Defiance Beta: First Impressions of the Game

For those of you who haven’t already heard of it, Defiance is a MMO / 3rd person shooter from Trion Worlds that will be available on the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 platforms on April 2nd. It also has a T.V. series that will tie in to the game and will be seen on the Syfy network starting on April 15th.

The game has gone through several beta stages already and now, as of March 22nd, is on it’s final beta before the game’s release. We got the chance to play the beta a bit on both the PC and Xbox 360. While the actual mechanics of the game such as weapons, quests, etc are the same across all platforms, there are some minor differences between the console version and the PC version.

The PC beta runs very smoothly and has decent graphics. The graphics are far from being on par with hits like Crysis 3 but they don’t look too terrible, either. On Xbox 360, it’s another story. The game seems to struggle a bit. Certain events cause lag and the graphics are pretty dull. But the game does provide addictive entertainment.

Defiance Beta

PvE (Player versus Environment) Gameplay

This is a 3rd person shooter which makes it a bit awkward to play (at least for someone like myself who is used to playing FPS games). Aiming is fairly easy, though. There is a plethora of weapons in Defiance ranging from pistols to shotguns to sniper rifles to alien-tech super weapons and beyond. You can acquire different weapons by either playing through missions or by purchasing them from vendors using the in-game currency known as Scrip.

There are only a couple of areas available for exploration and missions in the beta but they are HUGE environments. Spread out through these areas are various missions, Arkfalls, challenges, and more. Each one can be completed to earn experience for leveling up, Scrip for purchasing items, and EGO points for purchasing special abilities. How much XP, Scrip, and EGO you get depends on the difficulty and magnitude of the mission you’re playing.

Missions primarily consist of going into mutant or hellbug infested areas to secure buildings and other strategic points. Sometimes you’ll also be sent out to retrieve certain items or to aid other soldiers or Ark Hunters in battle. This can be a little repetitive but not too bad. It definitely has MMO elements in that you encounter certain enemy types quite often.

Want to start dominating all opponents in both story-play AND competitive multiplayer? Check out the Defiance Guru Guide – the #1 leveling and strategy guide for the Defiance video game including hot tips for earning a ton of Scrip fast, getting tons of XP quick, and the best class setups that will help you destroy ANY enemy in ANY gametype.

Here’s a video of the Defiance beta gameplay (on Xbox 360):

The AI seems to be a bit off. In most cases you can run right past enemies to perform objectives while hardly taking a scratch. They will chase you down but if you do a quick sprint through them all you can get past them nearly unscathed. You’ll just have to take them out if you have to run back in the direction you came from.

EGO abilities give you unique powers which allow the player to do things such as become invisible for a short period of time, deal increased damage with over-powered shots, deploy decoys, and execute many other useful tricks. If used correctly these can give you a great tactical advantage over mutants and hellbugs. They do, however, have cool-down times so you can only use them about once every 30 seconds. Nevertheless, they’re pretty cool.

Don’t forget this is a MMO so any missions can be completed with groups of other online players.

PvP (Player versus Player) Gameplay

If you’re more of the competitive type and would like to participate in combat with real people and not just AI enemies, you can do that in Defiance, too. The matchmaking aspect of the game feels a bit dated, though. The maps are quite large with plenty of buildings, random objects, and overgrowth to provide cover. But the actual gameplay just feels off. It’s not as fine-tuned as it should be. It plays like a very generic shooter.

If you’re a new player, you may want to get used to dying often in the beginning, too. A lot of players in the beta have logged a ton of hours and purchased upgraded weapons and abilities that give them a huge advantage over new players who may only be equipped with a basic EGO implant, a shotgun, a pistol, and a sniper rifle.

Our suggestion? Play through the PvE a lot before you even think about taking a step into PvP matchmaking. Complete a ton of missions and challenges so you can earn a lot of Scrip and purchase upgraded equipment. This will help you a lot in matchmaking. When we first jumped into matchmaking we were armed with just a shotgun and an upgraded pistol. This was nothing in comparison to players that were equipped with rocket launchers and high powered rifles.

Other Info

The Defiance beta runs through the 24th on the PC, the 25th on the PS3, and the 27th on the Xbox 360. We can’t confirm it but it seems that if you’re wanting to join in on the 360 beta you can sign up now and expect an email including the game download code within 24 hours. Make it quick, though, there’s just a few days left!

Want to start dominating all opponents in both story-play AND competitive multiplayer? Check out the Defiance Guru Guide – the #1 leveling and strategy guide for the Defiance video game including hot tips for earning a ton of Scrip fast, getting tons of XP quick, and the best class setups that will help you destroy ANY enemy in ANY gametype.

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