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.
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.
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.
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
Defiance is Borderlands: The MMO without the humor (review)
19 April 2013
Conclusion: To its credit, Trion Worlds is handling Defiance’s launch problems well. The company has kept players updated with a constant stream of blog posts on the official website, poking fun at itself along the way. It released a large patch to fix bugs and improve server and client stability.
Pros: Right now, Defiance is the closest thing we have to a Borderlands MMO. Its gameplay will feel instantly familiar to anyone who’s played Gearbox Software’s popular shooter on consoles or PC. It takes place in a not-so-distant postapocalyptic future where, after years of terraforming and war, enter...
Cons: Defiance is a multiplatform game, and it’s clear some concessions were made while developing it for consoles, especially in the graphics department. PC players might feel like they got the short end of the stick when they see its lackluster textures and short draw distances obscured by fog. Facia...
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.
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...
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
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?
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.