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Solid foundations, but work needs to be done

Trion Worlds has balls. It's trying to do so many things with Defiance that it's near impossible not to take notice. This is a massively multiplayer online third-person shooter (a MMOTPS, then) set in a persistent world filled with thousands of players, and it's busy charting a perilous path through the murky MMO waters of infamously rigid Xbox Live and PSN online spaces.... read more

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Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken, new

Postby ninja-key » 10 Apr 2013, 14:45

Am enjoying the hell out it. :D
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby sammikid » 10 Apr 2013, 14:53

Downloaded the beta, got bored, deleted it.
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Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken, new

Postby TheLastDodo » 10 Apr 2013, 15:04

I watched a livestream of this on another website a few days ago.

One word: honking.

I turned it off after 15 mins, it was so boring, just go here, press X, shoot a few guys. Ugly game too (think it was 360 version), just completely unremarkable in every way.

But it's #3 in the charts so clearly there's a market for this kind of thing. If I were going to play it then it would need to be F2P.
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby theatticusera » 10 Apr 2013, 16:48

sammikid wrote:Downloaded the beta, got bored, deleted it.


Cool story, bro
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby metallicorphan » 10 Apr 2013, 16:58

sammikid wrote:Downloaded the beta, got bored, deleted it.


Yeah i thought the beta was so-so,i did get to the end of the main quest beta missions,but they were all very samey,CVG's score is about right(IMO)..I also hated how my character didn't say a damn word,even when people were either shouting at me or asking me a question,it was dumb that I didn't answer back

I did enjoy the Arkfall missions when there were tons of us all shooting

I am still going to give the show on SyFy a watch though which starts next Tuesday for UK..i have a feeling however that the $100 million gamble(NBCU) is not going to pay off
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby KK-Headcharge78 » 10 Apr 2013, 17:08

Well if box art ever made a good or bad game this was f**ked from the start- colour me disinterested.

If you like it thought more power to you :D
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby TheLastDodo » 10 Apr 2013, 17:10

KK-Headcharge78 wrote:Well if box art ever made a good or bad game this was f**ked from the start- colour me disinterested.

If you like it thought more power to you :D


:shock:

b-b-b-but guns......and.......killing things........through the head KK???
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby EvilWaterman » 10 Apr 2013, 17:15

I'm playing this and am thoroughly enjoying it. Yes it needs some work (two massive patches are inbound) but its fun.

Also, i have played missions where other players have activated the objectives which counted for me also.
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby KK-Headcharge78 » 10 Apr 2013, 17:18

TheLastDodo wrote:
KK-Headcharge78 wrote:Well if box art ever made a good or bad game this was f**ked from the start- colour me disinterested.

If you like it thought more power to you :D


:shock:

b-b-b-but guns......and.......killing things........through the head KK???


Ha, I'm not so one sided Dodo me old chum- sure I love 'dem guns and military, bang bang whizz, dead extremist etc etc etc...... but in my quieter times recently such fare as Dishonoured, Tomb Raider and Bioshock (ok it's shooting) have been the focus. Besides if you want an out and out, pick up and play shooter I'm yet to see anything that comes remotely close to BF3, COD series or Gears......

This game looks turd so you might like it mate :mrgreen:
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby TheLastDodo » 10 Apr 2013, 17:26

If it was japanese and the guns were called big boners then it would've been day one but it's not and the guns aren't called big boners so f**k it!

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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby discostoo » 11 Apr 2013, 00:08

Reminds me a lot of the Resistance 2 multiplayer, with a bit of Killzone thrown in, only without the smart execution of those titles. I'd think Defiance 2 will be very good though, this has been a steep learning curve for those developers.
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby TheRandyNinja » 11 Apr 2013, 00:43

currently playing through this and enjoying the hell out of it would recommend it to anybody willing to give it a shot
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby RustySpoon80 » 11 Apr 2013, 08:58

Had to re-order mine from Amazon this week after Tesco proper messed up my pre-order. Was sat in status "sent to fulfillment" for a week. Just have to hope that Yodel dont lose the order now.
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Re: Defiance review: MMO shooter offers a bold, but broken,

Postby Medven » 11 Apr 2013, 09:45

I got it off the PSN last weekend and like it for now but, as mentioned in the article, it needs some work.

At least they have provided an MMO with a solid (if repetitive) gameplay, stable enough servers and a story which is fairly interesting.
The key to improving this game will be rapid expansions whilst people are still enjoying that 'new-game' buzz. If they leave all the improvements until their fans are at end game then it might come too late.

Others bugs I've noticed: Vehicles are fun but the terrain is out to ruin your day. Dodgey environments can have some awesome effects; e.g. I drove my little buggy directly at a HellBug Pheromone.....thing and it found it just catapulted me straight into the air. Thank god this game doesn't have fall damage!
Another vehicle gripe is the larger ones seem to have been designed with some douche-baggery involved. Once spawned there are no locational prompts around the vehicle to say a button(s) will do something apart from Square to enter. But upon entering the larger vehicles (Trucks, cars) your throttle button won't work. It's only after a jaunt onto Google that i found I was entering the car from the wrong side and was attempting to driver from the passenger seat! A little tooltip or prompt could have saved me this minor annoyance.
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