The Fantastic Third Person Tower Defense is back, with 80% MORE!
It was just a matter of time before a sequel came out of the very entertaining start to the franchise, Orcs Must die. Before the release of Orcs Must Die 2 on July 30th of this year, there has been a lot of controversy if they are going to ruin the game, make it awkward and stupid, or just change the game concept around completely. But as it seems, Robot Entertainment surprised everybody with an anticipating reveal at its cooperative aspect..which everybody dreamed of after beating the first game. Everybody was extremely excited for the release of Orcs Must Die 2 since then. But when they released the game, they blew everybody’s minds by revealing that there is 80% MORE content in Orcs Must Die 2 rather than Orcs Must Die 1. Knowing about this at all created a suspenseful moment of launching the game for the first time, well at least for me.
Orcs Must Die 2 fulfills the expectations of its buyers, giving them the cooperative experience they wanted, more weapons, more upgrades, more enemies….more everything. Robot Entertainment really tackled and improved every aspect of the game that needed improving, but also still keeping all the classic stuff from the first game. This game really impressed me with its visuals and flow, along with fantastic animations; along with the unexplainable amount of levels and difficulty. Also, instead of the normal character you have 2 different ones to choose from:
The War Mage:
- - War mage has more health, but less mana.
- - War mage starts with a shotgun.
- - War mage starts with the Tar-trap and Arrow Wall.
- - Later in the game, War Mage unlocks a Hammer.
- - Sorceress has more mana, but less health.
- - Sorceress starts with a staff.
- - Sorceress starts with the Ice Trap and Acid Sprayer.
- - Later in the game, Sorceress unlocks a Polymorph Ring
Co-op gives you all of that in a double dose, making it a ton of fun. The waves are more numerous and you’re thrown against the larger species more quickly. You’ll need to coordinate with your teammate about which traps and items you’re taking, where you’re placing them and what areas you’re each covering. Because everything might seem to be going fine until a wave of explosive sappers come and blow up your stuff and some health regenerating trolls just barrel on for the exit behind them. There is one unexpected downside to the co-op in that a few of the later stages feel like they were specifically designed with two players in mind, so if you’re running single-player it can be a little daunting trying to cover ground meant for two. There is barely anything bad about the game besides the fact enemies feel slightly redundant but it’s still fun overall.
There is a fair amount of replay potential if you’re the sort to enjoy leaderboards, achievements, harder difficulties and an endless survival mode. The survival mode will even continue to reward you with skulls to upgrade your items, so it can be fun try out new different weapons, trinkets and traps. This also allows you to grind up some upgrades if getting a perfect rating on that last level is proving difficult with your current loadout. Even if you’re not keen on replaying the same levels over and over, for 15 bucks you’re still easily getting your money’s worth.
Co-op!: You can either play as the blood thirsty weapon fighter, the War Mage, or the ranged magic-infested Sorceress so you can enjoy a little of both with a friend.
Endless Mode: After you beat a level in a certain difficulty, it unlocks that level for endless mode, opening the doors to fun replayability.
Player Progression: As you slaughter more orcs, you get to level all your traps, weapons, and trinkets a substantial amount of times, curing the fade to boredom after playing a while.
Escalating Intensity: As you progress through each wave in every level, it gets harder and harder as you fight tougher species and more quantities of them.
Massive Level Progression: As you progress through the cooperative campaign, levels get much bigger and more entrances made for orcs substantially increasing the difficulty.
- OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core Intel or AMD processor
- RAM:2 GB system memory
- Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon x1950 or better with 256MB VRAM.
- Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card.
- Hard drive: 9 GB free hard disk space