Players begin a game of Defiance by creating a completely new character that can be customized as male or female and human or the alien race known as Irathient. Players will also choose an origin for their character that doesn't force a characters into certain class restrictions, levels, abilities, weapons and so forth, but rather it gives certain starting weapons and outfits based around a particular playstyle. All characters are also equipped with an EGO or Environmental Guardian Online that allows players to unlock new abilities, gain new missions and give a better perspective about a player's surroundings, enemies, weapons and more with detailed information. While the character creation system for Defiance is fine, it would be nice to see it expanded a bit in the future as the game continues to grow larger and have a larger audience full of more diversified characters inhabiting the world.
Missions in Defiance come in a variety of types and can include basic missions as you'd find strewn about any other MMO world or a game series such as Borderlands. These tend to get a bit repetitive and can be as simple as driving to a nearby area, killing a handful of enemy soldiers, and scanning a corpse. There are more important missions in the game however that are more pivotal to the game's storyline and will include cutscenes to explain what is happening and why the mission is so important, and these tend to be missions that are much more difficult and a lot more entertaining to complete. There are also side missions that stray from the typical shooter mission style and may require players to perform in races with checkpoints or some other mini-game. Episode missions will come later in development and carry direct narrative implications to the Defiance television show, but it remains to be seen exactly how these missions will operate. The most exciting missions however are the Arkfalls that drops random amounts of loot and alien enemies into a nearby area and will bring together players to fight off the hordes and gather the best rewards the game has to offer. These missions can be the most difficult in the game and will require the cooperation of large groups of characters to complete, but the more players involved in an Arkfall the greater the rewards will be for those players, so make sure to team up with as many players as possible!
Defiance is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $59.99 and can be purchased for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Defiance is rated M by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Strong Language & Violence. For more information on the game, check out the official Defiance website.
Developer & Publisher: Trion Worlds
Platforms: PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Release Date: April 2, 2013