Excerpt: Fans of Massively Multiplayer Online games, or MMOs, have had slim pickings on consoles since, well, always. It’s unfortunate, because there’s a massive audience that only plays games on their consoles, so a lot of gamers are missing out on the unique gaming experience that only MMOs can deliver. Trion Worlds aims to remedy that with their MMO shooter Defiance, which ties into the SyFy TV series of the same name.
Excerpt: To tie in with the release of the new Syfy television show, Defiance, Trion has released a game of the same name that will tie into elements of the show as each episode is released. So when something happens in the show, it will change the world of the game and vice-versa for events in the game changing the show. Sounds impressive, on paper. But how does this work in a real, live, game and TV show?
is a good foundation for a console MMO. It’s a decent experience, but doesn’t break the mold in any new ways and actually doesn’t capture the full charm a PC MMO has. That being said, it is enjoyable to run around with a friend in to see the war-torn world of San Francisco. If you’ve seen the series it’s also worth a look to get more of a look into what happened before the show started.
Excerpt: Defiance is easily the most ambitious title of this generation of gaming. A video game that would tie-in with a brand new SyFy series while offering an online world where hundreds of players could play together and even team up for massive 64-player matches sounds too good to be true, but that's exactly what Defiance is offering players.
Excerpt: Hard to believe it’s been seven years since the debut of Final Fantasy XI , the 360’s first — and last — massively multiplayer game. The genre’s finally returned with Defiance , a persistent online shooter with some interesting and innovative concepts, plus no subscription costs in sight. Massively multiplayer novelty aside, what really matters is whether this expansive experience warrants the considerable time and energy needed to tap its promised riches.
Pros: + Arkfalls and the overall persistent nature of the game are great.
Cons: ? Will the game live up to its potential in another year’s time?
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
Excerpt: In the initial impressions bit a few weeks ago, I said Defiance, for all its jank, had something. It had problems, too, but the game has grown on me during the weeks I've been playing it. Trion Worlds have been humble enough about all the problems too, sending out lovely personable emails saying they’re very sorry, giving out free XP boosts and all that. Everyone likes an XP boost.
Conclusion: Defiance is a mixture of one genre that is amazingly popular on consoles and one that isn’t, but perhaps should be. But the marriage is one that never quite seems to work as the shooting aspects feel far too underwhelming while the questing and side missions are too bland to keep you hooked. With weapons just being very slight variations on each other you never feel obliged to forage for loot, so the gloss soon comes off.