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Defiance is an MMO third-person shooter set in a persistent universe. It was made as a tie-in to the US SyFy television series of the same name. The game takes place several decades into the future in the San Francisco Bay Area, following a war between the human race and an alien race known as the Votans. Due to their planet being destroyed, The Votans arrived on Earth hoping to find a vacant planet where they could set up a new civilization. Humans and Voltans clashed, unleashing alien power that terraformed the earth, causing the Earth's surface to change dramatically. Old species and plants became extinct, while new species emerged. The player plays as an "Ark Hunter" hired by a wealthy industrialist to search for hidden alien power.

Defiance features advanced character customization. Players have the ability to customize everything from the clothes they are wearing to their facial hair style. Players also have the option to be a Human or an Irathient, a humanoid alien species that are similar to humans. There is not a strict class system, and instead allows players to choose from one of four origins, which are veterans, outlaws, machinists, and survivalists. Origins do not affect the abilities, weapons, or outfits the player can choose, and instead just serve as a starting point and background for your character. The game's key feature is its Arkfall Events, which are dynamic events which pit humans, aliens, and monsters against one another in order to obtain expensive alien technology.


Defiance Windows Tutorial: The crash site map function.
Defiance Windows The game is not always playable
Defiance Windows Tutorial: Exploring the crash site. Baddies are indicated by red 'v' shapes. These hellbugs appear from nowhere with a big bang<br>The fire is quite well done
Defiance Windows Tutorial: The escape pod landed and was opened by a Bay Area resident. Here we're about to meet EGO, the Environmental Guardian Online implant

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InsideGamer PlayStation 3 Apr 20, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Chumps PlayStation 3 Apr 10, 2013 7.2 out of 10 72
Spazio Games Windows Apr 17, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Console Monster Xbox 360 Apr 17, 2013 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Windows Apr 17, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
Canadian Online Gamers Network Xbox 360 Apr 13, 2013 64 out of 100 64
IGN Xbox 360 Apr 17, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
The Escapist PlayStation 3 Apr 11, 2013 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Invasion (INC Gamers) Windows May 18, 2013 5 out of 10 50 PlayStation 3 Apr 11, 2013 49 out of 100 49


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