Due this October exclusively for Oculus Rift, Brass Tactics takes a notoriously complex genre and makes playing it as simple – and as fun – as moving pieces around in a real-life board game. And after my first frantic multiplayer match, I want more.
Brass Tactics has the same basic premise as any real-time strategy game. You build up bases, summon all types of soldiers and vehicles, and command your army to destroy the enemy. But instead of furiously clicking a mouse, you’ll be navigating a huge interactive battlefield and placing buildings and giving orders by using natural hand motions on the Oculus Touch controllers.
Playing Brass Tactics feels like participating in the most intense board game I’ve ever experienced. You can raise and lower the playing field like it was a physical table in front of you, and zoom from base to base with quick grabs and swipes.
Want to set up a new base or add an upgrade to your castle? You simply grab one from your inventory of buildings and place them on the board. Need to command your army of tanks to destroy an...
Grabbing the table in front of you and flicking the Touch controller was the fastest way for zooming around the map, and the one-touch button makes it easy to grab several units at once to direct them
Hidden Path may very well have nailed the formula with its still-in-development game Brass Tactics—and well before any other game developer has launched anything remotely as slick.
After a few minutes playing with Hidden Path Entertainment's Brass Tactics at an Oculus demo event, I found myself so engrossed in a cutthroat tabletop battle that I almost forgot I had a headset on
Filled with a bevy of miniature structures and multiple toy soldier units, the little tabletop world promises to deliver familiar RTS gameplay in a VR setting.
Even though our time with the demo was short, we’re of the opinion that this is the type of game VR needs
We went hands-on with the new game, Brass Tactics, at GDC 2017 and found a fun new approach to a classic genre in VR.
What makes Brass Tactics special, however, is how you can change the game’s sense of scale on a whim.
Combine that satisfying gameplay with hours of content, deep replayability, and a genuinely entertaining voice cast, and you my friend have a recipe for one of the best VR games on the market.
I realize that there’s something ironic about escaping from technology by strapping a VR headset connected to an overcharged gaming computer to my face. But damn if the Oculus Rift doesn’t work.
Let’s talk Virtual Reality and Computex this week.
We're only just scratching the surface of what virtual reality will eventually be able to do.
I thought it about time to talk to someone about one of my favourite franchises ever. This is what Hidden Path’s Jeff Pobst told me about VR development!
If you’re staring at that Oculus storefront, pretty though it may be, with no idea what to buy, here’s some guidance on five games worth picking up.
Virtual reality is making the leap from the drawing board to the living room.
Defense Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition should be considered a role model by any studio that is looking to port an existing franchise onto a virtual reality platform.
When the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finally becomes available March 28, it’ll sport a catalogue of 30 games.
Even though VR technology has repeatedly been over-hyped and under-delivered, this time it actually works: VR is one of the ultimate “you have to try it for yourself” experiences.
These are the titles that have kept us diving back into VR so far.
Test your defensive skills against waves of enemies.
Studio CEO Jeff Pobst discusses the work that’s gone into bringing Defense Grid 2 to VR. He also talks about the company’s relationship with Oculus VR and a potential future for the franchise with VR.
Retail virtual reality is here.
On Monday, after four years of hype, the Oculus Rift finally arrives as a consumer product — something you can actually use, easily, at home on your own computer. Really!
After years of development, the virtual reality headset is finally here...
It’s probably not a new Rift owner’s first thought to go out and buy a tower defense game, but Defense Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition proved to me how compelling a tower defense game can be in VR.
Oculus Rift, the device that kicked off the current rush on virtual reality (VR), was really invented in 2011, when 18-year-old Palmer Luckey made a prototype that wowed the world.
The long-awaited virtual reality headset arrives Mar. 28
The goal of each level in Defense Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition is simple: Stop the aliens from taking materials from your core by installing a series of turrets to take out the threat.
