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Atomic Gamer (Apr 09, 2013)
Defiance is neither pretty nor charming, but it's got a scrappy quality that can be very appealing, and its gunfights and reward systems do a great job of keeping you playing. And then, surprisingly, the game gets just that little bit better every time you get a new gun, fight a new enemy, discover a unique tactical option, or travel to the next zone. I won't speak much about the potential excitement of the simultaneous TV show tie-in, mostly because the show has yet to premiere on SyFy, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that playing the game makes me at least a little bit more interested in the show. Either way, Defiance gives off a bad first impression, but it still holds up well on its own with continued play.
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Eurogamer.de (Apr 10, 2013)
Der MMO-Shooter braucht zwar eine Weile, bis er in Fahrt kommt, doch der Waffen-Sammel-Sog und die Massenkeilereien hielten mich auch abseits der Haupt- und Nebenquests in Atem. Beschäftigungsmangel herrscht jedenfalls nicht so schnell, wenn man alle Missionen konsequent ausreizt und gelegentliche Archenfälle mitnimmt. Langfristig müssten die Episodenmissionen, sowie neue Hauptquests, Koop-Karten und PvP-Maps die Spieler bei Laune halten. Da sind die Entwickler gefragt. Trion Worlds hat einen überraschend vielschichtigen Titel hingelegt, der mich nach anfänglicher Skepsis umso heftiger gepackt hat. Es gibt derzeit zwar noch Macken und Ärgernisse, aber die positiven Seiten überwiegen. Wenn sich die Macher in den nächsten Wochen und Monaten nicht auf den Lorbeeren ausruhen, hat Defiance immenses Potenzial - auch ohne die TV-Serie im Rücken.
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GameStar (Germany) (Apr 12, 2013)
Vielmehr beweist Defiance, dass Online-Shooter durchaus wie Online-Rollenspiele funktionieren können. Battlefield oder Planetside schicken mich in kompromisslose Teamschlachten, in Defiance hingegen kann ich in Ruhe eine Welt erkunden, Missionen erledigen oder Koop- und PvP-Partien bestreiten. Insofern hat Defiance auch ganz ohne TV-Serie seine Daseinsberechtigung. Flotte Quad-Fahrten, zahllose Aufgaben, viel Action und dynamische Events mit Dutzenden Archenjägern entfalten einen angenehmen Spielfluss. Doch Defiance hat auch noch klare Schwächen. Die durchschnittliche Technik ist dabei noch am ehesten zu verschmerzen. Vielmehr stören das umständliche Menü, die lächerliche Gegner-KI der, die ewig gleichen Level-Bausätze, das generische Missionsdesign und vor allem: der derzeit noch magere Umfang. Mag sein, dass sich das im Laufe der TV-Serie oder mit DLCs noch ändern wird. Aber als Momentaufnahme reicht es noch nicht zum Hit.
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ActionTrip (Jun 04, 2013)
The biggest stumbling block to Defiance’s success has to lack of game feature information in printed form or in game help forcing players to ferret out the details online. For some people this may be too much of a barrier to continued play and they will drop the game entirely. This is too bad but even with the drawbacks like some missions having to be dropped and reaccepted, the ugly character faces and the shameful lack of documentation, Defiance is fun. The fact that it is available for the PC and gaming consoles (although with no cross-platform play) makes it an enjoyable title that anyone who enjoys fast action shooters with copious amounts of loot drops should like. Only time will tell if the game linked to a TV series shtick will pan out, but for the time being, I am glad Trion is taking the risk.
70
It’s bland to the point of becoming mundane at moments and hard to be interested in for a long time. It’s a competent shooter and MMO with an appropriate amount of content, and will probably find its largest playerbase on consoles, but there are a number of technical issues, especially on that console side of things, that could keep people at bay. Aside from the unimaginative visual flair and overall concepts, the frame rate issues, poor AI and graphical deficits don’t help to off-set the game’s list of modes, adequate shooting mechanics and solid storytelling. That being said, as a unique media endeavor, Defiance will probably gain more steam as the television show goes live and as Trion tweaks and implements more features down the line. As far as MMO launches go, though, Defiance has been surprisingly smooth for the most part. In the end, the game is off to a decent start, but it faces some inherent hurdles that could hold it back from being what one can tell it’s meant to be.
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NowGamer (Apr 09, 2013)
Defiance does enough new that you won't be disappointed providing you know what you're in for. There's something compulsive about it's quest grinding, but at the same time they do lack the variety and depth of world necessary to make an MMO everlasting.
