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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 Lets start the first mission. The map is small and simple.
Defense Grid 2 Xbox One The main menu.
Defense Grid 2 Xbox One The first aliens arrive. They'll follow the yellow path that has been marked. It is the quickest way to our cores!
Defense Grid 2 Xbox One There are all kinds of different aliens with all unique abilities. They can be strong, quick, tower disabling, invisible, etc.

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Defense Grid 2 Other Tower Expert
Defense Grid 2 Other Leadhead
Defense Grid 2 Other Happy Returns
Defense Grid 2 Other Field Promotion


Alternate Titles

  • "DG2" -- Official abbreviated title

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BioGamer Girl Xbox One Oct 01, 2014 8.2 out of 10 82
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep 29, 2014 80 out of 100 80
IGN Xbox One Oct 14, 2014 8 out of 10 80 Windows Sep 26, 2014 80 out of 100 80
MondoXbox Xbox One Oct 09, 2014 8 out of 10 80 Xbox One Sep 26, 2014 80 out of 100 80
games xtreme Windows Oct 15, 2014 7.8 out of 10 78 Nintendo Switch Feb 19, 2019 76 out of 100 76
TrueAchievements Xbox One Sep 27, 2014 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
God is a Geek Xbox One Sep 29, 2014 7 out of 10 70


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