Dungeon Defenders II is a cooperative Action Tower Defense game, packed with roleplaying elements like loot, levelling, and pets.
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Mixed (224 reviews) - 64% of the 224 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (9,037 reviews) - 77% of the 9,037 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to build a great game with you. For the past year, we’ve had a dedicated group of Steam Early Access players influencing Dungeon Defenders II. These players have helped create a fun, rewarding core experience that we think you’ll love. We still have plenty of features to add and can’t wait for you to play and share your thoughts with us.

Our game has bugs, missing features, and balance work still to go. There will be no full wipes or resets. If there are balance or other issues we will deal with them in similar methods to other online games. Please only purchase access if you’re excited to play the game in this state!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the game to remain in Early Access for at least a year after its initial release on Steam (Dec 2014). This enables you, our Steam Community, to Influence the game as we develop it, incorporating many of your ideas along the way.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Over the course of Early Access, we will be adding many features to Dungeon Defenders II. Improvements to the Item Enhancement & Hero Deck systems, an updated HUD, controller support, local splitscreen Co-Op, a new Social Tavern, and more are all on their way. We will also be adding a ton of content to the game -- new maps, bosses, build items, pets, and much more!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In Open Alpha, there are already hundreds of hours of gameplay in Dungeon Defenders II. There are four hero classes with tons of build items, skill spheres, and pets to customize them with. There are two regions of maps across eight difficulty modes available to play. There are also multiple gameplay modes including Campaign, Incursions, and Onslaught -- our version of Endless Survival.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Dungeon Defenders II is free supported by ethical in game purchases like costumes & cosmetic pets. These in-game purchases will NEVER GRANT GAMEPLAY ADVANTAGE. EVER. WE’RE SERIOUS!”

For supporting us early, you’ll receive a variety of exclusive goodies and in-game currency at very large discounts! Thank you for your support.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We believe great games are made with their community. We’ve had a dedicated group of community members influencing Dungeon Defenders II since our first vertical slice. We believe the core gameplay is a fun and rewarding experience thanks to these players, and we’re excited to get even more players involved in development!

We’ve also created the Influence System so players can directly vote on decisions we make for the game. The more you participate, the better the game will become! We’ve invested time to create this feature so you can help drive development forward in the right direction. Join us to see how DD2 grows under the Influence of the entire community.”
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October 26

Halloween Update Tomorrow!

Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)
The Halloween Update comes out tomorrow! Maldonis has reclaimed the Temple of the Necrotic, and it’s up to you to defeat him and his henchmen. Look carefully and you might find a few hidden treats...if you’re lucky. Once you’re done raiding his iPWR 750 versions of the Spooky Weapons, stop by the extra spooky Heroes Marketplace and make everyone green with envy!

Along with the Maldonis Incursion and some bug fixes from our new Bug Reporting site, we’re releasing some new Halloween packs on Friday for PC, including the Burning Souls Pack with these wicked new skeleton costumes:

Oh, and if you’re waiting for news on The Big Thing, you might not have to wait much longer...

Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)
Getting hyped for the Halloween Update! The new skeleton costumes are sweet, and I’m ready to go fight Maldonis yet again. Keep your eye out for any secrets as some thing may be lurking around during the combat phase!

Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)
Hello, Defenders! As you might know already, the Halloween Update is coming out tomorrow! I've taken some shots of the Halloween themed creatures you'll have to deal with in the two spooky levels! So take a look of those fierce enemies! Do they look scary enough for you?

If those are not enough for you, just look at this!

Treet just killed the Squire, and he's going straight to smash the core! You have to stop that!

Daniel Diaz, World Builder (@Danimix1983)
So... it's almost here! The Halloween Update is coming into Etheria. Don't be scared! Here are some more shots of the spooky Heroes Marketplace!

James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)
Finally, while it's not in the Halloween Update, I wanted to show you some updates I'm making to the My Heroes UI to make it easier to organize your deck:

And here's how it looks in split-screen!

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October 19

BREAKING NEWS: Mysterious Portal Appears

Etheria -- Earlier today, a strange portal opened and then quickly disappeared. No injuries were reported.

The portal's lingering trace indicates a powerful magic of unknown origins, according to officials from the Emergency Magical Staff. They warn that citizens should steer clear of the area as they believe the portal may come back.