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Spazio Games (Apr 17, 2013)
Defiance è uno shooter MMO da un lato molto classico e stravisto nelle ambientazioni, nel design del mondo del gioco e nel tipo di quest (e in fondo anche nella trama). Eppure il suo approccio così "leggero" al genere, la sua componente PvP fluida e naturale, la vastità della mappa e il suo non voler essere social a tutti i costi lo rendono un titolo piuttosto atipico e per questo interessante. Con un comparto grafico più curato, meno bug e una IA migliore, avrebbe potuto ambire a traguardi ancora più ambiziosi. Forse ci arriverà a breve con i giusti aggiornamenti, ma al momento bisogna accontentarsi di un MMO imperfetto ma in fondo coraggioso e soprattutto divertente.
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Hooked Gamers (Apr 19, 2013)
Defiance lacks the humor of Borderlands but retains all of the gun-hunting and combat that made that game great but the bugs and interface issues are a problem. Patches will surely address these but that does not take away from the fact that the game suffers for its week-one presentation. Even with the solid core to pick it back up, it may be difficult to convince people to come back. If you can get through its shortcomings, Defiance is well worth a look.
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ZTGameDomain (Apr 19, 2013)
The game has a special charm to it that is hard to describe. I was never bored while playing, but I was never blown away either. It’s very standard in most aspects, but the dynamic quests and Shadow War PVP really help the game shine. I am surprised at how much I enjoyed Defiance. It has that “just one more quest” feel to it, even if those quests had me doing the same thing again just in a different location. People looking for a decent time with their friends can definitely get it here, and players looking for a simple concept with some fun player interactions will get their fill.
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IGN Italia (Apr 21, 2013)
Concludendo, dopo l’avvio deficitario, Defiance non desiste. Messi parzialmente a posto i prevedibili (ma non per questo giustificabili) bug che appestano il lancio di tutti gli MMO di questo mondo, ora è finalmente possibile atterrare in relativa sicurezza sul nuovo pianeta Terraformato e multiformato appartenente alla galassia Trion Worlds. Un mondo perennemente connesso e combattente, nel quale sguainare un armamentario d’armi FPS e tutto il proprio incontenibile Ego, collaborando e combattendo in modo competente, anche se apparentemente semplificato. Un mondo nel quale PvE e PvP non si pestano i piedi, ma convivono in modo conveniente, anche se fin troppo immediato.
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XGN (Apr 25, 2013)
Defiance is een MMO met veel potentie maar nog even opgepoetst moet worden om echt te stralen. Defiance komt wat traag op gang maar werpt na enkele uren zijn vruchten af. Het schieten werkt heerlijk en met tientallen andere Ark Hunters missies voltooien is erg leuk om te doen. De verbinding met de serie moet zich op lange termijn nog bewijzen, terwijl we bij de serie zelf nog vraagtekens hebben. Trion Worlds heeft al aangegeven goed naar de community te luisteren en Defiance gaat blijven updaten, als dat waar blijkt kun je gerust een punt bij het cijfer optellen.
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videogamer.com (May 01, 2013)
Despite the tedium of the missions, Defiance has a ‘one more go’ thing going for it that other shoot and loot games (COUGHRiptideSPLUTER) don’t. It’s a grindfest, but one that becomes pretty immersive, should you be willing to give it a go – particularly if you’re of a derivative sci-fi bent. Although we still advocate the systematic punishment of the person that wrote ‘saucy little vixen’.
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PC Games (Germany) (Apr 25, 2013)
Eine frei erkundbare Welt, in der es viel zu entdecken und noch mehr zu tun gibt, schnörkellose Shooter-Action, eine große Waffenvielfalt, ein umfangreiches Skillsystem und eine Story, die dank der engen Verbindung zu einer TV-Serie zum Weiterspielen animiert. Klingt vielversprechend, nur mit der Umsetzung hapert es. Der Einstieg ins Spiel ist recht lahm, das Tutorial lässt viele relevante Details einfach aus, die auf Controller ausgelegte Benutzerführung ist auf dem PC unkomfortabel und die Story schwankt zwischen wirr und uninteressant. Die Kämpfe funktionieren ganz gut, bewegen sich wegen der künstlichen Dummheit der Gegner und fehlender Abwechslung aber auf einem durchweg anspruchsarmen Niveau. Was Defiance fehlt, sind Höhepunkte. Das Spiel plätschert auf einem ordentlichen Niveau einfach so vor sich hin, nicht zuletzt weil die Item-Hatz nicht das gewünschte Suchtpotenzial entfaltet.
