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  • Summary: Demons, death, and dark forces cloud the vampire world of Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and you must push through it. In this episode of the Legacy of Kain series, you play as both Raziel, a demonic angel of death, and Kain, an all-powerful demigod. Use telekinetic powers, thrilling combo moves, and legendary swords to fight your way through monsters and undead foes. Replenish your energy by sucking the blood and devouring your enemies' souls. Stop the forces that seek to condemn the world to eternal damnation. Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. My favorite of the series. On the PSone, the game was an acquaintance. On the Dreamcast a one night stand. But Defiance is a full-fledged romance. Finally, the storyline satisfies completely and I will not spoil it for you. But I will say that if you are a fan of the series, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
  2. The story is excellent, the visuals amazing, and when combined with the professional voice work, improved combat, and new telekinetic powers, you won’t find a more captivating or exciting action game on your Xbox.
  3. The best of the series. Beefing up the combat system and allowing control of both Raziel and Kain helps it stand out from its siblings.
  4. If you played any previous Legacy of Kain games, then this is one you will have to pick up.
  5. Nosgoth is a captivating place to exist in, decadent and elegant, shadowy and mysterious. [Jan 2004, p.56]
  6. The twisty story is compelling enough to pull you through the game like a rabbit tied to a rush-hour train. [Mar 2004, p.92]
  7. An uninspired action adventure game that rehashes the same old elements that we've seen throughout the series. There is little combat and what is offered is limited by a few moves and combos which are all practically divulged at the outset.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11