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FPS and tower defense hybrid Sanctum 2 hits PSN today photo
FPS and tower defense hybrid Sanctum 2 hits PSN today
by Steven Hansen

Sanctum 2 came to PC and Xbox 360 earlier this year. Our own Patrick Hancock reviewed it, ultimately enjoying the colorful sequel, which trends more towards first-person shooter than its tower defense leaning predecessor. Which sounds good to me because I shrink a bit at the mention of tower defense these days.

A friend of mine keeps bugging me to play Sanctum 2 with him, but I haven't found the time. Has anyone been waiting on a PSN release? It's available for $15, the same price it currently sits on Steam and XBLA.

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The offensive leads to the defensive in Toy Rush photo
The offensive leads to the defensive in Toy Rush
by Brett Makedonski

One of the cutest-looking games that I saw at PAX Prime was Uber Entertainment's Toy Rush. Don't let the cuteness deceive you, though. Toy Rush is shaping up to be a surprisingly deep and fun title. 

The developers most often recognized for Monday Night Combat put a bit of a twist on what they know the best. Toy Rush is a tower defense title that tasks the player with focusing on an offensive or defensive approach depending on whether engaged in single- or multiplayer.

Actually, single-player could probably be considered a training grounds of sorts for the multiplayer. The 50 level single-player campaign is oriented around working your way toward destroying the enemy's base by strategically releasing your different foot soldiers. Each level completed earns you tickets, which in turn are used to buy booster packs of cards.

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6:00 AM on 08.26.2013

Alien bugs want you dead in PS4/Vita RTS Final Horizon

One of the many indie developers currently working with Sony is Eiconic Games. They're calling their RTS Final Horizon, which apparently takes cues from Space Invaders and Aliens, "the evolution of tower defense." More tower ...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 08.15.2013

Uber is trying its hand at tower defense with Toy Rush

The next game from the makers of Monday Night Combat and the upcoming Planetary Annihilation is going in an altogether different direction. Toy Rush is a card-centric tower defense title built for mobile devices. If, like me...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 08.02.2013

PixelJunk Monsters headed to Steam with online co-op

Even though I'd rather get my hands on PixelJunk Inc. than double dip on yet another Q-Games title, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate is tempting. It's coming to Steam on August 26, 2013 with local and online cooperative play, game...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 07.17.2013

PS Vita gets PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD on July 30

Double Eleven is giving PixelJunk Monsters a fresh coat of paint for PlayStation Vita later this month. PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD will launch on July 30 and July 31 for North American and European PlayStation Network us...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 07.12.2013

Orcs Must Die! 2 adds Steam Workshop support

While I didn't stick around with Orcs Must Die! 2 like I did with its predecessor, it still provided some decent action/tower defense gameplay. In a move that will hopefully breathe new life into the title on PC, developer Ro...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 06.25.2013

PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD announced for Vita

This is the exact news I was hoping I'd get to cover following word of Q Games' collaboration with Double Eleven. The latter studio is indeed porting a beloved PixelJunk title to PlayStation Vita. PixelJunk Monsters: Ult...

Jordan Devore



Review: Go Home Dinosaurs! photo
Review: Go Home Dinosaurs!
by Casey Baker

Go Home Dinosaurs! is a game that will draw immediate comparisons to Plants vs. Zombies. From its cutesy art style, to its carefully constructed tower defense-based gameplay, much of this iPad experience will recall hours playing the beloved PopCap title.

Fortunately, the similarities work in its favor. What comes off initially as a casual experience for younger gamers soon reveals itself to be a challenging and fun affair that will test both your careful planning and your quick reflexes with its active tower defense gameplay style.

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Review: CastleStorm photo
Review: CastleStorm
by Ian Bonds

Hey kids! Do you like smashing stuff in Angry Birds, but wish it was just a bit more...medieval? How about a bit of troop management? Spells? Swords? Sheep? Less birds, more beards?

All this and more await you in CastleStorm!

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Review: Sanctum 2 photo
Review: Sanctum 2
by Patrick Hancock

I think the first Sanctum game surprised a lot of people. It took the intellectual strategy aspect of tower defense games and combined it with the more action-oriented first-person shooter genre to create a unique, wonderful experience. Sanctum 2 aims to retain that experience while simultaneously changing the fundamental mechanics in order to create something familiar, yet different.

You know, it's funny. If this review had released only a week ago, it would have read quite differently. However, a patch was released recently that addressed many of the glaring problems that fans, myself included, had with the game initially. It's quite a significant patch and certainly demonstrates Coffee Station Studios' dedication to their fanbase. 

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Review: Anomaly 2 photo
Review: Anomaly 2
by Allistair Pinsof

Don’t let the screenshots fool you: This isn’t the game you think it is.

The first Anomaly was an unexpected sleeper hit that found a successful formula on flipping tower defense on its head by putting the player in the role of the invader. It’s not entirely dissimilar to the tower defense genre since Anomaly still revolves around choosing the right units in preparation of foe types to come. The key difference is that in this game the player has a say in the pace and positioning.

Anomaly 2 builds upon the first entry by accentuating the game’s twitch-based elements and introducing story elements that differentiate missions. Anomaly 2 is a more complex and difficult game, but it doesn't fix the faults in the winning formula 11 bit Studios established in 2011.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 gets July release and new subtitle photo
Plants vs. Zombies 2 gets July release and new subtitle
by Allistair Pinsof

PopCap beat us to the punch by relabeling its game Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time within a new teaser trailer that also reveals the game's July release. This trailer was announced on the official Plants vs. Zombies Facebook and posted on the official YouTube as well as revealed on Boogie2988's YouTube channel instead of PopCap's which is kind of baffling.

Outside of some hilarity, a new subtitle, and launch window, the teaser doesn't offer much information on the upcoming sequel to the tower defense hit. Though, you will see some recognizable faces, including Xbox Live's Major Nelson.

This sequel arrives in addition to the Facebook spin-off Plants vs. Zombies Adventure which will launch May 20.

So, hey, that's one summer release to look forward to, right?

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6:00 AM on 04.30.2013

Pre-order Anomaly 2 and get an extra copy for free

Anomaly 2 is coming out on May 15 for the PC, mac, and Linux, and pre-orders have now opened up where you can get 10% off of the $14.99 retail price. Not only do you get a small discount, but you'll also be given an extra co...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 04.25.2013

Defense Grid 2 lives on despite Kickstarter falling short

The Kickstarter campaign for Defense Grid 2 was an odd one; instead of pitching purely to make a full game, there were rewards to expand the original Defense Grid at various tiers. So although the team only received enough ba...

Alasdair Duncan

6:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Impressions: Defense Grid: Containment

Defense Grid: Containment came about from a Kickstarter campaign intended to raise enough money to create Defense Grid 2. Sadly, Hidden Path Entertainment didn't get the funding needed to create a full sequel to this amazing ...

Joshua Derocher