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Dungeon Defenders (PC) Review

/ Jun 1st, 2012 2 Comments

Dungeon Defenders Review

Dungeon Defenders Review

Dungeon Defenders Review

Dungeon Defenders is one of those games that has so much content and replay value, that you can dedicate days to it and still not even scratch the surface of what you can do with this game. There are many things that make this game unique, whether it be the unique fusion of genres, the multitude of game modes, or the variety of maps, characters, and enemies you encounter. There truly is something in this game for everyone on their journey to stop evil in Eternia and protect the Crystal cores.

One of the best things about this game, in my opinion, is the sheer content available. Trendy Entertainment, the developer, has done an amazing job keeping new content flowing into this game every couple of weeks. This usually gives players enough time to traverse the levels and gather some of the times without feeling overwhelming, but there have been instances where Trendy has seemed a tad overeager in their release schedule. There are upwards of ten different classes to play, with more on the horizon, and thousands of different items to collect by traversing some of the numerous of maps or visiting player stores.

The gameplay isn’t terribly unique in this game from character to character, but the way it meshes so many different modes of play creates endless tactics for conquering levels. Some characters can summon towers, elemental and pure damage, while others are mainly used to wreak havoc on the enemy onslaught through use of swords, axes, hammers, and miscellaneous guns and bows. As you progress through levels, you obtain items that you can equip for stat bonuses to increase your damage and survivability.

As you increase the difficulty of the levels (from easy to nightmare) the effectiveness of the items that drop will increase correspondingly, similarly to how games like Diablo or Torchlight work. With this in mind, grinding levels and acquiring new, stronger items is a core focus in the game, allowing you to complete more end game content as you progress. This leads one of my only gripes with Dungeon Defenders. This game is fantastic, it really is, but once you start having to run through the same levels over and over, things can start getting trite and boring. My best recommendation would be to play through this phase in the game with a buddy, because playing with friends is always more fun than playing alone.

Dungeon Defenders for PC

Dungeon Defenders for PC

When things start getting boring, you can also do some challenges. In addition to the standard maps, there are a challenge maps where you play the same levels you’ve grown so fond of, but with a twist. For instance, there are maps where instead of setting up towers and traps to kill the creeps as they spawn, the roles are reversed and you have to navigate through precarious paths full of dangers and enemies. The option to take a break from the standard maps and deviate to something more creative certainly breaks the monotony of things and adds a whole level of replay value that would be lost without this feature.

This game is neatly packaged and made available over Steam, for Windows and Mac, and on the PS3 and Xbox. If you have any form of decent gaming hardware at your disposal, chances are you can play this game with a pretty small purchase on your part. The only problem I foresee is that vast amount of downloadable content that you would have to purchase alongside the main game to actually have access to every piece of content in the game. It turns into a hefty investment (at around $60 when it’s all said and done), but take it from me, the content is definitely worth the money. It’ll take a decent time investment to start getting into the end game content, but it pays off a thousand fold. In my experience with this game, the more people you play with and the more time you invest in your characters, the better the game becomes. Each character has his/her own play style, so try them out and find the one the suits you best, mine is the Hunter, and play to your heart’s content.

Overall Ratings – Dungeon Defenders (PC)

Gameplay:

8/10

Graphics:

8/10

Sound:

7/10

Multiplayer:

8/10

OVERALL SCORE:

75%

Mike Zrimsek

Mike Zrimsek

Currently attending school to get a degree in Computer Science, I am an avid gamer of many genres. While I may be busy with school and work, I spend most of my available free time either playing games or writing about them.
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  • Hernando

    bueno

  • Caligula

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