Orcs Must Die 3

After a year of Stadia exclusivity, Orcs Must Die! 3 is finally on Steam and consoles

So far I'm enjoying my playthrough, only a half dozen or so levels in. The War Scenarios are pretty interesting, with the massive swarms of orcs, and the new traps designed for them, but so far I've been mostly sticking to the traditional traps.

As far as the game goes, I've been enjoying it, but then again, I really enjoyed Orcs Must Die! 2, it really does feel like a continuation of 2 with a with a more modern engine, and a nice coat of polish. It's definitely hitting that nostalgia fueled comfort food gaming, but it doesn't really offer any new surprises if you weren't a fan of the first 2 games, this is more of the same.

If anyone ever wants to play co-op, hit me up

Was this originally a F2P game? Any micro transactions?

chooka1 wrote:

Was this originally a F2P game? Any micro transactions?

Perhaps you're thinking of the MOBA they released?

I was just about to post about this game in the tower defense thread but I'll put my comments here instead

It looks solid! I really enjoyed the first 2 games and intend to go back to them to finish up the last few levels before diving into this. Graphically it's clean and appealing, I'm only a little concerned that it's the same game with a fresh coat of paint.

Regardless, the core mechanics are incredibly solid so you could do a lot worse with your money. Keen to dive in one day, looks like a fantastic co-op experience.

Thank you. I may have been thinking of the MOBA. I do like OMD.

The way this seems like such a pure sequel to OMD2, it seems they want to forget the MOBA game ever happened

What a nice surprise, I didn't expect Orcs Must Die 3 to almost stealth drop onto consoles/PC after being a Stadia exclusive. OMD 1 was great fun & OMD 2 is one of my favourite co-op experiences of all time, I adored that game. If it's more of the same with a couple of new wrinkles I'll take that any day of the week.

Can you literally buy it on the PS Store now?

Showing up on Xbox so….

I checked it straight after I posted earlier & it's up on the PS Store for £24.99. I'll be buying it very soon.

Me & Higgledy are playing co-op through the campaign, it's very much like the previous two games, which is to say it's a bunch of fun. What starts as a slow, very easy first level soon starts to open up a ton.

We've had some complex enough levels, multiple routes, new enemies introduced, we started to use blockades to funnel the horde to a certain path. It must have been around level 8 that the little bomber enemies were sent in & could destroy you're blockades. We had to adapt our strategy, reposition the blockades very close to the rift so we could quickly go between the two blocked off entries to make sure we kept them protected. The halls leading upto were the 3 blockades were placed got filled with traps as the waves went on & we earned more money. It was kill corridors that those poor orcs didn't stand a chance to get out of.

One of the most gratifying parts of any OMD is to have corridor or stairways laden with traps, just seeing the orcs get pelted with arrows from the wall traps or sucked up towards the ceiling & dropped, the brimstone burning them as the ceiling darts going off above. It truly is beautiful chaos.

Now that we're into it, upgrading traps, figuring out the best tactics to use in each level, what traps synergistically work great together, or just getting those sweet headshots with the old school batman style wording popping up above enemies heads.

Can't wait to play more on Wednesday!! Oh yeah f**k those Cobalts!

I'll have to check this out. I loved the original game.

Is it limited to two person co-op or can you do three or four?

Edgar_Newt wrote:

Is it limited to two person co-op or can you do three or four?

It seems set up for two only but we haven’t tried getting anyone else in so can’t say for sure.

Spikeout wrote:

Me & Higgledy are playing co-op through the campaign, it's very much like the previous two games, which is to say it's a bunch of fun. What starts as a slow, very easy first level soon starts to open up a ton.

It’s enormous fun. The presentation and characters can be a little too silly and cheesy for me but less so than the first games. The core gameplay however is extremely satisfying. Levels soon start to feel impossible until you hit on the correct strategy and then you find yourself mopping up huge numbers of enemies with ease. The corridors of death you set up with walls, floors and ceilings festooned with traps are great. Looking forward to playing more later today!

Spikeout wrote:

Can't wait to play more on Wednesday!! Oh yeah f**k those Cobalts! :D

Bloody Kolbolds!

(I’m never sure how to spell that name. That’s the D&D spelling!)

I'm now addicted to OMD 3, every single game in the series has pulled me in with the gameplay loop. Playing with Higgledy we've worked upto level 13 or 14 on normal difficulty. I've went back over some of the earlier levels myself to try & get full marks (5 skulls), it's such a contrast going back with updated traps & weapons. You can literally run through the first load of levels no problem.

I've also changed the difficulty to hard to see the difference in the early maps & it's a complete change. Trolls come earlier, the enemies take longer to down & you've half the rift points. It's so much more enjoyable on hard (at least the first couple of levels) plus it's great that you can earn 5 skulls in each level again.

I've created some devilishly crafty killing paths with the barricades, popping down tar, arrow walls, ceiling pounders & fire archers guarding the rift.

My only criticisms are that it feels too safe, they could have probably upgraded their engine a bit more, so that the animations were better, tried out more complex traps that maybe overlap one another, just something that makes it truly stand apart from the previous two games. The war scenarios are just a bigger version of the normal maps, with exclusive traps that are just bigger. It's still pretty cool but it's not a huge departure from the smaller levels.

Still I love the game, I was fine with more of the same & I'm always itching to play more every time I come home from work.

Sounds great. On my watchlist for a sale. Orcs Must Die 2 never came out as a compatible game on Xbox One, right?
Chad

I've played the first 7 or 8 levels solo, but down to co-op on Xbox sometime if someone is interested.

My friend bought this for me the other day and we've played twice, since. I loved OMD 1 and loved OMD 2 even more. We even played Unchained for a couple weeks and enjoyed that.

Our next map is the one where the troll comes out for the first time. Map 7, maybe? I'm looking forward to it.

Kit texted me last night (this morning) at 1am and asked "Are the Orcs all dead?" Me: "Not yet!" Her: "Save some for tomorrow. Come to bed."

I was in a gaming funk and this game pulled me right out.

-BEP

How does Orcs Must Die 3 compare to the original Orcs Must Die? I have the original,on Xbox and did not put much time into it. I’m wondering whether I should just revisit that or if 3 really ups the experience?

Thank you,
Chas

chooka1 wrote:

How does Orcs Must Die 3 compare to the original Orcs Must Die? I have the original,on Xbox and did not put much time into it. I’m wondering whether I should just revisit that or if 3 really ups the experience?

Thank you,
Chas

You'd probably be fine with the first one as mechanically it's pretty much the same, unless you want co-op + a bigger suite of traps & weapons. I think there's been small upgrades to the engine over the 3 games but nothing major. If you complete the first one you likely want to play through the other two anyways. It really is great fun in co-op.