I knew OF Defiance’s existence. Some MMO being developed that also had a TV series tie-in. I’ve actually been seeing a lot of commercials for the TV shows lately. Still, I just put it out of my mind. To be completely honest I haven’t played an MMO in a while. Several of Keen’s most recent treks through the genre have actually been lacking my presence. So like I said, out of sight and mind, I really didn’t care all that much for the next wave of MMOs, even though I really did find the TV series idea to be very intriguing. PC gaming is just something I’m not overly fond of participating in, at least not when it comes to MMOs.
A week or two ago, maybe more — I have no idea — I made a post detailing my disappointment with console MMOs, or lack thereof. In the comments section somebody mentioned that Defiance is actually coming out for consoles as well and that it’s releasing April 2nd. I found that to be pretty shocking. You’d think I’d have my finger on the pulse of what games are coming out and when, which I usually do for the most part, but somehow I completely missed this one. Ever since then I’ve been browsing around, reading wikis and watching videos to learn as much about the game as I could and what I found out actually has me pretty intrigued. To be completely honest I haven’t gotten my hands on the game at all so I can only remark on what I’ve seen and read.
The first thing that really surprised me was that Defiance is mostly a PvE game. Don’t misunderstand me, though, I like to PvP and the open world Shadow War stuff sounds really cool but my interests usually tend to align more often with PvE content. There seems to be a lot of it too with multiple mission types, co-op instances, raids, and even some stuff that looks like public quests. The gameplay also seems to be pretty close to a regular third person shooter. Again, I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I’ve seen and heard it works really well. I usually find combat in MMOs to feel floaty and disconnected, which would translate even worse to a game that is entirely dependent on shooting. I’m very anxious and excited to try it out for myself on either my 360 or PS3. Maybe I’m alone in this but when I was watching one of the 4 player co-op instances I got a serious Borderlands vibe. Maybe that’s a bad example, seeing as Defiance is a third person shooter, but the online co-op shooting seemed very familiar and welcomed. Especially in an MMO package.
It’s a bummer that all versions can’t play together and that’s really my only worry so far. I have zero interest in the PC version so that leaves me to riddle out which console will have a better population. I guess I can understand why PS3 and 360 can’t play together, even though they kinda already do with FFXI, but I see no reason why 360 couldn’t play with PC. They claim that they have already done it and demonstrated it so I really don’t know what’s holding them back in that regard.
I’m actually getting a little hyped up for this game and can’t wait to try it out. I think I heard something about an open beta on consoles before release so I’ll be looking forward to that and I’ll make sure to post about it any time I get my hands on the game.