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- An Adventure For The Masses - Intense third-person shooter gameplay focused on story-driven missions designed to be played solo or with other live players in the world around you.
- A Massive, Persistent World - Fully realized, persistent open world (no loading screens between zones) set in a futuristic San Francisco Bay Area, supporting tens of thousands of live players.
- Customize Your Character - Custom character creation, where you can play as a human or alien, modify your appearance, select different specializations, and become a unique citizen of the world.
- Player Progression Evolved - Console-native shooter with a multitude of weapons armors, and special abilities that evolve with experience.
- Unending Gameplay - With missions, emergencies, and endless exploration opportunities across a giant game world, Defiance is the genre-changing title that is sure to keep players engaged for years.
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Defiance is the first multi-platform shooter online open-world shooter, that in a ground-breaking entertainment experience, interconnects with a global television program on Syfy. 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.
DEFIANCE is the first multi-platform online open-world shooter, that in a ground-breaking entertainment experience, interconnects with a global television program on Syfy.
The game combines the intense action of a console third-person shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic.
“Arktech – many folks die for it. Everyone kills for it.”
Unite with countless players for nonstop, pulse-pounding combat in Defiance, the third-person shooter online open-world shooter coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and PC. Wield the firepower of the future against alien horrors, ruthless thugs, and your fellow Ark Hunters. Join the transmedia revolution as your victories in a rich, seamless persistent world impact the tense serial drama coming to Syfy!
- Vehicles - Terrestrial Motorworks has fused human and Votan technology into the Hannibal 800TR Quad. This four-wheel-drive, all-terrain powerhouse combines a hybrid engine that runs off petrohol and raw gulanite with a reinforced vysidium alloy frame to handle heavy loads and massive hits. There is no smoother ride across the new frontier than the rough-and-ready Hannibal 800TR.
- Enemies - Hellbugs are a nightmarish by-product of Votan terramorphing technology. These insectoid killing machines bore up from hives deep underground to gather food for their Matriarch, overwhelming their victims in a barrage of chittering teeth and blood-red carapace. As awful as they are, Hellbug waste can be processed into petrohol, the only renewable fuel source on the frontier.
- Locales - The Arkfall has infused idyllic Marin County with gulanite, an otherworldly mineral that powers Votan technology. Now, driven by lust for the precious crystals, cyborg “Miner 99ers” have turned the bustling mining territory of Marin into a war-torn hell. Even the boldest Ark Hunters must overcome the dread that haunts this area as they confront its vicious denizens.
- Activities - The Votans came to Earth in titanic vessels called Arks. But an unexplained series of explosions broke the ships apart, surrounding the planet in a belt of orbiting debris. Now, without warning, chunks of the wreckage crash down to earth in cataclysmic “Arkfall events.”
Arkfalls are dynamic, scaling, multi-stage challenges drawing Ark Hunters, thugs, and hungry Hellbugs into frenzied battles for rare resources and alien technology. Those who brave an Arkfall might reap vast riches … or perish in a storm of gunfire and screeching monsters.
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I'd recommend this game over Destiny any day of the week (the only other competition), and there are a lot of fun, casual aspects to this game that make it appealing to anyone that only wants to play an hour or two a day. If you need a shooter MMO to waste a bunch of time raiding/grinding for gear that slightly increases your abilities, this game isn't for you. Not that there isn't grinding in this game, it's just not necessary to get good gear.
This game is based on RNG, knowledge of the rules, and skill - in that order. And that's where the game kind of sucks after a couple of months - the RNG is terrible. Unless you buy RNG loot chests from the store for real world money (which contains BIS weapons, shields, etc), you have to settle for repetitively grinding holiday events (which come around many times in a year) in order to get BIS weapons. (and the RNG loot chests are terrible, you could spend 50 dollars and get crap) There is no raiding outside of doing the boring and repetitive Expeditions (which only give you BIS Cyber Rigs and Cyber Chips, which you can only get BIS if you grind Expeditions constantly, which is way more boring than any WoW raid btw. But to get decent rigs and chips, simply doing Expeditions a couples of times a week is fine enough) You could, of course, buy BIS items from other players in this game. But there isn't an auction house and players charge 20+ million scrip (money) for them, so you would need to buy and sell a bunch of rare items you get in game, or just go for the RNG lottery from buying the loot chests in the store for real world money, then sell those to get enough scrip. Which all in all, is a pain in the ass - just to get a slightly better version of a weapon you already have 5 of.
And that's the issue, there's not enough to do in this game once you reach level cap, and grinding Expeditions for such paltry rewards is a boring waste of time, and grinding laggy events (when they're around) for the tiny chance at getting a weapon that is slightly better than your current one is also a waste of time. Unfortunately, other people feel the same way as I do so the player base is quite small. Trion does not allocate much money for the game so it becomes a vicious cycle: not enough players to bring in money to update/enhance the game and not enough updates/enhancements to bring in players and keep them playing.
Playing alongside the TV characters on occasion and dealing with some of the same things as the TV show make it kind of a novelty. If the developers are smart, they will create more content that crosses over from TV show to game. That is where this can really shine and be different from every other game out there.
I might have rated it a star more except for this:
Both sides are represented there and this was being discussed on at least one other forum board.
It really ticked me off, especially since I'm a soloer by nature and I have been playing since the game began. Even so, I missed that particular part of the content.
I was kind of surprised they would do something like this and I find it sort of "soloer unfriendly." Don't misunderstand, as a soloer I expect to miss a lot of content. But this, as far as I can tell, was just a matter of me not being able to cross over into SF because of that darn robot on the bridge--something easily done if you are in a group (one member of a group/clan goes over and piggybacks everyone else). There was no reason to do this, especially after players started complaining about it.
But I digress. If you watch the show, three stars. If not, two. Not the best or worst in terms of gaming right now.
Now as far as the game itself, from what little I've seen him play it's rather just a shooter like Borderlands (which I like a whole lot better) and not much in the way of a typical MMO. But my son likes it, SO FAR.