I only played Orcs Must Die! briefly at a friend’s house before, and while I enjoyed the experience, I never picked that title up and played it extensively. The idea was interesting enough – take the tower defense genre and add some third-person combat to the proceedings. The same basic formula is applied in Orcs Must Die! 2, but it is also greatly expanded on.
There is a ton of strategy that goes into which weapons suit which maps best – as well as how to best deal with different kinds of creatures. Typical orcs die quickly enough to just about anything, but when you add in things like Trolls or Earth Elementals, you have to consider which traps and tactics work best. Oh, and there are flying units as well. Those caught me unprepared on a few different maps. Luckily, Orcs Must Die! 2 encourages experimentation. You can replay maps over and over again to gather more orc skulls (in-game currency), and there is a free refund option that completely restores all of your skulls to you, so you can build up new combinations of items and try them out to see what suits your style the best.
– Nick H