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Trion Worlds' “reimagined” Defiance does little to fix the crippled MMO and instead, uses the opportunity to try and capture a new audience with the same bland experience of yesteryear. Defiance 2050 has nothing to leverage but its free-to-play status, nothing to separate itself from the competition, and nothing of quality for new players to latch onto.
I can feel the love that Trion Worlds put into Defiance 2050.
Defiance 2050 is a game I can get lost in and enjoy several hours in at a time, but it's mindless shooting and grinding that is the least difficult kind of gaming experience to locate in 2018. Sure, this game is free, but I can find a copy of The Division for not much more than free and get a similar, much more substantial experience.
At the end of it all, Defiance 2050 is fun to muck around in for a couple of hours, but its lack of polish and outdated graphics severely hold it back from even getting close to the level of its current competition. You're probably better off looking elsewhere.
Defiance 2050 is not a very good game thanks to all of the technical hiccups I encountered during its launch week. Even if the launch issues are all fixed, the game itself leaves a lot to be desired. The outdated visuals and repetitive gameplay are a turn off and you’re better off playing Warframe or any other free to play MMO instead. That said, you can still find some type of enjoyment in this game if you are a fan of shooting games, but other games offer better variety than this.
If you're looking for a solid experience that keeps going and motivates you to keep going through rewards and short missions, then you'll enjoy Defiance 2050. It's a solid title that does what is advertised. Just excuse those last generation cutscenes.
Overall, players who spend money on Defiance 2050 will find a few quality-of-life improvements, but most of the upgrades will be acquired through play.
Defiance 2050 might lean too hard on players knowing a show that nobody was even watching in 2015, let alone now, but once you get past that, you find that the game is a very competent open world shooter wearing the trappings of an MMO. It's nothing that's going to change anyone's life, but the price is right and the right people playing with you can turn the game into some great fun.
The game world doesn’t really come alive as much as it could. Side missions in particular start to become a matter of rinse and repeat, with some bizarrely sending you back to fight at a location that you just recently cleared out in a previous mission or side mission. There are enough places in the world that this shouldn’t be necessary. Defiance 2050 is essentially a remake of the original Defiance on a new engine, including the missions that were themed around the TV series that aired on the Syfy channel before it got cancelled. Defiance 2050 is available as a free-to-play game on Steam, and via Trion Worlds’ own launcher, called Glyph. There are of course in-app purchases as well. Do you have enough bravado to take on hellbugs, raiders, or even both at the same time to save the world?
Defiance 2050 has the potential to be a fun free-to-play open world shooter, once it kicks the lag in the face. Until I see this game possibly not getting the love that it had back in 2013 when it came out for the Xbox 360 and PS3 when accompanied with a rather great SyFy show of the same name.