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Defiance Review (PC/360/PS3)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

What do you get when you add 7 alien species, collectively known as Votans, onto an already overpopulated earth? Just to make things more interesting, throw in any accidentally released alien terraforming technology, known as Arks, which have haphazardly and radically changed both the earth's biospheres and geology? The answer is simple; you get a video game and a TV-show crossover series, known as Defiance.

The story of Defiance is not your standard, cut and dry alien story in which there is an intended invasion of earth. Have you heard of the saying "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." This saying is perfect when defining the world of Defiance. The original intent of the aliens was simple to find a new home world, after their former star system was destroyed.

However, after 6 years of negotiations, a war between the two species eventually broke out. The war lasted several decades but ended at the Battle of Defiance, which occurred in San Francisco. The story takes place several years after this final battle. Players take the role of "Ark Hunters" who are hired by Karl Von Bach (CEO of Von Bach Industries) to travel to the Bay Area. The job of "Ark Hunters" is to search for advanced and expensive alien technology.

It's now time to talk about the various types of enemies you will face while playing Defiance. Currently there are 5 enemy types: Mutants, Hellbugs, Raiders, 99ers and the Scrappers. The Mutants were once Human soldiers, scientists and powerful Bio-Marines who have mutated. Hellbugs are fast-moving non-pedal creatures, with a hard outer shell, who were created as a result of the terraforming that occurred.

The Raiders are a group of scavengers and cannibals, comprised of various races, who operate on the borders of this new world. The 99ers are cyborg beings who were once human that decided to give up humanity in their pursuit of productivity and the acquirement of gulanite and other minerals. Finally, the Scrappers are a race of hostile, somewhat intelligent, robots who live in the Bay Area.

Like any MMO, there are a variety of initial choices you much make before you start. First off, you must decide both your gender and race; male or female, human or alien? In additional, you are able to customize your character to your own liking. Unlike other MMOs, you do not select your class; be it healer or mage, but instead you are choosing your