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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 Main Menu
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Raziel hasn't lost his dramatic finger-pointing habit.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows It's showtime, buster! Could this be? Has THIS moment finally come?
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Kain Loading

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 (580)
I wonder if you can SUE a developer for creating a game that gave you migraines? Windows Indra is stressed (20013)
How to ruin a game in two steps… Windows Cabeza2000 (692)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
4Players.de Windows Feb 23, 2004 88 out of 100 88
GameZone Xbox Dec 07, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Nov 20, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Armchair Empire, The Xbox Dec 20, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Withingames Windows Feb 18, 2004 4 out of 5 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Feb 03, 2004 15 out of 20 75
XboxAddict Xbox Nov 30, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Factornews PlayStation 2 Feb 10, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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A new title?!?!?!?!?! 3 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580)
Aug 23, 2012



  • There is a cheat code that replaces Kain's weapon with a cardboard tube, with Kain uttering "Fear the Tube". This is a reference to the popular web comic Penny Arcade and its "Cardboard Tube Samurai" character.
  • In one of the larger rooms in Vorador's Mansion, you can see a large painting. It is a portrait of a woman's face. However, the interesting thing is that she may be a reference to Umah, the female vampire from Blood Omen. If you look closely at her forehead and the sides of her face, you can make out tattoos similar to Umah's. In fact, one event that was removed from the game was the appearance of a pre-vampiric Umah.


The boss monster Turel, who Raziel encounters later in the game, was cut from the very first Soul Reaver. Although Turel was mentioned in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 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. Furthermore, a strategy exploiting Turel's weakness is needed to defeat him in Defiance, similar to the bosses in Soul Reaver.

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