Sanctum 2 Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Sanctum 2 Box Art
System: PC*, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: Coffee Stain Studios
Pub: Reverb Entertainment, Coffee Stain Studios
Release: May 15, 2013
Players: 1 (up to 4 online)
Screen Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes

Now, the multiplayer runs smoothly, though there are some inherent limitations. It probably works best with two players who know each other; trying to formulate a strategy between strangers, or among more than two people, is likely to become frustrating. It’s nice to have extra guns around in FPS mode, but tower defense just isn’t a collaborative endeavor.

Sanctum 2 Screenshot

The story here is minimal -- on the loading screen before each level there's a brief comic explaining why, once again, you have to defend a glowing orb against multiple waves of attackers. This isn't a plot that will win any awards -- it's just a series of excuses to kill aliens -- but it's hard to complain when a video-game story wastes so little of your time. I, for one, wish more developers would keep their plots confined to loading screens.

The graphics, controls, and sounds are well polished. This is a $15 downloadable game, so don't expect photorealism, but the scenery looks good and the enemies are nicely detailed. The FPS controls are exactly what you're used to, and the tower-defense controls are user-friendly -- just aim where you want your tower to go and press a button. The game also features electronic music that never gets grating, subdued sound effects in the mold of Halo, and some occasional voice-acted outbursts from your character.

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Simply put, Sanctum 2 is an incredibly clever, incredibly fun game. Setting up your towers is intellectually challenging, and mowing down enemies is a wonderful blend of mindless excitement and strategy. It's great to have all these elements together in one game.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: May 28, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
It’s a downloadable title, so don’t expect miracles, but it looks nice.
4.5
Control
Both the FPS and the tower-defense controls work smoothly.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music isn’t grating, and the occasional voice acting is fine.
4.3
Play Value
There’s more than enough content to justify spending $15.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Tower defense: Design complex mazes and build powerful towers to stop the enemies from destroying the Cores.
  • First-person shooting: Don’t just sit back and watch, jump into the action yourself!
  • Four playable character classes, each with its own unique strengths, weaknesses, and weapons.
  • Vast customization system: Pick perks or make the game crazy hard by adding Feats of Strength.
  • In-game visual novel: Unlock a comic-book page for every map you beat to discover the secrets of LOEK III.
  • Progression system: Increase your rank and unlock new weapons, towers, and perks.
  • Four-player co-op: Progress through the storyline yourself or team up with other players whenever you want.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Sanctum 2 - Teaser Trailer - click to enlarge
    Teaser Trailer
    Sanctum 2 - Gameplay Trailer - click to enlarge
    Gameplay Trailer
    Sanctum 2 - Launch Trailer - click to enlarge
    Launch Trailer


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