The EMS managed to extract the memory of the portal from an eyewitness, and The Etherian Free Press has exclusive coverage of that memory:

The EMS also reported that a few leaves and branches blew through while the portal was open. Botanists are scratching their heads over this unidentified flora.

Local citizens are preparing for the possible return of the portal.

"I hope something dangerous is coming," said the Dragonfall Knight Commander. "You can quote me on that. I've already got one scar. I want a matching set!"

The Knight Commander is calling for heroes to prepare themselves for a fight.

"If I sound the horn and you lily-livered scoundrels don't answer," he said, "I'll give you a scar myself!"

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“What Trendy seems to be developing is a guided missile aimed straight at every gamers pleasure centers. Four-player co-op? Check. Addictive tower defense gameplay? Check. Loot and leveling? Check. The potential for infinite replay value? Check.”

“A bigger, better, more refined take on the original concept… from what I’ve seen, following their hearts is already paying dividends, and I can’t wait to play more Dungeon Defenders 2.”

“Other than The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, I can't think of a game that looks more like an honest-to-god cartoon.”
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About This Game

The Old Ones’ armies have invaded Etheria and it’s up to you and your friends to push them back! Create a team of heroes to take into battle. Then freeze, burn, and electrocute enemies with your deadly defenses or jump into the action yourself to finish them off! Play by yourself or with up to three friends in 4-player online co-op.

Create a Team of Heroes

The Squire, the Apprentice, the Huntress, and the Monk are all ready for battle! Play as any or all of them by adding heroes to your Hero Deck and swapping between them on the fly. You could even play with four Squires -- each customized and geared differently.

Fight Hordes of Enemies

Dragons. Wyverns. Dark Mages. Oh my. There are tons of enemies, minibosses, and an epic boss for you and your towers to decimate while you protect the Eternia crystals and save Etheria.

Customize with Loot and Skill Spheres

Want to focus on awesome, fast harpoon towers? Or how about a DPS Huntress with homing falcon arrows? Choose your stats and combine your weapons, passives, and skill spheres to create your own hero unique builds!

Raise an Army of Pets

Want a dragon who can shield your defenders? Or how about a pet sword that spawns an aura of piercing swords on the ground! There are hundreds of pets to find and hatch, each with their own range of unique and devastating abilities. Beware though, you’ll have to raise and feed your pet to unlock their true potential.

Play with Friends!

Dungeons aren’t meant to be defended alone! Invite your friends to Etheria to play up to four player online co-op.

We Never Sell Any Gameplay Advantage

We mean it! You will never be able to gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Dungeon Defenders II.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better / NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better, 512 MB video memory, with Shader Model 3 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound device
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
    • OS: Windows 7 (SP1) / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Quad-Core or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or AMD Radeon HD 4770 or better (1GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound device
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
59 of 73 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
137.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 27
Ever since the item nerf last year I've had difficulty getting back into this game. I've tried time and time again with friends but I find the experience has become extremely tedious since, once you've capped your level, it's all about grinding for gear and the gear half the time didn't actually do the things it claimed it did, ie. Certain special effects were either bugged, non existent or simply worded incorrectly. Sometimes games have to rework their dynamic to achieve a longer lifespan at the risk of alienating those players who were already acclimitized. That may be me. I can only hope that the changes have in fact led to a more lasting and enjoyable experience for newer players. I find the hunt for better gear to be a flatout excruciating and nauseating experience since it typically involved high risk/difficulty and little or no reward should you fail to reach or beat the final round. If you challenge difficulties that meet your current item level you typically find nothing worth the hour of scrutiny it will take just to examine the whole lot just for a few measly points of extra damage, or crit or whatever. Tedious and distasteful.
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
304.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 2
Defense Council Member, meaning I've played the game since like 2012 or 2013 when it was in pre-pre-pre Alpha as a Child's Play perk with no sound or anything, and I believe the first few days all you could just walk around in the tavern. I've played a lot, you can see the hours on record, and that's not counting any of the time before it even hit Steam. Played through every iteration, "wipe-a-geddon" last summer and beyond.

