A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The simple narrative, confined mostly to in-game action dialogue, tells of humans fighting off a mechanical alien invasion. Soldiers sacrifice themselves for humanity's survival and occasionally consider the sacrifices made by their comrades, but the focus is on action and combat.
Positive Role Models
The protagonist's driving motive is to save the world -- but he accomplishes this by fighting off alien invaders through use of force. Still, the main character is a noble man who's willing to risk his life for what he believes, and he relies on his wits and strategies to achieve victory.
Ease of Play
It may take players new to the series a few missions to get used to the game's reverse-tower defense mechanics, but the controls are simple and objectives well-explained. Multiple difficulties let players of varying skills customize the experience to suit their abilities, and the easiest is pretty forgiving of smaller mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
Players destroy building-size enemy machines with machine guns and rockets launched from vehicles. Action is viewed from a bird's-eye view. There's no blood or gore, though players will hear the panicked discussion of soldiers moments before they're killed. The player's character, a tiny commander who runs around on the battlefield, is occasionally incapacitated but recovers after a few seconds.
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Spoken dialogue includes infrequent profanity, including the words "bastard" and "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anomaly 2 is a downloadable strategy game in which players attempt to safely command convoys of military vehicles through gauntlets of aggressive alien towers. It demands forethought and strategy, rewarding players who take time to think through each of their actions. Player-controlled violence is relatively mild, restricted to rocket and gun attacks on mechanical alien towers seen from great heights. There's no blood or gore. But human allies occasionally die offscreen, their panicked voices heard over the radio. Parents should also know that spoken dialogue contains infrequent profanity, including the words "bastard" and "s--t."
Is It Any Good?
Anomaly 2 is generally content to stick with the so-called "tower offense" blueprint established in the first game. Working out efficient paths and effective convoy constituents remains a fun and strategic task. Difficulty is balanced in just the right way to make most missions accessible to casual players without denying a real challenge to more experienced gamers looking to earn all possible awards. The addition of unit-morphing abilities adds to the game's inherently tactical nature, forcing players to understand their vehicles' specific strengths to exploit enemy towers' weaknesses.
It's also a lot prettier than most tower-defense games, thanks largely to detailed three-dimensional postapocalyptic environments in which snowy mountains and ruined skyscrapers reach upward toward the camera in the sky. Anomaly 2 may not be quite as innovative as its predecessor, but it's still a lot of fun for strategy-minded players.
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