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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Heartful Avian
( 63.6 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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( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I would first like to say if there was a neutral option down the middle i would have picked it.

Great game if you have friends other wise... not so much
Tbh i loved the game when i had friends playing but then they got bored and i very soon got bored as well.
Good FPS and tower defence but soon gets repetative and boring.

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( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I HATE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ManuTOO
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I'm a big fan of both Tower Defense Games and FPS.
Sanctum 2 = a very basic tower game + a subpar FPS = a game I can't play anymore after only 4 hours in it, while usually I always finish the games I start to play.
Maybe it's super fun when playing with 3 friends, but in solo, it's a no-go.

In a near genre, Orcs Must Die 1 & 2 are vastly superior games in all fields : controls, strategy, visual, story, atmosphere, polishing.

Pros:
- Can be played in coop at 4 players (but I didn't try it)

Cons:
- FPS controls are a shame compared to all good FPS games of the past 20 years
- No saving during a map
- Big Boss comes at end and destroy all ; no way to be prepared for that the 1st couple of times + no save = restart from the beginning
- Gameplay designed for grinding (you get XP even when you lose, thus you get additional powers even if you don't pass the current level)
- Tower Defense part couldn't be anymore basic and uninteresting (could be ok for you if you actually never played a Tower Defense game before)
- We spend more time reloading our guns than actually firing at enemies
- Pressing 'Esc' key doesn't pause the game, even in solo
- Tower descriptions are shown only on the start screen, so good luck remembering which one does what during the game... >_<
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Vapor | CSGOBattle.com
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Just recently got into it and an hour in I already love it and it has got me hooked.
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CUBE²
( 81.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Hours of fun and some great customisation available.

Use perks, upgrades and tower choices to greatest effect and challenge yourself with 5 different difiiculty intensifiers known as ''feats of strength''.

A fantastic solo game for the casual gamer and one of the best non-AAA co-op experiences around.
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Doctor of Death
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I like this game very much, but I am somewhat saddened, they took a more ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, goat-like route...
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NICK VALINTINE
( 139.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
much fun. DLC is worth it ;)
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Mr. Lemon
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
10/10 would bang again
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Rocket Coffee
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Great Quality Game
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( 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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Koi
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Not a good game...
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我也爱
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Great fun
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(THF) BaK
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Actually a lot of fun, its like tower defence and MvM rolled into one!
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Sentinei-Luna
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Really nice game, the fps+tower defense totally works out and its really fun to play it with friends. Bad optimization I feel with laggy ui at menu even with my computer which is fairly high tier. In game the fps is as expected, nice and high with my hardware.
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Butter Royale
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
thiz game iz awsom, i r8 5/7
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✪ Aedra 動漫
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Still very fun after being out for awhile.
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Beezlebubsy
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
S'pretty good.
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Private M
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
not best game but pretty good
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SuperPieter
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Still a fun game!

Even tough it came out like 3 years ago i still really like it and play it with friends from time to time

9.5/10

Would play it again
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 15 people (80%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Great tower defense game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I HATE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.6 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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Actually a lot of fun, its like tower defence and MvM rolled into one!
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Recommended for who enjoy wave based FPS & Tower Defend Gamer
Not recommend for Adventure / Role-Playing Gamer

+Exciting wave based FPS
+Neat tower management
+Unlimited upgrade for tower!
+Allow to change character in each level
+Allow to reload ammo while switch to other weapon!
+Many perks!
+Enemy has weak spot
+Variety creature behaviour
+Variety Maps
+Explore map to find mine
+Share credits with friends!
+Replayability for new defence tactic
+Survival Mode, Sandbox Mode & More
+Variety of tower & perk made a lot choice of playing style

-Weapon impact effect is too dull!
-Wait for loading to change game setting each play
-Comic story presentation
-Limited costume
-Very difficult to get full steam achievement

ENJOYMENT: 8/10

GRAPHIC QUALITY:
*Score of 7.8/10 (2013)

GAME DIFFICULTY:
*Adjustable before start

COMPLETION TIME:
*Around 13-33 hours

GAME MODE:
= Singleplayer (Linear Story)
= Mulitplayer (Coop)

REPLAY VALUE?
*Yes, if you enjoy building towers & shooting
*No, if you not planning to make a strategy improvement

MORE INFORMATION:
*GameSpot review score 8/10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbUkZM7UM2Y

FILE SIZE:
*4.6GB

WOTH BUYING?
*Yes, for normal price; Or can wait for sales 80% off
*No, without other DLC
*It is a good collection for PvE gamer

