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.
Excerpt: Dungeon Defenders is a tower defense game that mixes in a little action-RPG gameplay for good measure. The basic goal is revealed by the title, namely you need to defend your dungeon, or rather the glowing, magical cores within. The transgressors who want to smash your bright and shiny things into tiny bits are the usual suspects, orcs, ogres, and their ilk. They'll enter your dungeon through its multiple doors and then try and make a beeline towards your core.
Excerpt: There has been, in the last six months or so, a glut of action/tower defense games released on PC. To varying degrees, games like Sanctum , Orcs Must Die! and Dungeon Defenders operate on the same basic premise: defend your crystal/rift/Macguffin from invading orcs/goblins/ogres using defensive traps and your own fighting ability. And as more and more games join the fray, it makes it that much harder to stand out from the crowd.
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: First off, Dungeon Defenders does separate itself from pack in some key areas, including such features as classes, a leveling system and tons of loot. When you begin playing, you need to choose from four different character classes: the apprentice, the squire, the huntress and the monk. Each has a combat specialty (ranged combat for the huntress, melee for the squire) and a defense specialty (elemental towers for the apprentice and support auras for the monk).
Summary: A downloadable mix of tower defense and action role-playing, Dungeon Defenders leaps from mobile devices to the big screen with surprising style and a focus on four-player cooperative gameplay.
Pros: Engaging mix of role-playing, tower defense, and hack n' slash, Fun, colorful graphics, Excellent four-player action
Cons: Rough for the single player, Interface is a bit cluttered, Gameplay doesn't vary much
Excerpt: This review of Dungeon Defenders must begin with a short study of M. Night Shyamalan’s film, Lady In The Water . It’s a worthy comparison in its own way. Both game and film feature casts of characters who must defend their precious jewels from evil (in the film it’s a lady and in the game it’s an actual jewel).