Good Game Underneath it All
First the bad: The plot, characters, and voice acting are paper thin. Most of the missions are nothing more than going to a point on the map, killing bad guys, and then running to another point. The enemy AI is poor. There are frame rate drops, constant pop-in, and horizontal tearing. Some missions needed to be restarted due to glitches. The marketplace is ruthless, get ready to be suckered into paying $4 for sunglasses for your character. Additionally, you will pick up weapons you can only use if you purchase the $10 DLC expansions.
Now the good: None of the software issues or glitches are big enough to hinder gameplay. Fortunately, you can earn a decent amount of items for free in game. You start by creating your own character and there is a good amount of options, including the ability to choose from different races. The graphics are passable. The gameplay is smooth. This game borrows heavily on other franchises. For starters, at it's core it plays almost identically to Borderlands, from the loot to the enemies. The bandits and Hellbugs (aka Spider Ants) are nearly identical. There is massive loot dropped by enemies, and unfortunately like Borderlands, most of it is trash. There are some real nice and imaginative weapons you can pick up, from a parasite slinging SMG's to fully automatic sniper rifles. You can also get elemental ammo . They included the same flick the left trigger system for auto-aim as the Call of Duty franchise as well as a perks system. You have the same regenerative health/shield system as Halo. Defiance does add something new to the genre. The level cap is set at 2300 and ranking up is very addictive. Every challenge that you complete gives you EGO points (XP) and you often rank up 5-10 levels at a time. You have four basic powers to choose from and the perks branch off of these powers. At set level points, you can unlock new perks and make your current ones stronger. The best part of Defiance is the MMO 10,000+ players capability thanks to dedicated servers. It is great to be working on a mission and have a couple passing gamers stop and help you out. In the relatively large game world you can work on campaign missions, side missions, random skirmishes, horde levels, and Arkfalls cooperatively. There are also special coop and PvP matches you can join. As you look at the map you will notice red areas known as Arkfalls. Periodically throughout the day (about 2x/hour) an uprising will occur when the game throws everything and the kitchen sink at the players, including towering bosses. I can't tell you how fun it is to take down a Monolith war machine accompanied by strafing ships that are also dropping off enemy troops with 80+ players. It truly does feel like a chaotic battle and get your adrenaline flowing. I still laugh out loud when a bomb strike sends 30-40 players flying through the air in all directions. The ability to fast travel and link to friends/clans ensures that you never miss an uprising because you are on the other side of the map.
There were a lot of production corners cut on this title and at first glance, feels like a cheap knock off of other titles. In a lot of ways it is but that doesn't stop it from being a really fun experience. The ability to have an all-out battle against huge bosses with 80+ random players just can't be found anywhere else on a console. This game is worth the budget price and provides both familiar gameplay and fresh experiences you didn't think a shooter on a console could provide.
Does NOT work
First it took an hour to install the game. Then It took another hour to download a patch. Then it took another hour to download another patch. I did not even get to play. Going to return it today.
Enjoyable, but does have issues
I had Defiance for a while and honestly I enjoyed it. There were lots of little issues, server crashes, pvp lag, arkfall lag, etc. Were the graphics top of the line? No. It never set out saying that it was. Was it a game in development? Yep! Its a MMO! What do you expect? Okay, long story short. It was fun until I hit the end of the storyline (which has since expanded with DLC content.). I can't give a review on it past that point because I no longer own the game.
Good game, unfortunately it doesn't work...
Pros: Very few loading screens, Not required to do story to move freely on the map, Many other players on the servers, Has several weapon types, Many side missions that vary from racing to horde-like killing, Large open world. Cons: Look at their forums there are many unresolved bugs, Servers are constantly down (at least 2-4 hours a day), If the server is down you cannot play the game, The downloadable content is not worth the money and causes in game bugs, The rewards in the game are not worth the time spent trying to get them (I've put 60+ hours into the game and have yet to get a rare weapon), If you buy the DLC and do not receive it the company will not refund it, The company does not respond to problems until masses of people complain about it, The weapons in the game are a little unrealistic as a rocket launcher and a pistol can cause the same damage, The story is very slow even though you see what is coming from almost from the beginning. Overall the game is great, but the company is horrible and cannot maintain the game therefore ruin the game.