The game is just not nearly as fun as the first and it is ******* prohibitively expensive. It's kind of hilarious that in DD1 people would complain that a new hero would come out and it was five bucks or a new map and it was two bucks and you could usually get them on sale for half off. Here, get ready to shell out a whopping $15 for a character, which is beyond insane. Look at the value in that vs something like Smite, where $20 or $30 (depending on the sale) would get you every character and all future characters which is up to somewhere around 80 characters right now. Are you kidding me? And don't say they are optional, the Abyss Lord on his own is better than all 4 starter heroes combined and it's not even close. Everything in this game needs to realistically cost half of what it currently costs.

But pricing structure aside, I have no idea why they got rid of the action wheel HUD for trap placement for controllers like the first game. It was basically perfect and now they have some weird layout that has taken almost 4 years to implement. Also, every time there is an update or a patch, the game will wipe out all your custom controls and you have to redo them every time. Neat feature.

And finally, the only gear you equip that changes your appearance is your weapon. So if you find some sweet looking armor or helm, nah... it's not going to show on your character. That's kind of unforgivable in 2016.

I used to really pull for this game but now I simply just don't care. I'd rather go back to the first one which is something I never, ever thought I'd say.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 2
Perfect game in the hands of the wrong developers

Dungeon Degender 1 was one of those amazing games that everyone knew and lot of peoples liked it, so it comes with no suprise that Dungeon Defender 2 was made, but it just doesent live up to the expectations.

After around 10+ hours it quickly comes out obvious that the game just doesent have enough content... Maps,characters,gamemodes... there just isint enough variety. The game comes out so short that it only takes few hours to reach the max level of 50 and from onwards youll be forced to grind your way trough those exact same maps that arent interesting really at all. Numerous Bugs and Graphical issues also kill the experience a lot

  • Cartoonish graphics are nice
  • Lot of items to collect
  • 4 Player CoOp

  • Lack Of Maps
  • No Customization (Other than paid outfiths)
  • Same enemy types (Gets kind of repeative)
  • Bugs (Antialising from ingame doesent work, Constant Crashing, Memory Leak, Connection issues, odd error messages)

DD2 deserves to be made into a big name game with a strong playerbase but with all the issues and lack of content it just falls short too fast. Giving the game a steam workshop so users could craft theyre own maps would make the game 10x better or even the devs coming up with a 10-30+ map pack with new games modes and/or bigger character roster would definetly make the game much more worth the time.

As of now its fun with friends but other than its just mediocre tower defence game.
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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 27
Faster paced than the original, and much less focused on strategic defense than it is on "KIL AL THUH THINGZ".

If people like fast paced games, that's fine and their preference, but as I prefer to rely more on thought than snap reactions, and have adrenaline problems, this game is Not Playable for me.

The focus more on thick-action combat than strategic tower placement turns this into more of a hack-fest. Again, fine if you are looking for a combat-oriented game, but if you want something that rewards planning and a long term strategy, this is not it.

I loved the original, but this? I'm not happy that the devs have leaned more toward this fastactiongogogokablamyeahgogogo direction, but that's me. Someone who likes fast games might well love it...
...but purely from my perspective and preference for games that don't punish taking time to think, I can not recommend this.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 28
This game is fun, especially if you have friends to play it with. However, the developers misled a lot of people early with making us buy the game, then turning it to free to play. We still have to pay more to get all of the new stuff that they're still devolping.

In short, try this game. It's worth it. Just don't pay a dime until you know for sure they're done adding things. No point sinking money in thinking you'll get it all, and then getting less than half of the released content.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
109.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 12
-RPG + tower defend.
-Reople seems nice in general
-Very nice graphic
-Hotswap to help switching heroes is pretty nice

