My Thoughts on Beta play.

#1 Posted by superfiasco (36 posts) -

I would say I put about 10 hours into playing the beta. I must say overall my most(not all) of my concerns are gone. The game is more of a co-op game that happens to be in a MMO world. Here is some bullet points of some good and bad thought I had with my time played. Overall think of a mix of crackdown/gears of war/borderlands.

Good:

  • Outside of the first day I never had any issues with lag.
  • Story seems like it could be pretty good and had some interesting characters.
  • Weapons seem to have a good variety to them. I did find myself needing to switch weapons for different jobs. You can of course go through the game with nothing but the assault rifle but it did have meaning to use the sniper to clear our some of the pack before running in.
  • Co-op play works well and gives the game a little strategy as some of the enemies require you to hit weak points to get damage and its good to have someone holding the waves of enemys off when your trying to complete a task.
  • Ark falls are really fun to do and its cool seeing a bunch of plays joining up at a spot to fight a large boss off.
  • Vehicles are a great way to get around.

Bad:

  • Though Co-op was fun I found it hard to know what was going on if you join a player that is either further ahead or behind in the story. I might have missed it or it might be in the full version of the game but it needs some kind of mission sharing so you can see what your task is or where you need to go.
  • The game seems to be based around the idea of co-op so anytime the game makes you do something on your own in seems off putting.

Those are the key things that stick in my mind as I am writing I'm sure there are much more on both sides I am forgetting. I didn't include things such as mission diversity as I know the beta didn't have everything. I didn't get a chance to try everything such as really getting into messing with character options. I also didn't get a chance to do any of the death match.

If you have any questions about the game let me know I will try and answer them.

#2 Edited by Fredchuckdave (4484 posts) -

The game's fine solo it's just very difficult; but aside from the first area being pretty underwhelming this is a really solid game overall. I personally wouldn't buy it for 60 (I buy almost nothing for the full price) but fair chance of me picking it up once the price tanks to 30 or so.

#3 Edited by DeathTrap (208 posts) -

@superfiasco how are the quests/missions? All "Kill X of Y" and "Fetch Z from bad guy A"? How is Defiance as a MMO, as opposed to thinking of it as a coop shooter? How's enemy variety?

EDIT: I only had a chance to play for about an hour during this last beta weekend, so I didn't really see anything after the point where you search the survivors for the scientist...guy...whose name I can't remember...

#4 Edited by superfiasco (36 posts) -
  
#5 Posted by mrfluke (4844 posts) -

did the show launch yet? really interested in seeing how they link the game with the show.

#6 Edited by StrikeALight (1111 posts) -

Yeah...I pre-ordered the standard version on Steam, with all the extra goodies.

This is gonna be my guilty pleasure for the next few months. I DID find the beta enjoyable.

Trion did a bang-up job with Rift, so I hope they manage to make a go of things.

#7 Posted by StrikeALight (1111 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

did the show launch yet? really interested in seeing how they link the game with the show.

15th in US and 16th for EU.

#8 Posted by mrfluke (4844 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

did the show launch yet? really interested in seeing how they link the game with the show.

15th in US and 16th for EU.

have they said if its a weekly show? if it is then thats ambitious. if its a monthly or biweekly show then thats more reasonable and doable.

#9 Edited by Solh0und (1680 posts) -

From what I played of the PS3 beta, I thought it was decent. I do wish that all of the quests can be done solo or with your group because whenever you get to a quest area, other players would already complete most of the quest.

#10 Posted by Madyew (130 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@strikealight said:

@mrfluke said:

did the show launch yet? really interested in seeing how they link the game with the show.

15th in US and 16th for EU.

have they said if its a weekly show? if it is then thats ambitious. if its a monthly or biweekly show then thats more reasonable and doable.

It is weekly.

#11 Posted by mrfluke (4844 posts) -

@madyew said:

@mrfluke said:

@strikealight said:

@mrfluke said:

did the show launch yet? really interested in seeing how they link the game with the show.

15th in US and 16th for EU.

have they said if its a weekly show? if it is then thats ambitious. if its a monthly or biweekly show then thats more reasonable and doable.

It is weekly.

oh wow, thats really interesting then

#12 Edited by awesomeusername (4057 posts) -

I found it pretty boring.

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