BUYING STANDALONE OR COMPLATE PACK?
*Definitely complete pack! Because DLC provide more choice of playing style & story continue!
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
146.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Simply unique. Requires extremely good teamplay at max difficulty. Payday 2 and Rainbow 6 Siege are easy compared to this.
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5 of 5 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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2 of 2 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
219.5 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Great action packed game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Man, Sanctum 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. The guys that made Goat Simulator made this game first, and it sure is a gem that should be played by everyone. I love how it uses the tower defense genre simultaneously with some first-person shooter gameplay, and without any of the clutter many games like Orcs Must Die and PVZ: Garden Warefare have shown. There's some basic class customization that's simple but changes each level's approach immensely. Also, multiplayer is awesome, especially in later levels where teamwork is key to victory. I didn't buy the DLC, but I know I should have since it unlocks tons of valuable features that are definitely worth the extra cash. Hilarious and interactive easter eggs can be found all over the normal looking levels too. One level actually has a full-on arcade in the sky where you can play mini-games, it's awesome. Grab some friends to play with, and check this game out if you haven't yet.

Rating: 10/10
Recommended Price: $15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I was expecting a lot out of this game due to playing the first game, and this game was all that and more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Tower defense. FPS. Both.
Fun, play with some buddies.
Maps vary a lot and allow for complete customization.
Good solid tower defense steam game. Plus, multiplayer. Friends are best.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
its a great fps game that reminds me of halo
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Really fun hybrid/FPS TD game.

Before the level you pick your character, weapon and the perks and towers you want to equip. You also unlock more as you rank up and can gain more xp with applying buffs (feats of strength) to give you bonus XP. Before the waves start you run around building the blocks/foundations and then spend money to build the towers you've equipped in the loadout or upgrade them. Then you start the wave and while the towers you built are doing their job you just run around blowing up alien-like creatures and gunning them down.

I love TD games/maps and this is really fun! Even better I got this for $3 USD on the Lunar sale instead of $15. Still worth it either way, though. It's a must-buy, especially at sale price.

Pros:
-Fun as fun can be
-Graphics are decent and pretty, nice environment and textures.
-Running around blowing things up while towers work is fun.
-Maze maze maze.
-Heaps of perks and towers to unlock.
-Can play solo, co-op or online. Private or public.
-Bosses can smash your towers so prioritise them or build empty blocks on the outer perimeter.

Cons:
-Difficulty scaling isn't perfect. I'm not sure if it scales with more players if you play online/co-op. Starting levels were quite hard, middle levels quite easy,
-Needs more content, although the game is cheap.
-Repetitive like most TD games, not too[/] much though, just that there's not much different strats you can do, although tactical juxtaposition perk can change things up a bit.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Sanctum 2 is hands down one of the best tower defense games on steam. Get through the "chaff" levels and the game is amazing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
615.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Have you ever wanted to talk/rap in Stephen Hawkings voice?
Now you can.


While the first Sanctum focused more on the Tower defense part the first person shooter aspect suffered/ was barely there, Sanctum 2 focuses this time around on the first person shooter aspect which shines not only compared to the first Sanctum but is great itself, because of the variety when it comes to enemies and their ablities and your weaponry to actually counter these.
Enemies are going to have Shields, heavy armor, long range, long range aoe, stun towers around them, revive themselves and many more.


Ofcourse there are many towers to counter these specific enemy types, for example:
-Drones are able to pierce through any armor but the deploy rate is pretty low,
-The gatling tower has an incredible fire rate and is actually devastating to enemies that take more damage over time and smaller foes but doesnt even scratch enemies with armor,
-The cannon starts of as a tower with decent damage and range and by upgrading it the firerate decreases for a huge attack and range boost which allows the tower to pierce through specific armor.



Your abilities are also quite game changing, besides from skills that allow you to either pick from passive abilities like core heal to abilities which increase your fire rate to 200% (you can choose up to three perks which change the way you play drastically).
You are also able to choose between four characters which all come with their own unique abilities, strenghts and weaknesses:

-Setting enemies on fire and dealing damage over time depending on the damage you dealt and additional air controle (crowd controle-much harder to do critical hits/to take down enemies with specific armor)

-Increased health and increased damage in close quarters (kiting/heavy foe killer-not as useful against enemies with specific armor),

-The ability to double jump and deal more damage with each shot (allround character-depending on your weaponry and skills)

-dealing additional critical hit damage with each shot and dealing more damage with critical hits overall and better spray pattern with all weaponry (heavy foe killer, best at taking down enemies with specific types of armor-gets overun quite easily)



Combine that with absolutely beautiful looking maps which let you play the way you want to (in terms of deploying your maze which enemies have to go through and also depending on enemy type and the tower themselves) and you have this game.
but seriously if i could choose one game which i would play for the rest of my life, it would be this one.
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Recommended
125.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Sanctum 2 is one of the most fun tower defense games I've played, only tied by the original Sanctum. It has a good blend of skill and strategy, perfect for anyone who loves the tower defense genre and wouldn't mind getting into the action themselves with guns blazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Love this game, esp in CoOp mode.
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