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Legacy of Kain: Defiance (PS2)

by Eidos
PlayStation2
 Ages 16 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Cutting-edge action/adventure game
  • Play as both Kain and Raziel, two powerful and highly evolved vampires with unique abilities
  • Engage in intense combat utilizing thrilling combo moves and physical agility
  • Feed your dark hunger by sucking the blood and devouring the souls of your enemies to survive
  • For 1 player
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00009QI5R
  • Release Date: 6 Feb 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,024 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Legacy of Kain: Defiance is the next instalment in the multi-million selling Legacy of Kain series. For the first time in the series both Kain and Raziel will be available as playable characters in all of their blood-sucking and soul-devouring glory. They are pitched against the Hylden; a force so evil that these two embittered rivals must unite. Taking on the role of Kain and Raziel in alternating chapters, you must battle through a world loaded with conflict and intrigue in order to defeat the dark forces that threaten to condemn the land of Nosgoth to eternal damnation.

Legacy of Kain: Defiance focuses much more on combat as Kain and Raziel confront hordes of monstrous enemies in fierce, fast-paced battles. The completely "revamped" combat system promises to be accessible, responsive and satisfying, allowing for non-stop action and thrilling combo moves unique to each character. The inclusion of the new "telekinesis" feature plays a fundamental role in not only deepening the combat system, but level and puzzle progression as well. A redesigned in-game camera offers dynamic views of both the action and breathtaking environments.

Review

"Elegantly-honed combat action and the power of telekinesis make Defiance the finest instalment yet. 8/10." -- Official PlayStation 2 Magazine

"The best of the brood... worth sinking your teeth into." -- GamesMaster Magazine

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Silas VINE VOICE
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The Legacy of Kain must stand as the greatest fantasy epic in the popular media that is the least known. The Saga of the Pillars of Nosgoth deepens and reveals more and more fascinating backstory with every passing episode.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance is the game in which the two strands - of Kain, the blood drinker and Raziel, the Soul Reaver - are united, with both characters playable for the first time. Soul Reaver (1) was the first 3D game in the series, and introduced some really original gameplay, most notably the shifting between the Material Realm, the day to day world of the living, and the Spectral Realm - where walls, floors and pillars would distort and shift, sometimes revealing new paths to inaccessible areas. In his pursuit of Kain, Raziel had to find and defeat each of his brothers in brilliantly designed boss battles. In addition there was the Citadel of the Humans, which was not directly related to the plot, but where your behaviour to the humans would determine whether they worshipped you or fled you in terror. Nothing did the ego more good than to watch NPCs fall to their knees at your appearance! However, the depth and beauty of the storyline and the visciousness of the battles was sometimes at odds with the oddly prosaic puzzles that had to be solved for Raziel to progress. Sometimes it seemed that Raziel's saga was advanced not by his ability to switch between realms or his prowess with the Reaver blade, but by his talent for solving jigsaw puzzles! Soul Reaver 2, heavily anticipated (and even more so after it was cancelled for the Dreamcast) was expected to be bigger and better than Soul Reaver 1, but transpired in fact to be little more than a transitional game designed to deepen the backstory of Nosgoth, but very little else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a legacy it is! 16 Aug 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The LOK series has to be one of the most well thought out and in-depth story lines for the PS2. I would deffinatley recommend plaything through all of the games (starting with blood omen 1). My favourite has to be Blood Omen 2 however, Defiance comes second. The combat system is simple and easy to master and also looks really cool. As well as this there are puzzles as well which means the game isn't entirely fighting. All I can say is I truly hope that they make another and if you play through the games you will too. A must have game!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best part ever 28 Nov 2004
I love legacy of kain and soul reaver series, this is the best part in it. The story is full of surprises beyond your imagination. I do hope that they will do a new part. This is a must have game indeed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the first game i've ever given 5 stars 7 Sep 2004
I must admit I wasn't a fan of Soul Reaver or Soul Reaver 2, i found them both hugely frustrating. I bought defiance on impulse and I'm very glad I did! I think this game is amazing, with just the right level of difficulty to be challenging but not frustrating. The telekinesis powers (especially Kain's) are a welcome addition to the game as they make disposing of the run-of-the-mill enemies so much more fun! If you're a fan of the LOK series (and even if you're not), give this game a go, you won't be disappointed! If you are, come and see me and I'll kill you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! 28 Dec 2006
By Valgaav
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Perhaps foolishly, I bought Legacy of Kain: Defiance without any prior knowledge of the series other then being promised by a friend that it pandered to my needs as both a Goth and a gamer. He was not wrong, and within two weeks I had bought copies of the entire series, except for the first Soul Reaver (but let's give it time...).

So, my first impression upon sticking the game in the Playstation 2 was that the cinematic sequences and voice acting were superb and, although apparently the last in the series, the game quickly recaps events in past games up until the point we find ourselves in at the start of Defiance, meaning new LoKers don't have to worry. I was a little surprised to find myself playing Kain, as I'd always assumed Raziel to be the main character (as I said, no prior knowledge), but I quickly found Kain shooting to the top of my list of favourite video game characters, as his character is far from one-dimensional and he's much more villainous then he is heroic, after all, this is essentially a vampire game, and Kain is not surprisingly, a vampire. Meaning he drinks the blood of humans. Meaning you play a character that drinks the blood of humans. I'm sure you can understand how fun that is without me needing to explain it to you?

As the game persists it's revealed that you play both Kain and Raziel (who are apparent enemies), both of whom are easy to control, through elaborately detailed Gothic environments, consisting of mainly temples, the spiritual realm (this is a major part of Raziel's game play, but if you are a fan you probably know this already) and the occasional cathedral. The storyline is incredibly involving, with lengthy cut-scenes, all of which, as I mentioned earlier, are superbly acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Defiantly' the Best of the Soul Reavers 29 April 2004
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
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This is the fourth of the Soul Reaver/Kain games on the playststion 1 and2.The labyrinthian plot of the world Nosgoth moves on with just as many twists,turns and surprises.
If you have played the previous games of Blood Omen (PS1 - and quite rare!),Soul Reaver(PS1),Soul Reaver 2 and Legacy of Kain : Blood Omen 2 then you will be up to date with all the plot lines.If you haven't played any of them then you should really try and pick these up and play them in sequence or you will get so lost with the plot that you will not want to play this newest game through because it will all seem pretty meaningless.
This is by the far the best of the whole series.Why?The graphics for a start are a vast improvement on those that have gone before.They are really polished this time and impress you at all times.Eidos seem to have got to grips with what the PS2 can do.Kain's movement as bats,Raziel's reaver movements and combat styles aresuperb.
How many games do you get to play as 2 of the main leading protaganists?This does it and does it well.The two have different powers and abilities, and because you move forward through the game as each you are drawn to finish one characters' tasks to find out what happened to the plot line of the other.Excellently executed - long enough to be a challenge for each, but not too long for you to get back to the other.
The puzzles are good too - again, they are perfectly weighted.Some are very simple to get you into the game but they get more difficult, but they are logical and consistent so you don't feel you are being held deliberately back.
I personally preferred Raziel's paththrough the game.He acquires more reaver skills and this opens up the path for him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Love it get them released/remastered for the Ps vita.
Published 19 days ago by Ian M. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic gaming - loved it!
Loved the original Legacy of Kain - Soul Reaver 1 & 2 games, so knew before I bought this that I would love this game too - wasn't disappointed! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. P. Kenyon
5.0 out of 5 stars This game is awesome
I loved the1st Legacy Of Kain
This one is even better
Graphically improved
More intriguing story
And if you are a fan of Kain and Raziel something cool happens... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games i have ever played !
if you are a fan of the Legacy of Kain series you will not be dissapointed of this game, the story is the strongest part and also the voice overs which are on the best ones i have... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sashev
4.0 out of 5 stars Legacy of Kain Defiance
Got this game when it first came out when i was about 10 but i got stuck at one point (Might've been where you first play as Raziel and have to do that long climb) and never played... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
really good game got it second hand but not a scratch on the disc brill quality and delivery will be buying again from here
Published on 26 April 2011 by JUEDROPZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy of Kain: Defiance
Anybody who is a fan of the Legacy of Kain games should purchase this game immediatly...fantastic machiavelian plot with intricate twists and turns ending in a shocking and... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Nephilim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game, still got the story
This is an excellent game, and if you have played all the other soul reavers and filled the story, then this is no disapointment. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by W. C. mayer
3.0 out of 5 stars Fangs for the memory
Look, I've played all the Legacy of Kain/Blood Omen/Soul Reaver games from the PS1 onwards.

And they are great - kinda a bit of Resident Evil but with more a... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2008 by M Sockel
5.0 out of 5 stars get them all !
Legacy of kain spans over five chapters from Blood omen1,2,Soul reaver 1,2 and Defiance. ps2 fans can be happy to know that you can get all of the Legacy of Kain series on ps2 and... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2005 by "gordan_freeman"
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