapter in the four chapter set. What is great about the DLC is that it is all finely crafted and your defiantly getting your money’s worth for the price. This moogle would suggest getting the Hero DLC if you want to experience some insane levels of speed and power kupo!
[ – ] Story: while a great multiplayer game, the storyline is pretty much nonexistent and the few cut scenes only serve to move you from one set of arena’s to another. (Good Story<Good Multiplayer. pick one)
[ + ] Graphics: graphics in Dungeon Defenders sparkle and bloom. Balancing between cute pixar-esk characters and enemies and semi-realistic fantasy locations the game has no shortage of pretty things to look at while you slay slay slay!
[ + ] Gameplay: tight controls and easy to use interface when place down towers leaves this a streamlined experience with none of the usual hiccups a tower defense game like this can run into. Minor issue with singleplayer at later levels (need friends to beat/play online)
[ + ] Replayablity: with tons of dungeons and different strategies to practice and replay the game is as long as it takes you to find a flawless strategy for each map x4. Also LOOTZ
[ + ] Opinion: a fun and rewarding experience and worthy entry into any strategy fan’s game library. Great game to get into with a few friends and with plenty of DLC user generated content on PC its worth checking it out if you have a pc that can run it.
I rate Dungeon Defenders 4/5 kupo!