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Legacy of Kain: Defiance
(hx) 02:37 PM EST - Feb,22 2004

Legacy of Kain: Defiance is an 3rd-person 3D action adventure, the sequel to the Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (released on PlayStation and PC in 1995). Actually this "Legacy of Kain" series consists from five games - Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2 and now Defiance. Once more you must venture into the dark world of Nosgoth, but this time around you take control of both blood sucking Kain, and soul devouring Raziel in and epic battle to save the world. Kain and Raziel, are simply complex, well-developed characters in a complex, well-developed world. This makes their choices, for evil or for good, cohesive and understandable.

The whole scenario is divided into dozen chapters, during each of which you will alternately play as either the flesh-and-blood vampire Kain or the soul-sucking wraith Raziel Kains portion of the game is geared a bit more toward action, since his powers do not share Raziel's spectral shift ability (he can shift from the material plane to the spectral plane at any time) that allow for more complex puzzles.

Fighting is certainly a big part of Defiance, whether you're playing as Kain or Raziel. The game features a more robust fighting system than its predecessors that allows you to string moves together into combos. Now, you can slash at your enemies, toss them into the air, and execute a number of ground&air-based combos that are unlocked as you progress through the game. You will be also able to telekinetically acquire enemies from a distance and throw them onto spikes. This ability can also be used to throw enemies over high ledges screaming to their death, into fires and breakable objects or back into Raziel and Kain as a combo starter. In terms of the game itself, it plays very easily. The new combat system works great, giving you the ability to take on multiple enemies at once. Especially, the mid-air based combos work pretty well.

If I have any complaints, it would be choice of camera positions. The new camera system, which uses a fixed position instead of previous games where it followed the character, now simultaneously gives you both a wider view of the action (to get more of a cinematic feel), but also can be a pain in the rear when in combat. There were a number of points in the Defiance where the camera shifted to such a point that some scenery object got in the way of either you, or the person you were trying to attack. It also makes jumping onto platforms more challenging because it doesn't center behind the character, as in previous games. There are some genuinely frustrating moments here, all thanks to the terrible camera.

Overall, the game's combat and core gameplay are much, much better than Blood Omen 2 and Soul reaver 2. If you played any previous Legacy of Kain games, then this is one you will have to pick up. (It's not necessary to have played the previous four games first, but I would highly recommend that you do, especially if you like Vampires!)

gameplay movies: movie1 (3MB), movie2 (5.9MB), movie3 (6.7MB), movie4 (7.3MB), movie5 (6.2MB), movie6 (3.2MB), movie7 (5.7MB)  /DivX required/

System Requirements:
Minimum: CPU: Pentium III 700MHz (or Athlon equivalent), 128 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0b compatible 32Mb 3D Accelerated Card with TnL support, Windows compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0b compatible), 4x CD-ROM, 2GB free HDD space
Recommended: CPU: Pentium4) 1.3GHz (or Athlon XP equivalent), 256 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0b compatible 64Mb 3D Accelerated Card with TnL support, Windows compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0b compatible), 8x CD-ROM, 2GB free HDD space


snd: 5/5 - excellent, top-notch voice acting, disembodied voices, screams, crying...,atmospheric music
gfx: 4/5 - solid, both Kain and Raziel look good, detailed environments, some camera and collision detection issues (lacking a decent free-look mode)
playability: 4/5 - simple&addictive (though it's linear and repetitive), excellent story, enjoyable combat - plenty of new combos, no multiplayer
genre: 3rd-person 3D action adventure
platform: PC (also available on PS2, Xbox)
release: December 2003
developer: Crystal Dynamics
publisher: Eidos
Very_good
Overall: 82%


last 10 comments:

Lostyposted - Feb, 22 2004 - 18:50
this game owns but i HATE THE CAMERA!!!!!!!!!!!

ggmanicposted - Feb, 23 2004 - 04:10
is this the reason why HX hasn't been updating the website? Lol

Razielposted - Feb, 23 2004 - 11:03
the BIGGEST mistake they did with this game was the F**KING CAMERA!!! It was good in BO2, SR1 and SR2. Nice game, loved the story, a few twists I didnt expect. I wouldnt buy it. I'd go buy BO2 and SR2 instead. HX, good review. about what I give it too. 82%

Sywynposted - Feb, 24 2004 - 05:12
It's true what they say about the camera but, it is a very good game! It is worth playing it!!!....I wonder when will Soul Reaver 3 come? does anybody know?

v1mposted - Feb, 24 2004 - 06:56
Looks cheesy, though as you guys say maybe it plays well. Check out the Cthulhu game on the way.

Razielposted - Feb, 24 2004 - 10:59
I know when Soul Reaver 3 will be out as I've finsihed Defiance. If you finish it you'll also know. :P

Slyposted - Feb, 24 2004 - 12:33
Awesome game! Each installment of LoK is constantly better than the last (They kinda stumbled on BO2 though). I really *strongly* recommend that you play the prequels. Sure, you don't need to know the previous episodes to play the game, but if you do, the cutscenes are pretty much gonna be worthless since you'll have no frigging idea what they're talking about. History abhors a paradox? We got a few of those in SoulReaver2, wait til you see what's in defiance! I'm getting a headache just trying to figure out that sword! If you like a fast paced action game that's heavy on content, try this!

jannosposted - Feb, 27 2004 - 07:42
such a fucking camera but supergreat gameplay Congrat Eidos with the gameplay but Fuck u with the camera

Fredposted - Feb, 28 2004 - 18:05
If you play this game, then you know the camera is the most disappointing part of the game.But the fighting is really good! 15% action; 35% jumping; 50% BAD CAMERA!!!!!!!!

