Summary: A lot has been said and written about games being art in the last decade. Some games can elicit different emotions. Sometimes they aim to be interactive drama. And sometimes they are meant as a metaphorical reflection on a state of being, or even questions about life itself. I didn't expect Dungeon Defenders of all games to make me ponder one of life's most poignant and eternal questions: "Am I really a Cenobite?
Excerpt: Dungeon Defenders adds a new twist to tower defense with a mishmash of RPG, action, and tower defense gameplay elements making for a worthwhile investment from the Xbox Live Marketplace. There is plenty of content to keep players busy – whether it be working their way through the campaign and tackling challenges. It’s not with its setbacks, though, with the less-than-exciting combat system and loot that feels more like a chore than a reward system.
Pros: Creating the perfect defense, Taking on the challenges and hard modes with friends, Unlocking all of the towers
Cons: Button mashing combat, Managing the piles of useless loot, Somewhat confusing menus
Excerpt: The developer taking up the task of crafting an ambitious crossbreed this time around is Trendy Entertainment with their first game, Dungeon Defenders . It’s a multiplayer focussed union of tower defence and RPG. Both genres have an equal presence in the game and it’s a union that one would think could really work, provided the concept was in the hands of the right developer.
Conclusion: Dungeon Defenders is an amazingly deep tower defense RPG that'll reward players patient enough to explore its incredible amount of content with one of the most satisfying co-op experiences of this generation.
Excerpt: Surprisingly, as first-person and over-the-shoulder shooters continue to populate the video game landscape, tower defense games have become somewhat commonplace. However, with Gears of War , Call of Duty and other big name franchises using a tweaked version of the formula in a more adult setting, it’s refreshing to play a game like Dungeon Defenders . Gone are the turbulent dystopias laden with debris and hopelessness.
Excerpt: Dungeon Defenders is a game that manages to blend two genres in a most interesting and effective way; not only is it a well-done and unique tower defense game, but it's also an action RPG in the same vein of Diablo and a stunning example of co-op play done right in both genres. I think the part that impresses me the most is that it's basically two complete games in one package for only 15 dollars (1200 MSP), and the amount of time you could put into it would be worth the...
Conclusion: Overall, Dungeon Defenders is a varied experience blending some of the best elements of its core genres. If you remember Future Cop LAPD, the multiplayer versus mode in that is something I’d like to see translated to Dungeon Defenders. But otherwise, it’s very difficult to fault this game. The Survival mode gets a bit tiring after the first couple of hours, but it hasn’t stopped me playing yet… I guess I’m just addicted to grindtastic gaming.