Summary: Tower defense fans, this is as good as it gets. Buy this game without question. Anyone who doesn’t know what a tower defense game is, this is the best chance you’ll ever have to find out!
Pros: -Best graphics out of the entire tower defense genre., -Perfect atmosphere., -Very good voice acting., -Even if only very basic, the story is as good as it gets for the genre., -Extra level challenges extend the replay quite a bit.
Summary: Defense Grid: The Awakening is a quintessential example of the tower defense genre. You must defend things, and you build towers to do so. It doesn't try to do anything fancy or innovative with this idea. But this grim alien assault game is of such quality that it will feel like a breath of fresh air to fans of tower defense, and it's so compulsively playable that it's sure to win over many newcomers to the genre, as well.
Pros: Great sense of balance between your powerful towers and the massive alien onslaught, Ability to jump back to previous checkpoints minimizes frustration of trial and error, Story, music, and voice acting give the action weight, Visuals make your towers' formidable attacks fun to watch, Medals and unlockable challenge modes provide plenty of replay value
Cons: Trial and error can still be frustrating, No multiplayer modes
Excerpt: A few months ago, a fantastic little tower defense was released on Steam called Defense Grid: The Awakening by a somewhat unknown developer named Hidden Path. Anyone who played it likely noticed how much it seemed like it wanted to be on the Xbox Live Marketplace, from the generally easy-to-learn control setup to the fact that green A buttons and red B buttons were situated strategically around certain elements of the HUD.
Excerpt: At last year’s Penny Arcade Expo, I had the opportunity to meet with members from Hidden Path Entertainment and get some hands-on time with Defense Grid: The Awakening . Being primarily a Mac user, I never got the chance to play the final retail version of the game last fall. Now it’s been released for the Xbox Live Arcade, and I’m just as impressed with the title as I was when I initially previewed it.
Excerpt: There’s something special about the way that Tower Defense games innocently draw you in and the next thing you know it’s 2 o’ clock in the morning and you are still fighting the invading swarms of aliens. Defense Grid: The Awakening doesn’t deviate from this general rule of thumb and promises to keep you entertained with the hours of gameplay it offers.
Excerpt: There's something uniquely addictive about tower defense games, which is the only real problem I have with Defense Grid . I meant to get things done this week, but instead, I've been wiping out entire armies of aliens. The plot's appropriately paper-thin. A thousand years ago or so, an alien race invaded the planet and were driven off in a cataclysmic war.
Excerpt: Date: 9/26/2009 Defense Grid is a tower defense game, and at its core it's about what you'd expect for a game in the genre. You have a resource to protect, an invader that wants to take the resource, a few paths that the invaders can use to get to the resource, and defensive towers that you can build to stop them.
Conclusion: Defense Grid: The Awakening is a welcomed addition to the Xbox Live Arcade lineup. Being one of the only solid and enjoyable tower defense titles in the Marketplace, it’s definitely worth the 800 MS points ($10) to experience and engaging and tactile single-player title. Though multiplayer would of added additional value to the overall experience, the shear amount of content put into the single-player experience is enough to entice anyone looking for a good strategy...
Summary: Hidden Path Entertainment beschert dem Xbox LIVE Marktplatz den ersten sogenannten Tower Defense-Titel, ein Genre von dem sich unzählige Spiele gratis im Internet tümmeln. Warum also Geld für Defense Grid: The Awakening ausgeben? Weil es ganz einfach mehr zu bieten hat als vergleichbare Games.
Pros: + stetig steigender Schwierigkeitsgrad, + Balance zwischen Zugänglichkeit und Tiefe, + Spieldauer, - "Himbeer-Kommentare"