Band of Defendersby Aethyna Mar 31, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 8 rate Featuring a Mad-Max-style post-apocalyptic theme, Band of Defenders is a unique first-person shooter that incorporates the best of tower defense, namely the defense-building part. The game focuses more on co-operative gameplay, allowing you to work with up to 4 other players in the defense of your objective. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Featuring a Mad-Max-style post-apocalyptic theme, Band of Defenders is a rather unique first-person shooter that incorporates the best of tower defense, namely the defense-building part. The game focuses more on co-operative gameplay, allowing you to work with up to 4 other players in the defense of your objective. In addition to the huge number of cosmetic items, there are also tons of turrets, barricades and even traps to be unlocked via loot crates. If you are a fan of games like Orcs Must Die: Unchained and Fortnite (not the battle royale version), then this game is right up your alley!
Before we begin, you should know that you can get into the Band of Defenders’ beta testing simply by heading over to their official website and subscribing to their newsletter (you can always unsubscribe later). You’ll need to confirm your subscription for it to work, and you should get the free Steam key to the beta version of the game.
Once you’re in the game, it starts you off with an epic game trailer along with a fairly simple-to-understand and surprisingly fast tutorial where you’ll be taught the basics of the game, including the fact that the game is split into several alternating “attack” and “building” phases, and that the building phase has a time limit. You will learn how to craft new weapons as well as how to build, upgrade and repair your defenses too.
Building defenses in the game is really easy. You just need to tap “B” to bring up the building menu and use your mouse scroller (or the Q and E keys) to look for the stuff you want to build. There are plenty for you to build as well, ranging from turrets to barricades. You can even craft traps like land mines or other deployables like medicine kits and place them during the build phase.
As you may expect, every item on the build menu costs money and you can only get them by shooting at the mutants. How much you’d get though depends mostly on your performance when the shooting commences.
Aside from building, you’ll need to spend some time repairing damaged turrets and barricades too. After all, it’s much less costly for you to repair than to build a new one. You may want to spend some money on upgrades as well. Similar to repairs, upgrades help bolster the efficiency of your turrets and barricades, making them a whole lot better at their respective jobs at a much lower cost.
If you’re a really good shot, then you may be somewhat reluctant to rely so much on turrets and barricades when you can take care of all of the mutants on your own. However, your enemies grow by the numbers as the game progresses and you’ll need to get your hands on more destructive weapons in order to counter them.
By pressing the “I” key to bring up the weapon-crafting menu during the building phase, you can choose any of the weapons you’ve unlocked to craft and use. Note that although there is basically no limit on how many weapons you can craft, there is a limit as to how many weapons you can have equipped.
Now, for the attack phase, you’ll basically be running around the objective you’re trying to protect, trying to stop any mutant from getting anywhere close to it. The gunfights are exhilarating and it’s not at all arcade-like. The game even has really cool toggle-based sights that blurs out the surroundings, allowing you to focus on the enemies directly in front of you.
Band of Defenders also provides a wide range of mutants to challenge you with some wielding guns or having special EMP-like powers which will disable nearby turrets. Some mutants can jump over barricades while others carry explosives that can deal some serious damage to your defenses. Thus, knowing which enemy to focus first can be crucial in this game.
Not to mention, at the end of every match, there is a Boss wave where an incredibly hard-to-die and powerful mutant will enter the battlefield and put all of your defenses to the test. Thankfully, unlike other mutants, the boss mutant will lumber around to destroy every turret you have deployed in the field before attacking the objective itself, giving you ample time to unleash maximum firepower. Also, a quick tip – like any shooter game, hitting the mutants on the head will cause triple damage, so make sure you aim before you shoot!
Every successful match that I’ve played (so far) have awarded me with loot crates which contains new weapons and some pretty cool (and sometimes hilarious) cosmetics/skins for your character and your weapons. Talking about characters, the game has 3 preset characters for you to play as, though you have absolute freedom in customizing their outfits. However, if you die in a match, you won’t be resurrected.
Band of Defenders currently offers its normal waves-based game mode but it has an endless mode in the works. For the basic mode, there are 4 difficulty levels, namely easy, medium, hard and apocalyptic. The tougher matches you play in, the more experience points you’ll earn if you win. The game provides a different map for each difficulty level. You can even customize your “game rooms” to allow only your friends to join you or to not join a random game that’s already in progress.
Due to being in beta, Band of Defenders doesn’t exactly have a lot of players at the moment. However, its buy-to-play business model may not help it gain the necessary player base it needs to be actually fun to play.
Anyway, if you want to give the game a try but have no friends to play it with, then you might want to play the game’s Easy mode. It’s definitely a more manageable difficulty level or solo players. But, of course, it would be a lot better if the game devs could add in some AIs for players to play co-op with. Coding those AIs would probably take a lot of work though.
In terms of graphics, the game does look good as long as you don’t expect triple A quality from an indie game. As mentioned, I also really like the visual effects whenever you toggle your gunsights. It looks really neat!
There are several other little graphical details that I really appreciate too, such as the little wisp of smoke that comes out of the barrel of your gun after you fire a bullet. The designs of the turrets look really elaborate and frankly, pretty cool as well.
To match with all the shooting action, the game uses rock music to get you into the zone. It’s good music, if you happen to enjoy rock.
In short, Band of Defenders is a unique and exhilarating “hybrid” game that manages to successfully combine the intense action of a basic first-person shooter with the strategical planning and thinking required in mounting a defense. However, for any sort of buy-to-play multiplayer games, there is still the risk of having not enough players to keep a game running, and at its current state, unless you have friends to play the game with, you may quickly be bored of replaying the Easy map.