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.
User reviews: Very Positive (8,546 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2013

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"The perfect mix between first person shooter and tower defense."

Reviews

  • “…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.
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Best Weakspots Ever.
No longer do we have to go around blasting off boring old heads, in this game AIM FOR THEIR ♥♥♥!!! Glowing orange butts that you get damage bonuses for penetrating with your powerful arsenal.

10/10 Would penetrate again.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
73.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This game is ridiculously hard. It's by far one of the hardest games I've played. The challenge is nice for a change.

The game is multiplayer-centric and co-op is set to "public" by default. It was a bit of a shock the first time someone randomly entered my game, but he was very helpful and we won. The community is very sporting, not a lot of finger pointing when a game is lost. Having a different team each time you play keeps it interesting.

In Sanctum 1, the FPS element served to supplement the TD element and it was often possible to win without firing a shot. In Sanctum 2, both elements are vital and you must be good at both to survive. The separation between tower bases and towers means your options for pathing are much more limited in the beginning than in S1. Moreover, the FPS has been made much harder than it was as the enemies now fight back and your character can be killed (knocked out for ten seconds).

Overall, Sanctum 2 is one of the best games of the century.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
168.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
One of the best games I ever played. Though very challenging at times, the overall experience that I had with this game was fantastic. If you're looking for a game that combines tower defense and first person shooters, you should definitely buy it.
Pros:
+ fantastic visuals
+ many stages are quite explorable beyond the normal boundaries that you see on the minimap
+ amazing soundtrack
+ good variety of towers, weapons and perks
Cons:
- usually one specific strategy is so good that you can practically win any stage with it (except for Sokol, this one is inhumane)
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Its on sale now, just get it if you didn't already.
worth full price though, 3$ is a giveaway.

FPS with Tower defense and strategy elements, amazingly implemented, its kind of its own.
Great graphics, Sold gameplay, nice shooting, good enemies and huge bosses.
Try to play it with a friend, Co Op is really fun. works very well within steam system.
Sanctum 2 Complete Pack is recommended.

Just before you buy it, I advise you to see some gameplay video, it will give an idea how this game works, after all not everyone like tower defense.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utQ3l3_J6WE

I will update later with details...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
282.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Sanctum 2 is my very first Tower Defense Game and i have fallen in love with Tower Defense Games ever since :) This is a must have game in you library if you ever love TD games. Its really fun to play with friends and i have met alot of wonderful people in Sanctum 2 and i really love playing with them^^ and thankful for helping me with the achievements. The graphics and the environment are just amazing, it got a beautiful scenery and a background musics. I can't explain how awesome this game is, guess its time for you to find out.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I killed my friend by mistake while building a tower.. best game ever 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I had this game lying around for like a year in library. Never bother to install it.

But today I get bored with RTS, and install this game.
To my surprise it so much enjoyable. Everyting is done thoughtfully. From core game balance to lag compensation. Online multiplayer gives amazing experience and the community was fun (so unlike those bunch of ♥♥♥♥ kids in D***2).

If you looking for game that nurture enjoyable teamwork, this is the game for you.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Awesome game. Great concept, but I feel it is not optimized. It feels laggy on most Notebooks for a game with not that great of graphics. Different. Good for a change of the normal FPS or Tower Defense games. Buy it if it is less than 5 bucks!
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Impressive!
This is the ♥♥♥♥!
This is the game that will break your "FPS only" routine.
This was the only game that made me like other genders than only FPS.
Sanctum 2 is a very pacific game as well as gorgeous. You can have a great time alone or with friends in this amazing world. Improve your skill in many different ways.

∞/10 - beauty present in this area

Sweet sasha is out, peace.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Really great game. I loved the first game, but this steps it up. If you played the origanal then when you get into you may be thinking oh this is stupid I have to level up and the monsters hurt me. Well the monsters or Lumes hurting you makes it more realistic and adds more of a strategy element and the leveling up its actually nice because you want to get to that next weapon perk or tower. If you love tower defense or first person shooters get this game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
949.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
It's one of my favorite games. The good thing about Sanctum 2 is it 's good blend of tower defense and Firt person shooter genres. If you like tower defense games you will enjoy. If you like first person shooters you will enjoy.