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GameTrailers (Apr 18, 2013)
Defiance has its rough spots and it can get monotonous at times. Despite the updates, the Xbox 360 version is still running a bit ragged, but don't write off the PC game just yet. There's a lot to partake in, and with some major patches already in place, it's a game we expect to continually improve -- or at least change. The core shooting mechanics are engaging enough to keep you coming back, and its intriguing episodic ties have the potential to keep ark hunting interesting in fresh, original ways.
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Defiance may have functioned as an interesting way (read: gimmick) to promote a series on SyFy that may have a shot at stabilizing the network’s bipolar ratings, but as a game, it’s barely playable. Perhaps those people (and I’m sure there will be many) who become dedicated aficionados of the show will in turn find this game to be a treat, as often happens with TV series based on games, and vice versa (although, now that I mention it, has that experiment ever been really successful? Anyone remember Survivor: The Game? Look it up, that thing was a disaster), but for people who are willing to shell out $60 of their hard-earned paychecks to download this problematic title, the price is far too high, and the payoff meager. Check out the show, by all means – it looks like a refreshing, shoot-‘em-up romp through the distant future – but at the end of the day, I defy you to play this thing and enjoy it for more than fifteen minutes.
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GameSpot (Apr 17, 2013)
Constant notices that you have unlocked new co-op missions even though they were long ago unlocked. Mission progress lost and weapons gone missing. Frequent server downtimes. A messy interface that buries options in menus within menus. These are some of the obstacles you must circumvent to enjoy Defiance to its fullest, and even then, nothing Defiance does is best in class. Yet it has that special spark that ignites the desire to press forward. Defiance's merely acceptable systems are deftly assembled in a way that allows you to spread your proverbial wings and offer your gun-wielding talents to those who need you most. Much like its own arkfalls, Defiance offers treasure, but you have to battle an array of bugs before you can reap it.
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Meristation (Apr 18, 2013)
El lanzamiento no ha sido un éxito dado los graves problemas vistos en los primeros días, pero el masivo parche de 10 gigas que ya está activo parece haber mejorado la estabilidad y haber limpiado una buena cantidad de irritantes bugs, lo que es una buena señal. Pero más allá de eso, los fundamentos esenciales de Defiance son sólidos y cuando realmente funciona cumple bien su objetivo de ser una especie de Borderlands masivo, con decenas de jugadores usando las más variopintas armas contra enemigos que apenas caben en la pantalla. Con esa base, a Trion sólo le queda seguir haciendo su trabajo y aportar optimizaciones y nuevo contenido de calidad para conseguir que Defiance termine de despertar todo su potencial. No ha sido el mejor de los primeros pasos, pero es un paso del que Defiance se puede recuperar.
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Everyeye.it (May 15, 2013)
Duale non solo la natura del gioco quanto quella dell'intero progetto quindi, sicuramente troppo ambizioso per poter essere realizzato senza un soggetto che possa funzionare ugualmente bene sia sullo schermo televisivo che su quello videoludico, due mondi simili ma ancora distanti. Defiance è disponibile al prezzo di 49,90 € e non prevede canone mensile, due elementi che potrebbero accendere l'interesse del giocatore in cerca della novità: ma il mercato del massive gaming offre di soluzioni decisamente più interessanti, divertenti e anche abbordabili. Considerate invece l'acquisto del gioco, qualora foste alla ricerca di uno shooter fuori dagli schemi.
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PC Gamer (Apr 11, 2013)
A competent MMO shooter marred by a lack of polish, whose TV tie-in ambitions only seem set to cause problems.
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Eurogamer.it (Apr 11, 2013)
Defiance si presenta quindi come un prodotto a due facce: da una parte abbiamo una scarsa rifinitura generale, soprattutto dell'IA, un lato sociale appena abbozzato e un'offerta che non sembra più ricca di certi prodotti free-to-play, che oltretutto non vi chiedono di sborsare dei soldi per la scatola del gioco. Dall'altra è indubbiamente un titolo divertente, vario, ricco di cose da fare e di modi per farle, in cui il minuto prima state cecchinando da una collina e quello dopo siete nascosti dietro un muretto, cercando di capire come sbarazzarvi di un gigantesco mutante armato di minigun.
