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 (7,525 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2013

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

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August 14

Huge update / Mac & Linux now available!

We just set Mac and Linux builds of Sanctum 2 live on the default branch together with a big patch that fixes a lot of stuff.

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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.
    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
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Really great game, fried my video card back in January. Welp, at least I got my card drops :|

R.I.P. Sapphire Radeon 4850 Vapor-X, 2009-2014.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Sanctum 2 is a very original uniqe blend of a First Person Shooter and a Tower Defense game.

Before each round you take time to construct/upgrade defensive towers, paths and then protect your energy cores from the hordes of different enemies until the round is over.
Along with the large selection of defensive towers that can be placed, you also have a nice selection of load outs and character perks to choose from.

Desite also being a indie game this really does shine with it gameplay, artstyle and excellent asking price of $15.

The game is best played with friends and Steam offers a very reasonable price on the 4-pack, which is a good idea for anyone wanting to play with friends.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Sanctum 2 is a unique concept that utilizes the tower defense genre to deliver a satisfying fresh experience, Sanctum 2 cleaned up and made the overall mechanics more efficient compared to Sanctum 1, the graphics were inproved and more content was included (more through DLC content). Sanctum 2 includes a interesting plot that you may continue to look into further if you desire however the gameplay is where the game shines as the game is very enjoyable and offers alot of variation when it comes to maps, characters and potential towers and their placement. You get conplete freedom over your arsenal this includes swapping weapons, perks, characters and appearance (optional skin pack). Sanctum 2 difficulty levels vary and add interesting new effects to make your experience more thrilling. Overall Sanctum 2 deserves a 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Amazing combination of FPS and TD.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I really like this agme, if you like FPS and Tower defense this game is for you.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A really good game. Can't decide between a shooter or a simple builder? Well here u have both and it works.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Sanctum 2 combines a shooter with a tower defense game. It is very challenging making a good game for those hardcore players out there.. Definately try this game out some time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game is a mixture of a first-person shooter and a tower defense like game. You set up your own defenses to shot waves of monsters from destroying your "core" and you choose form four different classes of shooters to help defend the core. It was a great game that I enjoyed playing when it was free and I would buy the game if I had the money. Was worth the money and was a new tower defense-like experience for me. 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Great game that combines my 2 favorite genres. Worth the $.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Story: 2.5/5
The general curse of an FPS game is lack of plot and Sanctum is very scarcely different. It will relay a comic book-style preamble before every encounter but you will mostly find yourself more worried about the map layout of the upcoming battle than the story itself and in the end I think most peopel aren't going to know the story behind the Core Guardians at all. Though those of you who do, aren't going to think it's anything to write home about - I didn't anyway.

Gameplay & Controls: 5/5
Assuming you're using mouse and keyboard (because why would you use a game pad for a FPS...?) the control setup is what you might call standard, but it's called standard for a reason - it works. The pace of each map is always scaled perfectly in my opinion and each time you start a new encounter the difficulty scales well, whether you're playing with friends or on your own. I will say Sanctum will test you - even if you're the type to hunt up tower placement strategies with a little Google Fu you're still going to have to be up to snuff with your shooter skills - Sanctum 2 will send enemies that will reflect fire, take several minutes to take down, and can even destroy your towers from multiple directions. And while it's easy to predict what comes from where and what you should have readied in defense, a lot of the time the enemy AI isn't static. Which is a good thing. No stale battles here!

Music & Sound: 4/5
While the menu music is a bit of a snooze the in game battle tunes really set a mood well - prog electro and D&B compliment Sanctum's futuristic theme perfectly. There are times with REX you will have to endure a plethora of stacked explosion sounds however as well as some of the tower and enemy sound effects.

Visuals: 3.5/5
The biggest gripe I have with how the game looks is in a few of the stages the lighting will be so intense it will seem like you're trying to engage in a staring contest with a star from 5 feet away through a magnifying glass though the environments, character and monster designs and weaponry of the game are beautiful. The menus and maps are nicely done as per the theme of the game though foregoing things like grass and physical damage for textures is a bit of a letdown, it's not too terribly noticable.

Overall: 4/5
Sanctum is a very unique blend of first person shooter and tower defense, and the first of it's kind even. There are even some bits and bobs of RPG thrown in there with the games leveling system, though they work really well. If you've played the original you'll note how much has improved in the series thus far and that gets a major amount of respect from me (mainly because I made the mistake of playing the second installment first and had to backpedal into something I felt really couldn't match up.) The highly customizable pre-battle outfittings and DLC maps and overall difficulty of the game (which can be augmented with Feats of Strength, which are kind of like handicaps and modifiers to make the difficulty even more trying) make it one I can constantly play over and over again. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a different kind of shooter.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
enemies didn't even leave their spawn 10/10 best game ever.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Fast paced, fun, addicting, and great with lots of friends to play with! This game is one of my most memorable, there are so many challenging levels in it. 7.9/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game is a great FPS for people who don't know uch about the Genre
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I liked Sanctum 1, it was a tower defense game mixed with a shooter, mostly tower defense with shooting to cover the holes, maybe 75% tower, 25% shooting? this one is that flipped, 75% shooting 25% towers.

