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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 Tutorial: The crash site map function.
Defiance Windows The first time the game is played the player must connect to the internet and create an account. They then see a long animated introduction set aboard this vessel
Defiance Windows Tutorial: Interfacing with EGO brings up the current objectives among other things
Defiance Windows Tutorial: Exploring the crash site. Baddies are indicated by red 'v' shapes. These hellbugs appear from nowhere with a big bang<br>The fire is quite well done

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Critic Reviews Apr 10, 2013 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Jun 04, 2013 7.4 out of 10 74 May 01, 2013 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Apr 25, 2013 70 out of 100 70
XGN Apr 25, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Meristation Apr 18, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65 Apr 05, 2013 12 out of 20 60
IGN Apr 17, 2013 5.9 out of 10 59
Level 7 May 02, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Edge Apr 12, 2013 5 out of 10 50


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Sciere (505796) added Defiance (Windows) on Jun 24, 2013
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