Sanctum

Reviewed by Tap on Oct 26, 2011
Rating
e
3/5
(Good.)
Game Overview
Release Date:
April 15, 2011
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Requirements: 
2GB RAM, 6GB HDD space, DirectX 9.0c, Steam.

Sanctum is a first-person, multiplayer, coop, tower defense, shooter. That may sound like a horrible mash-up, but this game does the tower defense genre justice.

The visuals are as good as anyone would expect. Everything is animated very well, and the player character moves with agility. The music is also nice, but it is certainly not memorable.

Weapons are great, but they ultimately get very boring. Upgrading is OK on the first map, but once you play again, you will realize the upgrades get repetitive. You have to upgrade your base weapons every time you play!

Enemies, on the other hand, are diverse and not too repetitive. Each enemy moves differently. Some enemies are tiny while others are huge. Some enemies move fast. Some move slowly. Some of them zig-zag while others just dart forward. You will have to use weapons and tower placement wisely.

There is not much emphasis on tower placement, but it does offer some freedom to be creative. I create a lot of long, windy paths.

Single-player is great, but it can get very difficult to play on your own. You will eventually want to play cooperatively with other players. Unfortunately, while this feature is available, it can be difficult to find an open server. You usually have to host your own server and hope someone notices and decides to join.

Multiplayer modes do not feature voice chat, but the text chat has a text-to-voice reader. This can be funny, but it does get a little old. I would much prefer to chat using a microphone.

Overall, Sanctum is a fun, addictive game and is well worth the very affordable price of $10. However, multiplayer is a little uncomfortable, and the weapon upgrades get very repetitive. If you can overlook the obvious flaws, I recommend this game as a nice multiplayer game for you to play with friends.

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