Orcs Must Die 3 Review (Xbox Series S)

This Orcs Must Die 3 Review ushers in orc-slaying mayhem to a previously unimaginable scale. All new War Scenarios pit players and their friends against the largest orc armies ever assembled. Mountable War Machines give players the essential firepower to heave, stab, carbonize, and disarticulate the abominable intruders. Orcs Must Die 3 is the long-awaited successor in the award-winning Orcs Must Die series.

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Orcs Must Die 3 Review Pros:

  • Nice cartoon-like graphics.
  • 9. 7GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Five game modes – Old friends (the main campaign), Drastic steps (campaign), scramble, endless and weekly challenges.
  • Tower defense gameplay.
  • Controller – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Help section for image and text tutorials.
  • You get an introductory tutorial scenario.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • 3 difficulties – apprentice, war mage, and rift Lord.
  • Solo, host game, find a game and invite system.
  • Six characters to unlock.
  • Skulls – earn them in-game and spend on upgrades and unlocks.
  • Can replay levels.
  • The game structure is you have X amount of time to build defenses and traps then you trigger the wave and fight them off.
  • A more humorous approach this time, very fantasy Disney-like.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Outlines of where the enemy will go show up before you trigger the wave.
  • Inventory will show what traps and defenses you have, it will show what enemies attack/damage and you can load up your hot bar with items for quick access.
  • Minimap.
  • Really easy and quick to lay traps.
  • Every character has unique attacks.
  • Trap and defense placement is governed by cost and money amount.
  • Can pause the game in solo.
  • Killstreak combo.
  • Enemies can drop health and cash.
  • Good voicework.
  • New War Scenario mode gives you massive scale invasions first set out in Orcs Must Die!. Confront overwhelming armies of orcs on the battlefields surrounding the castles.
  • Enjoyable in both solo and co-op play.
  • Feels polished.
  • Save when you want.
  • Mounted weapons.
  • Buy and upgrade traps, weapons, and trinkets.
  • When upgrading you see beforehand what it will do and each item has 3 types of an upgrade – level, unique, and a special upgrade.
  • A full stats breakdown of your last performance.

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Orcs Must Die 3 Review Cons:

  • The slowdown happens a lot.
  • Slow to get going.
  • It feels like the previous games.
  • Had a lot of server disconnects.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • All game modes have to be unlocked.
  • Levels get annoying to navigate.
  • The voice work is good but the lines spoken are full of cheddar.

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Orcs Must Die 3:

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Developer: Robot Entertainment

Publisher: Robot Entertainment

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

The orcs are back and once again they need to be killed. You do this by building elaborate and sometimes basic traps and defenses to stop the ever-increasing waves of orcs. Sounds simple and you know what? After two previous games, they have refined and improved the flow of the game to almost perfection. It is effortless to just bang a trap down even in combat, it’s also worth noting however that whilst it is a tighter more flowing game, it still feels and plays like that last two games. I still enjoy the game in co-op especially once you get to the higher more difficult tiers. But that’s the issue I always have, the long slog to get to the good stuff, the solo play being kinda boring and even slower in a way. Orcs Must Die 3 is the best one yet in the series and it does cater to many game types but at this point, I’m afraid I’m over the genre and series as it never felt like a huge leap forward in any meaningful way. If you like the genre and game series then guess what? It’s the best one.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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