LAUNCHED alongside a new sci- fi TV series by the same name,
Defi ance is a third- person shooter, massively multiplayer online game ( MMO) that mixes the action- packed pace of a shooter with the persistence and massive scale of an MMO.
Defi ance begins with you crashlanding in a derelict San Francisco. Your character is an ark hunter – a futuristic scavenger – who seeks alien technology in return for cash rewards.
In this future there are two races – votans and humans – who work in harmony to combat mutant enemies on the planet and salvage what remains of the valuable alien tech that falls to earth.
While the storyline is usually integral to a good MMO, I found the actual gameplay to be more engaging. The plot progression follows a strict path, though fortunately there is very little time spent carrying out repetitive tasks.
The character you play gradually improves as you gain experience. You receive better equipment such as special weapons, shields and grenades, as well as learning new, upgradeable skills.
Breaking up the main story campaign are events called ark falls, where alien technology falls from the sky randomly and you’re tasked with salvaging it, while also fi ghting off giant creatures. These impromptu challenges keep the game fresh and interesting.
The thing Defi ance really gets right is combining different play styles. The fastpaced run- and- gun action is ever present and if you’re in a player vs player match, it feels like a third- person shooter.
The best part is, you have access to all the guns and gadgets you’ve been accumulating in the single- player story campaign.