The spotlight for this debut week of the Developer Showcase is being shone on tower defense strategy game Defense Grid 2, which received a new trailer for its ‘Enhanced VR Edition’ today. The narrated
Hidden Path’s Jeff Pobst connected with UploadVR to shine some light onto the specifics of his new game and explain the ways VR will enhance the tower-defense experience for players.
As Defense Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition raced towards completion, we found ourselves faced with a challenge: how do we create a great trailer for a VR game?
Defense Grid 2 takes the core genre and represents it in a flashy and highly competent package with some surprisingly fresh additions to the basic formula.
Tower defense doesn’t seem like a natural choice for VR, but playing Defense Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition made me a believer.
Although tower defense game are few and far between, Defense Grid 2 is in a class of its own.
Published on Nov 28, 2014 Defense Grid 2 review! http://www.ClassicGameRoom.com Classic Game Room reviews DEFENSE GRID 2 for Xbox One (also available for PC, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360). Create and upgrad
You’ll spend longer on this game then you realize at first, but once you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each tower, and all the modes to choose from you’ll love every second of it.
All told, Defense Grid 2 packs in a vast amount of stuff, all with a great finish.
For a Tower Defense game Defense Grid 2 does a fantastic job of standing out as a more engaging and fast paced experience.
With a replay score that goes off into orbit, we have no troubles giving DG2 a BUY rating – or in recommending that you add this one to your regular game play rotation.
"If you have too much time, this game is the solution."
If you play just one tower defence game this year, Defense Grid 2 ought to be it. I wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself coming back to it well into 2015.
The Tower Defense King returns with boatloads of new features and content.
Defense Grid 2 does a good job creating a high quality console tower defense game with tons of features that greatly increase the replayability of the title, while...
After launching different expansions, the independent studio organized a Kickstarter for Defense Grid 2, so that fans could crowdfund the development of the sequel.
At its core, Defense Grid 2 is your standard tower defense game that manages to get everything right and almost nothing wrong.
Defense Grid 2 offers tight strategic gameplay with a wealth of options and a story that's much better than it needs to be.
The screen is a blur of motion. I'm sitting in the conference room at Hidden Path Entertainment. It is now the end of August, 2014.
“We want to make Defense Grid 2 the best tower defense game out there.”
All in all, Defense Grid 2 felt extremely balanced with a mind for the kind of tactical warfare that gets simplified in the tower-defense genre without being completely dumbed-down.
With 21 maps and several modes and game types per map, DG2 will feature literally thousands of leaderboards, offering players of all stripes the ability to show off their particular set of skills.
Jennifer Hale asks a few questions about the character. That's less than 30 seconds after she walks in the room.
DG2 is due for release sometime in September on PC and consoles. In this preview, Jeff Pobst from Hidden Path Ent talks us through the beta and shows us what we can expect from the full release.
"Defense Grid 2 will be released on September 23, Hidden Path Entertainment announced today."
"More than a year after it started, development on Defense Grid 2 is in the final stage."
"I’ve got a soft spot for tower defense titles, especially good ones, so this is on my radar."
"The first tier has already been surpassed, which includes the Containment expansion for Defense Grid: The Awakening and a digital art book."
Continuing to look like one of the most polished TDs, Defense Grid 2 has shown off a fancy multipurpose mazing block and oh, the aliens’ holiday will be awful.
"I snagged some of Michael Austin’s time in the middle of a crazy, crazy week to discuss Windborne. He is the Chief Technology Officer of Hidden Path as well as the lead designer on Windborne."
"A polished, well-rounded package if we've ever seen one."
"Hidden Path's Defense Grid 2 builds upon the well-established, but consistently addictive tower defense formula that has engrossed players for more than a decade."
"Here were our top ten games that everyone at the show needed to get their hands-on:"
"Nearly a year into development of Defense Grid 2, Hidden Path Entertainment turns its attention to the most important and elusive element of making a game: creating fun."
"Communication is why I funded Windborne, and thus far I’ve been pleasantly surprised."
