Join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Create a unique character and level up with diverse customization options. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and unlock powerful modern and alien weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await in this constantly evolving online world. Explore vast landscapes on a variety of vehicles and lead the charge in huge co-op battles and fierce multiplayer conflicts. Immerse yourself in the world of Defiance as the game impacts, and is impacted by, the Defiance TV series.
(please note : Defiance is a MMO so internet access is mandatory - no net - no play)
I'm not a PC gamer. I have not played WOW or anything even remotely like it. For many good years I have co-existed with consoles and I intend to keep going that way until the day I can no longer play games.
Obviously, as some of you may fathom out, I have not completed Defiance. In-fact there are a million things I have still to do in the game. I thought I'd review my experience so far and hopefully it may help you decide if you like it.
The game will demand that you install it. Then the game will apply patches, as is normal on day one. This can take a while....well up to 30 minutes. Just be prepared and have at least 10GB hard-disk space available.
So, jumping into the game, we get a cut-scene and then it's off to the good old character creation screen. Options are moderate and there is a fine-tuning system for getting the face of your character to a level you are happy with. It will ask you for a character name: So long as no other player has picked the same name (kind of like the XBOX profile system) you can call your guy/gal whatever you want. I simply opted to use my Xbox name for easiness.
You pick a class which basically amounts to what weapons and outfit you begin the game with. All weapons in the game are accessible, so no class restrictions. The more you use a weapon = the more proficient you become in it's use.
When you first drop into the game a number of things are going to strike you, making you instantly aware of them.
Graphics. While not perfect they are standard, perhaps a little rugged here and there. Now this is forgivable given the scope of the game. Because the second thing that is gonna hit you is all the people standing about. Yes they are real people like yeh and meh. Defiance is one big player inhabited world. The first half hour talks you through the game basics with a action orientated tutorial. You'll grasp the need-to-know stuff straight away and as the game is 3rd person....it's going to feel pretty natural to a lot of you guys.
In regards to your fellow human gamers it's pretty easy to talk with them, interact and so on. A couple of button presses will pull up a list of nearby players - you can quick text them or even request voice chat. Your chosen avatar can also display emotes (greet, dance, cheer).
The in-game map is littered with mission points, side quest icons....it's like a GTA map with all the current activities marked up. It's up to you if you follow the plot-line or go off exploring. Now if some of you are not really into chatting with other players, making friends and clans then the game still functions as a SP game (in a fashion). Me, I keep myself to myself but if I take on a quest and there are other players in the area then most of the time they run along to help out and even share in some of the spoils. Which is fair.
If players are all actively doing the same quest and you are nearby; then the objective is still completed even if another guy kills the boss, for instance, or picks up the required supplies. Every player takes credit for being in that area - it's highlighted on the map with a big yellow circle. I assume this means action zone so players know that they are participating correctly.
The thing is Defiance is rough around the edges, as I said earlier but there is so much going on in the world that you will not care. My character has a cloaking device and a sniper rifle. Every time I level up I improve my stealth and critical damage. This is all mapped out on skill trees, you pick perks and equip them etc etc.
I guess you could say this is like a 3rd person Borderlands. There are vehicles (I have a bike) to make travel faster and quite a selection from what I have seen other players using. Cars and larger carriers were passengers can be taken on-board.
The shooting mechanic works, there is no sticky cover but you can crouch and roll, throw grenades and all the normal stuff.
Enemy AI is basic. They also respawn frequently, given the nature of the game. No one can say "hey! you stole my kill" because if said person waits a bit longer then he/she will have plenty to shoot at.
There are competitive modes of play. You can challenge people or teams to a fight; in which case you transported to multiplayer zone where you can fight it out.
I have not tried all modes but there is something for everyone here in one way or another.
Sorry if this review is a bit naff - I have not had a large amount of time - but 5 stars for the bigger picture and the way it all fits together. A must play for many of you.....although you may not know that yet.Read more ›
The game itself at the start of release back in May/April was full of bugs - However after start up issues these where fixed and i finally got to play the game properly
The game itself is very simple - There is not much gore and is suitable for a larger audience Boarderlands - the game is very similar to boarderlands - Weapon scope, world and design
game relies heavily on 100's of hours of gameplay for rewards - Similar to other MMO's but to much time in such a small universe lack of DLC released - Even if they tie it in with the release of Series 2 of Defiance - Its to far away the world is to small Small world - you will complete the relativitly small story that is generic MMO - Kill this go there - and maybe replay it
The game istelf had great potential for release and audience however i feel like its waiting and relying to much on teh TV series
I got the game in great condition so there was nothing wrong with it. About the game, the game is good especially if you have friends to play it with. If you don't have any friends that have this game then its fine as there is a lot of people on the game like around 1000 i think roughly. The gameplay is good fun with the different ability's that you can use and also the good amount of weapons you can use. One of my favorite things about the game is the Arkfall events. Its amazing because when you go to an Arkfall you would see about 100 people working together and its great fun. Would recommend to people who like working with people.
The first MMO on a console is a great achievement. If you have played an MMO previously, you will have a fair idea of what to expect. If you haven't, the game probably does repeat itself - but this is par for the course. Games like this are very long term and there isn't a completion as such. You have to take into account, these are more about leveling and following a long story line than a quick fix and a blast.
Taking into account these are on 7 year old technology and are a first, I cannot believe they pulled it off. And to also tie it in with a new TV series is nothing short of madness. The graphics are probably a 7/10, but you have to give allowances for the fact that dozens of people can be hitting the same Arkfall at the same time.
Basically, it is a 3rd person shooter with RPG elements that has thousands of people playing on the same world at the same time. There are the usual missions (fetch, kill, rescue, divorce) and the usual guns (assault, sniper, pistol LMG etc etc). You get to upgrade everything and you can mod weapons and change clothes. And so on and so on. It doesn't look like Bioshock or the new tomb raider, but to expect that would be unrealistic. Tomb Raider only has about 4 characters on the screen at most, so how can you compare the graphics engines? Its like getting annoyed with a school bus as it cant do 0 to 60 in 4 seconds.
Anybody complaining about early problems should take into account the following.
1. This is on an Xbox 360 2. There is no monthly subscription 3. Compared to every other MMO I have played, this game is fault free. You should have been there at the start of Star Wars Galaxies if you want to experience problems and we were paying £8.99 per month for that.
There is an enormous world to explore and the scenery changes as you move around the land. The learning curve is quite shallow and very forgiving for new players.
All in all, I don't see how they could have done a better job with the actual game. I do have one gripe - the instructions and tutorial are non-existent. I would advise anyone starting this game to visit Google and type "Defiance starter guide". The website for the game is poor, but there are already many new sites out there.Read more ›