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Castlestorm is a decent enough game that's a little unsure about what it wants to be. It's not exceptional enough to demand your time or money above the billion other games vying for your attention, but nowhere near being awful as to want to stomp into paste and fire into the sun, never to darken your door again.
Whether you have never played this game before, or played it on PS3, I strongly suggest trying this game out as it is one of the best download only games to hit the PS4.
A year-and-a-half later and Castlestorm is still a complete blast to play. The added content and updated visuals round out an already stellar package. As long as you can get used to the controls, this is one that will keep you entertained time and time again.
Castlestorm: Definitive Edition is exactly that – a remastered edition of an enjoyable game. Bar some issues with the controls the game offers an enjoyable mix of tower defense, RTS and action all wrapped up in a fun exterior. There's probably little here to convince owners of the original game to double-dip, but for newcomers there's a huge amount of content which should keep you coming back for some time.
Although CastleStorm seemed right at home on the Vita, it fits the PS4 very well, too. The bright visuals pop and sing thanks to the increased power and the game runs as smooth as butter at all times. Addictive and entertaining, CastleStorm's mix of fairytale whimsy and challenging strategy – as well as its mishmash of play styles – makes it a solid and enticing prospect whatever the platform.
While this castle may still have some foundation issues, it holds a lot of treasure if you're willing to devote some time and effort. The campaign and multiplayer alone make CastleStorm: Definitive Edition a worthwhile experience, with enough customisation to add depth without being too complicated.
Essentially, this is the same game as before. If you've sold off your PS3 and want to play this game again, then it's a complete package for $14.99. If, however, you are content with playing this on your older console or Vita, then it is kind of hard to recommend for this price. If there were a discount for existing customers, this would be an easier sell. With that exception aside, though, if you never picked up the game and want to play the ultimate version, then by all means plop down the cash! The game runs more smoothly, looks better, and even incorporates the DualShock 4 controller's speaker to comical effect. CastleStorm remains loads of fun and as challenging as you let it become. Just don't forget to send some troops out there!
CastleStorm: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4 is quite the time sink, and Zen Studios is to be commended for re-working a few proven, familiar play mechanics and binding them together to create an original, polished experience that feels fresh and is, most importantly, fun to play.
[F]or those who have yet to experience this highly addictive combination of tower defense, physics destruction and real time strategy, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition offers a unique game experience that is fun to play solo or with friends, and I highly recommend checking it out.
While Castlestorm: Definitive Edition can't quite dominate the market as other next-gen remakes have, it's still got plenty to offer for fans of action and strategy games. Besides, you haven't lived until you've seen a ballista impale a pair of giants.
If multiplayer Versus is as good as the single player, then this game deserves a slightly higher recommendation. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this review, the only multiplayer modes which were functional were the repetitive and, frankly boring, survival modes. Don't be put off by this though, as there's an awful lot to keep you busy in single player, and it would be a shame to miss out on this quirky gem. . . . Simply put, CastleStorm has a lot going for it.
CastleStorm has a ton of things to handle while playing, and while it's never a bad game, it feels like I was having to juggle too much at one time and ended up fumbling with the controller more times than not.