Tower defense games are some of the earliest to exist, and they're as time-consuming as they are deceptively complex. They require a lot of micromanaging, planning, resource management, and quick thinking to win the day and keep your base in one piece. The only downside tends to be the lack of any real investment action-wise on the part of the player. \n \nDungeon Defenders decided to shake things up a little in that regard, adding action-RPG elements to tower defense. No resting on your laurels and letting your structures do all the work here; put up or shut up as you take on a more present role blasting, bashing, and hacking apart enemies. \n \nThe original Dungeon Defenders is almost a decade old, but the game is seeing new life via Chromatic Games, in the form of Dungeon Defenders Awakened. \n \n \n \nBrought to life via Kickstarter, it's said to recapture the soul of the original Dungeon Defenders, and from what's been shown so far, they're hitting all the right spots. While everything's been upgraded mechanically and visually, it still retains the fun and franticness of the original, in a perfect blend of old and new. With an all-new story, new enemies, and a new boss, it's like we're returning to a home that's both comfortingly familiar and explosively alien. \n \nDungeon Defenders Awakened will feature 4-play split-screen co-op and both local and online multiplayer, good for both the couch crowd and fans of portability. \n \nThe game's already been funded well past its stretch goal and is set for release, but sadly has fallen short just so of a few others. That's not to say we might not see them appear in the future as patches or DLC, but as of now, what we've got is what we've got, and what we've got? Is pretty awesome so far. They have however mentioned that, in the event they push past the goals, there could be some delays as they figure out what to do with the windfall, but are doing their best to stick to the original release window. \n \nDungeon Defenders Awakened is coming out sometime October 2019, to PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Until next time, stay and play savvy, gamers!