Review: Orcs Must Die! 2

Review: Orcs Must Die! 2
5.0/5 Review Score:

Have you ever heard of tower defence games? It’s quite normal for the developers to come up with new gaming styles and features, and nowadays you can actually find a lot of tower defence games, but you want to know why we chose this one, right? Orcs Must Die! 2 is like an updated version of the tower defence games you’ve been playing these days. It’s not like a build-and-watch and you won’t get any far by only relying on shooting like crazy. Welcome to the pure strategy multiplayer tower defence apocalypse of Orcs Must Die! 2. By the end of the first game the war mage closed the rifts to the magical realm so the orcs won’t come again into ours. The problem is that without magic the kingdom prosperity also fades with it. Trapped in the other side, the war mage can count not only with his killing strategies and traps, but also the sorceress that once was responsible for the chaos. Joining forces, they now decided to put and end to the orcs invasion once and for all! If you have already read Butty’s articles such as the release or the DLC for the game, I’m pretty sure you got curious about the game. Let’s have a closer look at the game features so you get more curious about it.

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First thing you will decide is which character you will be playing as. The war mage, veteran from the first game, consist basically on doing heavy shooting damage, damage traps and his health bar is larger than the sorceress’ – but he is also slower and with a smaller mana bar. The sorceress focuses on ranged attacks, stunning traps and mana burning to cast special attacks and abilities. Simply pick the one that matches your game style and you’re ready to go. The gameplay options and game features are:

  • Co-Op! – While you or your friend play as the War Mage – the headstrong hero who charges into danger, the other play as the more strategic Sorceress who keeps the mob at bay with mind-control and magic;
  • Story-based Campaign – Pick up where the original game left off with a brand new story-based campaign that you can play in Single-Player or Co-Op!
  • Endless Mode – Play alone or join a friend to put your skills to the test against endless waves of increasingly difficult enemies;
  • Classic Mode – Steam players who own the original Orcs Must Die! will automatically unlock co-op versions of 10 fan-favorite levels from the original game featuring new enemies;
  • Over 20 Deadly Enemies – Face an army of vile new creatures like Earth Elementals, Trolls, and Bile Bats. And they’ve brought all of your favorite trap-fodder from the original Orcs Must Die! along with them;
  • More than 50 Traps, Weapons, and Guardians – Choose from an enormous armory of new and classic defenses, including an all new assortment of magical trinkets;
  • Massive Upgrade System – With more than 225 persistent trap and weapon upgrades to unlock, you can build an arsenal perfectly suited to your slaying style;
  • Extensive Replayability – Which I love about it – Multiple game modes, “Nightmare” difficulty, and an enormous skull-ranking system provide hours of replayability;
  • Scoring System and Leaderboard – Compete with your friends for supremacy on single-player and co-op leaderboards.

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The gameplay is very fluid and gets you perfectly in control. You program a trap for each of the available slots in your hud, so they can be accessed by its number, use the left mouse button for the primary shot and the right button for the secondary. So please notice you will be having a lot of trouble if you dare use the touchpad instead… I had! You will need to combine your movements with accurate shooting and this can’t be accomplished using only the keyboard. While you use the arrows to move you will also need to search every corner for escaping orcs so you are going to need speed on this hunting. There is a really good variety of enemies to challenge your skills, so be ready! Like other tower defences games your goal will be to kill the orcs before they get to the gates. You need strategy, a well placed set of traps and a weapon so you can defend yourself in hand-to-hand or ranged combat. Also a good tip is to have a trincket equipped so you can use it when in trouble. There are lots of them and with effects like getting your traps ready faster, replenishing your health or giving you protection. With every kill you earn currency, and with currency you set more traps, with more traps you kill faster and you plan your combos and killing streaks. At the end of each level you will be awarded skulls based on your skills – there are some game stats so you can see how many of them you’ve killed, how much time it took for you to clean the waves of enemies, your killing streaks, your death count, how many orcs passed through your gate and some other stuff. So basically if you killed them fast enough, haven’t lost a single life and didn’t let any of them trought the gate, then you’ll be awarded 5 skulls. There are also some bonus skulls for kill streaks, skull pick-ups, and others. Skulls are the game experience. You will use them to upgrade your weapons, traps and trinckets so they can last longer, do more damage or replenish more health. The acid spray can last longer, do more damage and get ready faster for another spit! You just need to get some skulls together and kill the beasts as fast as you can. The game price is also a nice call and the DLC is almost ready to go, and I’m definitely getting it, too! Take a look:

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The game mode that gave me more fun and laughing was story co-op. By entering solo you get double the slots and accuracy, because facing them by yourself sure sounds like a terror, then you can put some more traps at the very beginning. But there is nothing like the greatness of saving your partner from danger and elaborating strategies together. The endless mode can really be cool if you have already played at least half of the game. By the time you have it, there will be some good traps and weapons unlocked and most of them you will be upgrading as you test them in battle. So if you’re going to handle an endless army of orcs, you’d better be bloodthirsty! Great looking graphics and cutscenes, fluid animations and scenario interactions, awesome multiplayer gaming even in story mode and a great replay factor? I just can’t see why I shouldn’t give this masterpiece a 5 rate out of 5! Flawless, Robot Entertainment!

Review: Orcs Must Die! 2, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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