Sanctum 2 is the sequel to the world’s first Tower Defense/FPS hybrid game. Pick from four unique character classes and embark on a mission to protect the oxygen-producing Cores from hordes of deadly aliens who are threatened by their existence.
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Release Date: May 15, 2013

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  • “…an intoxicating blend of co-op FPS action and strategic TOWER DEFENSE.” - IGN - 8.5/10
  • "...the most fun I've had with a tower defense game in a long time." - Game Informer - 8.5/10
  • "The original Sanctum was magnificent, and the sequel sounds like it’ll keep me occupied for at least several thousand years." - Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

Sanctum 2 is the sequel to the world’s first Tower Defense/FPS hybrid game. Pick from four unique character classes and embark on a mission to protect the oxygen-producing Cores from hordes of deadly aliens who are threatened by their existence. Outfit your character exactly the way you want through the new and extensive customization system. Choose your own loadout of towers, weapons and perks, but choose wisely because you are humanity’s last defense against the unrelenting hordes set out to destroy it.

Sanctum 2 is a new game completely rebuilt from the ground up using community feedback and innovative design to really push the bar of what an independent studio can do.

Intense Action – Deep Strategy


In Sanctum 2, you will utilize elements from multiple gameplay genres to succeed. Construct towers and walls during the building phase before the enemies attack, then jump into the fray and blast everything to pieces in FPS mode. You can progress through the single-player campaign yourself, or play with up to four friends in co-op to discover the secrets of the planet LOEK III and learn the backstory on why the aliens are so intent on destroying the Cores you are sworn to protect.

Key Features


Building on the success of the original game, Sanctum 2 stands alone as the only true FPS/Tower Defense hybrid. No other title delivers gameplay that seamlessly combines both genres.

  • Tower Defense – Design complex mazes and build powerful towers to stop the enemies from destroying the Cores.
  • First-Person Shooter – Don’t just sit back and watch, jump into the action yourself!
  • Four playable character classes – Each with their own unique strengths, weaknesses and weapons.
  • Vast Customization System – Pick perks or make the game crazy hard by adding Feats of Strength.
  • In-game Visual Novel – Unlock a comic-book page for every map you beat to discover the secrets of LOEK III.
  • Progression System – Increase your rank and unlock new weapons, towers and perks.
  • 4-Player Co-op – Progress through the storyline yourself or team up with other players whenever you want.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3)
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB Free Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB Free Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 1,4 GHz Intel i5, 2.0 GHz Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB Free Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    • Additional notes: General idea is that you need a Mac that is on par or better than: MacBook Pro 2011, iMac 2011, MacBook Air 2012
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0-compatible, 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB Free Space
    • Drivers: We recommend using proprietary NVIDIA/AMD drivers.

    Important Notice: Don't meet the above requirements? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Sanctum 2. Visit the community page to share your experience with other Linux players. Your feedback will help us improve Sanctum 2 on Linux and future Linux releases!

    Notice: ATI chipsets are currently unsupported for Sanctum 2 Linux.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0-compatible, 512 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB Free Space
    • Drivers: We recommend using proprietary NVIDIA/AMD drivers.
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KreamKorn
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Tower defence, pretty solid
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CyberneticGentleman
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Pros:
+ Great with friends
+ Great with strangers
+ Unlockable skills allow for creating unique play styles
+ Microsoft Sam for chat
+ GIBS
+ TD elements aren't just tacked on; strategy is needed to succeed
+ Crits galore
+ Varied enemies
+ Online community isn't a bunch of tryhards

Cons:
- Single player = masochism
- Steep difficulty curve
- No voice chat
- Armored enemies are a pain

Stop reading this review and buy the ♥♥♥♥ing game.
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Xsnip-ssj
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
fun game
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Sleepless™
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Fun if playing with friends (Y)
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Ruck Fussians
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
It's brilliant. Wish it didn't cost 15 euros tho, I'd buy it if it were any cheaper... (Can't afford it)
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MarioMan03
( 41.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game is AMAZING!! Even the IDEA of an FPS/TD Hybrid game is cool. THe gameplay is really cool, I like the weapons selection, the towers selection, the perks selection. Its a lot of fun, buy it, fall in love.
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Ze$kalli
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Aka text to speech simulator


11/10
Would kill my whole family again
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YOU
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
good game its worth buying
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Epidemicirces
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Pretty fun. Includes a variety of towers and weapons

Has 4 base game characters, but 5 counting DLC's.
A good amount of maps to play, each lasting approx. 30 min.

Good multiplayer as well.
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Strawberry
( 68.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I Don't hate the game I really enoyed it, I would like to give it both a thumbs up and a thumbs down because I have mixed feelings about it.

Pros:
+Greater variety of weapons and towers
+Game has a story now
+Pretty good level designs
+Enemy variety

Cons:
-Most towers and weapons are pretty boring
-Only 4 tower slots and 2 weapon slots
-Limited money and waves force player to spend on roughly 5-6 towers before map ends
-Maps are too short (singleplayer campaign that isn't on endless mode.)


