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Trendy Entertainment's Dungeon Defenders has a loyal following thanks to its clever blend of action and tower defense. We had the chance to play the sequel at New York Comic Con, and it's everything that fans have fallen in love with improved physics that will make multiplayer even more enjoyable.
The original four heroes from Dungeon Defenders, the squire, the apprentice, the huntress, and the monk, have all grown up a bit since their last adventure. Having accidentally unleashed the Old Ones, the quartet must protect the land from beasts and monsters.
There have been some changes to the formula, and though the build we played was pre-alpha, it's already coming together well. Dungeon Defenders heroes now have access to two separate mana reserves. One is used for barricading lanes and placing offensive towers. The other fuels active abilities.
In Dungeon Defenders, these all pulled from the same mana pool. In the sequel, the split ensures that players can remain active in battle without sacrificing their ability to build, upgrade, and repair emplacements.
Physics play a more important role this time out. For instance, freezing an enemy makes them more vulnerable to blunt damage from cannonballs. It also leaves them susceptible to gravity. A whirlwind trap will hurt an ice-encased foe more upon impact. This makes teamwork and communication even more critical than before.
There are also important sub-objectives to protect in each level. The castle map has two gate locks. Each one protects a lane from opening up. Failure to defend these makes later waves much harder.
This was only a brief look at Trendy's upcoming sequel, but the studio is off to a good start. Dungeon Defenders 2 is slated for a soft launch in spring 2014 on PC, Mac, and Linux.
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Loved the first one despite it being slightly childish. Just overall great gameplay.
Dungeon Defenders has been sitting in my Steam library for ages. I need to finally get around and play it. The sequel sounds like they are expanding on a fun game.
Hope it gets ported to consoles. At least one of them. I like sitting on the couch and playing it with my kids.