Setting the bar as the definitive tower defense game, Defense Grid 2 introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a bold new look and the addition of new game modes, player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.
User reviews: Very Positive (850 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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Recent updates View all (9)

October 23

Mac Version Update

This update fixes a number of graphical issues that some players reported on specific Mac configurations.

- Fixed an issue where some levels were showing up unlit.

- Fixed an issue where some art assets were invisible.

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October 15

Mac version updated!

This small update fixes a few known issues and new problems reported by users since yesterday's release.

- Fixed issues with some Nvidea cards. If you previously added the -forwardshading option to the Defense Grid 2 launch options in Steam, you can remove that now.
- Fixed an issue in which OS X 10.7.5 could cause the game to crash.
- Defense Grid 2 should now be code signed so that it no longer causes OS X to warn the user that the application is untrusted on Mavericks, depending on user settings.
- Fix for situations in which the Defense Grid 2 launcher web page was appearing in the user's default browser. If you still experience this problem, please let us know!

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Reviews

“Defense Grid 2 feels paradoxically foreign and familiar...Ostensibly, the meat of Defense Grid 2 is the campaign and the narrative arc it carries.”
8 – Eurogamer

“9.5, Exquisite”
9.5 – Gaming Nexus

“Super Addictive!”
8 – IGN

Special Edition

Special Edition purchasers will receive the digital book, The Art of Defense Grid 2, plus the ebook, The Making of Defense Grid 2: The Complete Story Behind the Game by Russ Pitts, and "A Matter of Endurance" audiobook written by Hugo award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal and performed by the English cast.

THE ART OF DEFENSE GRID 2 digital art book celebrates the talents and efforts of the people responsible for creating the visuals of the game. It is an insight of the concepts and variable directions that the team explored during the game's creation. The journey in visual exploration is a winding and strange path at times. This book revisits that journey, come along and enjoy it.

THE MAKING OF DEFENSE GRID 2 brings you behind-the-scenes of the creation of a modern video game.
Over nearly two years and hundreds of hours of interviews, veteran video game journalist Russ Pitts (Polygon, The Escapist) has been given total access to every stage of development, and dives deep into the technological innovation, creative artistry and hard-nosed business that combine over weeks, months and years to make a game.
From moments of startling inspiration to times of crushing stress, the author has been present for every aspect of production — major milestones, critical beta tests and sometimes contentious design meetings.

THE MAKING OF DEFENSE GRID 2 is based on the article series written by Pitts for Polygon, with expanded interviews and never-before-seen material. The result is a look unlike any other into the hidden world of game development and the high stakes gamble of making games.

A MATTER OF ENDURANCE: Written by two-time Hugo award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal and performed by the English cast, A Matter of Endurance is an audio play staring the characters from Defense Grid: Containment (AI General Fletcher, AI General Cai, and Commander Simon Ritter) and introduces Maralon’s Governor Teydell as you (the Commander) and your AI companions journey from the destruction on Maralon to the destination of the Outer Colonies where the events of DG2 take place.


About This Game

Defense Grid 2, DG2, is the highly-anticipated sequel to Hidden Path Entertainment’s 2008 Defense Grid: The Awakening. Setting the bar as the definitive tower defense game, Defense Grid 2 introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a bold new look, a compelling single-player campaign, and the addition of new game modes, online player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.

DG2 comes with a story campaign featuring 21 stunning maps, dynamic level movement, an expanded story and cast of characters, hundreds of challenge mode experiences, new multiplayer modes, a procedurally driven audio score and the ability for players to build their own levels. DG2 also introduces players to DG Architect, a level creation tool set connected to Steam Workshop where players can create their own unique levels to share and possibly even sell if selected.

DG2 for the PC was funded in part by Dracogen, a private investor after a 2012 Kickstarter campaign funded the original game's DLC, Defense Grid: Containment. DG2 is developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and published by 505 Games.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 video card with shader 4 support and Passmark Video Benchmark of 160 or above such as the following: ATI Radeon HD3650 or better (HD3650-HD8000, RX200-RX300+) (Radeon HD 4200 and HD 4250 not included) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or newer (8800, 9600-9800, or 100-700+) (GeForce 8600M not included) Intel HD Graphics 2500 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DG2 requires a multi-core processor and at least 3 GB of RAM on your computer to run. DG2 relies on a DirectX 10.0 or later graphics engine which means it runs on Windows Vista, Win7, Win8, and Win8.1. DG2 will not run on Windows XP. DG2 requires a video graphics card or chipset that supports DirectX10, video cards made with current technology after November 2006 (up to 7 years old). Compatible graphics cards include any AMD Radeon graphics card with the "HD" or "RX" designation (HD2000-HD8000, RX200-RX300+), any NVIDIA card after and including the 8000 series (8000, 9000, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, and 700+ series), and any Intel graphics chipsets released on the GMA X3100 (2007) architecture and later (GL960, GM965, B43, Q43+, G41, G43, G45, GL40, GS40, GM43, GS45, Core i3 integrated graphics or later, Intel "HD Graphics" or later). DG2 requires Steam to run.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX Lion (10.7.5) or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 2400/GeForce 8600/Intel HD 3000 256MB+
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS Machines
    • Processor: Dual 2.0Ghz CPUs or better 64-bit capable processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA, AMD or Intel graphics card with Open GL 3.1 or higher drivers for SteamOS
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: UEFI boot support
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
403.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I was really excited when I heard DG2 was finally being released. I could not get enough of the original and enjoyed the core game and all the add-ons as well. I loved the gameplay, graphics, story and voiceovers.

