Defense Grid 2 was already a big hit on the PC and now the folks behind it have brought it to the Oculus Go. Already Defense Grid 2 was regarded as one of the best tower defense strategy style games around so many people were excited to see how the game would work in VR. Well I can tell you right away it works very well and many people are saying this is the best tower defense game you can get for VR.
The idea of Defense Grid 2 is quite simple. You need to defend your base and your energy cubes from what feels like a never-ending wave of enemies! The way that you do this is by cleverly positioning your towers at certain points of the map. As you progress through the game you can use special towers, get upgrades, new characters, abilities and so on that can all give you a strategic advantage in battle.
Defense Grid 2 is certainly not an easy game and just one wrong tower placement can cause utter devastation! Still, even if defeat, Defense Grid 2 is a game that is a lot of fun to play. While it does make you think, I really like how they have made the game fun too. The campaign has 26 levels and a few of these after the main campaign are made with VR in mind and these are quite spectacular.
Actually, speaking of VR, the developers clearly had a lot of fun in bringing the game to the Oculus Go. I say this because they have hidden all kinds of things around the maps. From things that will let you interact with stuff like bridges, lights on the buildings and so on to hidden power cores that will require you to really get into a map and look around to find them. This really is a great use of VR and I loved getting in close and seeing all the little details.
The campaign I feel is paced quite well. The tutorial really does hold your hand quite well and it teaches you what you need to know. The progression of the campaign is something that I enjoyed and I never felt that there was an unfair difficulty spike. Actually, any time that I failed in Defense Grid 2 I can say that it was always because of something that I did. There are no multiplayer options in the game, but there are leaderboards. However, there are ways you can tweak the game which give it more replay value. For example, you can make the game harder, have a certain number of towers that you can use and you can also play around with many other options which helps add to the fun.
I was very impressed with what Defense Grid 2 offered on the Oculus Go. I would actually say that playing this in VR is even better than playing it on PC. The way they make you have to look around buildings and pay attention to the layout of the map is very clever stuff. I do feel that some kind of multiplayer battle would have been great, but the single player content alone is going to keep you busy for a long time. Without a doubt, this is a game you have to play if you have an Oculus Go!
The presentation is great
The campaign has plenty of cool and badass characters
It offers the perfect blend of strategy and fun
One of the better tutorials I have played
Plenty of ways you can tweak the gameplay
There are no multiplayer battles
Some may still find it a little tough if new to this style of game