||Orcs Must Die! 2 is a very well done sequel to the game that, for those of us who like the original, is a welcome addition to it's predecessor. While I have to admit, some people feeling it's like a DLC or big content patch, is understandable; there's far more to the game than what people get from face value.
First off there's the elephant in the room, Co-Op. This is probably my favorite feature.
Not only can I work hard to beat the scores of my friends and peeps on the leaderboards,
there's the added feature of playing with them and enjoying the slaughter together.
Content wise it's well beyond worth the money. If you even enjoy this style of game, you'll enjoy this.
You can pick from the main 2 characters and not only tweak your primary weapon, but with the addition
of trinkets and unique modifications to weapons, traps, and trinkets you have plenty to do and a great
reason to play the endless mode maps. I'm going to try to make this review short, so I'll cut to the content.
1. Classic Mode - If you own the original OMD on steam, you get the co-op versions of 10 of the game's maps!
2. Endless Mode - Survival gone cuckoo. (Almost)Non-stop waves on enemies that scale up as normal waves do.
3. New Enemies - Bored of orcs? Don't worry, Orcs Must Die! makes sure that Elementals, Trolls, and Bats must die too! There's 22 enemies in total all with their own pros & cons making just 1 strategy really useless and more than before makes you re-arrange your trap setup from time to time.
4. Skulls Skulls Skull! - Every map has a rating/score system. You're awarded with skulls to use as currency for upgrading traps, buying new traps, buying/upgrading weapons, trinkets with cool effects such as extra coin and healing trinket to equip in one of your limited spots. Since you have no armor or weapon "slot" you're stuck trying to balance what you've bought with what you need every map. There are even vanity items to alter your characters look. Though they don't add direct customization, it's more of a character skin than an item.
5. Last but not least...TRAPS! Hah I know, you're thinking, Duh I know it has traps. But did you know it has 30 different traps that all have upgrades and unique effects that you can buy with skulls? Shuuut up no you didn't. Between the replayability and the new Nightmare difficulty, there's just too many ways to go about playing this game, and with 2 different characters. Although Spoiler:
No matter who you choose to play as, the dialog remains the same throughout the levels.
Personally I really enjoy this game. If you want to play for 5 mins or if you want to play for 5 hours there's something to do and many, many, many ways to go about it. As I said I enjoy the game, at full price on steam it's $15USD and $25 for a 2 pack so you can save if you wanna get a copy for someone to play with.
Playing with or without the trainer is lots of fun and I found myself saving up for the lightning ring and shocking the daylights out of stuff while watching them run around on fire, bleeding, and poisoned!
Nothing like a good slaughter! I'm giving this game a 9/10 simply because I don't rate every game on the same scale. I have a curve and base every game on what it could be. Some more dialog would have been nice (see the above spoiler) but I'm not upset. Hopefully we'll see DLCs in the future. So... 9/10 and if you like mindless trap killing and funny narratives, Orcs Must Die! 2 is for you.