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Legacy of Kain: Defiance

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Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Raziel and Kain were trapped in the Serafan fortress. Separated by sudden events, Raziel was forced to retreat into the spectral realm, leaving Kain to escape from the Serafan on his own. Both must escape the predicament they find themselves in and fight back against those who would seek to use them as manipulations in a grander plot. From both heroes cry out shouts of defiance, and a thirst to find the revelations that have been buried in the world of Nosgoth.

Legacy of Kain: Defiance is a third-person action game with light puzzle-solving elements, combining concepts seen in both Blood Omen 2 and Soul Reaver 2. The story unfolds through chapters, focusing alternately on Kain and Raziel as they pursue their separate, though intertwined quests. Control of each character alternates between levels, however both are controlled from a behind-the-shoulder perspective. While both heroes are different, they are similar in movement, ability to attack, defend, jump and access special abilities.

Kain and Raziel no longer pick up weapons, instead both using a form of the Soul Reaver weapon (Kain uses the physical sword form, Raziel uses an energy blade). Each Soul Reaver can now be "charged" to unleash a special ability, determined by the current alignment of Soul Reaver at the time. Both Kain and Raziel lose energy at a constant rate and must feed to replenish life energy (Kain feeds on the blood of living creatures, Raziel feeds on the souls of living and non-living creatures). And both Kain and Raziel feature telekinetic abilities to manipulate objects at a distance.

The two are, however, different characters that play differently, each requiring use of his talents, to bypass obstacles (sometimes the same obstacle). Kain focuses on strong combat and destructive abilities. He is able able to power up the Soul Reaver weapon using properties of the Pillars of Nosgoth. Raziel is more subtle, able to use stealth and the phasing between material and spectral worlds in order to discover new paths. As in Soul Reaver, Raziel can phase into the spectral world at any time but must find a special location in order to phase back. Raziel powers up the Soul Reaver using elemental powers.


Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Raziel's Empyreal Rending described in the Character Status Menu
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Kain's Sanguine Censure described in the Character Status Menu
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Tentacle rap... ekhm... fight.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows It's showtime, buster! Could this be? Has THIS moment finally come?

Alternate Titles

  • "凯恩的遗产:挑战" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Наследие Каина. Defiance" -- Russian spelling
  • "LoK: Defiance" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Defiant but not as one would expect Windows Diogo Ribeiro (329)
If not for the pesky camera and repetition, this could have been one of the best games ever. Windows kbmb (399)
The saga that redefined "plot twist" comes back with a fancy combat system and a few controversial features. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
I wonder if you can SUE a developer for creating a game that gave you migraines? Windows Indra is here (19699)
How to ruin a game in two steps… Windows Cabeza2000 (691)

The Press Says

UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Jan 16, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN Windows Dec 18, 2003 8 out of 10 80
TeamXbox Xbox Nov 27, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 2004 78 out of 100 78 PlayStation 2 Jan 20, 2004 15 out of 20 75 PlayStation 2 Mar 04, 2004 72.5 out of 100 72
Joystick (French) Windows Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 17, 2004 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Xbox Nov 12, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69
GameDaily Xbox Feb 23, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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A new title?!?!?!?!?! 3 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
Aug 23, 2012


Tony Jay, who provides the Elder God's voice, often played the roles of villains, due to his deep baritone voice, in animation and video games. His roles included the virus Megabyte in the 3D cartoon ReBoot, the immortal Transcendent One in Planescape:Torment and the Narrator in The Bard's Tale(2004). He also voiced Zephon in Soul Reaver and Mortanius in Blood Omen( in Defiance, he is played by Alastair Duncan). Sadly, Tony Jay died in August 13,2006.

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