September 20, 2012 | EN
"If you already played Orcs Must Die!, then the question of whether or not you should get Orcs Must Die! 2 is a very easy one to answer. Did you like the first game? If so, you might as well immediately buy the second one because it takes the same great formula and irons out just about every wrinkle and nitpick. If you didn’t play Robot Entertainment‘s original surprise hit, jumping right into the second game might very well be your best bet. Released just nine months after the original game, Orcs Must Die! 2 is remarkably similar to its predecessor, but those nine months were spent absolutely perfecting the formula.
Orcs Must Die! 2 is a defence game in which you play as an agent of the Order, a band of magic users who defend the world by slaughtering every orc that enters it. In the first game you only had the thick War Mage to play as, but Orcs Must Die! 2 adds in a second player in the form of the megalomaniacal Sorceress. Regardless of your choice, the game picks up shortly after the War Mage shut down each and every rift in the world. Suddenly they’ve begun to reopen, and the greater mystery of why it’s happening is slightly interrupted by the thousands of angry orcs that come out. Story was never really the focus of the series, but the writing is good and the plot goes for some lighthearted twists and turns to keep things interesting. The best part of the dialogue is the jokes, and both characters and the orcs themselves have plenty of lines that go from adorably lame to genuinely hilarious. No matter what the quality of the writing is, though, the game is still going to be focused on gameplay first. Fortunately the gameplay is terrific.
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