Defense Grid: The Awakening
DeveloperHidden Path Entertainment
Release date8 Dec 2008
Defense Grid: The Awakening is an interesting game that will speak to novices just as cutting edge players. A crowd of adversaries faces you and it is dependent upon you to stop them and assemble vital fortresses. A delightful domain, astounding impacts and a unique soundtrack let you jump profound into this world. The controls are instinctive and the interactivity fluctuated - the exceptional assaults and qualities of each tower decide the accomplishment of your general concept.High replayability You complete the fundamental battle in around 8 hours and can go through a lot more hours with this game in 'Challenge' mode. Each level is replayable ordinarily and can be understood in various manners - more productivity is remunerated here at last outcome. Wide assortment of adversaries Throughout the game you will battle 15 unique sorts of foes with expanding trouble and need to pick various systems to maintain a strategic distance from the guarded of the rival. In cutting edge levels, rivals are getting more grounded and progressively hard to overcome. 20 one of a kind LevelDefense Grid: The Awakening offers 20 one of a kind conditions, each with various streets, fortress building locales and open territories. Innumerable pinnacle choices and redesigns. There are 10 distinctive pinnacle types with 3 degrees of properties. Each tower has one of a kind favorable circumstances and burdens and a perfect area. A few towers improve other close by towers and others just convey ideal outcomes in specific positions. Steam Achievements Complete a level and get a Bronze Achievement. For extra objectives accomplished in specific levels, you will get the silver or gold accomplishment. A fledgling might have the option to stop the surge of rivals, however just an accomplished player will have the option to accomplish every gold accomplishment. Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack New maps, new techniques, new encounters and new accomplishments from the creators of Defense GridDefense Grid: Resurgence is the main Premium expansion for Defense Grid: The Awakening and comprises of 8 new, profoundly cleaned and adjusted cards from the first maker. New maps are discharged each week in June for four back to back weeks. Every one of these maps brings new conditions and key encounters and requires better approaches for speculation to retaliate the outsiders and secure their centers. Each card bundle contains 2 new cards, each with crusade mode and 4 extra game modes, which are customized to the individual card plan. New Steam accomplishments and leaderboards are additionally connected with the bundle: Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 1 Service Interruption and Height of Confusion These two new, testing Defense Grid conditions are the initial two to be discharged in the Resurgence DLC. A blocked street to the centers gives the outsiders an unequivocal bit of leeway in administration interference. Pick your towers cautiously! Stature of Confusion has a wide, open surface, which offers unlimited prospects! Construct where you need to ensure your centers! Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 2Risk Exposure and RoundaboutDon't miss the following two cards in the Resurgence row.Risk Exposure expects you to ensure two free center structures! Constrained structure space will test their abilities, designate assets and find ideal pinnacle situations. On Roundabout you should manage a few branches and contrasts in stature. Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 3Urban Planning and Tactical DiversionThis is the third of the four incredible guide packs in the Resurgence extend. Urban Planning is a thick situation with restricted structure spaces, which constrains you to settle on troublesome rulings against the attack of swarms. Look at the little, snow-shrouded stage in Tactical Diversion and think about the various alternatives. Arm yourself against airstrikes! Defense Grid: Resurgence Map Pack 4Kill Zone and OverflowThe last extension in the Resurgence arrangement incorporates two additional situations that make certain to challenge your strategic abilities. Will you set up your defenses in slaughter zone on the winding street prompting the center, driving ceaselessly from the center or the open stage in the center? Perhaps in every one of the three spots! You certainly must be careful in the event that you need to fight off the aggressors. Flood has various associated stages that offer huge amounts of alternatives to repulse the foe. Would you be able to secure the centers?
About Defense Grid: The Awakening
Defense Grid: The Awakening is released by Microsoft in 8 Dec 2008. The game is designed by Hidden Path Entertainment. Defense Grid: The Awakening is a typical representative of the Indie genre. Playing Defense Grid: The Awakening is a pleasure. It does not matter whether it is the first or a millionth hour in Indie, there will always be room for something new and interesting. Thrilling levels and gameplay Defense Grid: The Awakening will not leave anyone indifferent. The complexity of gameplay increases with each new level and does not let any player get bored.
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Defense Grid: The Awakening in the test - The indie hit is coming to Germany
Anyone who believes that the time of original concepts and new genres for computer games is long gone will be taught better by tower defense. The game principle comes from the modding scene for Starcraft and Warcraft 3, has enjoyed great popularity in recent years, especially on the Internet, and has now produced full-fledged games. Defense Grid: The Awakening has been at the top for a year. The indie program appeared as an English download version on December 8th, 2008, and since then it has garnered all-round praise and awards: The American magazine PC Gamer awarded 9 out of 10 points, and US colleagues from GamePro awarded 4.5 out of 5 points.
