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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 The good old Ariel is back too, looking better than ever... which is to say, looking worse than ever... you get the picture.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Are these spectral-vermin creatures getting more vicious with each new game or what?
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Ah, I told you, you stubborn vampire: 1500 years is a dangerous age -you HAVE to switch to low-fat blood.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Step back, unholy statues! I have a pigeon and I know how to use it!

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

Shooterplanet Windows Feb 19, 2004 81 out of 100 81
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jan, 2004 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox Feb 12, 2004 8 out of 10 80
IGN Xbox Nov 12, 2003 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 12, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jan 05, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Over Online Xbox Dec 15, 2003 74 out of 100 74
Joystick (French) Windows Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 12, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69
GameSpot Windows Nov 12, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69


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


The boss monster Turel, who Raziel encounters later in the game, was cut from the very first Soul Reaver. Although Turel was mentioned in Soul Reaver 1 as one of Kain's vampire clan leaders and his disciples could be found in the game, he himself was missing without any plot-related explanation. Turel's appearance in Defiance adds to the series' brilliantly constructed time-travel plot. Furthermore, a strategy exploiting Turel's weakness is needed to defeat him in Defiance, similar to the bosses in Soul Reaver 1.

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