"I've been reporting on the development of Hidden Path's Defense Grid 2 since April of 2013. I've read all of the design documents and industry reports."
"It’s tranquil in the extreme, expanding the theme of creation and peaceful co-habitation to encompass not only the mechanics but the world as well."
Windborne is something I’ve been really excited about ever since I got to sit down and have a look at the most recent PAX Prime.
See why Ari chose Defense Grid 2 as one of his Top 5 games he's looking forward to in 2014!
It's a Monday in December 2013 and I'm in Bellevue, Wash. to visit Hidden Path Entertainment. Since May I've been following the development of Defense Grid 2 from start to finish...
"I really like this hassle-free method of resource collection. It’s noticeably faster and allows you to focus on the game’s other, more interesting aspects." - True PC Gaming
If it’s not evident already, the world of Windborne is brimming with high-fantasy and lore galore.
Review Fix chats with Michael Austin, Chief Technical Officer at Hidden Path Entertainment, discusses “Windborne,” a society-creating sandbox title set for release in the first half of 2014.
"You will probably be most familiar with Hidden Path via Defense Grid or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which are games quite unlike what they are working on now, which is Windborne."
Windborne, a "social sandbox creation" game from Hidden Path Entertainment, is in development and headed for Steam Early Access in late 2013, according to the developer's official website...
Hidden Path Entertainment has revealed the first details of its newest title, a sandbox creation game for PC called Windborne. In it, players will explore a game world set on an island...
The Independent Developer Announces Its Second Self-published Title, Windborne
Part one of an exclusive year-long report behind the scenes of creating a modern video game.
“I’m not in this to make my fortune,” he said. “This gets a game out there that people want to play."
"We are going to change this industry, one awesome game at a time. Developers are going to make most of the money from their own games," he tweeted yesterday.
Hidden has now found an angel investor in the shape of entrepreneur Steven Dengler to complete the game’s development.
“I’m extremely excited to be working with Hidden Path to help make Defense Grid 2 a reality. I’m a huge fan of the original game."
Bellevue, WA (May 16th, 2013) – Hidden Path Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with Steven Dengler of Dracogen Inc. as its mystery investor...
Hidden Path Entertainment have revealed that they have found an investor for Defense Grid 2, and the game is now under development.
Zespół Hidden Path Entertainment ogłosił, że trwają prace nad Defense Grid 2, czyli kontynuacją popularnej gry tower defense.
Hidden Path Entertainment hat soeben Defense Grid 2 (PC, Mac, Linux) für Anfang 2014 angekündigt.
Hidden Path Entertainment has been listening to the community and will continue to do so throughout the development process making sure players have a voice during the making of the game.
Hidden Path Entertainment ha annunciato che, nonostante il kickstarter non sia andato a buon fine, Defense Grid 2 vedrà comunque la luce grazie all'intervento di un finanziatore privato.
Hidden Path's Kickstarter project was slightly unorthodox, as its primary goal (which was achieved) was for an expansion to the original Defense Grid...
Hidden Path Entertainment has announced development of Defense Grid 2 is currently underway, with a targeted launch on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux in the first half of 2014.
Last summer, with our wallets combined, we nearly came together to form Defense Grid 2. But not quite. The cruel genie-in-a-bottle that is Kickstarter gave us most of what we wanted, but not all of it
There's no word on who the investor is (we're told it's not Batman), whether it's private investment or a publisher, but Kickstarter backers will be happy to hear that their enthusiasm was worth it.
It's due out during the first-half of 2014 on PC (Windows and Linux) and Mac, and will have multiplayer, a level editor, a richer story, new characters, new towers, new aliens, a new engine...
According to a statement from Hidden Path, the game's community helped catch the eye of an unnamed investor, under which the game is "successfully being developed."
The devs have also confirmed that the new funding will allow them to go ahead with Mac and Linux support, as well as a level editor.