Even the creative mind behind Defense Grid is no stranger: Mark Terrano was formerly at Ensemble Studios and, among other things, chief designer of the classic Age of Empires 2. So a lot of hype, a shot of celebrities and the charm of the independent scene, the surprise hits last year as World of Goo or Braid has brought about, accompany the release of the German version of Defense Grid: The Awakening. But is that bohei justified?
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This is how tower defense works
Tower defense doesn't mean anything to you? Never mind, the principle is quickly explained. Swarms of monsters run on a manageable (mostly screen-sized) map on a winding path from A to B. Because the critters want to destroy B, they must not reach their destination at all costs. Your task is to build defense towers along the way, which then automatically shoot the advancing hordes. That's it, more than building towers, demolishing or upgrading them if necessary. This simplicity is the attraction of tower defense, because the game principle is understood immediately, but unfolds astonishing tactical depth.
Because the opponents are advancing in ever more powerful waves and tower defense games usually do not allow you the luxury of a pause button, there is also constant time pressure because you are building against the relentless onslaught. So simply setting a turret becomes a tricky puzzle, because the decision when to put which tower and where is not a game of chance, but the result of logic and consideration.
Defense Grid does that differently
Defense Grid: The Awakening follows the tower defense gameplay down to the icing on the cake. Its strength lies not in original new ideas, but in the almost perfect implementation of the standard. If you want to know how the young genre works, you will find an oiled, high-gloss version of all core mechanisms in Defense Grid.
Instead of the fantasy monsters that are otherwise popular in the genre, extraterrestrial beasts knock on the doors of future systems in Defense Grid. So fight defensive battles in high-tech ruins, in front of crashed spaceships or in laboratory complexes. The campaign comprises 20 missions that are not connected by any notable plot. Instead, the common thread is a computer intelligence that gives instructions and comments on what is happening. And that out of sheer self-interest, because at the center of every level of Defense Grid is always a central computer of the babbling AI, which the alien attackers are trying to reach. If they manage to do that, they will gradually steal 24 cores and try to drag them to the level exit. In contrast to other tower defense games, Defense Grid not only features opponents marching through, but also their way back on most maps. Only when the enemies manage to carry all the cores out of the level is the mission lost.
Constantly new play elements
With each mission of the campaign, Defense Grid: The Awakening adds at least one element, and often several, to the game mechanics. Everything that has proven itself in the genre is included. In the towers, not only more and more powerful flamethrowers, lasers, rocket positions or lightning-spitting Tesla coils sizzle the approaching hordes, but there are also expensive auxiliary towers to choose from, which, for example, slow down opponents briefly. With the enemies, crawling cannon fodder is soon followed by more difficult calibers such as fast-moving speeders, heavily armored monsters or attackers who simply absorb energy beams with protective shields.
Even the initially straight levels are becoming increasingly complex, soon offer forks and alternative routes and culminate in open levels, where you have to block the enemy streams the direct route to the computer by forcing them through rows of towers to make as labyrinthine detours as possible. The more complex the difficulty increases, and at the latest after half of the 20 missions Defense Grid becomes extremely tricky. Then there is hardly a way around starting the operations several times in order to vary and refine the building tactics. After all, there is a convenient jump-back function that returns to the position in front of the enemy wave that has just advanced at the touch of a button. Another button can also speed up the time. This comfort is exemplary.
Best graphics in the genre
Even if Defense Grid remains conservative in terms of game mechanics (the genre colleague Plants vs. Zombies, for example, is much more original), it outclasses all competitors in terms of presentation. The 3D graphics are based on the Gamebryo engine, which is also found in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or Fallout 3, among others.
Defense Grid not only creates fluid, detailed environments, but also flaunts a special effect. Explosions, laser beams and lightning bolts burn off such colorful fireworks on advanced maps that the entire screen sparkles and glitters impressively (which is sometimes at the expense of the overview). Defense Grid conceals at the same time that there isn't much going on on the sterile maps, but that doesn't matter anyway; There's not much life on the chessboard either. Music and sound effects are appropriate, the proper German setting refers exclusively to the voice of your AI advisor, whose comments begin to repeat themselves after a while.
Defense Grid: The Awakening was released on September 14th via the publisher Aspyr, both on the Steam download platform and as a packaged retail version for 20 euros. Nice: In addition to the game DVD, it also contains a download code for Steam, so that you get practically two versions at once. Only the Steam version can access online leaderboards and statistics, which doesn't make any significant difference in terms of gaming enjoyment.
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