Excerpt: Hybridization is becoming the rule instead of the exception more often in the realm of RPGs. What we are starting to see is a genre shift that is becoming far less traditional in structure. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it has brought us many unique role-playing experiences over the last few years. An unlikely match of genres is RPGs and tower defense.
Conclusion: Trendy Entertainment is a name that only a few of you may be familiar with, as they are a relatively new addition to the development scene, but their first game, Dungeon Defenders, sits comfortably within a genre which I’m sure by now many of us are approaching over-familiarity with: Tower Defence. Dungeon Defenders attempts to break the mould a little, however, but placing the focus firmly on co-op, and creating an almost Tower Defence/Dungeon Crawler hybrid.
Excerpt: Tower defense games have certainly taken on a life of their own. What started out as a niche extension of the strategy games has blossomed into a full-fledged genre. Now that the basic tenants of tower defense games have been laid out in conventional titles like Defense Grid, more experimentation has been injected into the formula by adding competitive features (as in Rock of Ages), reversing the game mechanics (like Anomaly: Warzone Earth), or taking inspiration from...
Conclusion: I was definitely surprised when I downloaded this game, since I haven’t played many tower defense games. It kept my interest as I was able to level up and use my defenses to fight off the incoming waves of enemies. The fact that there is a pet called a Liger makes this for interesting gameplay. Trendy Entertainment surely has raised the bar on tower defense games and have given RPGs a well-constructed challenge.
Excerpt: As genres go, tower defense gaming has actually taken off in interesting way. Many gamer got their addiction started from Warcraft III's “Defense of the Ancients” gameplay mode, (which was just a game mod inspired by a Starcraft map), though the style has been around before that. Since then, we have had a bevy of choices for “Tower Defense” games.
Pros: Great quick gameplay, Great replay value, DLC and Mods supported
Cons: No freindsImpossible, Menus need streamlining
Excerpt: While their parents are out saving the land of Etheria, the adolescent apprentice, squire, huntress, and monk are left by themselves to protect the castle and crystals from invading monsters. Dungeon Defenders is primarily a tower defense game, but it does have RPG elements too. The main goal is to protect the Eternia crystals from being destroyed by hordes of enemies that come in growing waves.
Pros: Unique art style; good voice acting and story; a decent variety of character classes and abilities.
Cons: Some of the levels are unbalanced, and the last level is hard to beat by yourself.
Excerpt: Start with a fairly typical fantasy setting where swords, bows and magic are the weapons of choice. Add in tower defense gameplay. Now, work in third-person combat so you’re able to directly swing a sword or cast spells at your incoming enemies. Throw in multiple classes with their own distinct looks and upgrade paths to spend experience on, co-op gameplay with up to four players as well as ranked servers, and randomized loot you can either equip or sell/trade.