Bellevue, WA (April 25th, 2013) – This morning Hidden Path Entertainment informed its Kickstarter backers that it has raised the funds needed to make DG2, Defense Grid 2.
The original Defense Grid really pushed tower defense to the max, and Containment is more of the same. It earns 4.5 GiN Gems.
AoE2 was already one of the nicer-looking games of the 2D isometric era. With the HD release, a fresh coat of paint and a vastly expanded resolution will make it look even nicer.
Microsoft today announced Age of Empires II HD Edition, a reimagining of the 1999 real-time strategy game...The updated version is being done by Hidden Path Entertainment (Defense Grid series, CS:GO).
"Containment leaves you with a well-rounded feeling of fulfillment rarely achieved by games these days." - True PC Gaming
GotGame's Josh Boykin calls Defense Grid: Containment "a love-letter to current fans."
"For fans of the genre, Defense Grid: The Awakening and Defense Grid: Containment are solid entries. They do the genre justice and are fantastic games."
"Defense Grid: Containment knows its audience – they funded it. And they won’t be disappointed with it."
"I think this DLC is totally worth it. It's a great new addition to an already fantastic game."
"Containment’s eight-mission span is, for my money, the very best level design we've seen yet in Defense Grid, a special compliment given how good all the missions are." - Matt Sakey, Tap Repeatedly
Tech-Gaming.com checks out Defense Grid: Containment and shares their impressions of the gameplay and value.
Snackbar Games' Justin Last reviews Defense Grid: Containment.
Alienware Arena interviews Hidden Path CEO Jeff Pobst just before the release of Containment. Find out what he had to say about Defense Grid: The Awakening, expansions, and what the future holds.
Tap Repeatedly features a Q&A with our own Jeff Pobst about Hidden Path, Kickstarter, and the future of Defense Grid.
GO is a $15 ticket to reconnect with those sensations; it retains Counter Strike’s spirit as a competitive game driven by careful tactics, cooperation, and individual heroics alike.
Rather than leaning on a variety of match types to change the core game (*cough* "Halo" *cough*), "Counter-Strike's" match types aim to reward skilled players or to tip the scales.
Defense Grid 2's appearance on Kickstarter says volumes about the awkward state of downloadable games publishing...
My wish is about to be granted, and I couldn’t be happier. Hidden Path has opened a Kickstarter for funding even more new content for DG, and also to fund the game’s first true sequel!
The developer has struggled to find publisher support for creating a sequel to its popular tower defense title. So it’s hoping that the game’s loyal following will help make Defense Grid 2 a reality.
Defense Grid is probably my favourite tower defence game and by pledging any amount the original is yours, before funding even closes. There’s not much else for me to say
When you launch a Kickstarter that has Ken Rolston singing and playing a ukelele in your pitch video, I start paying attention. That's exactly what Hidden Path Entertainment has done with their...
Add Defense Grid: the Awakening developers Hidden Path to the pile of game creators diving into the scrum for a piece of the Kickstarter pie. They’re looking to raise a full million as a stretch goal
Sometimes a crossover feels right. That’s how it is with Defense Grid: You Monster. It’s that rare kind of crossover project – one that’s sure to please fans of either property in equal measure.
Defense Grid has expanded its absorbing and accessible tower-defense trials since it launched more than two years ago, but You Monster is no mere map pack. It has GLaDOS — the rogue-A.I. mistress...
Michael Corleone in The Godfather III uttered the immortal line “just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in!” and many will feel the same way about Defense Grid, Hidden Path’s exemplary...
I think that playing through the story mode alone is well worth the price of admission. ... Final Rating: 95%. This is one mash-up that will have Portal and Defense Grid fans singing with glee.
Immediately, the game charms you by offering little pieces of the Portal design. The levels act as testing rooms and features numbered wall posters and Portal-style doors for aliens to enter...
Regarding spoilers: Unlike some Defense Grid expansions, You Monster has a significant storyline. Because a meaningful review must discuss at least the basic story tone and cover a few...
