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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 The in-game pause menu with another access point to the game shop
Defiance Windows Tutorial: When an equipment pod is found the player first opens it then uses the loadout key 'L' to equip themselves with any new kit
Defiance Windows Tutorial: Once armed the tutorial progresses to the EGO powers, these include invisibility, decoy, and blur
Defiance Windows Tutorial: Interfacing with EGO brings up the current objectives among other things

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GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 12, 2013 77 out of 100 77
PSX Extreme PlayStation 3 Apr 15, 2013 7.1 out of 10 71
The Digital Fix Xbox 360 Apr 26, 2013 7 out of 10 70
ZTGameDomain Windows Apr 19, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Windows Apr 19, 2013 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Xbox 360 Apr 18, 2013 6 out of 10 60 PlayStation 3 Apr 05, 2013 11 out of 20 55
Vandal Online Windows Apr 16, 2013 5.5 out of 10 55
Level 7 Windows May 02, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Official UK PlayStation Magazine PlayStation 3 Apr 29, 2013 5 out of 10 50


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