Excerpt: The tower defense genre has evolved a lot in recent years, but with the release of Dungeon Defenders, it takes a quantum leap forward. While some games have combined third-person action with tower defense, Dungeon Defenders polishes it to a high shine and then takes the genre to a new level. The strategic element of tower defense is in place, as barricades and towers are crucial, not just an activity to do between battles.
Excerpt: Dungeon Defenders starts off exceptionally well. These heroes have vanquished the evil old ones, and entrapped them into crystals. They go off on a quest, and leave their children behind. Who accidentally knock one off, and have to stop the waves of evil hordes. Why stop them? Because they want to free all the others. Then the game lets you decide if you want to go through the tutorial or not. I suggest you take the tutorial.
Conclusion: The game had a lot to be proud of: an engaging multiplayer mode, a variety of different game modes, a good amount of replayability, a tolerable soundtrack, and impressive graphics (considering where its coming from). Unfortunately, none of this matters because our online community has decided to curbstomp it at the starting line and game developers aren't invested enough to fix it.
Excerpt: The Tower Defence game is, in the scheme of things, a fairly recent creation. Initially made as an online flash game it was quickly copied and became very popular. This is easy to understand as there is something about setting things up and watching them go. However, sometimes you want something a bit meatier… something a bit like Dungeon Defenders.
Conclusion: Despite these criticisms, it’s hard to be too down on Dungeon Defenders; Trendy Games clearly have a strong understanding of their intended audience, and if you fit into the category of gamers that relishes cooperative-based play and obsessive levelling, there is plenty here to be recommended. Visually, its pseudo-cel-shaded aesthetics are really quite sumptuous and, although slightly generic, the character design is certainly charming.
Excerpt: Orcs are crazy. All they ever want to do is smash things and terrorize villagers. Thankfully, brave heroes will always be there to help with a carefully calculated combination of turrets and traps. If you played such games as Orcs Must Die! or Trenched , then you're already familiar with the mechanics for Dungeon Defenders. The goal is to protect one or more structures, called cores, from increasingly difficult waves of goblins, orcs, and other high-fantasy fiends.
Pros: Four unique playable characters, Numerous challenge maps and difficulty settings add longevity, Local and online multiplayer for up to four people.
Cons: Some challenges are nearly impossible for one person, Character locomotion is a chore, Unsatisfying combat.