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XDefiant

Ubisoft San Francisco
May 21, 2024 - PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

59%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7 / 10
Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
IGN Italy
7.5 / 10
VideoGamer
7 / 10
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6 / 10
VGC
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Critic Reviews for XDefiant

The fundamentals of XDefiant are good, but conflicting ideas and mechanics stop it from standing above a crowded shooter field.

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xDefiant has some of that classic Call of Duty that many fans have been asking for years, but it also manages to add small gameplay tweaks to deliver a fresh, addictive and fun FPS experience. It falls short in terms of launch content, but Ubisoft already has its sights set to hit the bullseye.

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XDefiant is an online shooter with balance problems but still fun, solid in some aspects, and (far too) generic in others.

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Despite varied factions and excellent maps, XDefiant’s shootouts are let down by a lack of identity and sluggish weapon progression. Outside an emphasis on making skill-based matchmaking optional, the game plays like every shooter from the last decade, leaning into nostalgia over attempting a breakthrough. While technical pitfalls can be resolved with seasonal updates, XDefiant needs novelty to sustain a player base.

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XDefiant is a confident shooter that's far more than a Call of Duty knockoff. The Tom Clancyverse crossovers are somewhat cringey, but if Ubisoft doubles down on the great gameplay, and the weird faction warfare, we'll keep coming back for months to come.

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Ubisoft's free-to-play first-person arena shooter is less Call of Duty and more Overwatch, but the Snowdrop engine shines even on maps that are way too large for their purpose. Weapon grinds are sluggish, leaving players with more time in the game access to better attachments, while newcomers struggle to even leave their spawns. The lack of skill based matchmaking is being celebrated by influencers on social media, but in practice it makes for unbalanced matches where high ranking players are steamrolling beginners, even in the Welcome Playlist.

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You may feel a touch of deja vu as you mow down rivals with your M16 – but although it's unoriginal, this free six-person shooter is slick and enjoyable.

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