If there's anything that screams "quality," it's the SyFy brand. From their original movies to their original movies, it's a non-stop adrenaline rush of quality writing, acting, and production. The question, then, is if Rift developer Trion Worlds can live up to the SyFy name and make an MMO of quality comparable to the as-yet-unaired show of the same name. The Escapist's Tom Goldman thinks the outlook is good.
Read Tom's full preview of Defiance here. The game is due for release near the show's release for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
Players are armored up and look like something out of Mass Effect. The demo first featured a quest where a group had to team-up on a clan of cyborgs that have modified themselves by adding pick-axes and other crude weapons to their anatomy. It was more than just firing at enemies in an open area, with one part of the quest requiring a player to lay down cover fire so another could pass a warehouse filled with cyborgs. Also, as you fight you'll acquire experience points and loot. The game was very reminiscent of Borderlands in style.
It sounds like an interesting MMO, and with Trion behind it, known for the really cool Rift, Defiance has potential to turn out great. But what's up with the TV show tie-in? The game and the TV show are both episodic (obviously). If something happens in the show, it'll be reflected in the game, and players from the game will also be talked about on the show but both take place in different cities. Characters from the show might travel to the game for a while, where players can interact with them, and later they'll travel back and talk on the show about what happened in the game. Not so bad, right?