☺ A role reverse of Tower Defence done very well.
☺ Intense gameplay.
☺ Good visuals.
☹ Feels more like an expansion than a sequel.
☹ Limited tactics.
(NOTE: This Review only takes into consideration the Single Player Campaign).
Anomaly 2 see's you take up the role of a commander, who's squad are wrapped in a struggle against an infestation of machine towers who's only goal is to destroy all which enters their firing range.
Anomaly proved you could make a great game by switching the roles of Tower Defence, forcing you to be in command of the troops rather than the towers and making strategic choices of what your squad is composed of, how and when to assist that squad during battle and the route you shall take to your objectives. Anomaly 2 goes a step further by giving your squad the ability to transform on the fly, expanding your options at any given time and also throws in a few more enemy towers.
The gameplay can be quite frantic as you manage your abilities in the heat of battle and scoop up additional abilities from destroyed towers, you can also pause the action to assign a new route for your troops or change the order your squad is currently in at anytime.
On a normal play through, I quickly found a squad set up that worked and while the transformations are useful at times (switching a front arc fire cannon to 360 degree missile fire for instance), I could largely switch to the preferred role and leave them be.
Anomaly 2 doesn't really do anything the original didn't already do. In fact, I preferred the original over this game (both the story and gameplay balance). Anomaly 2 feels more like an expansion than a sequel in many ways and as such, I wouldn't recommend the game unless you've got and enjoyed the original Anomaly: Warzone Earth and fancy more of the same - but I'd stress the original Anomaly is indeed recommended!
Posted: January 29th, 2014