Tower defense gets a twist in Anomaly 2, the rts mmo game developed by 11 Bit Studios. In this sequel to Anomaly Warzone Earth, players take the role of either humanity struggling to survive or the robots attempting to exterminate them. After the Earth was invaded in 2018, mankind is on the verge of extinction as the planet is now overrun by alien machines. The remnants of humanity have banded together into huge convoys, who scour for supplies and food across the frozen tundra. Once the undisputed rulers of the Earth, humanity has become an Anomaly on this alien machine-controlled planet.
Anomaly 2 is an rts strategy game that features two styles of gameplay: single-player and multiplayer. The single player campaign has the player taking on the role of humanity as they attempt to defeat the alien machines in this post-apocalyptic setting. The standard tower defense gets a new breath of air in multiplayer. Here, players can choose to play as the humans moving around in their convoy or they can take the role of the alien machines and control the towers in what 11 Bit calls "tower offense."
This mmorts will require you to think fast and act decisively to achieve victory. Players can easily upgrade their units, sell off obsolete units, or gather new ones by using an easily understood interface. You can modify your forces as the battles rage, so you're not constrained to finishing a fight with some pre-arranged forces but have the ability to make changes and alterations as the battle progresses. Each unit in Anomaly 2 can morph into a different mech form that has new and unique abilities. Some examples include Hounds, which are a basic unit type but can morph into a flamethrower wielding unit, or the Hammer, a tank which has a powerful cannon that can only rotate 30 degrees but can morph into a tank whose cannon is less powerful but can rotate 360 degrees. There are almost countless combinations of units and abilities that can be used to win the day. To add more variety to the strategy needed are power-ups that are available to both sides. These can quickly alter the state of the battle, so a wise commander will pay particular attention to when to use them and how to react to them.
The post-apocalyptic setting makes for a fascinating game of tower defense versus tower offense. In Anomaly 2, players can fight on both sides of the conflict in a beautifully rendered world: the alien machine invaders or the scattered remains of humanity. Will you be able to destroy the human convoys with your powerful alien towers or will you triumph as mankind and smash the towers to bits?
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