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:
Recent:
Very Positive (21 reviews) - 95% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (1,569 reviews) - 81% of the 1,569 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Defense Grid 2

Buy Defense Grid 2 Special Edition

Buy Defense Grid 2 - Special Edition Upgrade DLC

 

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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (21 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (1,569 reviews)
Recently Posted
Dreadjaws
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Note: this review is mostly from the PS4 version of the game, which I also own and prefer to play because my Notebook can't handle the PC version very well. They're the same game, but I've played that one more. I clarify this because I only have 1 hour clocked on the PC version, and I don't want to give the impression that I haven't played it enough.

The original Defense Grid is one of the best Tower Defense games in existence. Heck, it probably is THE best. Incredibly fun and addictive (in a good way), with a lot of content, varied gameplay and clearly coming from a group of developers who care for their audience and know how to make fun games (as evidenced by the minigames they created for the Portal 2 ARG).

At first sight, this sequel looks to be the same. A fantastic entry in the genre with the same basic gameplay and enough upgrades to justify it being a sequel rather than just DLC. There are new tower types and upgrades, new enemies, new special weapons (the original had only one), a new story and lots of new characters. There are also new modes to play (with advantages or handicaps) and extra abilities that can be setup before starting each stage. In short, there's A LOT of content here.

But, it's an impossible to ignore fact that, when compared to the first game, this one is still inferior. And this is mostly because of a couple of factors: freedom and balance. The original game pretty much allowed you to play however you wanted. It gave you a lot of freedom on how to approach each stage. This one, though, requires certain stages to be played an exact way if you intend to finish it with a decent score. This issue causes the second one, as there's a couple of ridiculous difficulty spikes, as in a few stages the game forces you to change your playstyle to something specific if you want to have any chance. Now you're basically following orders rather than playing for fun.

To be fair, if you don't care at all about getting medals or keeping all the cores at the end then the difficulty is not a problem. This is a very easy game in that respect. Much easier than the first one, actually (there aren't even flying aliens here). But if you do care for a question of completionism, challenge or achievement hunting, you're going to have a lot of frustration and you'll probably be forced to look for walkthroughs (something that rarely if ever happened on the first game).

In short, it's still a good game. Great even if your expectations for gameplay end with "being able to advance to the next stage". But it's still an undeniably inferior product to the original in aspects that are quite important for this genre.

7/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
morgansgoat
( 65.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
*****************STEAM BREAKS GOOD GAMES, BUY SOMEWHERE ELSE*******************
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Pirate
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
This GAME IS AWESOME GET IT NOW ITS ADDICTIVE AND FUN MIGHT NOT THINK IT LOOKS GOOD BUT IT IS REALLY GOOD
Helpful? Yes No Funny
TheCourier
( 89.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Defense Grid 2: Good ol' fashioned tower defense

Great game for those who like traditional tower defense games. Good variety of towers and a decent progression of maps to play through. Paid tower upgrades during the maps are fairly well balanced and the weapons are pretty satisfying at taking out the enemies.

Unfortunately, not a great varieity of enemies, and the challenges get repetitive pretty quickly. The system of weapon upgrades is also somewhat unclear, and tower increases seem to come at random times, which can be frsutrating when reaching the last chapters and needing real fire power.

Overall a great choice for those who want some old fashioned tower defense action and really aren't interested in much of a story or a deep dive in weapon vs. alilen strategy.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
That just happened
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Dumb game. Much worse than first one in every aspect. Wasted money, wasted time.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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 :'(
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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)!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Apostulator
( 87.2 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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
$73v3
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
WAS JUST AS GOOD AS THE 1ST 1
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ReloadClient1
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Very Addictive.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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
Helpful? Yes No Funny
keybearer
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Pretty sweet TD game, wish it had more mazing to it.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Xebec
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Epic Game! all positive is all I have to say!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[LaF]HateSmurf
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
More great Tower Defense by the makers of Defense Grid.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
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.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Defense Grid 2: Good ol' fashioned tower defense

Great game for those who like traditional tower defense games. Good variety of towers and a decent progression of maps to play through. Paid tower upgrades during the maps are fairly well balanced and the weapons are pretty satisfying at taking out the enemies.

Unfortunately, not a great varieity of enemies, and the challenges get repetitive pretty quickly. The system of weapon upgrades is also somewhat unclear, and tower increases seem to come at random times, which can be frsutrating when reaching the last chapters and needing real fire power.

Overall a great choice for those who want some old fashioned tower defense action and really aren't interested in much of a story or a deep dive in weapon vs. alilen strategy.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 :'(
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
This GAME IS AWESOME GET IT NOW ITS ADDICTIVE AND FUN MIGHT NOT THINK IT LOOKS GOOD BUT IT IS REALLY GOOD
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 8 people (88%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.2 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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)!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 people (80%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Great game, great tower defence!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
More great Tower Defense by the makers of Defense Grid.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 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)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Epic Game! all positive is all I have to say!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny