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: 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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: Defiance officially launched last week and as seems to be the way with most online game releases, it’s been unstable and difficult to get a solid play session in with the shaky servers being a problem area. As the launch date passed, and some time went by, Defiance’s servers have became smoother and I have finally been able to give it more playtime resulting in what I think is a fair review.
Es klingt wie eines dieser typischen Werbeversprechen, die gerne vor der Veröffentlichung eines neuen Spiels verbreitet werden: Defiance wird etwas komplett neues bieten, was kein Spiel vorher jemals getan hat.