Dungeon Defenders 2 has you defending objectives from hordes of enemies, using four unique heroes and their powerful buildable defenses and abilities. Available to you is the huntress with deadly traps, apprentice with elemental towers, monk with supportive auras, and the squire with his medieval blockades and projectiles. The current gameplay will send you to different areas inside and around a castle, while earning experience and collecting equipment for your heroes. Each level has one or more objectives to protect from the various types of enemies, such as your basic goblin and giant skeletons.
There will be short video tutorials that will be shown when you first start playing the game. The game prevents you from going to content that is too hard for you, so you shouldn’t have much trouble with it. Even if you’re not the best at playing games, the game is designed around playing with other people which can bring down the difficulty. The size and difficulty of the map determines how long it will last, but it will generally take between 10-20 minutes to complete a map, so you should be able to enjoy the game when you can’t play much.
Since the game is designed around playing with other people, you can challenge yourself by playing alone while swapping heroes around and building all the defenses yourself. Even though you can still build a good defense set up, you still only have one character actually fighting, which does make the game harder to manage, especially on the larger maps.
There isn’t really an end to the game, since you just level up your heroes and try to get better gear. Most of your time spent playing will be redoing the same maps over and over just to level up, but this is going to change to become quicker very soon. Either way, whether you play just one or all characters, the game will last you a while.
The game is in pre-alpha, which means there is still a ton to add to the game. You can expect to see pets, better multiplayer experience and tools, game modes and bosses, and just tons of content in general. The options menu surprisingly has a lot compared to the development stage of the game. Many gameplay and interface settings can be toggled, such as damage numbers. Controls for everything can be set, a fair amount of graphical options are available, and of course the simple volume sliders are all available to change. Even though there is a setting to change mouse sensitivity, it is still very slow when maxed out, which can be annoying if you’re used to having a fast moving cursor.
Overall, the game has a colorful cartoony look to it. The game runs well when maxed out and there is only slight slowdown when there are tons of enemies and towers going off on screen at the same time. There is already a good variety of sound and music in the game. All enemies and defenses have a unique sound, and each map theme has its own song. There is no voice acting in the game, though it doesn’t really need any.
Dungeon Defenders previously costed 25 dollars, 75 dollars for four copies of the game, or a collector’s edition of the game for 75 dollars. The game will actually be free to play when it is complete, but you must pay money in order to play it now. Other than access to the game, buying the base game also comes with 30 dollars of currency and cosmetic helmets. The collector’s edition also comes with 100 dollars worth of in game currency, exclusive skins for characters and defenses, and a title. Even if you buy the game now, these extras aren’t available yet.
When the game becomes free to play, there will of course be in game microtransactions to buy. Other than currency, the plan is to only sell cosmetic items for heroes and towers, and nothing that will make your characters stronger.
Deciding whether you want to play or buy the game comes down to a few important things. If you played and enjoyed the first Dungeon Defenders, you will most likely not like the sequel, at least not the current version of it. Especially if you own all of the DLC and extra content for the first one, there is just no reason to move onto the second one for now. Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you like playing this type of game by yourself or with other people, since a few mechanics of the game aren’t friendly to solo players. Even if you never played the first one, the sequel simply has too little content for the price tag.
As for reasons why you might like buying Dungeon Defenders 2, you should only do so if you have people to play with, and have no experience with the first one. Even so, you should just spend the money on the original and wait until this becomes free to play.