For what it's worth, it's a good game for a good price. I don't think it's superior to the previous game. I think this game should have allowed the player to have more weapon slots along with tower slots which would allow the game to use more enemies and make the game a lot more of a challenge. As it Sanctum was more of a challenge with it's massive hordes of enemies compared to this one and it's 20-30 enemies per wave. I never found much challenge in this game because of the limitations. As I stated earlier I don't hate this game I think it's worth buying and playing, however don't play it with the highest expectations. If you're a fan of Sanctum this is a game for you. If didn't like Sanctum feel free to avoid it.
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Samurai Salad \//\
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This gaem aint fun
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jeffrey alexander woods
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
i really enjoyed this product because it is challenging but there is always a way to win it is about sjill and planning ahead of time and not about luck.
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Hideki Tojo
( 63.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
an awesomely fun game with beautiful visuals, great sndtrack, and inventive gameply. a game worth playing for anyone who enjoys FPS or tower Defence games. The game also has an interesting story, however it is often forgotten about as it is only given in loading screen comics. however if read they do provide a nice context to the games events.
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Audax
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game is a very bizzare and odd look at the tower defence genre, and I love it. Its a mix of tower defence strategy, and shooting mechanics to make sure you aren't just staring at your screen for the entirety of you game.
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zizoezz
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Fantastic. Graphics hold up very nicely, perfect combo of action, strategy and teamwork
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Cybernated Wolf
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
An excellent blend of FPS and TD. This game isn't perfect, but it's far better than most tower defense games.
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Rigamo
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Fun and unique. great with friends.
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NaughtyAlpaca
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Downgrade from the first.
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tommystanley98
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
It's alright. The best part for me is the text to speech program.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
one of my favorite games ever, I want coffee to stop making so much goat sim and make sanctum 3 already.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Fantastic. Graphics hold up very nicely, perfect combo of action, strategy and teamwork
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is AMAZING!! Even the IDEA of an FPS/TD Hybrid game is cool. THe gameplay is really cool, I like the weapons selection, the towers selection, the perks selection. Its a lot of fun, buy it, fall in love.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
188.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Short Version:
Did you love Sanctum? Don't dive this one expecting more of the same. First timer? Buy if you want to play a co-op FPS with TD elements.

Long Version:
Gameplay - As the SV says, Sct2 takes the hybrid TD/FPS of it's predecessor and pumps the FPS part of it while streamlining the TD parts so it feels more conducive to the experience. Everything is more limited, you can have towers, but not that many, you can have tower bases but mazing is limited, you get weapons, but don't choose when to upgrade them, getting a perk system that greatly affects how you are able to tackle the invading forces. The shooting part feels much better and is often more efective, especially when alined with the right perks, so you might find yourself clearing 100% of the wave by yourself, or having to because the towers are ill-equipped to do so. On a bright note, co-op'ing the game is pretty great and gives you a few more TD'ing/perk options, I had a blast clearing the campaign with friends.


Story - You are now given a choice of character with different looks, motivations, fighting perks, etc. Alongside that, we are given a context to all the missions in the form of comic book style narrative before them. Playing Sct2 feels much more personal, we know what's at stake and the very decent voice acting cries out to fallen friends and critical hits alike, a big plus for the campaign mode.

Sound - As a huge fan of Sct1 soundtrack I was slightly disapointed by Sct2's. It's not bad, it's just not as good, the tunes feel more repetitive and there's less gems in the rough. Still a decent fit for the game's theme.

Graphics - Just like Sct1, they fit the futuristic theme the game and I have little of note to complain about, everything is, of course, more detailed.

Extra note - Having invaders that destroy structures is not impossible to do in TD's, but they are not very well done here, your whole round can go to hell because your maze was destroyed and that's not fun when there's no save or checkpoint.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Fun if playing with friends (Y)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Fun and unique. great with friends.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
An excellent blend of FPS and TD. This game isn't perfect, but it's far better than most tower defense games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
This game is a very bizzare and odd look at the tower defence genre, and I love it. Its a mix of tower defence strategy, and shooting mechanics to make sure you aren't just staring at your screen for the entirety of you game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Pretty fun. Includes a variety of towers and weapons

Has 4 base game characters, but 5 counting DLC's.
A good amount of maps to play, each lasting approx. 30 min.

Good multiplayer as well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
From a tower defense to a tower defense/ shooter you know get to actually help your towers defend against the oncoming aliens in a first person shooter/ tower defense game. Fun and challenging and great with co-op.

5/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
Get 3 of your friends and play the horde mode while making the Text to speech say dirty things 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
It's brilliant. Wish it didn't cost 15 euros tho, I'd buy it if it were any cheaper... (Can't afford it)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
good game its worth buying
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This game is what happens when people think outside the box. Havn't play the original but looks just as good. There is also steven hawking text to speech which is halarious.

