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Legacy of Kain: Defiance

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
75
3.9
Windows
77
3.9
Xbox
77
3.4
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Holy Dancing Walls, Raziel!! The Spectral Realm has been greatly improved, thanx to motion blur and some really twisted soundscape.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Tentacle rap... ekhm... fight.
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Look at that, if they're the Hylden from Blood Omen 2! What ever happened to those muscles, buddies?
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Kain's Sanguine Censure described in the Character Status Menu

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 (19677)
How to ruin a game in two steps… Windows Cabeza2000 (681)

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Xbox Feb 16, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
GameZone Xbox Dec 07, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Armchair Empire, The Xbox Dec 20, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Feb 09, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Super Play Xbox Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
IGN Windows Dec 18, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Xbox 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Dec, 2003 77 out of 100 77
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jan 20, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Boomtown PlayStation 2 Apr 17, 2004 7 out of 10 70

Forums

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

Trivia

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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