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 brings fun new opportunities and challenges.
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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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 on the PC, 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
    • Storage: 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+
    • Storage: 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 3.2 or higher drivers for SteamOS
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: UEFI boot support
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lylsh1993
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
差评

本来找个Mac下能玩的游戏,但Mac下启动后卡死在设置界面不动,点击按钮没反应,什么都调不了,杉果下买的还退不了。
望Mac用户引以为戒。

恶性卡死 0/10
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giuseppesmantio
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I played this to death on the console ;0.
I just had to play it for my pc.
loved every second when I play but now I just wished they made a DG3 :'(
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Theyrvalls
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
What is Defense Grid 2?

Genre: tower defense
Setting: futuristic science fiction world gets attacked by aliens
Difficulty: depends on difficulty level - everything from 2/10 to 10/10
Length: 10 hours for a single campaign walkthrough, plus a lot more if interested in multiplayer and additional content
Mode: singleplayer campaign and game modes, multiplayer


The positive aspects:

- Content monster! 20 campaign levels plus eight game modes plus a lot of additional DLC and community-made content make this game a long-time experience
- easy to learn, well-timed introduction of new towers and their abilities
- fair, but challenging difficulty levels
- different defense towers with upgrades and special abilities


The negative aspects:

- superficial story
- texts are very very very small (by the means of it) and thus hard to read
- towers and enemies could have had even more diversity


Result (and summary for those who have no time reading):

Defense Grid 2 is a real must-have when it comes to tower defense games. Don't hesitate to buy it, even at full price it is worth every penny (or cent, or whatever currency you pay with)!
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Apostulator
( 63.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Perhaps the finest Tower Defense game around. Don't miss this one; if you like tower defense, then buy this one today.
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$73v3
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
WAS JUST AS GOOD AS THE 1ST 1
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eBAHN
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
The game is pretty fun until you find that one tower combination that'll work on every map. Then it becomes either boring. Or therapeutic, as you watch hundreds of aliens walk to ther demise. Whichever you prefer.
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FattyBlimp
( 221.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
A really awesome game. I love to use it as a relaxing way to pass time. It's ease of use in changing difficulty as well as in game controls such as rewind or speed up is handy.
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ReloadClient1
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Very Addictive.
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Blue
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
I haven't played the first Defense Grid so i won't compare between the two.

I had a trip down memory lane playing this game. I used to play those small silly tower defense flash games on sites like Newgrounds when i was a kid. This game takes this to a whole new level and i think it is awesome!

There's enough towers to choose from and a lot of aliens. It's pretty too, graphics are great. There is also a lot of different modes to try out like limited towers or a fixed amount of money to name a few.

The story was quite entertaining, i liked the voice acting. However it ended rather abruptly, but that might just be me who expected a more dramatic ending or something in that manner. But whatever, i didn't really expect a story at all to be honest, so good job!

So long story short, i had a blast and i will recommend this game for people who like Tower Defense games based out of my own personal opinion.
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Alecfore
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
it gets boring after like 3 hours and my multiplayer doesn't work it's not worth buying
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keybearer
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Pretty sweet TD game, wish it had more mazing to it.
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Morgan Blair (Shoukanjuu)
( 71.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
I played the original Defense Grid on Xbox LIVE. If I recall correctly, that may have been my first tower defense game! Anyway, I liked DG2 enough to play through the 20-level campaign on Normal, Hard, and Elite levels of difficulty. "Fans of the genre will enjoy"… If you enjoy tower defense games, you'll probably enjoy this one. It has a good variety of towers and enemy types, and the levels allow for a wide variety of strategies. I didn't really explore the co-op modes, but if you're into that, then this game offers something you won't find in many (any) other TD games.
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Xebec
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Epic Game! all positive is all I have to say!
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[LaF]HateSmurf
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
More great Tower Defense by the makers of Defense Grid.
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LN
( 93.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
I don't know any better tower defense game on steam. Defense Grid: The Awakening is also nice to play.
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Wookology
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Great game, great tower defence!
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Logicbomb
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
The tower defense game that helped bring the genre back to life has a sequel and if you enjoyed the first one you will do the same with #2. More story and more enjoyable characters brings a nice change to the story mode.
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Rainman
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Not a good or in depth as the the original.

Pros:
1. The new tech modifications you can add to the towers. This offers a little bit of customization to your game play/style.
2. Some of the new maps are really cool.
3. Graphics are better.

Cons:
1. The UI is clunky.
2. Feels like there are fewer maps to play.
3. Voice overs are annoying and repetitive.
4. When fully upgraded the graphics get cluttered and muddled together.
5. Unlocking the tech modifications is completely random.

Overall its a 5/10 game because the replay value is just not there, which is a shame as I loved the original.
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thomaswanden
( 36.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
I didn't like the game when I first played it. Let it sit for a year or two, gave it another go and can't stop playing. Like others I really liked the first one a lot and it took a while to get used to this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
I haven't played the first Defense Grid so i won't compare between the two.

I had a trip down memory lane playing this game. I used to play those small silly tower defense flash games on sites like Newgrounds when i was a kid. This game takes this to a whole new level and i think it is awesome!

There's enough towers to choose from and a lot of aliens. It's pretty too, graphics are great. There is also a lot of different modes to try out like limited towers or a fixed amount of money to name a few.

The story was quite entertaining, i liked the voice acting. However it ended rather abruptly, but that might just be me who expected a more dramatic ending or something in that manner. But whatever, i didn't really expect a story at all to be honest, so good job!