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Gameblog.fr (Apr 15, 2013)
Defiance débarque sur Terre avec une quantité non négligeable de défauts : PvP Pay to Win, techniquement moyen, répétitif... Mais la base semble solide et si vous le trouvez pour pas trop cher, vous en aurez pour votre argent. Surtout si vous accrochez à l'univers, via la série du même nom. C’est un aspect important qui ne doit pas être oublié. Pour le reste, il faut attendre un peu et voir si Trion arrive à finir son jeu. Ce n'est pas gagné, mais pas perdu non plus.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 05, 2013)
Selon les personnes, Defiance pourra être vu comme un MMO moyen, mais original, ou comme un mauvais TPS avec quelques fonctionnalités multijoueurs sympathiques. Dans tous les cas, le constat est mitigé. Ainsi, entre un éditeur de personnages incomplet, un gameplay mou, mal équilibré et frustrant et une aire de jeu un peu décevante, il n'y a clairement pas de quoi s'extasier. Reste que l'idée d'associer TPS, MMO et série télé est bonne et donne lieu à quelques phases pour le moins intenses. Malheureusement, un bon concept ne fait pas nécessairement un bon jeu...
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IGN (Apr 17, 2013)
As a huge science-fiction nerd and a fan of shooters, I went in really wanting to like Defiance and its new universe. Thing is, it’s just not very good. Rare well-designed quests are overshadowed by a host of others that feel phoned in, and though the fundamentals of shooting are competent, weak enemy AI makes the PvE combat a bore. Respectable PvP combat goes a long way, but not far enough to make Defiance a recommendable experience.
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Vandal Online (Apr 16, 2013)
Se agradece el intento de hacer algo nuevo, aunque en líneas generales parece más bien una especie de monstruo de Frankestein para el que se han usado elementos de varios juegos y géneros distintos. Si simplemente buscas un juego de acción que sea largo y con un fuerte componente multijugador, lo nuevo de Trion puede darte algo de diversión y entretenimiento, aunque si lo que buscas es un MMO con un sistema de combate típico de un TPS, lo mejor será que lo evites para no llevarte una decepción.
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GameFront (May 09, 2013)
The more I think about Defiance, the more I mull over my time in the game and muse about what makes it good or bad, the angrier I get. The most disappointing thing is that I know Trion can do better. Defiance is a game that actively flaunts bad gunplay in the player’s face, has no real progression to speak of, lacks cohesion of design in both mechanics and art, and is missing the most important part of an MMO: variety. It’s simply not interesting. Defiance is a collection of good ideas done poorly. Arkfalls and the open-world system have some serious legs, if Trion decides to flesh them out, but for the most part Defiance is either mediocre or outright bad. Here’s hoping — and I’m optimistic, given their track record — that Trion can shore up the problems and craft a truly fun shooter with future patches and expansions. In the meantime, wait for a price drop before considering jumping into the world of Defiance.
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Edge (Apr 12, 2013)
It’s early on in the game’s life, of course, and we’ve yet to see to what extent it will interact with the series in future. But at present, the tie-in feels more like themed bonus content in a generic shooter rather than an attempt to build a coherent world.
50
The good news is that the game is better than the TV show, the story has been slightly more interesting from the start, and at least if you play the game you actually get some solid third-person shooting action.
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Level 7 (May 02, 2013)
Jag skrev i början att jag förstås inte kan ta i akt hur Defiance kommer att vara i framtiden, men jag kan i alla fall ge en prognos om att det ska mycket till för att jag skall rekommendera det till någon.
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4Players.de (Apr 11, 2013)
Dabei rechne ich es Trion sogar hoch an, dass sie Onlinerollenspiel und Shooter so umfassend verbinden wollen. Dass die große Welt durch dynamische Ereignisse mit ein wenig Fantasie lebendig wirkt. Dass ich schnell mit Gleichgesinnten zusammen-, Einzelgängern aber nie in die Quere komme. Dass ich meine Ausrüstung verbessere und meine Fähigkeiten durch Learning-by-Doing stärke und mit aus dem Nichts gegriffenen Erfahrungspunkten lediglich meine passiven Fertigkeiten erweitere. Doch das sind nur Bausteine eines gut gemeinten Fundaments, das als halbfertige Ruine stehenbleibt. Die Geschichte ist trotz ihrer Anbindung an eine brandneue TV-Serie furchtbar uninteressant, das Erscheinen vertrauter Gesichter nichtssagend und jede einzelne Mission ideenlos als Ballerbude konzipiert, dass die Luft schneller raus ist als man "Konservenshooter" rufen kann.
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Quarter to Three (Apr 15, 2013)
Defiance is mostly lacking meaningful connective tissue. It fails at the fundamental task of feeling like a thoughtfully designed and polished game. It fails at feeling like a world. It fails at giving you much to look forward to once you’ve realized you’ve seen most of what it’s ever going to do. You can only get so far with “it’s fun to shoot stuff”. About Defiance far.