Orcs must die! That's a rather mean statement, for sure. What have these kind and gentle creatures ever done to us? No one really knows and no one really cares. But never before has killing these greenish brutes been as fun as in Orcs Must Die! Until this Monday, when its sequel Orcs Must Die! 2, a third person tower defence shooter by Robot Entertainment, was released. The latest release features more traps, more weapons and more upgrades – and of course the highly-anticipated co-op multiplayer. But is it as good as its predecessor?
The sound department will divide the audience, however. Some will like the frantic music and the cheesy banter, others will find it just a bit over the top (again, the same as in OMD). Personally, I enjoyed it quite a bit, as it fits the overall tongue-in-cheek theme of the game.
But enough about these superficialities! How does it all combine together? Is it any good? Well, if you don't like tower defence games – skip this one! If you don't like hurting people – skip this one! If you don't like hectic games where you mustn't lose sight of the big picture while inside a chaotic crowd of enemies, fighting for your live – skip this one! But if you like just one of the above, then go for it.
Maybe you already knew this because you played the first game, and were just wondering if the multiplayer is any good. Well, it does make the whole thing a lot easier, as both players earn their own money, have their own weapons and their own selection of traps. You have twice the firepower compared with the single player, and can oversee multiple paths at the same time. Although it dumbs down the challenge a bit, it's still is a very good way to spend time with a friend.
Either way, if you are interested at least a little in tower defence games, then this is for you. Fhose of you who own the original Orcs Must Die!, there are 10 levels from the first game accessible in this one for cooperative or survival mode too.
Reviewed on PC