Review: Anomaly 2

Before I begin, I would just like to state that PC gaming is still very new to me! I’m more of a console girl, but I’m trying to branch out and give some new genres of games a go, which is why I chose Anomaly 2.

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“In the years following the invasion of Earth in 2018, the planet is overrun by alien machines. Humankind is on the verge of extinction. Banded together in huge convoys, they search the frozen tundra for food and supplies. Since the war, the roles have been reversed: now our species seems to be the Anomaly on a machine-controlled planet. Your convoy, Commander, is called Yukon.”

Anomaly 2 is made by 11 bit studios and is the sequel to Anomaly: Warzone Earth. It combines tower offense and defense in both single player and multiplayer modes.

Controls

The controls for Anomaly 2 are pretty simple – even I could get the hang of them! You start by planning a route on a virtual map in order to navigate your squad through the various beasties that are out to destroy you. Outside of the map, you guide Commander Simon Lynx around the map by pointing and clicking with the left mouse button. The right mouse button is used to deploy your support abilities to help protect or enhance your units. You can upgrade and buy more units at any time, and the menus are accessible and easy to use. Also, you can morph units in order to use different abilities, and this can be done by double-clicking on the unit whilst on the map or in the menus.

Gameplay

I started by playing through the Story Mode to get a feel for the game. In Story Mode, you progress through missions which are linked up with segments of the storyline. You get to choose from four difficulty settings at the start of each mission so you can make missions as challenging as you like. I stuck with the ‘Normal’ difficulty, which I did find a struggle at times; however, this may be as I’m not too familiar with this type of game.

I did sometimes find the missions a little repetitive, but you can play about with your strategy in order to keep the gameplay fresh. I liked the variety of units, and the morphing aspect was pretty cool! I tended to go for the ‘Hulk smash’ approach and chose to mainly upgrade my units to high firepower. Other people may prefer to play more tactically, but as it’s a versatile game, you can choose your own style.

The game also has a multiplayer option, which is Tower Offense Vs Tower Defense. I would highly recommend going through the tutorials, as these really helped me to find my feet. You play as either Squad, who are the attackers, or Towers, who are the defenders, and fight it out for either a set amount of points or a point advantage over your opponent. I personally found the multiplayer more enjoyable, as each match is different and you get different gameplay experiences with Squads and Towers.

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Overall Impression

Anomaly 2 is really well put together and looks great! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it despite it being something completely new to me. I would definitely recommend trying the game if you have experience with strategy-based games or if you are interested in trying out something a bit different like I was!

Final Score: B+

Anomaly 2 is available on Steam for $14.99 (currently on sale until May 22 for $13.49!). Follow the game on the official site, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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