-The game is too easy.
-Chat system needs a lot of work
-No option blocking other player playerrs or blacklist people
-Some people can be very rude. As I mentioned the game is very easy so you don't need great towers to finish a level, but some folks will trash talk your towers as yours not as good as theirs.
-Even as a host you can't kick whoever you want.
-Forced back to town even if only one of your teammates do not want to keep on playing.
-The grinding is pretty lame.
-RNG is pretty lame, I always got full bags of lengeary gears, but none got the stats I want.
-Some of the outfits are too expensive (Gem store).
-You can not trade gears with other players
-Often with lag and you always have to wait for getting the team ready and even wait to leave the game when each match end. You can't kick people easy even when you are a host.
-You can not sell other player's tower even they are on your way
-You you dont need to pay for anything, but be ready to grind many hours to get what you want.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
55.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 1
I used to love this game but when it came to I realised the grind was too real. It was so real because of the fact that you need over like 10k Medals to get a new hero and when it comes down to it grinding the game is boring as heck. I can't even play the game anymore because before the round is over I have to go study or do homework. The rounds are very long and the grind for loot is terrible. It would be better if you could access all heroes no matter what because the heroes are what I play this game for. I have been grinding and grinding for Ev Mk2 but when it comes to the matter it would take over a week of hardcore grinding to get ev 2k and on the road there all the gear i've gotten is terrible and farming Harbringer is plain boring.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 26
This is an interesting game from a certain point of view. I enjoyed playing it, does have a special graphic and great game mechanics, the overall sound is good. Keeps you entertained and satisfied.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
293.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 12
Dungeon Defenders 2 should've been a very, very good game like the first one, but since its early access release, there have been so many tiny little things done wrong that were never corrected. All of these cascaded into the poor time of today; and no one is better for it.

Bugs that have existed since the dawn of the game are still in, I'm not talking about small minor ones. No, I'm talking about pretty major ones such as matchmaking issues, enemy/map glitching and player's towers being broken. On top of that, the game is repetitive. Once you've played the campaign once, you've seen practically the entire game. You're never forced to adopt and refine your strategies or are given new interesting challenges to play through. The "incursions" the game offers, maps that have a special objective of some sort, are a far cry from DD1's challenges due to the fact that the player is given very little option to play around the special objectives. Simple invincibility fields or having the player run around to catch collectibles do not provide interesting challenges to the player, because there's no smart way to play it. You either play "Simon-says" with the map, or do the same thing you've been doing except without personally attacking with your hero. The player is not given a choice, and without a choice to make there is no obstacle to overcome.

I believe this comes from a fundamental design flaw within the development team. They seem to be prioritizing making new content and incentive systems instead of making a game that is worth playing. If the game itself is not a sound concept, it does not matter how much content or grind mills you put into the game. Nobody wants to play your revival maps, and they most certainly don't want to run through your grind mills. This is why it's very important for early access games to focus on the game itself, not the content it has.

If you're just a person looking for a game to mess around with friends though, there's a few hours of enjoyment for you here, as long as you can look past all the bugs. Otherwise, I would highly recommend simply purchasing DD1 instead of hoping this game works. If you really want to look for this game in the future, try to look at what the development team is doing and try to figure out their focus. Once you notice a large shift in their thinking, that will probably be the time this game comes back to light.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 13
It's aight. for a defense game
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26.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 26
Ive got a few problems with it (the game), i understand its still early access so i understand alot of the problems people are having with the game. my biggest problem is just really nit-picky. i feel that when my mouse is in game its slow (even at max sensitivity) and feels like its just floating around on ice. but other than that ive enjoyed it for how little ive played. and yes it could use more content and some better gameplay mechanics but i still enyoy it, and as i said before its still early access technically so they could still make some substantial changes if they wanted. other than a few really small nit-picks thats really all i see wrong with it.
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15.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 25
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hi im lucas²❤
23.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 24
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floopy goober
87.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 24
Sexy characters and nice animations. Makes for a nice ♥♥♥♥♥♥
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Pls Pls Pls Pls Pls Pls Pls Pls
1.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 24
Just pay the $15 to get number 1. This game is a huge disappointment. Still alpha though I suppose. Number one supports first person view, the controls dont feel tacky, number 1 will show you wheather the item is better then what you have equipped or not while your in the game and not after the game and that you have to check your forge. Number 2 just lacks, really bad, number 1 is the way to go. At this point anyway. Devs, I am really disappointed.....
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27.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 23
let me show you how to spell great game: dungeon defenders 2
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Eddy McSandbag
11.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 23
This is a fun game with pretty asthetics that are easy to run. The towers and their effects are easy to understand but very effective if mastered.
However, the reviews are bad due to the developers sueing the ARK: Survival Evolved devolopers, so please do not be turned away from this game for the mixed reviews.

Overall good game.
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1.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 22
Everything you loved about Dungeon Defenders, but they made microtransactions infinitely more visible... Gameplay is just as fun, graphics look great, but the monetization is crazy this go-around
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4.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 22
It's good. And apparently related to Terraria.
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