Defiance GAME Exclusive Collector's Edition Xbox 360
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Released on 02-Apr-2013
Defiance for Xbox 360 is a futuristic online shooter produced in conjunction with the new SyFy channel TV show, where the actions and events of one will impact the other!
Defiance GAME Exclusive Collector's Edition for Xbox 360 includes:
- Hellbug Statue
- Art of Defiance Art Book
- Soundtrack and Bonus DVD
- VBI Contract
- Two Defiance post cards
- In-game Items
Key Features of Defiance
- Enter a brave new world where humans and aliens survive together
- Create, customise and upgrade your character
- Go on the hunt alone or with others in varied missions and challenges
- Take on other players in massive online battles and dynamic Arkfall events
- Discover a wealth of new enemies – human, alien and beyond!
- Interact with the Defiance TV show in exciting new ways
The San Francisco of Defiance is a place where humans and aliens survive and scavenge together, and not always peacefully. The hostility and rivalry between the various races is enhanced by the hundreds of other players joining you in the online world of Defiance, and matched by a constantly evolving environment. This is perhaps the largest third-person shooter you'll ever experience.
Defiance embraces many of the features of a MMORPG. Create your own character based on a choice of character classes and with a choice of races, both human and alien. Modify your appearance to stand out, choose your skills and weapons, and join the fray! As the game advances you'll get the chance to level up, unlocking new perks to further make your character your own. Further customisation options come from the various weapons and other equipment you will loot throughout the game, with new guns and upgrades and the choice of five different loadouts to suit your playing style.
The Votan influence on the world in Defiance also includes the EGO, or Environmental Guardian Online, which can give you the power to expand beyond your physical limits. This alien AI implant will fuse with your character's body, providing instant intelligence of the environment around you and unlocking the dormant potential for super-human powers held within human DNA, including speed, invisibility and more!
Defiance offers a wealth of missions for you to undertake as one of the Ark Hunters, an Earth Republic-funded expedition tasked with finding an ancient relic somewhere in the San Francisco Bay area. As an Ark Hunter, you'll join with – or compete with – other players searching for this artefact by gathering information and other items of Arktech, and thwarting alien threats.
There are also plenty of side missions and challenges for you to test your skills, giving you the chance to earn extra cash to help you level up. The Bay Area is home to several influential business owners who will issue contracts to Ark Hunters, and the better you fulfil these contracts, the more you'll be offered. All the missions in Defiance are scaled and timed to match the number of players present at any one time, so there'll always be a chance to muck in with others – or play solo if you prefer.
Outside of the missions, Defiance offers massive multiplayer battles for you to really prove your skills on the battlefield. After all, Ark Hunting is a competitive business, and what better way to eliminate the competition than with brutal combat! Go toe to toe with dozens of other players in a range of multiplayer modes including team battles and all-out deathmatches.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of certain items of Arktech, you may even be chosen to join the ongoing Shadow War. If you choose to accept, you'll become a Shadow Operative working for a private military company known only as Echelon. Falling into one of two teams, Echelon will send you to battle each other and retrieve the important Arktech. A victory in a Shadow War will earn you Echelon credits to be used on unique weapons, armour and gear – and a place on the Echelon mercenary leaderboards.
There are also dynamic events called Arkfalls that can't be ignored. The sky will turn black and the environment whips up into a violent torrent of debris as pieces of Arktech fall from the sky. A brave Ark Hunter or two can handle a minor Arkfall – but the major ones will attract a horde of the beastly enemies, complete with a massive guardian creature, and these foes can only be bested by an army of Ark Hunters working together – and sharing the spoils of victory.
The land of Defiance is home to a wide range of enemies of all kinds. First up are the Mutants, former human soldiers and scientists twisted into mindless monstrosities. The Ninety-Niners also used to be human, former Miners sacrificing their humanity for cyborg parts in their quest for minerals and profit. The Raiders are an interspecies horde of ruthless scavengers, preying on weak frontier towns. The Scrappers are hostile but highly intelligent robots constructed from scrap. Finally are the Hellbugs - voracious creatures created by the terraforming of Earth.
On top of all this, Defiance the video game is ground-breaking in the way it will interact with the Defiance the TV show. The events of the show will impact the online world of the game in real-time, and your character may even cross paths with characters from the show. Plus, events and characters from the game – including yours – could even show up in the TV show!
- Requires 10 GB of available storage
- Online Only, Broadband required
- Xbox LIVE Gold subscription required
- Go to http://www.defiance.com/en/register/
- Complete the set up process entering your name, date of birth, e-mail, password & select your platform. If you already have a Trion account, log in and proceed to step 6.
