Metacritic (PC): 64/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 60/100
Metacritic (PS): 59/100
Release: Apr 2013
Reviewed on: PC


Site Score
Good: Equipment loot – Vehicles – Fun EGO powers
Bad: Weak graphics – Light on MMO features
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Defiance is set in the same universe as the science fiction television show with the same name. Exploring a large open world in third person this gun focused MMO is available on both Windows and consoles. Defiance started its life as a paid title but as of 2014 entered the free to play realm.


Players need not be familiar with the show for the full experience but it does help as you’ll encounter a number of main characters, especially at the start of the game before things really open up allowing you to explore the San Francisco area by foot and vehicle.

In addition to meeting recognisable characters during this early game phase players will customise their character appearance, select one of the available origin stories and introduced to your first taste of cut scenes, something that you’ll experience often throughout the main campaign line (which is bolstered with countless side adventures).

Further customisation comes through the loot hunt of the game where you’ll find weapons and modify them as you see fit. Each item has a rarity rating similar to other loot orientated games such as the Borderlands or Diablo franchise. Weapon types range from the usual pistols, SMGs, sniper rifles, shotguns and some alien technology such as infectors and bio magnetic guns. In addition to weapons players also have a regenerative shield which protects your health pool from damage and recharges when outside of direct combat and grenades to flush out enemies.

The skills system ties in closely with the EGO mechanic, a cybernetic implant that manages your inventory and guides the player through its holographic avatar. There are four core powers to choose from at the start of the game which allow you to improve your run speed and melee attacks (blur), turn invisible (cloak), create a duplicate (decoy) or temporarily boost your weapon damage (overcharge).


Depending on which you choose you’ll start on a different location on the passive EGO power tree which features all the passive boosts to your character that you’d expect to see in a MMO title and give you those small strength enhancements.

Other features on offer in Defiance include PvP, dynamic events and even time trials.


  • Based on the TV show with the same name.
  • Plays like a single player campaign with MMO features.
  • Large world that can be explored by foot and car.
  • Customise your character with weapons, shields and EGO powers.
  • Free to play on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Defiance, 8.3 out of 10 based on 15 ratings
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