Posted: March 23
Sanctum isn't the very first with this idea in mind, however it pulls it off with amazing gameplay and many viable options. I don't have the DLC for this, but I can already recommend this game to people with a good group of friends for an online multiplayer romp of PvE.
Now, before we get to the core of this review, let me say this: Soul Masters was the first to attempt this style of gameplay with a mixture of magic, building, and minions. In that game, you controlled a single character capable of building towers and upgrades, much like that of any tower defense game. You can use your character to battle across the map and lead your minions to victory. You build defense structures and upgrade your minions and yourself (if memery serves me well). The only problem: the game was short-lived and free-to-play. It's in development limbo, as it was set to re-release, correcting some of the more severe bugs.
Now then, on to the review. The graphics definitely are limited, but get the job done beautifully. THe enemy designs are a bit lacking, but at least the weak points are easy to spot. By no means are they unique, but they work well, nonetheless.
On to the sounds. I haven't messed much with the text to speech, but from what I hear, everything fits perfectly together. The announcer lets you know what mode you're in and the sounds of weapons going off are adequet. I just wish there was more to it than that, but the music is also adequet and fits the mood.
Gameplay: it's a tower defense game. It's also an FPS. It WILL get repetitive, but the beauty of it is that you can't favor one over the other. Achieving balance is important to winning against the waves of enemies. Some require heavy weapon fire while others require pin-point accuracy to their weaknesses. Balance what you upgrade and you can make ith trhough.
Controls: Here, I have to dock it a little because there's no option to run, so you're moving kinda slow through the building process, but then again, you're building and you have unlimited time to build until you hit enter. Still, the controls are solid and the aiming is what you'd expect from any FPS game. Sniping is as easy as it is in most other FPS games, which is never a bad thing.
Overall: I'd give this game a definite 9/10, would like to see more people play this, but the sequel is already out there, so I suggest getting that over this, as long as the gameplay mechanics only improve over what this game has already done. Still, if you can pick this one up, it's definitely a keeper. I hope to grab the sequel someday soon.