Achievement Preview Spotlight: Defense Grid 2

By Megan Walton, 4 years ago
Tower defence games are definitely not everyone's cup of tea. Some of you may have only become properly aware of the genre on 360 back when Defense Grid: The Awakening was on "Games With Gold", where your strategy and planning skills were put to the test in order to protect cores from waves of aliens. Evidently, there is a market for these tower defence games, as developers Hidden Path Entertainment bring Defense Grid back with a sequel featuring new levels, new towers and new ways to protect your cores from the aliens, in Defense Grid 2. Your goals are simple; use the wide range of towers at your disposal to try and keep all your cores happy and safe, whilst flying, walking and running aliens try to get their grubby little hands on them. The key here is to find the perfect way to split your resources between building as many towers as you can, with upgrading the towers to be more powerful. As long as you have at least one core left at the end of the level you win, but the fun comes in trying to save as many cores as possible whilst, at the same time, trying to use as few resources as possible.


Unlike the original game, we have a much bigger achievement list for Defense Grid 2, the majority of which sit with a fairly standard and achievable 15G. There are no secret achievements for you to ponder upon, so what you see is what you get with this 1000G game. Similarly to the previous title, it looks like again this time around you'll be fighting to gain a bronze, silver or gold medal for each level, with gold presumably being gained by losing no cores in the best and most economical way. The highest gamerscore achievement (for getting 100 gold medals) sits at a nice 100G, which presumably means this will not be an easy feat. The rest of the achievements read fairly obviously - kill a certain amount of aliens or use a certain amount of towers; a group of achievements which look like they should come naturally over the course of simply playing the game as normal.

From this bunch of achievements, we can see that some of the abilities from the previous game will be making a reappearance. The orbital laser, which was a killer weapon in the first game to take out a bunch of enemies at once, will be available to us once again, with an achievement this time round for simply using it (along with other achievements for using other various weapons including Core Teleport and Temporal Cannon). On your way through the game, alien deaths will definitely come naturally, which is a good thing seeing as there is an achievement for killing 50,000 of them. The challenge modes are also back, with achievements related to completing a certain number of these, as well as one for surviving all 100 waves of a super grinder mode for any level.

Master Siege Breaker in Defense Grid 2
Survive 100 waves on any Super Grinder challenge mode.

This is a game you will definitely be re-visiting to get all of the achievements, especially the level specific ones to complete a level with only gun towers, or to complete a level with 10,000 resources remaining. One new feature which this game has introduced is co-op and luckily, for those that are worried, there are only a couple of related co-operative achievement, the hardest of which is to gold a multiplayer mission.

Go Team! in Defense Grid 2
Go Team!26 (10)
Earn a Gold medal in a Coordinated Defense Multiplayer Mission.

As mentioned before, you'll be aiming to gold every level wherever possible. Whilst on your way to doing this, you'll be getting achievements for earning your first silver medal, first gold medal and silver medals on all missions. Getting 100 gold medals across different missions is what you'll be spending most of your time doing once you have completed the rest of the game. Presumably, the higher gamerscore for this achievement will make it worth the effort.

Master Strategist in Defense Grid 2
Earn 100 Gold Medals on any missions.

Once you've finished upgrading towers, selling towers, recovering cores and reloading multiple times, you should well and truly be the master of your cores. For tower defence addicts, the game should be a fairly easy (if not fairly lengthy) completion. For everyone else, there is no achievement in this list that should put you off the game, and no doubt the experts amongst you will be posting strategy videos to help this rest of us.

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Megan Walton
Written by Megan Walton
Megan is a TA newshound and reviewer who has been writing for the site since early 2014. Currently working in catering, she enjoys cooking extravagant dishes, baking birthday cakes for friends and family in peculiar shapes, writing depressing poetry about life and death, and unlocking every achievement possible.