Ahhhh Dungeon Defenders. I remember my brother and I played the original all the time. We beat it using all the character classes, found the qr code in the locker, and always yelling and fighting over whose fault it was that we died. When the game come out for PC we always wondered when it was going to come out for console players. So, when we heard that Dungeon Defenders 2 was coming to console on June 19th we were so hyped. Hopped on Xbox, downloaded the game, but when we tried to play all we saw was ERROR 2002.
Release Date: June 19th, 2017
Price: Free to Play
Approximate Size: 13.01 GB
Genre: Role Play, Tower Defense and Action.
Developed by Trendy Entertainment
Published by Trendy Entertainment, LLC.
Reviewed on Xbox One; also available on Playstation 4 and PC.
Dungeon Defenders 2 is a Role Playing, Tower Defense and Action game with a lot of depth to it. Unlike the first Dungeon Defenders this one is a free to play title, yes which means there are microtransactions, which we will talk about later. The objective of the game is to defend and protect the eternity crystal against waves of enemies. The game consists of 10 maps at the moment which has the difficulty of east, medium, or hard. The higher the difficulty the better the loot.
The Loot system in Dungeon Defenders is the main reason Why I love the series in the first place. Any game that allows you to collect loot is always a plus in my book. The loot you receive is based on the class you go into battle with. The loot you receive also has its own certain stats and rarity which you can upgrade using medals or coins.
Coins are the primary currency in the game which you can do basic things like buying gear from the black smith or leveling up your gear. Medals are the secondary source of currency. With medals you can Buy characters, pets, shards, and almost everything else in the game. To earn Medals, you must complete quest and daily missions. To me it doesn’t seem that unfair even though some of the medal prices for certain things are a little bit ridiculous. Then we have the wallet eater, Gems. As far as I know throughout the game you only start out with 200 gems which can give you nothing. The only way to earn gems is to bring out the old wallet and spend spend spend. Gems give you characters a lot quicker than medals and they also allow you to buy costumes for your character class as well.
There are currently 7 classes on the game to choose from. The free classes in the game are the Apprentice, Huntress, Monk, and the Squire. The classes that you must pay using gems or medals are the Abyss Lord, Series EV2, Gun Witch, Lavamancer, Dryad, and the apprentice. Each class has their own unique set of skills and their own defenses for battle.
Now the game did have a rough rocky launch seeing ERROR 2002 every time I log in. This made the game nearly unplayable. Even when you were lucky enough to get in you would get kicked out for server issues. Without a doubt this truly made me want to hate the game. A few days later I tried to login and eventually it worked. Looking past all the server issues and the little bugs the game is a blast to play. It’s very exciting to see all hell break loose as swarms of enemies come from around all sides and to see everybody scrambling trying to help each other out. The game is playable with up to 4 people online and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a blast.
The graphics are designed to look like a cartoonish realm with stunning visuals every where you look. Other than textures taking a while to load the game looks perfect.
Sound wise the game has a beautiful soundtrack which fits perfectly with the game including while you battle against enemies. The main character don’t say anything throughout the game but there is a narrator during the cutscenes who’s voice is very suitable for storytelling. The monsters also have their own unique sounds and don’t really sound repetitive.
Nothing in this world is perfect and with that in mind Dungeon Defenders 2 is a work in progress. I would like to imagine what this game could have been if Trendy had held onto it a little longer. But don’t worry, with a patch here and a bug fix there I believe that Dungeon Defenders 2 will be the game that its fan want it to be… perfect.