Vanessa Valerie Giedosh
By: Vanessa Valerie Giedosh, Staff Writer
“Defiance” is an MMO third-person shooter that takes place in San Francisco Bay Area after an alien invasion that led to an outbreak of war between humans and aliens. The game allows players to completely customize their character’s physical appearance.
As for character development, there is none. The game offers no classes, only the choice between alien or human. The lack of character classes or any choice in the actual abilities or talents of one’s character is ridiculous and severely takes away from the game.
The game was developed by Trion Worlds, Inc. for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Their major selling point was that players could control the outcome of the television show “Defiance,” which the company had worked in collaboration with Syfy to produce.
However, after the series premiere on April 15, gamers were instantly disappointed. It was clear that what they did in the game had no effect on the show at all, which only served to extinguish the little interest there was in the game.
“Defiance,” the game, wasn't impressive to begin with and now it has lost what little fan base it had. When a developer focuses only on the avatar aspect, it ruins the entire experience. As awesome as it is to control the physical appearance of the character, the game won’t be worth playing if the game play itself isn’t good. Without an original or interesting plot, it doesn’t stand a chance of lasting for long.
Additionally, the absence of character classes only put the nail in the coffin for “Defiance.” This is a game to forget about right from the start. Gamers are better off saving their money until something better comes along – even if that something isn't coming soon.