I mean its not a terrible idea and its faster paced but the gameplay for an fps isnt nearly what it should be and the towers sometimes literally dont matter as bosses can break them.
Feels a lot different and a lot to do with managing monster aggro and trying not to die rather than planning.
Not a fan, i'll play it til the end of the story because I was a fan of the first game but I cannot reccomend this game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I think it's decent, but I can't possibly recommend it to others because on top of requiring good aiming with high recoil and low accuracy weapons, you need to have almost perfect tower and perk setup - there is no room for error even if you are constantly switching weapons at the most effective times while the other one is reloading.

Indeed, weapons are also pretty unbalanced. Some waves can't be done without shotgun, some can't be done without any lightning.. and so on... and when you don't know that and you attempt the mission many times over, you feel more frustrated than accomplished.

Weapons do 75-90% of the damage while towers do 10-25% even if well placed, most of the time. When there are obstacles everywhere and you have to keep moving while the enemy is catching you up, even the weapon dps is low and enemies get to the core pretty easily.

Ultimately, as a tower defense game it suffers from the same problem as "Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate"... that is, the difficulty ramp-ups, randomness and the resulting DPS decrease.

(Been playing this with 2-5 feats of strength)

7/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
It didn't take long for me to realize this was going to be a very repetitive game. I got out while I still had sanity. You should get out while you still have fifteen dollars.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I am Groot?
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Giltching out of the map was fun
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Played this game for many hours. It is very fun, addictive, and enjoyable. But I discovered the further you get, the more Sanctum 2 has a distinct identity crisis. The cohesion of FPS and tower defense breaks down becoming dysfunctional.

This results in the biggest problem Sanctum 2 has: its difficulty curve. The game gets disproportionately more difficult the further you get. Eventually it gets to a point where it becomes impossible to beat levels solo. Eventually it even gets too hard to beat a level in co-op. A lot of this deals with the unreasonable restrictions Sanctum 2 places on players. Some of these are due to Sanctum 2 being designed with a heavy bias towards co-op play. Others are the foolish methods to control which genre the game is trying to be

For example

- There are tons of towers available to unlock, but you're limited to using 4 at a time relying on co-op parters using their 4 tower slots to fill in your deficiencies.
- You're encouraged to corral enemies in an enormous maze BUT
- There's a low restriction on the number of turrets that can be placed.
- Not all turrets are created equally. Some are weak and meant to be replaced by a stronger tower as you unlock them. Unfortunately ranking up is unreasonably slow and requires grinding.
- Not all FPS weapons are created equally. Some characters feature a default weapon (the one you can't change) that is useless weak garbage.
- Certain enemies were designed to bypass turret defenses throwing favor towards FPS elements
- A few of these FPS specific enemies result in a very uneven increase in enemy strength.
- Certain enemies are just plain bawllshiat. Specifically bobblehead enemies that take zero damage from turrets, and can only be damaged and killed by shooting their extremely tiny and constantly moving weak point.
-Some of the later stages you will find yourself losing (typically near the end) because of a wave of these same stupid enemies that take the burden of defeat off your turrets and place it squarely on the player's FPS skills.

The sad thing is I actually like Sanctum 2. It is a good game! I would recommend it if it didn't get so hard for stupid reasons so early in its campaign. That just kills the enjoyment got out of it. If you wish to get Sanctum 2, thankfully it tends to go on sale frequently. The base price for the core game is extremely high and not worth it.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
S ONIC OC PART 5 - THE SOFA FACTORY RETURNED TOO QUICKLY?

sonic was in side of the newarst subways sandwiches store when bhe turned to the store and sayd I would like 3 izzas.
The store say this is SUBWAYS not WUNSAWS where we sell sand and not pzzas
sonic was outraged. he decided to take out his rage on the store becuase he was so angry
Sonic punch store ownder becuase he was so anger managaement. Then he realize that Tails is not really, really, but actually a ghost man. Ghost = store ownder, snoic has made the connection in his head. He ahs bput the 2 and 3 together and getten the 5/ so sonic ghost blasterd TAILS in the TAIl so that taials would not have to become that ghost trail anymore. Sonic was feelin gnice so he used the special ghoster manouver to make the ghost blaster process take even less time! This was met with sonic's new discount at subWAYS, 100% off a errything TREE FIDDY was the sand wich cost HAHAH
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