Conclusion: Overall, Sanctum 2 is about as good as it gets for co-operative tower defense games on consoles. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more complete game, with both fun and refined gameplay, as well as complex tower-building, and a massive selection of turrets and perks.
Conclusion: It just feels like so many of the design decisions in Sanctum 2 were arbitrary additions as opposed to carefully through-out improvements on the design of the first game. A while back on Twitter I was saying how indie developers should iterate on their games more often, rather than making a thing...
Summary: The original Sanctum was a lot of fun. The tower defense and first-person shooting mechanics blended together nicely to create a surprise hit back in 2011. As much as I enjoyed the game though, I always felt that it could have been so much more.
Conclusion: 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. Furthermore the visuals are cool and sleek and the techno-tunes catchy.
Summary: I had a great time with Sanctum 2 – it’s the perfect antidote for players burnt out on the standard tower defense formula. I like the fact that, instead of spamming towers, you actually have to think a lot more carefully where to place them.
Conclusion: Although Sanctum 2 is the sequel to one of the first FPS-tower defense hybrid games to come into existence, Sanctum 2 feels a bit left behind as other games of this hybrid genre have improved upon it in ways Sanctum 2 has not.
Pros: Unique graphical style with a sort of manga feel, Different characters to play as cater to different playing styles, Plenty of options in terms of weapons, towers, and perks
Cons: Not much new here that other games of this type haven’t already improved on, Needed information for playing the game is sometimes held back, Gets to be difficult without other players backing you up
Summary: Sanctum was something of a rocket out of left field. There’s nothing unusual about tower defence, of course, and the “action” tower defence genre is now setting itself up as a thing, but Sanctum’s tight sci-fi world and solid feel set it apart from either tower defence games or FPS titles.
Conclusion: Concept: Combine tower defense and FPS combat to outsmart baddies trying to damage a precious core
Graphics: The crisp and clear graphics, interesting level structures, and unique character models stand out, but some backdrops could be more creative
Sound: Sound bites for characters add personality...
Excerpt: The paragraph above sums up my feelings before starting each new wave battle in Sanctum 2 and also explains why the game is an interesting mix of tower defense and first person-shooter that should appeal to fans of both genres.
Pros: + Good mix of FPS and tower defense, + Interesting character and tower options