Many of you may already be part of the new game console generation with a PS4 or Xbox One, but I currently am not. However, the last 12 months has seen some of the trends of the new generation affecting the last. Huge loading times is one. ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ on the 360 took about half an hour to install before you could play. This is nothing compared to the ridiculous download you need to start playing ‘Defiance’ and when you load the game up, was it even worth it?
After installing the game overnight, I started in a world where random people seemed to be walking around and doing things near me, but not with me. In a future world invaded by aliens you have to help different factions to fight the aliens and improve your skill set. The game has RPG elements, but also acts as a shooter. You are able to select the type of character you play; I went for a stealth character that could shoot from far away. Different characters work well as you can band with other players to tackle a situation using the unique skills everyone has. However, I found the community happier to hang out by themselves, thus leaving me alone most of the time.
What you get then is a large set of maps with not a lot to do, but grind along with fetch quests. I have not got my head around the massive online game yet and ‘Defiance’ does little to dispel my displeasure with the genre. I prefer structure and quality to my games, rather than endless possibilities I won’t bother to discover. To make matters worse, after installing the game for several hours a new patch arrived a few days later demanding another 5GBs. I don’t have superfast broadband so this would have been another odyssey of installing. Instead I removed the game from my hard drive, never to play again.