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Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Windows)

77
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Back of Case - PlayStation 2 (UK):

    UNLEASH YOUR INNER EVIL

    FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER PLAY AS VAMPIRE KAIN AND HIS ARCHRIVAL, THE SOUL-DEVOURING RAZIEL. USE THEIR EVIL, DESTRUCTIVE POWERS TO ATTACK AND DESTROY YOUR ENEMIES IN THIS DARK ODYSSEY, FROM WHICH ONLY ONE OF THESE ANTI HEROES CAN SURVIVE.

    (Captions)

    EXPERIENCE BOTH CHARACTERS' FEARSOME BATTLE SKILLS AND QUESTS FOR VENGEANCE IN ALTERNATE CHAPTERS.

    FEED YOUR DARK HUNGER BY SUCKING THE BLOOD AND DEVOURING THE SOULS OF YOUR ENEMIES TO SURVIVE.

    ADVANCED AI AND AMAZING COMBO MOVES PROVIDE INTENSE AND ENFORCED COMBAT.

    INCREASE THE POWER OF YOUR WEAPON WITH NEW ENHANCEMENTS LIKE FIRE, LIGHTNING, ICE AND MORE.

    USE NEW TELEKINETIC ABILITIES TO PIERCE ENEMIES ON SPIKES, HURL THEM OFF BRIDGES AND BURN THEM IN FIRES.

    AS RAZIEL, ENTER THE SHADOWY REALM OF THE UNDERWORLD IN THE SPECTRAL PLANE.

    WWW.LEGACYOFKAIN.COM

    Contributed by TechSmurfy (813) on May 17, 2012.

www.xbox.com:
    The next chapter in the epic Legacy of Kain series is a cutting-edge adventure game featuring more action then ever before. Return to the dark intrigue of Nosgoth, where the vampire Kain and his fallen creation Raziel must fight to unravel the mystery of their destinies, as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. While their adversaries plot their destruction, Kain and Raziel must embark on a dark odyssey, which only one of them may survive.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12454) on Sep 20, 2010.

uk.playstation.com:
    Vampire and wraith join forces across the gulf of time to save Nosgoth and themselves from oblivion

    Fans of the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver series will be in undead rapture when the anti-heroes of those two games ally in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. The vampire lord, Kain is still tussling with the time-twisting Mobius while Raziel - the reaper of souls and Kain's nemesis - is still struggling against his god-like captor in the ethereal realm 500 years in the future. Now the evil force of the Hylden threatens both of them and their parallel adventures are pulling them ever closer to a final confrontation with each other. Swords, sorcery, souls and buckets of blood await you in Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

    The mix of visceral combat, challenging puzzles and gothic settings made Soul Reaver 1 and 2 and Blood Omen 2 huge hits on PS one and PlayStation 2. With LoK: Defiance, developer Crystal Dynamics has taken the choicest slices from these games and stitched them together into a throbbing, twitching monster of an action adventure. Kain's vampiric abilities return, gifting him with strength, an ability to 'mist' through bars, Darth Vader-like telekinesis and of course an insatiable thirst for blood. Raziel too has his fair share of powers; his tattered wings allow him to glide, he can absorb souls to fuel his powers and he can shift between the real- and the spirit-world to find the way forward.

    As the adventure unfolds, Kain and Raziel find themselves in the same locations, albeit separated by half a millennium. The march of time and the presence of the Hylden can be seen when Raziel (trapped in Nosgoth's future) enters an area Kain has been, showcasing the game's brilliant level design and graphical flair. The mists and fog that shrouded the previous games have lifted, revealing Nosgoth's harsh and deadly beauty for all to see. Soon the cities, ruins and countryside will be running with the blood of Kain and Raziel's enemies as their defiance against the vile Hylden is felt across the centuries.

    • The return of the anti-heroes from the Blood Omen and Soul Reaver series - Kain and Raziel


    • Play as both characters, separated by 500 years, fighting their own paths across a very different Nosgoth


    • Challenging puzzles, fast and furious combat and huge, 3D levels


    • Revel in the abilities of a vampire lord and a powerful wraith


    • From Eidos - the publishers of the Tomb Raider series - and Crystal Dynamics - set to create the next Lara Croft game

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 14, 2008.

Atari Australia Press Quotes - Xbox:
    "When you're not gawking at the superb visuals or learning how Kain and Raziel will settle their scores, you'll be deeply involved in combat or solving some ridiculously elaborate physical puzzle in the spectral world. In many ways, this is the same basic game that Crystal D showed us in Soul Reaver, just highly evolved. And believe it or not, an enormous amount of stuff happens. The story is outrageously good. You won't believe what happens. So, is it the last game in the series? It very well could be. But I'm not telling. Go play it yourself. It's finally worth it. 8/10" - IGN.com

    " While the strong visual and aural components are a nice bonus, the action / adventure gameplay is indeed the selling point for Defiance. The combat system is deeper and stronger than the previous two installments. 4/5 Stars" - The Adrenalin Vault

    Contributed by Xoleras (66260) on May 11, 2004.

Atari Australia website (for Xbox):
    DESCRIPTION:

    The next chapter in the epic Legacy of Kain series is a cutting-edge action/adventure game featuring more action then ever before. Take control of two powerful and highly evolved vampires: Kain, an all-powerful demigod, and Raziel, a demonic angel of death. Each equipped with a legendary sword, Kain & Raziel must battle through a world loaded with conflict and intrigue as they attempt to unravel their destinies and defeat the dark forces that seek to condemn their world to eternal damnation.

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Play as both Kain and Raziel, two powerful and highly evolved vampires with unique abilities
  • Engage in intense combat utilizing thrilling combo moves, and physical agility to destroy hordes of human, demonic, and undead foes
  • Utilize telekinetic powers to manipulate the environment and hurl your enemies into obstacles, impale them on sharp objects, or throw them off ledges to their deaths
  • Feed your dark hunger by sucking the blood and devouring the souls of your enemies to survive
  • Possess the bodies of unsuspecting victims to shift between the shadowy and sinister Spectral Realm and the rich and beautiful Material Plane

    Contributed by Xoleras (66260) on May 05, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:
    "THE BEST LEGACY OF KAIN INSTALLMENT YET"
    -GameSpy

    Utilize powerful telekinetic abilities to throw enemies off ledges or impale them on sharp objects.

    Increase the power of your weapon with new enhancements like fire, lightning, ice and more.

    Play as Kain and Raziel and unleash your vengeance on hordes of human, and demonic foes.

    Engage in thrilling combo moves, using physical agility, telekinesis, and the formidable Reaver blade.

    Feed your dark hunger by sucking the blood and devouring the souls of enemies to survive.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69506) on Jan 01, 2004.