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: On paper, Defiance is a peculiar game. An MMO on consoles; one that favours lead and burning rubber over swords and sorcery, third-person shooting over strategic role-playing. Set against the backdrop of a SyFy TV show of the same name – a collaboration that hopes to engross you in more mediums than one. On the screen, however, familiarity lies at the heart of the experience, with a sprinkling of ambition tying it all together.
Excerpt: Steps forward, leaps back. For as cumbersome and time-consuming as they are to review, I have a simple, primary question to answer when assessing MMOs: If you strip away the social trappings, is it a good game? Defiance really should have been, and it certainly tries to be, but it simply isn't. And it's a real shame too, because it had a good chance to boost both the shooter and MMO genres up over the wall of tropes they've both been stuck behind for years.
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?
Conclusion: Defiance is an underwhelming MMO at best, but it does have one or two moments of distinction. The TV and videogame tie-ins largely fall short of the mark, and there are better online shooters out there to choose from. A curiosity in terms of media convergence, but it rarely troubles the definition of 'groundbreaking'. Average from start to finish.
MMO companion to Syfy TV show focuses on bloody shooting.
Common Sense Media
14 April 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Defiance is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) third-person shooter in which thousands of players explore the same world simultaneously while attacking human and alien enemies with a broad assortment of guns. Based on a TV show of the same name, the depiction of violent acts isn't as bloody as many other shooters, but it still involves blood effects, grunts, and screams.