The new version falls short in every category. Why the developer chose to rebuild the game from the ground up is beyond me. The most disappointing aspect is the cheesy Candy Crush graphics. The graphics in the original were clean and crisp. You could make out the details of the aliens even when you were zoomed out – and they looked cool. Not so with DG2. Unless you are zoomed all the way in you can’t see much of the aliens outside of their healthbar. What is there is translucent and muddy. And the colors…..yuck. The towers looks like cheap plastic toys. The animation is cartoonish at best. I miss the cool looking meteor trails in the original not to mention the meteors themselves you could see when you zoomed in. Whether you zoom in or out, the graphics are a bitter disappointment.

The gameplay is decent enough, although choppy and sluggish at times. I don’t know that I will make it to the end. If I do it will be because I have yet to see all of the new towers and overhead weapons. But if you like the original game for the graphics you will be disappointed. I can’t recommend this game compared to the original, at least not at this price. If you can get if for $5 them maybe.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I love TD games, and I loved the first DG. I love this too, but it's definitely not worth the €23 that it's asking for 10h worth of gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Waited for this with much anticipation and while it's great fun it just doesn't have the same magic DG1 had.
It's really hard to say why that is as there is nothing that particular stands out as wrong with the game it just seems to be missing that magic spark.
However as I said still great fun just not sure about the replayabilty.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
200.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Love the game and the series; a must for ANY tower defense fan. I like the additional difficulties added this time around as achieving gold can actually be a challenge!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
When I first bought this, I was worried at what I might see. But all doubts lft with a whiff of cool air when I started the campaign. Amazing sequel to an amazing game. That's all you need to know.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Having played 5/6 missions of the 2nd game it doesn't seem as good as the first. The maps looks nice again but I think the new tower designs a lot worse and harder to distinguish than the 1st game.
Will play more and see how it develops but so far I'd recommend people who've never played Defense Grid jsut get the 1st one.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
So let me preface this review with the following: I like tower defense games. I LOVE great tower defense games, but I generally like tower defense games. They are great to play while you eat food, download music, or generally aren't in a mood to be hardcore.

With that said, I cannot recomment DG2 to tower defense likers or lovers. The price for the game is entirely too high, and the range of tower types and the interactions between towers are too few. I played Starcraft 1 custom maps with more depth than DG2. And I paid less for Starcraft 1. Crap.

I'll be honest, I expected a pretty high quality TD for what DG2 charges. The story mode is cool and all, but for about 8-10 hours of gameplay (no speedup either), it really doesn't justify the price.

Again, to re-iterate, the towers in this game have no cool interactions. There are no tower A buffs tower B effects, there are no 2 of this tower type adjacent to each other gets a neat bonus, and there is really no reason to buy this game. It has but the most basic of tower types (shoot fast, low damage OR shoot slow, high damage... whee), and the temporal tower is the ONLY effect tower, with an almighty and predictable slow effect.

I will note that each tower has some special abilities you can unlock and add to them. However, from the ~ 2/4 I unlocked on each tower, they tend to be "Deal more damage to shielded enemies", or "Target Priority: Strongest". They could at least have made it "Target Priority: Smartest", so it would at least be usable.

Save the money, go buy yourself WC3: TFT or SC2, and just play custom mapped tower defense there. Save your money. (When this is on steam sale, buy it for no more 5.99)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
132.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
"It's like chess, but with lasers and cannons."

A fine sequel to the original Defense Grid, and many hours of fun! The multiplayer adds a whole new dimension.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
129.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
A really good tower defense game.
Compared with its predecessor it has a better graphic and more features, but it doesn't reach the challenge factor of DG I.
With a friend you can have fun in the new multiplayer modes.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
If you even remotely like tower defense then get this game! It's just relaxing, as well as tough at times. Definitely worth the money and co-op mode with a friend is great!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great tower defense, with a fun variety of towers, interesitng maps, lots of aliens, and all kinds of challenges. If you like the genre, this is for you.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This is a good sequel to a great game. In fact, some of the little mechanics changes like the boost tower are great improvements to gameplay, but as others have said, the A.I. conversations are hit-and-miss.

Doesn't matter-- still worth getting.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Defense Grid 2 isn't just another tower defense game,
it's the one of the best​ tower defense game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
If you liked the DG you will like DG2; improved graphics, more over the top voice acting and "Raspberries!"
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I want to like this game but the multiplayer is so buggy I can't.

I spent the better part of an evening trying to play this game with a friend, and we were only able to get two games to play to completion out of 12+ attempts. The other 10 attempts resulted in 'Network problem, disconnected' within the first 5 minutes of the game.

During this whole ordeal we were talking on skype and there was no call quality problem or anything else to indicate there was any sort of real connection problem. It seems that DG2 just has an inept network implementation that panics if a single packet is lost or arrives out of order.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Didn't think it was that good tbh. I bought because of the good review but i was pretty disappointed. The graphics are alright, if that's what you look for in a TD game, but you can easily find TD games online for free that are way better in nearly every other way. Not worth $25 at all IMO.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Enjoyable but not a patch on the 1st game. The scoring system is a big let down and the reason I won't play this one like the 1st. Pick it up when it's on sale.
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
no....wait till its cheaper and more maps......they are charging 1.99 for player made maps.....greedy
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Mouse locked? Why devs why...
This is a PC version, not a console....
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Not many levels for the money
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