10/10
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
8.5/10 - Action Packed Tower Defense on Steroids!

I really dig this game! It's tower defense unlike any other. You assume a first person shooter role and actively defend the paths you create. Best played with friends online, multiplayer does work so expect others to join in on the fun! There are several characters to choose from and a plethora of large, interesting maps/levels to play. Your excitement and stress levels will peak in this one!

I'm most impressed with the hybrid implementation in this game; it’s a perfect blend of FPS and strategic tower defense. I always find players online that are willing to join in and help defend against the treacherous aliens. In my opinion this game exceeds the original game; it's extremely active, controls and game play are more fluid and enjoyable. This one has a pretty high replay value for sure.

Worth $10; I usually see on sale so wait for that. Add me! I'll play anytime!

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
197.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
strategy + shooter = best game ever

game genre: bugs in ♥♥♥ shooting simulator
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Still as fun as the first but the dynamics are a bit different. it takes some effort to get a group together and play still though.

fun with friends and not so much for kids because of chat window.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
222.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
This game is very unique and fun to play and even better the genre and game type haven’t been oversaturated like most other have games have. I have had this game for a while now and bought it due to a sale and it seemed like a good game and I wasn’t mistaken. The point of this game is to protect the core/s (the giant device that is providing oxygen to the area) from the Lumes (the enemies that are attacking the core) using towers and your primary and secondary weapons. Although I can’t tell the difference between the base game and all the DLC packs (since I bought the full pack when I bought the game initially) the game has around 20 towers that are advantageous in specific situations and 14 guns that can deal with one specific Lume easier than another and lots of perks to give you the added benefit over others. The map count is also very large at around 30 maps and the maps themselves are ginormous in some cases while normally the maps are still quite large.

There are three game types to choose from in the game and these are just the regular protect the core game, the FOS (feat of strength which is commonly abbreviated to FOS) version of the protect the core game which adds specific perks for the Lumes like enemies attack twice as fast, players cannot respawn during the wave but they can after, enemies regenerate 150 hit points per second, enemies move faster, enemies have 50% more hit points each wave round (Wave rounds are about 4 to 5 waves long and is the time for the wave to add more health to the enemy (If that specific FOS is turned on)), and survival which is to play the protect the core game mode for an infinite amount of waves with the waves getting harder each wave round (as FOS are added as you gain waves and that one of the FOS cause the upgrade of Lume health per wave rounds). The way to survive in this game is to shoot the Lumes dead using your primary and secondary weapon and during the building phase you can build/upgrade/overcharge your towers to keep you alive for longer and also becomes a lot more essential in survival as if you have survived long enough then the Lumes health becomes too high for your guns to make a difference and hence the game then relies on your towers very heavily.

Pros
-Lots of content (towers, maps, Lume types, perks, weapons)
-Maps are ginormous
-Replay value
-Game genre combination
-Weak spots on Lumes
-Maps visually vary quite majorly
-The amazing text-to-speech (that should be in every game)
-The art design for everything in the game (weapons, towers, maps, etc) is superb
-Very few bugs (however when they occur it’s bloody hilarious)


Cons
-Smaller community then most games ()
-No longer receives any updates
-The story (that is represented by small comics) is very small
-Some complain of the weapon taking up too much of their screen (but I think it’s fine)

Conclusion
Overall this game to me is a gem that is often overlooked and due to that the games popularity suffers (http://steamcharts.com/app/210770) however I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I have gifted this game to 4-5 other people because I support the game so much. I recommend this game for people who like tower defense games, people who love beautiful games, and people who love strategy or strategising.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This game is one of my all-time favorite games. I really can't say when the last time I enjoyed a game this much was. The sanctum series really took the tower defense genre is a great direction, and the feel, look, and sound of the game is stellar. The soundtrack alone is enough for me to recommend you checking it out, but thankfully this game is much more than just a beautiful package.

You've got a variety of towers, characters, passives, and weapons to select from, and each of them matters. The character you pick determines what primary you bring, but you get to choose a secondary along with it, and that secondary can be the primary of another character. Synergy is the name of the game, so there's a lot of fun to be had experimenting with different strategies for different maps and enemies. Each character plays differently and brings their own unique passive, and most every weapon, tower, and passive plays a vital role in how you effectively play the game. Stronger weakpoint hits? Looks like you'll want to bring a strong accurate weapon to abuse weakpoints while you bring another tower to make up for your lack of heavy AoE. Or maybe you'd like to bring a strong single target primary, AoE secondary, and bring only utility towers to supplement your weaponry.

The amount of experimentation that you can do in this game, along with the wide map variety and consistently fantastic soundtrack really kept me enjoying this game for dozens and dozens of hours. I've bought it every time it's been on sale just so I have copies to give to friends. I love this game that much.
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