Defiance is a science fiction game that takes place in the future. You play as an Ark Hunter employed by Von Bach Industries to recover Ark Tech. Defiance is a third person shooter MMORPG. You get to customize your character, you can choose Gender, Race, and Class. Once you’re in the game you have a giant world to explore with dozens of other Ark Hunters like yourself. You can get different outfits, weapons, and even vehicles while you explore the world of Defiance.
A class just determines your starting equipment, and outfit. They do not limit the weapons or outfits you can use throughout the game.
Veteran- Starts out with an Assault Rifle, and Veteran Armor
Survivalist- Starts out with Sniper Rifle, and Survivalist Armor
Outlaw- Starts out with a Combat Shotgun, and Outlaw Armor
Machinist- Starts out with a Light Machine Gun, and Machinist Armor
What’s ego you ask? EGO is your HUD, Menu, Powers, and Level. At the start of the game you will be asked to choose an EGO power after testing each one first.
Cloak- Can turn invisible for a limited duration, and every attack or hit you take will decloak you for a short period
Decoy- Sends out a decoy to distract enemies
Overload- Gives you a temporary boost in power
Blur- Increases movement speed, and melee damage
Your level is your EGO Rating and will determine the level of weapons that you can use. As you kill enemies and complete missions you will increase your EGO Rating. You will also unlock a bunch of smaller abilities around your main power that can give you an advantage in combat.
The world of Defiance takes place in the Bay Area of San Francisco. It’s a huge world that has been turned into a wasteland after alien races came to Earth in ships called Arks. There was a time of peace, but a war broke out between the Humans and all the aliens races called the Votans in the Pale Wars. Eventually the Battle of Defiance took place where Humans and Votans worked together to save innocent lives that brought about what is known as the Armistace. The Arks that were destroyed in orbit during the Pale Wars still drop debris known as Ark Falls that can hold untold riches and technology. You play as an Ark Hunter that was hired by Karl Van Bach to help him recover Ark technology to use the terraformer that destroyed the landscape of Earth during the Pale Wars to reverse it’s effects. As you go through the game you will meet dozens of interesting characters that will help you through your quest that leads up to the big battle for Earth itself!
There is a lot to do in Defiance with dozens of side missions and challenges along with the story line. You can play multiplayer with Team Deathmatch, Capture and Hold, and Shadow Wars. Shadow Wars take place in a large area of the map in which two teams fight to hold capture points till the end of the game. What makes this unique from the other modes is that it’s actually set in a part of the map that other players that aren’t in the match can pass through. There are hours and hours of gameplay in this game, and once you finish the story you can go back and start the whole storyline all over again without having to start a NG+. There’s plenty to do in the world of Defiance with side missions, contracts, multiplayer, co-op maps, and goals so you wont get bored.
Now while this game has a lot to do, a lot of weapons, and it’s an MMORPG. There are things that needs to be improved. There are only 3 types of vehicles, guns don’t change much through out the game in appearance and damage wise, you can add mods to your gun to increase different stats but that’s the biggest difference your probably going to see. Though the makers are always looking for bugs that need to be fixed and add things that can all around make the game better. It’s not as expansive as World of Warcraft but is still very big and full of things to do. It doesn’t do much in the long term of keeping you occupied, but it is very fun to hop in a game with a group of friends and go around doing all the different missions, and multiplayer modes in the game. DLC will be released for this game so expect to see some big improvements and more gameplay. I recommend getting this game if you have friends to play with as it will get boring and tedious if you have no one to help you. You can pick this game up for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Go out there get your buddies and help mold the world of Defiance!