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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August 2

Defense Grid: The Board Game stream! Live now!

Check out the new Defense Grid Board game with board game developers and the DG2 Devs!

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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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♕ Madskillz ♕
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
Even better than the original! 9/10
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Starchy
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 17
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 53

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.7 g 1%
Saturated fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 151 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 12 g 4%
Dietary fiber 7 g 28%
Sugar 4.4 g

Protein 1.2 g 2%

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 43%
Calcium 2% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 5%

*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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BlueRaja
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 17
I kickstarted this game, and played it the first day in alpha. The game had an enormous stuttering problem on my medium-high spec PC. The game freezes for a good quarter of a second every single second, making it basically unplayable. I reported this on the very first day.

Fast forward two years later, and nothing has changed. The stuttering is still horrible on that PC.

About a month ago, I upgraded to an ultra-high spec PC, using all the top gaming hardware available at the time:
* Intel i7 6700K, 4.4Ghz OC
* NVidia GTX 980 TI
* 32GB Ram
etc.

I tried out Defense Grid 2, and it still freakin' stutters. The stuttering only lasts about 1/10th of a second now, making the game playable, but it still happens every damn second. I couldn't stand to play more than one level.

If they still haven't fixed the issue after all this time, they never will.

EDIT: It looks like instead of fixing this debilitating issue, they were busy adding microtransactions. Wow. I will never buy (and certainly never kickstart) another game from Hidden Path Entertainment.
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osirish
20.0 hrs
Posted: August 15
I've 100's of hours of gameplay logged on DG-1, it's a great game, and was really looking forward to DG2, but I'm pretty much done with DG-2 after 19 hours. (I wish there was a "maybe" option)

It's hard to put my finger on why it's just not as much fun (subjectively) or doesn't have the same longevity.
The developers have added a lot to the sequel. You have the same familiar gameplay and towers, but now you have boost towers which give added abilities to the towers built on them. In addition to the orbital cannon of the original, you can now choose other powers from the space station. Instead of one general AI, you now have multiple AI's vying for your attention and telling the story as you play through the campaign. The number of challenges per map has increased and there are hundreds of challenges. You can see the high scores of people on your friends list who have played the game and can try to beat their scores. The developer has really added a lot of content to the sequel while still keeping things familiar to those who have played the original.

I know this sounds silly, but perhaps there was too much added. You get lost in a sea of menu's and sub-menu's which take a while to figure out. Multiple AI's mean multiple voice actors and some were great and some were terrible. The AI's tell the story in the present while you are playing the campaign, and the background to the story is told via text between levels, but I just didn't find the story interesting. There was a lot of DLC, some free, for the first game, but there's almost none for this game. The game talks about using the steam workshop, but you can't download user created content from the workshop, you can only vote on maps you can't play, and those with the most votes might be added in a DLC pack in the future. The game promises to send you a steam code for DLC map if you register for the newsletter. I did three times and still no code. Again, it's hard to put my finger on why DG1 was much better because it's subjective, but DG2 just seems to be missing it's soul. The humor of the first game is gone. The relationship with the AI in DG1 is gone. They are lost in a sea of voices trying to tell a sci-fi story that doesn't add much to the game.

It's not terrible, but I miss the simplicity and character interaction of the original. If you haven't played DG1, buy it.
DG2 is a solid TD game and probably worth even full price, but lacks the staying power of the original ....
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louterrence1
54.8 hrs
Posted: August 14
had a good time playing this game but seem a bit simple without a hero to control. The first game was a pure joy for me and my favorite tower defense game to date. I think kindom rush series, orcs must die series, and sactum offer a little more ingrossing tower defense, but there is fun and quality in DG 2.
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Bazzek
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 11
Hard to control especially if you get a sore wrist from mousing. Intelligent and good looking, but due to controls harder then it should be. Can't recommend or suggest to avoid.

If you have a controller it may be worth it.
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SeafanSE
13.1 hrs
Posted: August 10
It's OK, but the first one is better.

