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Bloons 5 TD used to be my favourite tower defence game yet now I tell everyone it's Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX. It just goes to show that not everything has to look all glamorous and pretty in order to be a solid game. Personally, I'm not a fan of the pixel art style in general, but with this game, I found it to be very charming and shows that the vast amount of development work went into its gameplay rather than the visuals – which still look good but it isn't going to win an award for them.
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.
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: 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.
Defener's Quest is a 6-year old game that finally showed up for consoles. It's too expensive, but offers quite fun experience only hindered by suddenly spiking difficulty in some levels to immediately go back to normal a level after. Isn't it fun to 'die' at the beginning of the game?
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