- You will receive an e-mail from Trion Worlds with instructions for how to verify your account
- Click ‘Verify account’ link which takes you to the Trion Worlds website.
- Enter your login details.
- Click on the ‘Apply code’ tab and input the code number received by Game.
- This applies all of the Preorder elements to your Defiance account.
- At the launch of the game, you will receive an email containing a code for all preorder elements and instructions for how to redeem your code.
Fight Together, Survive Together
Defiance is a game kicking down a lot of doors at once. It's an ambitious massively multiplayer online game for consoles as well as PC, more shooter than role-player but no less impressive for the sheer scale of the experience on platforms that have previously made do with small gameplay lobbies. It's also one half of a bold cross-media project developed in partnership between TV's Syfy Channel and game studio Trion Worlds. Defiance the game takes place in the same world as Defiance the TV show, and each will influence the other over the coming months.
Raiders Of The Fallen Ark
You start by creating your own Arkhunter, a roguish loot-seeking survivor living on a terraformed Earth, where a conglomerate of alien races known collectively as the Votan now share an uneasy truce with the human race. There's a lengthy storyline running through the game, centred around the battle for possession of a piece of powerful alien tech, but that's really just the introductory course, the spine from which the rest of Defiance grows.
The map is covered with bonus side missions, checkpoint races and survival mode rampages, not to mention unmarked events that you stumble across unexpectedly. You may find some ranchers being held hostage by raiders, or an infestation of "hellbugs" that needs clearing out. It's up to you whether or not to intervene, but for those who do engage with the world the reward is paid in experience and "scrip", the game's main currency.
Experience levels up your EGO system, an integrated AI that grants the user one powerful ability - cloaking, super-speed, enhanced damage or a hologram decoy. Perks can also be earned, making you more resilient, or granting combat advantages against, for example, enemies attacked from behind. This is your long-term goal - the accumulation of more perks, more inventory slots, anything that might make you better equipped to thrive in this unforgiving environment.
As you're sharing this space with hundreds of other players, it's inevitable that your adventures will overlap. Come across someone else taking part in the same mission and you'll team up naturally, sharing the load as you tackle the objectives.
This element is at its most integrated in Arkfalls, random events which send players swarming across the map to tackle waves of enemies and giant bosses in the hope of earning hefty XP bonuses and rare weapon drops. These battles can be intense and lengthy, sometimes even a series of smaller encounters which lead up to a major Arkfall. When this happens, you really get a sense of Defiance's potential, as dozens of players all work together to complete enormous challenges.
If you prefer a more intimate and scripted way to play together, there are also seven co-op maps that can be played with a team of four. The loot drops in these raid-style missions can be spectacular, so for the player looking for the best kit, this is where you should be heading.
You won't always be working together, however. Hop into the quick and easy matchmaking menu and there are also multiplayer deathmatches to satisfy your more bloodthirsty urges with, and something called Shadow War, a more Battlefield-style mode with capture points and vehicle use.
A Stretch Too Far?
You certainly couldn't accuse Defiance of being stingy when it comes to gameplay, but that doesn't mean it gets everything right. The game's launch has been a creaky one, with reports of lag and disconnections on consoles. It's also far from being the best-looking game, with some crude character models and an unfortunate amount of pop-in, as scenery and even enemies appear out of nowhere.
These wobbles all stem from Defiance's ambition though, and even just a week after launch many of them have already been addressed. The game is much more stable than it initially was, and Trion Worlds has big plans to roll out more content and other improvements. If the idea behind Defiance grabs your attention, then you owe it to yourself to give it a go. There's a fantastically epic action game here, one that annoying surface flaws can't obscure.
- Massively multiplayer action comes to consoles
- An endless array of missions and events to tackle
- Crossover with the TV show promises to be very cool
- Technical problems are being addressed, but remain a concern
- Some features are poorly explained in-game
- Not much room to create a truly unique character
The MMO genre is well established on PC, but has yet to take hold on consoles. Defiance is a game hoping to change all that, as Trion Worlds has partnered with TV channel Syfy to develop a game that will not only bring the persistent world and character building of an MMO to consoles but will support and crossover with an expensive TV show at the same time.
"There is no denying that doing MMOs on consoles is difficult," Nathan Richardsson, executive producer told Official Xbox Magazine. "When they were envisioned, the massive online model with aggressive evolution of the game and dynamic universes wasn't part of their core purpose. This has discouraged a lot of developers, going the paths of less resistance and sticking to other platforms."
"That being said, what's commonly associated with the word 'MMO' has a lot of connotations on consoles and even the most known games of the genre are experiences which would be a really poor experience on consoles. So yes but I think everyone is also just waiting for the answer to the question, 'what is a massive online game on console?'"
