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Defense Grid 2 is a tower defense game and sequel to the 2008 Defense Grid: The Awakening.

Defense Grid 2 features the same kind of gameplay as its predecessor. The player has a pool of money, a base with cores to protect, and tower emplacements. The goal is to strategically place towers to defend their base from incoming enemies. Different kind of enemies require different kinds of towers to be able to destroy them.

The enemies consist of an alien species that is after your base. These include small enemies and easy to kill enemies, slow and giant bosses, flying enemies, lightning quick enemies that require slowing down first, etc. Towers consist of gun emplacements, flamethrower towers, anti-air towers, laser towers, and many more.

The enemies are after the power cores and pick these up after walking close to them. Some enemies can carry several power cores at the same time and should be an priority. When a power core is dropped, it slowly returns back to the power core, but can be picked up whilst returning by enemies. The player loses when all cores are successfully stolen by enemies.

Unlike its predecessor, this game features coöperative and competitive multiplayer.


Defense Grid 2 Xbox One Towers can be upgraded to do more damage and have, for example, a wider spread. Towers that are upgraded once become yellow, towers upgraded twice become red.
Defense Grid 2 Xbox One Every alien can be inspected to watch their current health, weaknesses, and how long it'll take them to be off the map again if not killed.
Defense Grid 2 Xbox One The main menu.
Defense Grid 2 Xbox One As long as the aliens don't steal any of the cores that can be seen here, we're good to go.

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Defense Grid 2 Other Master Strategist
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Alternate Titles

  • "DG2" -- Official abbreviated title

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BioGamer Girl Oct 01, 2014 8.2 out of 10 82
MondoXbox Oct 09, 2014 8 out of 10 80 Sep 26, 2014 80 out of 100 80
IGN Oct 14, 2014 8 out of 10 80
God is a Geek Sep 29, 2014 7 out of 10 70
TrueAchievements Sep 27, 2014 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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