Dungeon Defender fans that are eager to get their hands on the upcoming sequel to the massively popular Dungeon Defenders by Trendy Entertainment are in luck. Trendy Entertainment has decided to allow fans to purchase a gem pack from the PlayStation Store, which includes access to the Pre-alpha build of Dungeon Defenders 2. Depending on which gem pack you decide to purchase, you will also receive some additional content. You can find more info on that here.
We were fortunate enough to get early access to the title and from what I have played, all I can say is that this game, like the first game, will not disappoint when it is officially released.
Gameplay wise, Dungeon Defenders 2 keeps all of the things that made the original game fun and refreshing. When I loaded up the initial map everything felt immediately familiar and accessible. This is a good and a bad thing. It was good for me and probably everyone else who has ever played Dungeon Defenders before. It’s bad for a newcomer who is just playing this for the first time. The game does not offer any tutorials for new players, which can make the game seem overwhelming for some since there is a lot of stuff to do in the game. I’m sure a tutorial will be added to the game at some point, but it would have been nice to see one in the pre-alpha build. Dungeon Defenders 2 feels old and new at the same time. At it’s core, Dungeon Defenders 2 is very much a tower defense game that focuses on teamwork and character progression. Much like the first game, you will still find plenty of loot scattered throughout the map during and in-between rounds. Not all of this loot is worth replacing your current setup with, however if you save it you can use it to upgrade the weapons and armor that you DO care about.
The game also offers a Daily Challenge every 24 hours which can be completed during the duration of the event. So far these challenges have been things like, “Kill 100 Goblins” or “Slay 10 Orcs”, but I had fun nonetheless and it was an extra way to earn more XP and Gold. Trendy Entertainment has decided to make this a free-to-play game when it launches and advised us that they would be offering “ethical” micro-transactions. So far the only micro-transactions I have seen are purely cosmetic, which I am totally ok with.
Since this game is meant to be played with a group of people, proper online functionality is crucial. Don’t worry, Trendy Entertainment has created one of the smoothest pre-alpha launches I have ever seen. Online functionality has been stellar and I have not had so much as a single hiccup during my playtime. For those of you that prefer to ride solo, you have that option as well however you will still need to be online.
Graphically this game looks great. The characters and environments are bright and colorful, but what would you expect from a Dungeon Defenders title. The game runs incredibly smooth despite having 30 enemies or more on the screen at once, which surprised me since this game is in a pre-alpha stage. Overall my entire experience with Dungeon Defenders 2 has been incredibly positive and I can’t wait to see what surprises Trendy Entertainment has in store for us in the future.