Excerpt: I try my best to steer clear of franchise games. In truth, Injustice and Arkham are the only two games I feel have any real merit. So when I heard about the show Defiance and learned they would also be putting out a game, I initially opted to pass on it. And it would have remained that way, but as it is with most games I'm on the fence about, I was lured into the demo world once more. It's free; no regrets. I half expected to turn it off within the first ten minutes.
Excerpt: There is something so special about Defiance that it transcends gaps in player skill. Defiance renders terms like “able-bodied” and “disabled” obsolete. Defiance allows players to be “just another player” as opposed to a player that might need something extra. Defiance doesn’t go above and beyond by doing this; the team at Trion Worlds responsible for Defiance didn’t do anything special by doing this, all they do is deliver the humanoid experience at its best.
Excerpt: The story of Defiance takes us to the not-too-distant future where a group of aliens, collectively known as the Votans, travel to Earth (thought to be uninhabited) to live here because of a stellar collision that has destroyed their home worlds. To their chagrin, they find us humans already happily ensconced in the loving arms of our our own home world.
Summary: The successes of Defiance are quickly overshadowed by its flaws. Trion Worlds promises that Defiance will continue to evolve and improve. I hope so: beneath the muck is a game that deserves better.
Pros: Solid gameplay, One of the only MMOs on PS3
Cons: Forgettable story and characters, Extremely repetitive, A lot of technical issues
Conclusion: "Defiance is a fun game to play, but there’s never really a good reason to play it." "Visually, this universe is realized with proficiency..." "In both PvE and PvP, the shooting mechanics are weighty and satisfying..." "It’s also worth noting Defiance’s death mechanic, which fails to elicit much from the player.
Pros: Tense shooting sequences with no shortage of enemies, Crazy-fun driving, An abundance of very accessible things to do
Cons: Endless fetch quests, Lack of rewards to keep you playing, Generic art style
Excerpt: After two weeks of blasting Hellbugs in Defiance and watching the premiere of its companion TV show, we've finally reached a proper understanding of what the so-called "transmedia" experiment known as Defiance is all about. So should you join the ranks of the ark hunters, or just remain a silent observer? As with any new sci-fi setting, there's a lot of lore to digest in Defiance.
Summary: Defiance is a difficult game to wrap your head around. That's not because it's all that complicated, but rather because it's just so much fun, even though none of the elements are done particularly well. Defiance is a massively multiplayer shooter in which every aspect is merely decent at best, yet it somehow pieces the jagged elements together into an entertaining picture as you pursue one challenge after another across its postapocalyptic landscape.
Pros: Exciting arkfalls capture the sense of a population fighting for riches, The lure of interesting new weapons is irresistible, Well-paced co-op missions, Great scaling and progression have you exploring the world early on
Cons: Depressing array of bugs intrude on almost every aspect of play, The shooting lacks a sense of power, Wonderless world and story, Jumpy frame rates, Unbalanced difficulty in story missions
Conclusion: It remains to be seen whether or not the show will be successful. Early word from critics has not been exactly positive, which raises many questions. What happens to the game if the show is canceled? Will the Syfy Channel try and force the series to go on as long as possible? It’s not likely, since there’s so much money tied into this endeavor from so many places by so many entities.
Conclusion: Within the Sci-fi community, this joint project has received a fair deal of hype. In theory, it's quite an ambitious project when one's imagination ponders the possibilities that tying an MMO with a weekly show can offer. In practice and execution, it remains to be seen how strong and numerous the bridges between Trion's game and Universal Cable Production's show will be.