All that being said, it should not surprise you that I love the You Monster DLC pack. Being a big fan of Valve’s Portal series adds to the expansion quite a bit...
Run, do not walk, to your computer, and order this immediately. Even if you’ve played Defense Grid but felt that you’d played it enough, and unlocked all the achievements you’d ever cared about...
Valve are incorporating the immensely popular Gun Game mod as official modes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Arsenal: Arms Race and Arsenal: Demolition are the two new modes.
Released three years ago, Defense Grid: The Awakening is still one of the best tower defense games ever to grace a PC. TPG had the honor of interviewing Jeff Pobst, CEO of Hidden Path Entertainment.
Counter-Strike players are in for a particular treat at the competition, as Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers will be in attendance.
Here's why Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is more than just a port, and may at last be ready to make a splash on consoles.
The first new addition to the much-loved Counter-Strike franchise in almost 8 years drew throngs of fans at this year's Penny Arcade Expo.
It doesn't hurt that Counter-Strike: GO is getting a lot of tuning to make sure that playing with controllers feels right. As I discovered during my PAX East demo, Valve's already made
The good news is the core gameplay feels just as satisfying as ever – it feels exactly like Counter-Strike, only with a Molotov cocktail and an updated art style. It's especially refreshing to play
I've played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and can now say it's for me, too. Valve and Hidden Path are attempting to expand the Counter-Strike audience with CS:GO, roping in more console players
In my opinion, DG:TA has become the defining game of its genre, without question. Thus, I could not have been happier when three of the founders of Hidden Path agreed to speak with us.
Virtual Programming published Defense Grid for the Mac this past July. We sat down for a chat with Jeff Pobst, co-founder and CEO of Defense Grid developer Hidden Path Entertainment, to learn more.
Excellent presentation, easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay, Steam friend scoreboard bragging rights, multiple game modes, ... makes this THE benchmark for all tower defense games.
A video review by Classic Game Room of Defense Grid on the OnLive service. The "big budget tower defense game." More Flamethowers!
the controls for Defense Grid fit great with a console controller. The stages were challenging without feeling unfair, and the game is filled with plenty of modes to keep me interested.
...this title restores what you originally thought about tower defense games. With a little polish and a crew (Hidden Path Entertainment) who knows what it's doing, a masterpiece is born.
All told, Defense Grid: The Awakening is the pinnacle of design for tower-defense games, and not just because of its fancy Gamebryo-powered 3D graphics.
Defense Grid is a great value on Xbox Live Arcade. Even if you aren't a tower defense fan, Defense Grid may convert you. 8.9 - Great Game
Defense grid is such a charming and challenging experience that shouldn't be missed by tower defense fans. Even if you're not a fan, it may turn you into one.
100,000 Readers of Game Industry News had their voices heard when the winners were announced. "Best Puzzle Game of the Year?" Yes! Defense Grid: The Awakening.
I never would have expected such as basic game as "Tower Defense" to be given such a great make over with some gameplay tweaks and be such a worth while and addictive game.
With twenty levels, three difficulty modes, leaderboards, and a high level of replayability, I can't help but recommend Defense Grid to any fan of the strategy genre.
It feels like the tower defense game that Blizzard would make if they made one. I mean intentionally. It [is] the perfection of so much in the genre that it really stands apart while being similar.
Hidden Path added new levels, game modes, and the ability to play it in high definition instead of on my laptop monitor, so I was sold.
Now there is an action/strategy game in this niche that is better than anything that has ever appeared before and never gets boring—Defense Grid: The Awakening.
The game itself is ludicrously compelling. Even the really tough maps have had me repeat and repeat, rather than quit to do something else – no mean feat with an attention span as gnat-like as mine.
Defense Grid is set in a distant future where you must protect the last remnants of a mighty civilization from an alien menace. To make a long story short, it all comes down to protecting power cores.