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Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Windows)

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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.

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Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Main Menu
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Fight against creature... and eat soul
Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows And what exactly makes you think I'm gonna taste any better than the *other* bones laying in this pit?
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.

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 Diogo Ribeiro (329) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
If not for the pesky camera and repetition, this could have been one of the best games ever. kbmb (399) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
The saga that redefined "plot twist" comes back with a fancy combat system and a few controversial features. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
I wonder if you can SUE a developer for creating a game that gave you migraines? Indra is here (19679) 0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars0.43 Stars
How to ruin a game in two steps… Cabeza2000 (681) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars

The Press Says

Gamesmania Feb 23, 2004 86 out of 100 86
Shooterplanet Feb 19, 2004 81 out of 100 81
IGN Dec 18, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Action Feb 04, 2004 77 out of 100 77
PC Zone Benelux Apr, 2004 76 out of 100 76
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 03, 2004 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Feb 11, 2004 72 out of 100 72
PC Games (Germany) Feb 17, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Joystick (French) Feb, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Nov 12, 2003 6.9 out of 10 69

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

Trivia

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.

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