Legacy of Kain: Defiance PlayStation 2


Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
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  1. Although it isn't the best third-person action game on the market, it's easily the best Legacy of Kain game in the series.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    Though it certainly isn't without its flaws, Defiance stands as a solid title that fans of "Devil May Cry" and even the recent "Castlevania: Lament of Innocence" should have plenty of fun with.
  4. More like a puzzle game interspersed with fighting than anything else.
  5. Perhaps a little more variety with the fighting, less of the annoying ‘trapping the player in a glowing circle until he has killed all enemies’ gameplay elements and more opportunity for clever exterminations like pushing enemies off ledges with telekinesis would have worked better, but it still remains a good game.
  6. 70
    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. It's a bit annoying that the game's major flaws -- slightly monotonous combat, dodgy 3D camera and very monotonous loading times -- haven't been addressed for some time now -- but that doesn't remove from the core qualities of what is still a very fun little game.
  8. The trouble comes when Defiance pads its levels with repetitive encounters and identical areas.
  9. games(TM)
    We can't help but have a soft spot for Defiance, if only because it not only looks impressive, but it kept us captivated right up to yet another tense climax; a rare combination for most recent games. [Christmas 2003, p.121]
  10. Cheat Code Central
    A game that will really appeal to those who love the story and the characters. It stands on it's own as a semi-solid title, but to get the most out of it, you need to really care about the story and it's progression of the series.
  11. Unfortunately, this new presentation isn't fully realized, leading to awkward camera angles and needlessly confusing gameplay.
  12. The actual gameplay is so appallingly unimaginative, so awfully monotonous that by the end of it, I was wondering why they even bothered making a game out of it. [Jan 2004, p.124]

Awards & Rankings

#89 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MattM.
    Oct 2, 2006
    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.
  2. ParkerR.
    Apr 25, 2004
    I think that this game gets really confusing and I want to quit.
  3. SpencerR.
    Apr 25, 2004
    It is really confusing to get out of some of the places and I get pissed of because you get stuck and cant do anything. some times I want toIt is really confusing to get out of some of the places and I get pissed of because you get stuck and cant do anything. some times I want to break it. does anyone else think that way about the game. I sure do and i want to quit. Full Review »