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Defiance
Reviewed by
Cameron Grimes
on
Defiance PS3 Review. While it has some minor redeeming qualities Defiance is just too bland and unoriginal to recommend.
Rating:
2.5

Gameplay 5.0
Graphics 4.0
Sound 5.0
Value 5.0
Rating: MA15+
Review Date: April 2013
Reviewer:
Cameron Grimes

5.0


Defiance
Available on PC, XBox 360 & PS3 (Reviewed)

Defiance is a highly ambitious title but it certainly doesnít live on the Playstation 3. Serving as a tie-in to the recently premiered TV series of the same name, this blend of a third-person shooter and an MMO is far better suited as a standalone PC title, although it has some major flaws regardless. 

Earth as we know it has been terraformed, nearly wiping out the entire human race and giving birth to new and dangerous species. After a war between the remaining humans and invading aliens, they have learnt to fight side-by-side in order to reclaim Earth and discover alien technologies. 

Thatís where you, the player, get involved. You are enlisted as an ĎArk-Hunterí whose job it is to scavenge the planet. Youíre not alone on your mission though; Defiance is a console MMO which means that other players from around the world will be popping in and out of the game while you are playing, running around the world and hopefully assisting you in completing missions. 

While MMOs have become a giant of the PC platform they definitely do not belong on a console, and Defiance is unfortunately the guinea-pig that has to prove that. While the gameplay functions a lot like Borderlands (which is a good thing) thereís an overall lack of polish and performance on the PS3 release. The frame rate is the worst Iíve seen in a game this year and the muddy and pixelated textures often make enemies difficult to see. 

The layout of the HUD is all wrong with the majority of your TV being filled with health and ability stats, with little room left for the action. Character animations are stiff and the voice acting is just as bad. From what Iíve seen from gameplay footage the PC version looks and runs miles better, so if youíre desperate to play this opt for a mouse and keyboard experience. 

Online connection is required so if you lack that youíll lack any chance of playing. But is that really a bad thing?  While it has some minor redeeming qualities Defiance is just too bland and unoriginal to recommend. If youíre done with Borderlands and want more this might interest you, but itís a step down. A really, really big step down.





 

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