Also, they gone greedy on maps (no community maps, you have to vote on maps in the workshop based on screenshots and then they might come up in the shop for a price). Only buy if dirt cheap (~$5).
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Setzera
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
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#DICE
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 6
Mindblowing
I thought nobody cared about tower defense games at all until I played this and this probably one of the best tower defense game i've ever played.Here's why

+Fantabulous graphics
+Outstanding variety
+Some of the best alien designs in any game

As amazing this game is there are still a few problems i have with it

-Easy difficulty way to easy, higher difficulty almost unfair
-No proper story its just kill the aliens
-Could get a bit repetitive
-Not that cool music as I hoped for

Despite that I can easily recommend this to anyone who is fan of tower defense games.
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tcwicks
140.7 hrs
Posted: August 5
One of the best tower defense game ever of all time. Significant replay ability etc... I love this game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
I kickstarted this game, and played it the first day in alpha. The game had an enormous stuttering problem on my medium-high spec PC. The game freezes for a good quarter of a second every single second, making it basically unplayable. I reported this on the very first day.

Fast forward two years later, and nothing has changed. The stuttering is still horrible on that PC.

About a month ago, I upgraded to an ultra-high spec PC, using all the top gaming hardware available at the time:
* Intel i7 6700K, 4.4Ghz OC
* NVidia GTX 980 TI
* 32GB Ram
etc.

I tried out Defense Grid 2, and it still freakin' stutters. The stuttering only lasts about 1/10th of a second now, making the game playable, but it still happens every damn second. I couldn't stand to play more than one level.

If they still haven't fixed the issue after all this time, they never will.

EDIT: It looks like instead of fixing this debilitating issue, they were busy adding microtransactions. Wow. I will never buy (and certainly never kickstart) another game from Hidden Path Entertainment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
had a good time playing this game but seem a bit simple without a hero to control. The first game was a pure joy for me and my favorite tower defense game to date. I think kindom rush series, orcs must die series, and sactum offer a little more ingrossing tower defense, but there is fun and quality in DG 2.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Mindblowing
I thought nobody cared about tower defense games at all until I played this and this probably one of the best tower defense game i've ever played.Here's why

+Fantabulous graphics
+Outstanding variety
+Some of the best alien designs in any game

As amazing this game is there are still a few problems i have with it

-Easy difficulty way to easy, higher difficulty almost unfair
-No proper story its just kill the aliens
-Could get a bit repetitive
-Not that cool music as I hoped for

Despite that I can easily recommend this to anyone who is fan of tower defense games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Even better than the original! 9/10
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189 of 228 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
much like DG1, a simple but solid TD with good graphics, nothing special.

negative vote for the abuse of the steam workshop for selling maps and having no support for free community maps built into the game interface. selling maps is ok, but controlling competition in favour of your own content simply sucks big time.
http://www.dg2freemaps.com/
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494 of 649 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I enjoyed the game but am giving this a negative review. I played through the whole thing and had a good time, had to replay a couple levels to get the gold rating. Finished. Nice. Now, let me goto the steam workshop for this game and download some player made maps so I can enjoy this game for quite a bit longer (ala Civ5).

Wait? What? Player made maps are only available to be voted on WITHOUT PLAYING THEM? You cannot download them and can only vote on them and when they get enough votes then they will be made available via the Hidden Path Store for a couple of dollars. WTF is up with that?

I had no idea I was buying a microtransaction game, this is complete BS imho. If the community makes the map then the map should be available to the community for nothing, stop charging for what others create for your game.

I seriously doubt I will give this company any more of my money and I certainly will not be buying any expansion map packs.
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131 of 163 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
I have been putting off writing this review as I did really want to love DG2.
What I've seen from reading other reviews is too many(I'm not saying all just TOO many) are corrupting their reviews due to their love of the first one both positive and negative.
I will try to write this review without even mention DG1 or comparing them as I think it is best to review DG2 for it's own qualities.