Obviously he's hoping that for many people the answer will be "Defiance" but there's also Bungie's Destiny on the horizon, which has similar online aspirations. "I don't think it's a threat at all," Richardsson countered. "I think it'll broaden the audience and introduce people to massive collaborative experiences as well as make online gaming more approachable. It's at the point where 'MMO' is very much associated - and even stigmatised - with a certain men-in-tights deep-and-wide subscription type of game."
Defiance is out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on April 2nd. There will be no subscription fee, but if you buy the GAME Exclusive Limited Edition or Collector's Edition you get bonus goodies to help you get started, including weapons and XP boosts.
A Brave New World
Well, this is a brave new idea if ever there was one. Defiance is an open-world third-person shooter which ties into a TV show. Nothing so brave or new about that, admittedly. But get this: it's an online game, and events in the TV show will be reflected in live updates to the game world. There's even a suggestion that what players get up to while the TV show is off the air might even affect the plotting of the next season of Defiance on TV. Now that got your attention, didn't it?
Due in April - both in game stores and on TV - Defiance is a collaboration between Trion Worlds and the SyFy TV network. SyFy makes popular sci-fi series like Stargate: Atlantis and the recent Battlestar Galactica remake. Trion is less of a known quantity, but it's an ambitious company with some cool technology, and its first release - a massively multiplayer RPG for PC called Rift - was a pretty decent stab at a World of Warcraft-alike.
There's another aspect of Defiance that makes it noteworthy, too. This is that rare beast, a massively multiplayer game that's launching on consoles as well as PC. While the run-and-gun gameplay will feel familiar to fans of Borderlands, Gears of War or Just Cause, all of it takes place in a persistent world populated by hundreds of other players and punctuated with spontaneous live events. At first glance, Defiance looks like any other sci-fi shooter, but in reality it's anything but.
The setting of Defiance is a future Earth that has been terraformed and partially colonised by alien races. These races were pursued here by another, hostile alien civilisation which has the planet under attack - and a terrible accident when they arrived changed the face of Earth forever.
So it's a sort of Wild West, frontier set-up, with various immigrant civilisations (including humans) rubbing shoulders and jostling for power even as they resist invasion from evil space bugs. The TV show takes place in the reborn city of St Louis, while the game occupies the San Francisco bay area - far enough apart that they can follow separate plot threads, but close enough so that, for example, a character from one area can plausibly show up in the other.
Although the overall concept is pretty radical, Defiance feels comfortably familiar to play. It's got a mission-based structure that sends you scurrying around the hilly world map on a quad bike (which you can conveniently summon out of thin air whenever you need it). The action is standard third-person shooter fare, with cover being relatively important but not central to the whole thing.
As you might expect from a massively multiplayer game, Defiance does have some character customisation and advancement, but this isn't a deep RPG and the emphasis is still on the moment-to-moment action. It's probably closest in spirit to Borderlands: there are different classes, but they're mostly defined by a single signature ability and can all use any weapon, or switch between combat roles. As you level up you do unlock new perks an options, but the biggest influence on your character's development is the new weapons and equipment that you're constantly looting from enemies. New guns keep coming, they can be upgraded, and you can save five different loadouts to suit your mood.
One For All
The cool thing about Defiance is that you don't need to choose to play the game with a party of friends, as you do in Borderlands. When you arrive at your mission destination, you might find other players already there and playing the mission, which cycles through several phases. You can simply muck in - the mission scales to match the number of players present, and everyone gets rewarded at the end. It's simple, fun, and it works.
Outside of the story missions, you also get short, solo-friendly side-missions, quad bike races and Horde style survival modes dotted around the map. There are also dynamic "Arkfall" events that happen at random locations and gather larger and larger crowds of players as they move between phases, with giant boss battling thrown in. These are brilliant fun to get involved in. Similarly, there's a very large-scale player-versus-player mode called Shadow War which happens in the open world and can have up to 100 players battling over objectives.
If you're after a more organised multiplayer experience, you can also play a team deathmatch mode on separate maps - or if co-op is more your thing, there are the four-player Pursuits, which are basically like MMO dungeons, with more focused and challenging gameplay than the story missions offer.
With subscription MMOs falling out of fashion fast, the last big question mark is how we'll pay for it. Trion says the game will be sold like a regular boxed game, but will follow a "hybrid business model" to fund the online service and regular content updates that will arrive every two months or so.
Based on a day's play, Defiance still needs some work with some bugs to iron out, but it's a very complete package with plenty of fun ways to play. It's not an exceptional game in its gameplay or looks, but as an online world, it does stand out from most of its shooter rivals - especially on consoles. And that's not even accounting for the link with the TV show. This is one to watch with interest, if nothing else.
Defiance - Review (11/04/2013)
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