Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX
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Developer: Level Up Labs, LLC
Genres: RPG, Strategy
The battle system builds off of tower defense, with individual characters taking the place of towers. Each character levels-up, learns skills, and equips gear individually, allowing the player to customize their battle experience and strategy. The overall game structure is similar to "tactical" RPG's, but with a real-time battle system. Game speed is adjustable, and commands can even be issued while the game is paused.
It also features an engaging, character-driven story written by an actual English major! The story strives to be fast-paced, snappy, and always relevant to gameplay with minimal exposition. Finally, it's got options and accessibility settings out the wazoo, so that you can have the best possible experience!
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX | Announcement Trailer PS4/XB1/VITA
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX | Gameplay Trailer PS4/XB1/VITA
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX Launch Trailer
Ultimately, for all its storylines and RPG elements, Defender's Quest is very much about the tower defence at its core, with all the other systems in the game either informing the core experience or accommodating it. That tower defence gameplay is exceptionally strong, full of options and customisation, and the other missed opportunities do little to take away from that.
Defender's Quest represents something new and unique. By dipping the tower defense “chocolate” into some RPG “peanut butter”, Level Up Labs has created a Reese's Cup-level classic. Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX' gameplay is rock solid, reflecting the six years of refinements that the small development team has made to the core title. If you have any interest at all in the tower defense genre, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX is a peculiar mix of tower-defense and rpg. Thanks to an intriguing story and a complex and satisfying gameplay, the game will appeal to all those who love strategy games, even with its lack of diversity in enemies.
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If you're looking for a fun and challenging tower defense/RPG on PlayStation 4, then Defenders Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX will scratch that itch. If you ever played Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders, then you'll feel right at home when you take this one for a spin on PS4. There's a lot of content to play, plenty of customization options and a ton of potential combinations for your team of defenders and the skill and abilities they can use. With each character having its own skill tree, if you want to 100% the game, you'll need to spend some extra time leveling them up, but this will also help you work towards adding a new Platinum trophy to your collection.