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[Preview] Defiance: NYC Gamer's Day Preview

MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community ManagerQueens, NYPosts: 5,717Administrator Uncommon

We had a chance to check out Trion Worlds' upcoming MMOTPS, Defiance, during a recent Gamer's Day press event in NYC. Read on to discover what we learned.

Defiance is one of the more intriguing MMOTPS projects on the horizon due to the unique partnership between Trion Worlds and Syfy. You see, Defiance isn’t just an MMO, but also a TV show. The events in both the show and game will, to some extent, be reflected in both mediums.  If that weren’t enough, Defiance will be one of the few MMORPGs available on the XBOX 360 and Trion Worlds helps to entice the shooter crowd to give that whole “MMO thing” a shot (pun intended!) with their game.

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  • HrimnirHrimnir Qeynos, COPosts: 1,597Member Uncommon
    Ugh, can't wait for this game.  Especially after Trion went and just gutted Rift.  SO pissed at them for what they did to it.

    "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."

    - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community Manager Queens, NYPosts: 5,717Administrator Uncommon
    Originally posted by Hrimnir
    Ugh, can't wait for this game.  Especially after Trion went and just gutted Rift.  SO pissed at them for what they did to it.

    At the risk of derailing my own article's comment thread, care to elaborate? I'm genuinely curious. :P

    Michael "MikeB" Bitton
    Community Manager
    Twitter: @eMikeB

  • LaromussLaromuss vancouver, BCPosts: 324Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by MikeB
    Originally posted by Hrimnir
    Ugh, can't wait for this game.  Especially after Trion went and just gutted Rift.  SO pissed at them for what they did to it.

    At the risk of derailing my own article's comment thread, care to elaborate? I'm genuinely curious. :P

    Me too , please Elaborate on what you mean? From what I've seen rift has greatly improved their game.

  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Hrimnir
    Ugh, can't wait for this game.  Especially after Trion went and just gutted Rift.  SO pissed at them for what they did to it.

     Huh? They are just about to release a huge expansion! /confused ?

  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko RotterdamPosts: 3,845Member Uncommon

    It will be very interesting to see how this game fares in comparison to Planetside 2.

    Defiance will have the marketing muscle and the advantage of TV tie-in exposure, so it will be in everyone's face. But it looks like PVP-Lite compared to PS2.

    Will Defiance's PVE content plus marketing tilt the scales in it's favour vs PS2 ?

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,204Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by MikeB
    Originally posted by Hrimnir
    Ugh, can't wait for this game.  Especially after Trion went and just gutted Rift.  SO pissed at them for what they did to it.

    At the risk of derailing my own article's comment thread, care to elaborate? I'm genuinely curious. :P

    Not speaking for Hrimnir, but I feel the same way.  They've revamped the class system combat mechanics.  They made alternate advancement account wide instead of character based.  Those are two of the heavyweight changes.

    I have a feeling that Hrimnir and I might be in the minority based on RIFT forum feedback, but I'm not terribly excited how the changes have affected how my classes feel and play.  This is totally different from just skill balancing.  It dramatically affects how rogues tank and deal with combo points and how mages work (my two main classes).

    I'll comment on the article in a separate post.

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,204Member Uncommon

    I like that they're leaving out some traditional MMO aspects, like crafting, at this point.  It feels like they're focusing on the type of game they want to make instead of making a game that strictly fits in the predefined and limiting MMO box.

    I also like that they're moving away from a traditional class system and that they didn't just take RIFT mechanics, put them in a blender, throw sci-fi skin on them and call it a game.

    I'm a little disappointed that they seem to be leaning towards a P2P or, worse yet, a western hybrid payment model.  I would much rather see a B2P game with a light cash shop or even F2P rather than sub-based.  This game won't have subscription appeal to me at all.

  • SkullyWoodsSkullyWoods Thorold, ONPosts: 183Member
    I'm a regular extra on the show. I obviously can't say much about it but everything looks awesome so far.

    #TeamVainlash
    Why did Marceline's dad eat her fries? I mean...cause she bought them and they were hers...

  • HrimnirHrimnir Qeynos, COPosts: 1,597Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by MikeB
    Originally posted by Hrimnir
    Ugh, can't wait for this game.  Especially after Trion went and just gutted Rift.  SO pissed at them for what they did to it.

    At the risk of derailing my own article's comment thread, care to elaborate? I'm genuinely curious. :P

    Sorry for the late response guys. As far as gutting Rift. They went and totally uprooted the entire way the skills interact and pretty much how the game *plays* as a result. Essentially they took almost every ability and removed any kind of cooldown from it, and in many cases a lot of them are off global cooldown as well. This completely gutted the macro system and made it 90% useless. Previously, especially in the case of warriors, classes had a smoothness and a flow to how they played. Now, after 1.11 patch there are tons of energy starvation issues, overall clunkiness and just a simple feeling of the game not being fun to play. Mostly due to having ultra complex rotations, you end up feeling like you are playing the UI and not the actual game. It was essentially a ham fisted attempt to add complexity to the combat that so far has failed miserably. Overall, warriors are the most pissed, mages the least so, but yeah, its not a happy place over on the Rift forums.

    The most frustrating part is they're doing SO much really cool stuff with the expansion, but many of us are ready to quit, including me, after i dropped 120 dollars for the 1yr sub with the expac, because its just not fun to play anymore. You feel like you are just fighting the UI instead of playing a game.  Its hard to explain to someone who hasnt played it, but its just, bad.

     

    "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."

    - Friedrich Nietzsche

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