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  • Summary: The next chapter in the epic Legacy of Kain series is a cutting-edge action/adventure game featuring more action than ever before. Take control of two powerful and highly evolved vampires: Kain, an all-powerful demigod, and Raziel, a demonic angel of death. Each equipped with a legendaryThe next chapter in the epic Legacy of Kain series is a cutting-edge action/adventure game featuring more action than ever before. Take control of two powerful and highly evolved vampires: Kain, an all-powerful demigod, and Raziel, a demonic angel of death. Each equipped with a legendary sword, Kain and Raziel must battle through a world loaded with conflict and intrigue as they attempt to unravel their destinies and defeat the dark forces that seek to condemn their world to eternal damnation. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. It delivers an amazing game experience. This is the best entry yet in the series, and if they choose to continue it I would hope they use this game as the template for future entries.
  2. The story is nothing short of fantastic and it’s worth noting that this being the last Kain game under the direction of Amy Hennig (who is off to create games for Jak and Daxter developer Naughty Dog), she has really gone out with a bang.
  3. 83
    The innovative platform elements, brutal combat, and puzzle-solving are a thrill for the soul. [Jan 2004, p.58]
  4. 75
    You'll have fun fighting in Defiance, and feel lucky, because it happens quite often. But if you've been following the series, you'll also know that it's quite heavily reliant on aimless wandering and boring box puzzles.
  5. Similar gameplay for both characters, aimless objectives and technical issues strangle and mar what would otherwise be a solid addition to an excellent series. Despite that, however, the plot is still well done and answers a number of questions that fans have been looking forward to.
  6. Fans should rejoice at having the chance to play both Kain and Raziel, with faster deeper combat leading to the story resolution many have longed for. It's not perfect, but Defiance is easily the best of the series.
  7. Far and away, Legacy of Kain: Defiance's most heinous offense is the way it shamelessly doles out its own sloppy seconds, thirds, and fourths in place of actually creating tasks and challenges that would be interesting or engaging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. JuanCarlosG.
    Jan 14, 2004
    10
    Simply, its the perfect conclusion for a perfect game.
  2. MarcM.
    Dec 5, 2003
    10
    This game will have you crying under the covers and calling for you mummy.
  3. DannyH.
    Nov 8, 2003
    10
    Absolutely stunning graphics are bob on.
  4. JuanE.
    Dec 8, 2003
    10
    One of my favorites of the year! The combat rocks and the story and characters are incredibly well-done....
  5. JayC.
    Jan 20, 2004
    9
    I made this face: o_0 in pure disbelief after an hour of playing this game. Now that I've owned it for a month, I must say this is the I made this face: o_0 in pure disbelief after an hour of playing this game. Now that I've owned it for a month, I must say this is the best Legacy of Kain game. Blood Omen was the best, followed by Soul Reaver, but this one blows them away. I'm a huge fan of the combat. Although I wish it were more difficult, Crystal Dynamics did an awesome job of making me feel like I'm a bada$$ vampire out to kick butt. You play as both heroes of the story, Kain and Raziel which is genius. The interesting thing is that they have the same controls, however the moves are different and they really show the individual characters' styles. Raziel feels flippy, rolly, almost ninja like, while controlling Kain feels like controlling an all powerful-vampire that towers over his opponents. The combos I've pulled off on this game beat devil may cry tenfold. Not just in number of hits, but in how good they look. In devil may cry, I used to run past enemies, in LOK:D I fight every last one- Launching them in the air, smacking them away over a cliff, but catching them with telekinesis before they fall over, and sucking them back to my sword so i can drink their blood... looks sooo sweet. The one complaint I have is that I had to riddle my brain to think to the other LOK games to make sense of this one. This will be difficult for gamers that haven't played the previous titles. Although, it doesn't hinder gameplay, it's an awesome story, and newcomers to teh series will be lost. I hope this encourages them to play the previous games as well, and not give up on LOK:D. Expand
  6. MattM.
    Oct 2, 2006
    9
    The game had a massive improvement over the previous installments in the way of gameplay, the fighting is much better and the plot is engaging.
  7. NinjaMafia
    Nov 16, 2003
    8
    I got Defiance about two days ago, and yes, I have already beaten it. Thats is one of the main problems with it. Wjhile it may be fun while I got Defiance about two days ago, and yes, I have already beaten it. Thats is one of the main problems with it. Wjhile it may be fun while it lasts, there isn't a lot of things to keep pulling you back into the game. Okay lets start with the gameplay. Defiance was supposed to boast a better combat system than the other LOK, and it deliverde, somewhat. The action is better with TK(telekinesis) and a few extra moves. However, the combat can still get a bit repetitive from here and there. luckily(or unluckily) they threw in some puzzles to break from the action a bit. However, the puzzles tend to be the exact same thing over and over agfain. However, they did present the same thing over and over again in a way that made it feel different. Overall, the gameplay is only okay. This game is more puzzle than action. The graphics in this game are pretty astounding.The characters are all highly detailed, the lighting is spot on, and the framerate is smooth, most of the time. The characters fcdid seem to move arbitrarily at times and the collision detection was bad from here to there and such. Overall the graphics are highly impressive. The sound in the game is a mixed bag. The music is almost non-existent, and the sound affects are muted. However, the voice acting is some of the best I have ever heard in a video game. Now on to the games strongest point, it's story. This game has the best story of the year. However, people would probally be lost if they haven't played every LOK game. There ewas one major plot twist that I saw coming from a mile away that kind of dampered this games story, however, it is all really well told and thought out. Okay here is the basic premise of it. You start out as kain trying to find and kill mobius, for obvious reasons(if you've played the LOK games you would know). However, when you find mobies he weakens you with his staff. He tells you that Raziel is in some other time period because Kain was looking for Raziel, kind of. We jump to Raziel trying to escape the elder god and the underworld. This is only the basic premise, there are a lot of big twiasts in the story. You learn about what Raziel is exactly. Why Raziel; must not ressure cct Janos, etc. Overall, if it weren't for this games awesome story this would have gotten a 7, or maybe I ewwould have kept it as an eight, i'm not sure. the gamelay is pretty fun for a while, however, towards the end of the game you will feel like you are doing the samwe thing over and over again. Well, I don't expect alot of people to like this game, but me, I like it, I like it a lot. Expand

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