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X-Morph Defense

This paragraph is taken from Playstation.Com:  The game offers a unique fusion of a top-down shooter and tower defense strategy. You are the X-Morph -- an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Strategize in the Build Mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw yourself right into heat of the battle. Build mazes for incoming enemies in an environment that provides exceptional planning freedom. Tear down buildings and collapse bridges to support your defense or simply indulge in a spectacle of unprecedented destruction. Possess a range of unique alien weapons and use defense strategies like you've never seen before in this genre.


Now from GGO:
When I was offered X MORPH DEFENSE for review and I saw it was a Tower Defence game I was a little unsure because I'm not really that excited by Tower Defence games. So with an amount of trepidation I loaded it up and off I went. I was given a choice of Countries at the beginning and chose the UK, being as I'm English, I was all up for defending our green and pleasant land against the invading alien horde. The alien base landed, the British troops started to arrive and then it dawned on me; I was the evil invading alien horde!. What a turn around from what I was expecting. Brilliant!


All of a sudden I was controlling a starfighter (or whatever it is called) and firing non-stop at the advancing troops. The control is what is known as 2-stick meaning you steer with one and move with the other. Constantly firing streams of energy bolts (again I never took any notice of whether the ammunition had a specific name) the enemy (British Troops) evaporated under my intense firepower. With that wave of attackers stopped the game goes into a sort of auto pause and I learned to click the Triangle button to turn my craft into a machine that can build defence towers, placing them where I wanted as long as the silhouette on the ground showed a deep green hexagonal. By going back to normal (clicking triangle again) the game resumed and the Army sent in another wave then another wave and another wave etc of troops and helicopters, jets, tanks etc each wave getting stronger, tougher and larger.


Of course I also got to improve my defence and soon found that I could connect my towers with laser barriers that prevented the ground units from passing through them. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to block off all access to the main Alien Base, the game prevents this from occurring. However it is possible to guide the ground units so that they take longer routes which gives you more opportunity to blow them away. Of course there is only one of you and the enemy are often advancing on routes on opposite sides of the Base so you have to keep flitting back and forth, it's no use hovering over the Base to try to defeat all attackers because they will soon overrun it. Also while trying to stem the flow of the ground units the enemy (for that's what the British are to myself and my fellow aliens) are sending in Jet Fighters, Helicopters, Bombers all to distract you away from your defensive duties.


Finally you have broken their spirit and the beginning of the end for the country looks to be close, and then they send in their pièce de résistance a towering, skyscraper high TARANTULA , a Mech of frightening power and proportion. Sadly you cannot do the At-At trick and fly around its legs tying them with wire so you have to use all the power you can muster, which generally isn'y enough to stop it first (or even second or third) attempt. This is where you need all your power - holding done R2 and then releasing it sends out a powerful laser beam but you have to wait for it to recharge to use it again. Your regular non-stop ammunition does very little damage to it but your towers and fences do hold it up a little - it just brings buildings down on top of them to cancel their effect. The good thing about being an alien is that you regenerate back at the Base and are immediately into the fray again. I died three times before I conquered the UK, once the Boss monster falls the troops and all military units surrender.


You are then ready to take on the next Country. Whether the next Country I chose was more powerful that the UK I don't know, but at the time of writing I haven't managed to complete it yet and so I must assume that each Country's defences get stronger and stronger as you progress. As I say, I'm not a great Tower Defence player but X-MORPH DEFENSE has me hooked. After writing this I am firing up the PS4, making a cappuccino, and settling down to beat this game head on. I am hoping that the game auto saves as I wasn't given the opportunity to save the game when I lost the second fight and that the UK is still destroyed in my game. Actually having aliens attack the UK may well be a good way for us to forget the few inches of snow that keeps preventing us moving along our wonderful road system.

I have no means, other than using my camera to film the TV screen, of getting screenshots of my games and thus I have used images found online. I take no credit for them but they do convey some of the exciting action you can and will experience when you play X-MORPH DEFENSE. It is playable on your PC using the STEAM media but to see it in its glory you need to play it on as big a screen as you can.



© Chris Baylis 2011-2015