PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)
dash of Deep Space Nine
FI, not Joss Whedon's
AN, A-li-en Nation vibes
Encounters gone awry...
We’d apologise to Julie Andrews,
but we fucking despise The Sound of Music, so stuff her.
Defiance started life a curious beastie. The TV
show launched concurrently with this game, a third-person ‘massive
multiplayer online role playing game’ shooter, and there’s promise
of overlap as things on TV will affect things in the game.
Characters from the former pop up in the latter occasionally, but
generally you’re just another scabrous ark hunter.
try to keep up. The Votans – kind of like Vogons, but even crappier
poets - seek home on Earth after their planet goes ‘PHUT!’ Other
than a handful of colonists, they’re mostly stuck in hypersleepy
orbit, but following attempts at interspecies harmony an
assassination makes things messy, war ensues, the arks going
round-round (baby) round-round Earth crash, ‘BOOM!’ and accidentally
terraform the joint.
Now if you’re thinking, “What the fuck’s
‘terraform’ mean?” then thanks, we’re not alone. Basically it’s
‘earth-shaping’, or customising an environment to your habitability
requirements. Like Populous. Already knew that? Hey, your
elephant stamp’s in the mail.
Anyway, you pick one of four
types of being, customise a little (we did NOT want grey bloody
hair), get injected with an EGO (nothing to do with Skyhooks, rather
a built-in hologrammy companion thingummy) and go looking for
dollartastical alien tech – ark hunting.
You’ll run, jump,
shoot, upgrade weapons and abilities, conjure magic quadbikes from
thin air (of fat air if you’re near ex-LAX) and embark upon main
missions, side quests and challenges like speed racery speed racing.
All with the added sometimes goodness of other real life beings in
avatarical form helping or hindering.
quirks and some BS re-spawn points, it’s reasonably fun-esque.
Unlike the show, which is sadly more Dynasty than
Firefly. Which brings us back to “D’oh!”...