Reviews and Problems with Legacy of Kain: Defiance
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Legacy of Kain: Defiance
28 May 2012
Excerpt: Everyone who doesn’t know the Legacy of Kain series yet is either from another planet, or someone who must hate story-based games an awful lot. It’s a given fact that everyone who played the original Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain or Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver games anxiously awaited the sequels for...
Excerpt: The Legacy of Kain games have always put exploration ahead of the action, but Legacy of Kain: Defiance is less about walking in circles for hours, baffled of where your next location is and far more centred on the action this time around, which is pretty evident when you witness kain’s and Raziel’s...
Excerpt: Parents should be aware, however, that the game is very mature and frequently grotesque, including beheadings, mutilations, and other unambiguous expressions of violence that are unsuitable for children.
Excerpt: Sometimes great games have bad stories, and sometimes great stories accompany bad games. However, I have never seen this distinction become more acute than with Soul Reaver 2 for PlayStation 2, Crystal Dynamic's long awaited sequel (actually third in the Legacy Of Kain series) to their 1999 vampire...
Excerpt: I think Matt did a great job pointing out the good versus the bad in Soul Reaver 2 , so there's no need for me to elaborate on any of that. But I would like to expound one of his points—the balance between story and game, which is Soul Reaver 2 's most glaring flaw.
Excerpt: In a manner of speaking, Legacy of Kain: Defiance is something of an inbred title. By name, the game is a successor to the Legacy of Kain series of games. Yet, by plot it is more of a sequel to the Soul Reaver series (which is a spin off of the Legacy of Kain series).
Excerpt: During the past few years, this popular franchise has seen several incarnations in the form of the Soul Reaver and Blood Omen games, each one of which would open a new and exciting chapter of a wonderful and tantalizing storyline. Defiance marks the latest instalment in the Kain era.
Conclusion: After all that you've read here, it's still up to you to decide whether this games is worth your hard-earned cash. Hard-core fans will love the story and eventually, if they're persistent and patient enough they'll get over the horrendous controls and camera and other gameplay drawbacks mentioned in...
Pros: Narrative, plenty of new combos, admirable artwork, character voicing and audio;
Cons: Unintuitive and extremely irksome camera and controls, AI glitches, limited variety of opponents, no replay value.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It will be nice for many fans to finally get an ending to the game, whether it is good or bad is up to the individual. I consider the ending a mixed bag. It does leave itself open for the possibility of another game so perhaps we'll still see more from the series.