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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Xbox LIVE Arcade
DevelopeD By: Hidden Path Entertainment
Genre: Strategy & Simulation
Players: 1
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and Up)
Release Date: September 2, 2009
Screenshots: Link
Microsoft: Buy Now!
Written By: Matthew Prunty












Hidden Path, the developer behind the Defense Grid: The Awakening has long to bring their title from the PC platform to home consoles. After a successful PC release, the developer decided to begin work on a Xbox 360 port, which is the title I am reviewing. Considering there is a lack of tower defense titles accessible via the Xbox Live Arcade, and the last one released was very lackluster, Hidden Path has high expectations placed on them to recreate the same experience found in the PC version for the Xbox 360. Where they able to pull of the feet, in one word... Yes.

The primary campaign withing The Awakening consist of 20 distinct and varying levels, which bring about unique and interesting battle sequences. Each of the levels have their own distinct variation when venturing into the Challenge levels and Survival modes. Though some may be disappointed by the fact that there is no multiplayer within the game, the depth of the single-player campaign alone makes up for the lack of any multiplayer. As your progress through the game, the levels will get increasing harder, but not to the point that would make you want to throw your controller. This is impart do to Hidden Path fine tuning the difficulty level so the game will never be overbearing.



The story in Defense Grid: The Awakening isn't Oscar worthy at all, but helps to set the foundation for all the crazy action happening within the game. In the distant future, aliens have gotten the upper hand on humans, practically wiping out our human race. In order to fight back, you must activate the defense grid, which makes the playing field practically even, giving you a chance to defend yourself and the last bit of the human race. Whether player a tower defense game or a real-time strategy title, STRATEGY is your biggest key to survival. Having the right units in place on both offense and defense are key to performing successful attacks have protecting your stronghold.

Almost in a similar fashion to Comet Crash, the crustaceans will tend to take the shortest route possible in order to deliver a mighty blow to your cause. Some levels allow you to extend the path taken by the crustaceans, allowing you attack them way before they actually get near your base. You also have the ability to block their route in its entirety, but be forewarned that they will attempt to break through your blockade and can and will be successful in doing so.



When it comes to the visual presentation of Defense Grid, Hidden Path has done a remarkable job. The wasteland environments are simplistic, yet very detailed offering up a since that the battlegrounds are cold, desolate environments with with danger around every corner. In regards to the towers, they are also nicely detailed; special effects allow them to emerge from the ground when you build them. The audio within the game is solid for the most part. The sound of destruction is very clear and distinct. Itís something about hearing the action taking place in this game that it reminds me of the Starship Troopers movies (in a good way).

Defense Grid: The Awakening is a welcomed addition to the Xbox Live Arcade lineup. Being one of the only solid and enjoyable tower defense titles in the Marketplace, itís definitely worth the 800 MS points ($10) to experience and engaging and tactile single-player title. Though multiplayer would of added additional value to the overall experience, the shear amount of content put into the single-player experience is enough to entice anyone looking for a good strategy title. If you donít own this game, I recommend you pick it up.

8/10


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