If you are reading this review right now, and consider buying the game, do it. It's that simple, the game is totally worth the money. First of all, it's a First Person Shooter Tower Defense game. It's rules are simple:
- Choose your personal Towers and Weapons.
- Build blocks to create a maze as big as possible.
- Build towers using resources that you gain for completing waves.
- Upgrade your gear and towers.
- Defend the core at all cost.
Sanctum has this good feeling of progression. Each new wave provides another, a more difficult challenge. And the player must keep up. By upgrading the towers and weapons. Which by the way, come in a surprisingly pleasant number. There are a lot of different towers to choose from. Some are used to deal damage to the creatures on the ground, and some to those airborn. So it's a good idea to buy them both, and experiment with their placement. Another very nice addition, are the "Support Towers". They can manipulate your enemies in various ways. The "Slow Field" for example, slows every creature that steps on the ground where it's placed. There also towers that amplify both yours and your tower's attacks, make your enemies more susceptible to damage, and so on. Speaking of enemies, each type of creature has it's own good looking alien body. That comes with a certain, sometimes hidden, area called the "Weakspot". Each alien has it's own unique abilities, like "Charging", "Soaking", "Dodging", well, you get the point. They not only behave differently, but also look so. Very cool and fantastic-looking models.
Your towers are the main source of firepower in Sanctum. But the player is as important. You get to choose from 6 unique weapons like the "Sniper", "Freeze",and "Tesla" guns. Which come in very handy when dealing with certain enemies. Especially those that somehow survived your defenses. You can create some really awesome guns and towers combinations if you think about it. You could, for example, use your "Freeze" gun to temporarily stun all the enemies in a certain radius. And then blow them all away with a charged "REX". It's really awesome come to think about it.
Another thing worth mentioning is the variety of maps (16 if have the DLCs) and game mods (like Bounty, Stamina, Pre-Build, and Standart). Which add a certain feeling of freedom. And the maps are pretty awesome. They look vibrant and alive, full of fauna and flora. Which is so strange looking that it makes you love it. Giant spores, glowing trees, multiple Suns, huge flowers, and mineral-rich caves. But the best thing about the maps, are the Easter Eggs. There are so many secret spots to find. So well-hidden and camouflaged, that you'll spend some time looking for them, and when you'll finally find them, they'll put a smile on that face.
And now, my favorite subject, the Music. I never thought I'd enjoy Sanctum's music so much as I do. Every map has 2 pieces of music attached to it. The first one plays in the "Building" phase. Usually a rather slow and tuneful loop, which I always like. And the second piece plays while the "Action" phase is in progress. A very pulsing, rhythmic and dynamic song, that I just love. Just listen to THIS
. Please do, they might seem simple and plain, but they feel so complex and sparkling. 16 different maps, 2 songs for each... You do the math. All the credit goes to Coffee Stain Studios, and more specificaly to the genius Gustaf Tivander.
The last but not least, the best feature of this game is the Cooperative play. You and up to three of your friends get to build, upgrade and defend together. It's fun and effective, it grants even more creativity and firepower. Letting you get the most of this game. Which I strongly recommend if you're looking for either a good Co-op, or Tower Defense. 10/10