So long story short, i had a blast and i will recommend this game for people who like Tower Defense games based out of my own personal opinion.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I played the original Defense Grid on Xbox LIVE. If I recall correctly, that may have been my first tower defense game! Anyway, I liked DG2 enough to play through the 20-level campaign on Normal, Hard, and Elite levels of difficulty. "Fans of the genre will enjoy"… If you enjoy tower defense games, you'll probably enjoy this one. It has a good variety of towers and enemy types, and the levels allow for a wide variety of strategies. I didn't really explore the co-op modes, but if you're into that, then this game offers something you won't find in many (any) other TD games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Pretty sweet TD game, wish it had more mazing to it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
221.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
A really awesome game. I love to use it as a relaxing way to pass time. It's ease of use in changing difficulty as well as in game controls such as rewind or speed up is handy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
The game is pretty fun until you find that one tower combination that'll work on every map. Then it becomes either boring. Or therapeutic, as you watch hundreds of aliens walk to ther demise. Whichever you prefer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Perhaps the finest Tower Defense game around. Don't miss this one; if you like tower defense, then buy this one today.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Not nearly as good as the original. I guess they were in a bit of a tough spot, because they probably felt like they had to change it enough to justify it being a new game (as opposed to just more DG1 DLC), but I don't think it worked.

If you don't have DG1 or DG2, my suggestion is to buy DG1 and call it a day.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Not a good or in depth as the the original.

Pros:
1. The new tech modifications you can add to the towers. This offers a little bit of customization to your game play/style.
2. Some of the new maps are really cool.
3. Graphics are better.

Cons:
1. The UI is clunky.
2. Feels like there are fewer maps to play.
3. Voice overs are annoying and repetitive.
4. When fully upgraded the graphics get cluttered and muddled together.
5. Unlocking the tech modifications is completely random.

Overall its a 5/10 game because the replay value is just not there, which is a shame as I loved the original.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The tower defense game that helped bring the genre back to life has a sequel and if you enjoyed the first one you will do the same with #2. More story and more enjoyable characters brings a nice change to the story mode.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I'll be honest. The Turret defense games that exist are generally a steaming pile of crap.

This is an exception. It differs from the traditional "Towers can be put here" by giving you basically an entire blank field to build them. You can adjust tower height. Customize tower specialties. Customize your ultimate ability. Customize colors. Everything about the game takes the faults of the genera and puts it onto a new light and a new stage.

An awesome game, especially those who are fans of the original defense grid.

And Raspberries are tasty. (play the game, get the reference)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
If you want one of the best tower defence games structured in a grid format, buy Defence Grid 2[DG2].

DG2 rewards logical thinking and theory crafting players and has enough achievements to get you playing for 50 hours+!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
One of the best Defense RTS Games avail! I have this game for PS4, Steam, And PC download.
I have Countless hours in this game! 10/10 Would play again!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Not as great as the first game but far more stable. In an attempt to gussy up the game, developers added a ton of menu options that get in the way of enjoying the game. If they had simply kept the same menu style as the first game everything would of have been fine. New commander options, removal of the command tower, nerfing of meteor tower range, no flying attach ships, too much has been removed. Play the first game, either on Steam or 360, buy this only if you are a die hard fan of the original.
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23 of 38 people (61%) found this review helpful
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
uninspiring, lackluster release

same old same old gameplay

terribly horrible confusing menu ui that will have you moving your mouse and clicking all over the place

enemy paths on some maps are sometimes near impossible cause of the texture colors used and lighting

woefully unbalanced levels that are easily beatened

overpowering boosters and towers that make it all too easy

some makes have overly confusing layouts made worse by above issue

storry is little more than a confusing cacophony of voices babbling nonsense

and while steam workshop support is welcomed, private store where you can buy maps outside of steam is not, they should have just had those maps as paid dlcs in steam, like they did with dg1

so get dg1 instead, much better and less expensive

bought it for the cards

playing it cause im bored


overall score: Raspberry Lollipops Meh
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Constantly crashes when trying to load a checkpoint. new look is very effects intensive, slows performance, will be looking for a refund. DG1 was a 9/10 , this is a 5/10.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
If you like TD, and have not played any of the Defense Grid games, you sure are missing out on one of the best TD games on Steam!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
It is a good tower defense game to spend some time, but honestly there are others far cheaper and better than this one. This game seemed to be main focused on extending the jogability of the ones who played the DG1, it is more like an expansion.
The campaing had an interesting history, but it did not develop well. The fact that from the begining I could choose any mission on the whole campaing was bad too, as it did not gave the sensation of evolution. After about 4 levels you have unlocke all towers in the game and besides some really small upgrades (+10% damage, see invisible, etc) there is nothing to improve, and again there is no feeling of achieving something.
In all this seems to be a game for fans of DG1 that wanted a multiplayer and editor mode experience, and not a game on its own. I would definetly recomend others.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Defense Grid: The Awakening, aka DG1, was awesome. DG2 is terrible. They took a great game and f'd it up. Cheezy lines, crappie voice acting, you name it, it's got it. Save your shekels, look elsewhere for a good tower defense game, cuz this ain't it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Recommended only if you picked the bones of DG1 clean (and its dlcs) .. and even then make sure you get this on sale. Then you won't feel too bad a week or so later when you're bored of it.
This could have been the Portal 2 of TDs but the pacing and atmosphere of the first gets replaced with farce as a bunch of stupid new AIs run around drunk.
TD wise, barely a sequel, it's basically DG1 for consoles (obligatory ♥♥♥♥♥♥ UI, Vsync defaults to 60hz). A few extra tweaks to the SAME DG1 towers, that may appeal to hard core min maxers but you would have to be autistically obsessed tbh.
Oh well.
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