Okay so firstly, some of the good things.
DG2 has a strong core (no pun intended).It does what TD's should do in a lot of ways. There is a large selection of tower types and a 'boost' tower which can be used for cheap maze creation. There is a selection of tower 'bonus' items that randomly drop after missions which can be applied to towers.
There is a large variety of enemy types, with unique abilities from shields to foes that can disable your defenses and alot in between.
The campaign is a decent length with a nice variety of levels and multiple gameplay types.


Some of the things that grate on my nerves.
The dialogue and voice acting unfortunately is terrible, it's actually annoying to the point where for the first time ever in a game I have disabled the voice audio.
The story isn't great. Now I will quickly say a TD does NOT need a story to be good, but when it does attempt a story it must not be bad otherwise it drags the feel of the campaign down.
The gameplay feels very repetitive, and it shouldn't but it's not holding my attention. I only finished the campaign to finish it. I was really trying to find something that made me say wow awesome I love this game, but I haven't yet.

Summary
This is a solid TD game, but unfortunately I cannot recommend it for what it does at it's current price.
I do not regret buying it but I couldn't recommend it for a friend to spend their money on.
This is not the definitive TD game as the store page claims. This is just another TD game though while it's good, it's not great enough to stick it's head above the pile.
I would say worth picking up in a sale as it does do a lot well but as I said before, I wouldn't recommend to a friend, so I cannot recommend it here at it's current value.

I will keep an eye on updates and occasionally jump back into the game. If I find something that changes my opinion I will update my review.
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134 of 173 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
Thoroughly disappointing tower defense game. Buy DG1 instead - it's a much better game.

This new version has a stupid story, a variety of useless support weapons (the resource one is always going to be the best) and difficulty so unsteady you'll wonder if it was ever tested. The last few levels of the campaign are a joke - you will never feel threatened, unlike in DG1. Some levels in the middle of the campaign are difficult but otherwise the game is a cakewalk that presents little challenge (again, compared to DG1), even if you are trying to "max out" every level. Also, there is workshop support but the place is barren. Clearly, this game never took off as I had hoped it would. So sad to see such an inferior sequel :(
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292 of 410 people (71%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Good game, the reasons for the negtive review:
1. Much easier than DG1.(Main storyline finished in under 15hrs playtime.)
2. Lack of expansions or DLCs that continued the fun and story of DG1.
3. Maps submitted on Steam Workshop have to be voted on just from screenshots.
4. Community voted maps will then be SOLD to you!

Recommend you buy DG1 for better value if you don't already own it.
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95 of 123 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
This is a sequel done right. There's enough content here to provide new challenges to players who have mastered the original Defense Grid, but at the same time, this is still very much the same kind of game in all the right ways.

At first glance, the new content seems only modest compared to what is familiar. Almost all the old tower types and enemies are back, but the handful of new types of each and subtle rebalancing of the existing towers mean that new strategies need to be developed.

DG2 offers a plethora of choices as to how you play the game. From separate leaderboards that either allow or forbid juggling, difficulty levels from casual to very challenging, and even more game modes for each map than the first game, this takes what was until now the definitive tower defense game and makes it even better.

There have been some substantial changes to the economy and scoring system which, while I feel personally make for a more challenging game, do substantially alter the challenge curve of the basic level type. Gone is the compound interest earned from penny pinching. Instead, score is accrued independently from income. Efficiency is still rewarded, as you score more for killing each alien while you have less invested in towers. But the income from killing each enemy is unaffected, and additional income is a steady tick rather than being dependent on the amount you have banked. All this means that you can't just develop an optimised strategy for the early waves, and then find yourself with a huge bankroll. Levels can be genuinely challenging from beginning to end, and not just for people looking for pure score optimisation. I know this may actually be a bit of a disappointment for some, as the old game could sometimes be great for some uncomplicated unwinding at the end of a rough day. That is still there, but you'll have to dial the game back to easy in order to find that kind of experience.

I will say that I have yet to try the multiplayer modes, so I can't yet speak to that experience. But with that caveat aside, I wholeheartedly recommend DG2 to fans of the original and anyone even vaguely interested in the tower defence genre. If you're going to give these kinds of games a go, why not start off with the very best there is on offer?
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