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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,384 reviews) - 81% of the 1,384 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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May 22

5/22/2015 DG2 May Steam Update - PC & Mac. No UCC support for Linux/SteamOS.

DG2 May Steam Update - PC only (Mac soon)

  • DGArchitect custom scripts now support all game modes

  • DGArchitect maps can now include Classic Open mode scoring

  • DG Architect ray tracing bug fixed that prevented block properties from being selected

  • DG Architect Point lights now appear in DG Architect

  • Classic Open string entries updated or added

  • For the PC & Mac update, UCC formats needed to change making them unusable on Linux. We hope to change this in the future, but it may take longer than desired because of some conflicting Linux issues.

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May 8

DG2 Newsletter and New Price

We recently sent a newsletter to our community. In case you missed it you can read the full newsletter here: DG2 Spring Newsletter

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Defense Grid 2 now more affordable than ever!
DG2 is now the sweetest deal out there. Get and gift your favorite tower defense game for only $14.99 for the Regular Edition or $19.99 for the Special Edition. DG2 launched in Autumn 2014 to critical acclaim from both media and gamers. If this has been on your wish list or a loved one’s, treat yourself today!

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“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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: UEFI boot support
Helpful customer reviews
119 of 156 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
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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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
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.
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
If you like a good classic Tower Defence game, then this it is.

Has the same gameplay but also has the flexibility of co-op or versus when playing with a friend.

Truly engaging so far and can be quite challenging as you work through the different levels and options.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
game is fun but......
the workshop = DG store
is it a joke?!


may be a solution
but I still hate the workshop = DG store this ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!!!!!!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Where to start with Defense Grid 2 except "OMG"?

This game is so intense and filled with so much new mechanics I had to replay entirely the first Defense Grid just to measure the improvement (true story).

~ Spoiler alert : a few tips and tricks are listed at the end of the evaluation

The first Defense Grid featured specialized towers and one deadly strike from the heavens. The second opus features almost the same towers, with a twist: you now can build them on top of Boost towers, and activate a special effect on them: Disrupt shields, Overcharge towers or Boost score - your choice.

On top of that, you'll meet new AI on each mission, and pick one of them to support your efforts. Each AI provides you with an advantage that can be triggered and requires some time to be ready again: the classical strike from above, more resources to spend, overcharging a group of towers... - your choice again.

And if you think that would be enough, think again. Not only the towers can be upgraded from level 1 (green) to level 3 (red); but you now can tweak each of them with nice improvements like: revealing hidden enemies, damaging over time, focusing on the biggest enemy ... - your choice !

To keep the pressure on, the clock of each mission starts without waiting for you to analyse the layout. So you'll have to think fast and fail a lot before you nail the level and reach higher scores. Luckily, you can go back to the previous checkpoint and readjust your strategy (there are more checkpoints so you don't feel like being forced to restart entirely a level).

~ And now some tips and tricks (don't read them until you hit a wall of difficulty)

First, the levels can have the same entry / exit point; or a different entry and exit points. Some maps have multiple entries and exit points and can be tricky!

Second, the levels can be roads surrounded by tower locations, or made of large chunks for concrete where you'll have to build a path to channel the aliens.

Even if it is possible to fill a level with level 1 towers and still win, ultimately, you'll want to concentrate devastation on carefully selected spots where the aliens will walk multiple times.

So, what are the best / worst towers in the game ? On my own, I mostly play using Concussion, Temporal, Laser, Machinegun and Cannon. Sometimes Missile. The Concussion is so powerful you'll eventually forget the Inferno, the Tesla and the Meteor. It's a shame but you're not here to concede anything.

Next questions are: where should you place the towers, how should you combine them, and what are the best boost to give them. Here are my suggestions.

First, in each level, locate the entry & exit points. Then assess if you can change the path of not. If you cannot change the path, locate where you have bottlenecks and paths that can be targeted twice (or more) with a single tower. Usually, the Core Center is one of them.

Once you've located or created these bottlenecks, decide where are the best spots to concentrate damage. Sometimes it's at the very beginning of the level, sometimes close to the Core Center, sometimes somewhere else.

- Build a Concussion (on a boost if you can channel the aliens, or benefit from back-and-forth; and on land if you cannot change the path) then at least a second one close to the first so you can combine the effects). A good boost is Overcharge or Score Boost if you aim for the top of the Ladder :)
- Right after the Concussion, build a Laser that will continue to burn the aliens. A good boost is Overcharge - unless these are far from the Temporal so Disrupt is a better choice (laser don't go through shields)
- Build a Temporal close to the Concussion towers to slow down the fastest aliens and nicely melt the other ones. A good boost is Disrupt, to remove those nasty shields. (And when I say " melt" I literally mean "melt").
- Build Machinegun(s) near the "entry" of your Concussion / Temporal / Laser combination. A good boost is Overcharge unless there aren't close to a Temporal with Disrupt ; then Disrupt is a better choice.
- Build Cannon(s) to cover either or both the entry and exit of your Concussion / Temporal / Laser combination. A good boost is Overcharge.
- Make sure Cannon(s) or Machinegun(s) are protecting the Core Center. A temporal can help too.
- Build Missile(s) to cover the Core Center, Kill zones and especially exits - you don't want one remaining alien on the brink of death getting away with your precious cores :) No sir, you don't!

About the "tweaks" in the towers, here you enter the realm of preferences. Usually I use "Focus on biggest target" on Machinegun, Cannon, Laser and Missile since the Concussion will usually get rid of the tiny swarms. On Temporal I try to boost the slowing down effect. On the Concussion I try to raise the damage.

But once you're acquainted will the levels, feel free to experiment! You may choose to tweak you towers to slows down the aliens as much as possible, or to damage them overtime, or pierce their shields. (Now this game sounds like your regular ARPG, doesn'it it?)

Have fun!
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