'Orcs Must Die! 2'
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.5 stars
Zombies may be popular now, but Orcs used to be the wildebeest of the gaming realm. Whether you fight with them or against them, Orc strategy is always the same; swarm the enemy with superior numbers! Now Robot Entertainment has transformed the chore of slaying countless Orcs into a virtual art form with the action/strategy/tower defense hybrid, "Orcs Must Die! 2."
Virtual Orc slayers take on the role of either the hero War Mage from the first game or its sultry villain, the powerful Sorceress, as they slay hordes of Orc invaders. As soon as players enter each level, they gain access to a wide variety of traps that are quite adept at spilling Orc blood, if the game had any. After laying down several trap combinations, it's Orc-slaying time!
Players use any combination of more than fifty traps, hand weapons, trinkets and environmental hazards to repel wave after wave of enemies. This hefty arsenal comes in handy because there are so many different evil creatures to slaughter, including Earth Elementals, Trolls, Orcs, and Bile Bats.
What makes this game so fun is the freedom of creativity involved in chaining traps together. Sure, it's damaging to hit an enemy with a wall of spikes, but it's much more deadly to make them walk through fire, then get hit with arrows from a mounted ballista, then spun around by rotating logs and finally hit by a wall of spikes. These combos also help to increase the player's score.
Trinkets also give players handy bonuses like a temporary shield or increased damage, and all weapons have powerful secondary modes. Even more customization comes from ability to upgrade any trap, weapon or trinket. When you add Classic and Endless mode to Adventure mode and then toss in the new 2-player co-op mode, "Orcs Must Die! 2" is sure to fulfill every greenskin-slayer's fantasy!