Review: Hero Defense (PlayStation 4)

Command a team of renegade heroes and impale, slash, tear and burn through legions of undead hell-bent on world domination. Your mission: to defeat the world’s most powerful vampire, Count Necrosis. welcome to our Hero Defense review.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.24GB download size.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Tower defense/RPG mash-up gameplay.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Five main characters. You start with one and then unlock more as you go.
  • Town- the Main hub where you rebuild the shops and upgrade them, They are used to upgrade weapons, yourself and add new features.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Quality Halloween soundtrack.
  • World map level select.
  • Earn gold in the game which is used for upgrading. Can buy gems which are a premium currency. Again this is all in the game and no iap.
  • Earn EXP and level up and earn upgrade points that you put into a skill tree.
  • Runes- Can buy/earn them and come in rarity levels. These change how your character plays with buffs like attack speed, Damage or sight range. Each character can have 5 runes active at one.
  • Failing a level still grants EXP earned.
  • The game plays out like this, You control your heroes and can move them anywhere around the level, You take on waves of enemies that come in on colored paths. You can let x amount through the barricade before a game over.
  • Enemies and heroes have a color background and matching them up to do extra damage.
  • Special attacks to unlock like freeze bombs or firebombs which are AoE.
  • Quick button presses for using special attacks and swapping characters.
  • Can pause and fast forward gameplay.
  • Bonus rounds where you must take down money filled coffins before they leave.
  • Enemies drop money and orbs, Money is self-explanatory whilst orbs are used to temporarily power up your characters and do extra damage.
  • Camera control.
  • When you are a hero you can see their range.
  • Upgrade shops to further upgrade your characters and open more options.
  • Has a cartoon atmosphere in it like Scooby Doo.
  • Satisfying and rewarding experience.
  • Solid progression.
  • Four difficulty levels.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Special parts on the map that when your character is in it you get a bonus effect like double range or double damage etc.
  • Restart button.
  • Challenges in the game start popping up.
  • Endless mode.
  • Boss battles.

Cons:

  • Really small text.
  • Never sure it is saved.
  • Menus are clunky.
  • Pain having to unlock further difficulties by replaying levels over and over.
  • A lot of upgrading menus.
  • No way to speed the camera up.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Lacks online either co-op or PVP.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

A great game that surprised me in how easy it is to get into but also how deep and rewarding the progression is. It has a strong Halloween theme to it and overall it is just a well thought out package. Gameplay revolves around a tower defense game with you taking on waves of enemies and not letting them through, Bonus here is you can move characters around at any time and some of them attack whilst moving! That said later on it felt more like I had to have particular characters in certain places to just make a dent and it still got a few little niggles like getting confused in a rush with simple tasks like swapping characters or using special attacks. Aside from that if you like tower defense and want to experience a clever twist on it then you get a lot of game and great RPG elements chucked in, It does not have any multiplayer though which is a huge bummer that said its a solid game for the single player.

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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