One thing to keep in mind is the clear line of thought that cut straight through the center of this experience. You must use both sides of your brain to play effectively.

1) You place blocks on the ground to build a maze. Not just any maze. Use your best creative efforts to create a maze that will make the Lumes (enemies) talk longer to get to the Core (objective).

2) Place towers in a STRATEGICALLY adavantagous location. Set up choke points where the maze becomes it's most complex and give those lumes one for!

3) Suppliment the towers that you place acting like police and clean-up crew. FIGHT!

Half the time you MUST think like a chess player the other half think like a soldier. Remember that there's no such thing as the best tower. Being a good player is as a result of thinking defensively; Look ahead and think ahead.

No, it's not all about the pew pew pew. It's about using your brain and working for the TEAM. Some people are good at mazes, some people are good at blowing s**t up and yet some people are good at both.

My point, what makes this game exceptionally goo is the players that play for the team. You must always remember that. I see too many people that level up yet lack basic strategy that ruins the experience. I'll put it this way. Why would you spend 1 hour playing 10 rounds of this game without intent to be sucessful. I play to win and most people play video games to, you guessed it, WIN.

If you can't think like a chess player then DON'T play this game. Only half the game is fighting the other half is planning. Really, of you 've taken a few IQ tests then some of it will look awfully familiar.

Usually a review would talk about game mechanics and I'm perhaps being remiss not going thta route but this game is unique. I large portion of that experience comes from the synergy created between the players. Remeber friendship is magic ;)

Your lord and master,

mematron aka dudeacus
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
672.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Action? Check
Reaction? Check
Intensity? Check
Cool aliens to shoot and not feel bad about it? Check
Not having to clean up the dead bodies after a good workout? Check
Maze building (and I don't mean having 2-3 options, I mean the whole nine yard of options)? Check
LOADS of diversified weapons, perks and towers? Check

Sadly this game lacks in terms of the sizy of its community, and that's about the only bad thing I can come up about this game.

You like fast-paced FPS Shooters? You like Tower Defense? You like to be faced with increasingly difficult odds and to put your name on some relevant leaderboards (until they reset them, of course)? Then this game's for you.

I'm doing my part eradicating these filthy alien scums... are you?
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I picked this up on sale and well worth it. If you purchase this game I am totally down for some co-op as it is really fun. Let me know!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Great Game. Playing Campain with 4 players takes a collective effort and preplanning. Zig Zag em Bra, Zig Zag Em.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
An incredibly fun game and a unique combination of FPS and Tower Defense genres. Even more enjoyable with a friend or two.

So if you're bored, have nothing to play and all games feel the same - grab a friend and play this, it will feel refreshing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Very good FPS Tower Defence with slick graphics and quite good replayability BUT with dedicated friends only.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Sanctum 2 is a decent co-op game, but it's not that fun when you play solo. I don't have many hours because I usually prefer playing other co-op games if my friends have time to play with me.

Hopefully Sanctum 3 comes out with better graphics and a nice story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
147.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
This game is a true masterpiece in its genre of TowerDefense + FPS . Great graphics for a tower defense game. Good In game Chat to sound converter . Amazing set of 5 characters and you are certain to fall in love with 1 .The DLCs were a brilliant add on to the game's enthusiasts . The replay value is terrific as the 5 Feats of Strength difficulty really tests one's ability by taking enemies to a whole different level . I would certainly recommend even those not familiar with this genre to try this game out

Rating : 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Sanctum 2 has come a long way since release. Coffee Stain is to be commended for listening to their community and really working hard to make this a game worthy of the "Sanctum" name. At this point in its history, Sanctum 2 is a brilliant hybrid FPS/tower defense game where success depends on good mazing, good tower placement and choice, and good FPS play. The strategy side is weighty and meaningful, the character perks and weapon choices carry significant impact, and in general planning is as or more important than moment-to-moment shooting skill. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
183.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Excellent game requiring strategy to beat not just an army of towers
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