Stanposted - Feb, 29 2004 - 07:44
The graphics are absolutely awsome, but the controls are terrible! Precion jumping with both Raziel and Kain is close to impossible!

jonposted - Feb, 29 2004 - 21:46
Well again we come accross the GREAT and amazing line of L O K games ... this game is great I love it ... But I dont agree with 'A@A.A' I think Blood Omen 2 was an amazing game ... it explained kains hatred so much and it gives you a muchmore detailed over view of his character .... *sigh* what would we do with out Kain :)

Janos Audronposted - Mar, 01 2004 - 22:30
yeah the camera sucks...but let us see the other side of the coin :P!!!the game it self was worth playin.

LEE REEVESposted - Mar, 11 2004 - 18:20
the only thing i dont like about the game is you cant use the mouse to move kain around like in bo2 i wish there was a patch or editing tool on the net to changes tthis so i can keep playing the game.(DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANYTHING OUT THERE FOR PC ..)

EX-FANposted - Mar, 18 2004 - 18:52
Thie game could be soo fucking good.. SIGH..ALL because of this SHIT camera...WHO was the IDIOTIC MOROON WHO THOUGHT OF THIS NONSENCE??? U just had to break what was good, didnt you? At least get us a camera patch!!!!

kainerposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 06:19
yeah... the camera did suck, where at some points i didnt know where i was.Everything else was cool.

RazielNKainposted - Mar, 29 2004 - 04:32
It's a nice game,damn deeply involved stories,just like max payne 2.But,so sad to see raziel sacrifice himself.Well,let see how kain going to do his another step to a new era.Good review,bad camera.....

DJpickposted - May, 13 2004 - 06:41
Wah wah wah. You guys must not be REAL gaming gurus if the camera was a problem. I played it not only with the "shitty" camera, but I did it with a fucking KEYBOARD. The game was no harder on PC than on PS2/ Stop your whining. Let Eidos fine tune it so next time you gurus wont' have so much to bitch about. I will say I'm glad to see a gaming site actually give it a decent score, unlike Gamespot that praised it before it came out, and then shit all over it AFTER it came out. As for a patch, Eidos DOEs have an unofficial one. If you didn't like the camera, you aren't true fans. Because true fans wouldn't be complaining, they would be happy the story continues. I give it a 9/10 (only because I wished it had been longer and even more story to it). PS. There IS no SR3, or BO3. The two series were combined (as they were meant to do in the second installments), and now it's ONE series. NO SR or BO, now it's LoK.

alexisposted - Jun, 13 2004 - 06:35
haiiiiii could any out there out help me out with a problem.in the varadors manison after finding the first spear i found the first half (the snake half of the artifact) now when i press G the message is find the other half of the artifact but hell i couldnt find that shit could u help me

Imm0rTaLposted - Jul, 21 2004 - 04:44
"I HATE THE CAMERA" but the story is "COOL"

LOK-Fanposted - Sep, 18 2004 - 10:09
This game really rules with everything in it, it's true the camary could have been better, but I had no real problems with it, also the keyboard controlls were not a problem, lets face it, LOK-games can't be bad

lucasposted - Dec, 21 2004 - 09:51
i thought the game was class but i dont knoe when soul reaver three or defiances conclusion is out can someone help

wildappleposted - Dec, 30 2004 - 06:01
Hello, everyboady!!! Hope all you are reading these: i found a camera switcher patch!!! Works for version 1.0 and 1.1!!! ------------------------------------ Here is the info: Legacy of Kain: Defiance Info: ____________________ PC users will be able to access the debug menu and change the camera mode. Created by Vampmaster and Cubanraul (me) In game commands (numberpad): 7: Defiance Camera 8: Soul Reaver 1/2 Camera 9: Free Roaming Camera (Analog Stick Only!) -: Hide Debug Menu +: Show Debug Menu Debug keys: TK Aim: Up Lift Attack: Down Reaver Select Left: Decrease Value Reaver Select Right: Increase Value Jump: Select Thanks to Blincoln for finding the original PS2 version and to CMX for making is simple enough for us to convert for PC. ----------------------------------- To download, go here: http://home.comcast.net/~heavyweights/games/kaind/ Happy New Year 2005 to all of you and the whole GameGuru Mania team! Thanks, you site is the best! Bye, WildApple

rajanposted - Aug, 01 2005 - 14:53
i have not 32 mb 3 d graphic adopter

StonedMoonposted - Aug, 10 2005 - 18:10
I have the patch and original cd. I have tried 1.0. and 1.1. but. Camera Switcher patch just wont work.

mugdposted - Aug, 11 2005 - 04:31
the camera patch does work, use F1 or F4 keys (dont remember which one exatcly), use numpad5 to navigate and spacebar to change settings...

ZsolTposted - Oct, 24 2005 - 04:18
This Game Is FUCKING GooooooD

Nhu Thanh Chungposted - Nov, 15 2005 - 22:41
what the next of this game??

Taifunposted - Feb, 27 2006 - 04:03
When i downloading the camera switcher,the file have a trojan horse.HAte it.Anybody recommand me a site.

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