X-Morph: Defense is a magnificent mixture of tower defense and twin-stick shooter gameplay. It blends the two genres seamlessly and sets an incredibly high precedent for EXOR Studios. The DLC, European Assault is more of the same, but with the difficulty cranked up to eleven. The DLC offers three new missions taking place in Finland, the Netherlands, and France. You’ll be up against all new enemy types and weapons such as a cryo-laser that freezes your defense towers.
X-Morph has a steep difficulty curve to begin with, but the European Assault DLC really begins to test your patience after spending two or more hours on the same level. European Assault pulls no punches and requires near perfect strategic planning and on the fly quick thinking to withstand its onslaught of enemies. You have to be able to recognize the most effective and efficient way to use your materials when placing and upgrading defense towers. It will be too late once you realize you’ve made a mistake because chances are you’ll already have a swarm of enemies circling your core.
If you’re up to the challenge, European Assault is a great addition to an already superb game. Its difficulty spike is a bit jarring, but if you can adapt to it, there is an extreme sense of accomplishment that comes with it. If you can’t handle the endless onslaught of military grade weaponry there is always easier difficulty options. One can only hope that EXOR Studios keeps producing such high-quality content for years to come.
More of the Same: In this case, more of the same is a good thing. European Assault is a worthy DLC for a great game like X-Morphs.
The New Challenges: New weaponry and enemy types shake up the game and force you to develop new strategies.
The Load Times: Unfortunately, the European Assault DLC retains the long load times of the main game.
Final Thoughts: EXOR Studios is going to be a force to be reckoned with if they can keep producing such high-quality content. The European Assault DLC is a fantastic addition to X-Morph: Defense, and if they keep this up they will become a mainstay in the indie game scene.