Anomaly: Warzone Earth Review
Review by Destructoid (9.0/10 – Superb)
For the most part, Anomaly Warzone Earth is identical to the PC version we reviewed last year (it’s also available for Macs). In a nutshell, you control a Commander who can use abilities to drop support auras (repair, decoy, smoke, bomb), and buy units to form a squad which you then carefully guide on a manually created path through a map dotted with towers. Along the way, money can be collected by destroying towers or shooting money caches, and spent on new units or unit upgrades. It was a fun mechanic at the time, and it still works well on the Xbox 360.
Playing it with a controller was already possible in the PC version, and Anomaly was created with a controller in mind, so it’s a no-brainer that it’s functional enough this time around. It is a bit of a different way to play it, though.
Review by Official Xbox Magazine (8.0/10)
In 2018, fragments of an interstellar object slam into Baghdad and Tokyo, after which both cities are sealed beneath energy domes and besieged by glowing red turrets. As the leader of a squad of up to six armored vehicles, you must safely navigate each grid of crisscrossing streets and wipe out the alien threat. Think of it as tower offense, where you get to be the trouble-making wrecking crew that marches into town.
You can’t take direct control of upgradable vehicles such as tanks, missile launchers, and shield generators, but you’re free to adjust your rumbling parade’s route at any time. Bring up the tactical view, toggle which way your crew will turn at upcoming intersections, and adjust each unit’s position in the line. While your squad automatically fires on hostile forces and resource caches, you’ll run around on foot and try to keep them alive. You can scoop up ability tokens left behind by demolished towers, then use them to drop repair stations, smoke grenades, decoys, and airstrike markers.
Review by IGN (8.0/10 – Great)
Already a smash hit on PCs and mobile devices, Anomaly Warzone Earth is a unique approach to the tower defense genre, offering a new, almost reverse take on the crowded genre. Now, Anomaly Warzone Earth is finally available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, bringing its unique take on tower offense to a brand new console audience. For the most part, the game delivers on the action and original gameplay of the PC and iOS versions of the game, offering nicely balanced action, and unique real-time mechanics.
For the uninitiated, Anomaly Warzone Earth posits itself as an almost opposite take on the tower defense genre. You begin each mission by navigating your units through the city streets, being mindful of the enemy towers and units that have been placed at key points throughout the map.
Review by Overallsite (8.5/10)
Based on above three reviews