SO MUCH CONTENT YOUR MIND WILL BLOW UP!
First id like to start off with this..... if you like Borderlands then stop waisting your time reading reviews on this and go get Defiance! This game is a beautiful mix of 3rd person shooter and RPG magic. I beg you please dont buy in to the bad reviews for this game. Its all false. This game is soooo very big and if your the kind of gamer that loves being entertained for weeks and weeks with one game like i am then this game is for you because once you get your hands on this bad boy you will never wanna stop playing it!
been here since beta
soo, after trying to stick by trion worlds and investing over 1000 hours into this game, I am finally going to write a review, a real one. .
simple, if you don't read trions forums, if you don't use there in game store and you have a few friends who you can play this game with, it can be fun, with that said,
reality: trionworlds did decent with rift, this is not rift, this is not a MMORPG as its being sold as either.. this is a fps shooting game with some rpg elements.. Customer support has went down bad since the layoffs that trion denies.. For instance if you earn a outfit and its bugged, infantry hero, trions Cs will tell you to go use another one you earned and not fix the bugged one you like and earned.. instead though, they will add more new outfits that cost 15$ to the in game store..
This company is all about money, and after sales on xbox they don't need money like this, this company is only worrying about new gamers, once they get you in and get your money, for bits and everything they will shut you out, and not worrying about fixing anything you earned, but oh yea, they will do anything for more of your money..
one of the only games I played a lot, but sadly I will never buy anymore of trions products, I don't care what they make.. or how good and hyped it is..
this game was sold as a MMORPG, and ever patch is towards pvp, this company babysits the criers, which is pvp, weapon nerfs for ? pvp,
core changes in a game, 3 months later is horrible, wanna know why?
pvp.. if you want pvp, stick with cod2 or bf3, not this, this is the only so called MMO on xbox, and its not close to a MMO.
ever played a MMO? you have to grind in mmo's, they tend to be harder and not for the weak, not this game, its newb friendly, just like with the new core changes.. So you hear you can get to ego 5000 which takes along time, yea sure can, but guess what?
since the latest patch, they punish you for high ego, its truly a ploy to just make more money from new players,,
don't believe me? check @totaldefiance and there website, defiance forums, do your homework before you buy a game like this, you will thank me for it..
I love the game and the show, but I bought pre-owned and I regret it. The sound is messed up. The dialogue isn't correct and I cannot watch any cutscenes without my XBOX 360 freezing. The game itself is amazing. I recommend it highly.
Well before i bought Defiance I thought it was bad because every review on youtube said it had glitches and bugs and a bad story line but i finnally bought it and they patches all the errors the game itself is now one of my favorites of all time .
Got this game just about when it came out, initially it was fun but as I spent hours in the game boredom set it. All the "quests" are basically the same thing over and over again, with little to no variety. The classes don't differ outside of the weapons you start with and with only two races to choose from, with no real distinguishing features other than appearance, the character creation is stale and boring. There's no point in creating a second character because it will end up just the same as your first. I bought the season pass expecting something exciting and have been left hanging with a stale game. Save your money, invest it into something else.
Middle of the Road......Not for the Hardcore!
This game is not bad, but its nothing special either. The graphics are horrible for this day and age. The sound is out of sink either from lag or just bad programming. Im not even going to talk about the server side because if you love it or hate it, one thing everyone can agree on is the server issues......and I mean ISSUES!!!! With that being said, it is a nice shoot'm up bang bang game. Run...shoot....mash buttons. The weapons have some variety but not enough to make this a stand out game. The biggest let down was the advertising. This game was nothing like the advertising. I researched the game and was aware of what I was getting. I was just looking for a little (little) fun to pass the time so i knew what I was getting into. If your looking for a class a game, Defiance isnt for you. If your just looking to pass the time until a title your really want comes out, then it wouldnt hurt give defiance a shot.