Defiance 2050 performs better than its predecessor but hasn’t won the community over

    
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With last week’s launch of the revamped and rebooted Defiance 2050, Trion Worlds was betting on players flocking back to the sci-fi MMO shooter now that it’s seen improvements and adopted a free-to-play model. However, it doesn’t seem as though the community is giving its approval for the latest version of this game, at least according to Steam, where Defiance 2050 is weathering “mostly negative” reviews.

One common complaint is that the relaunched MMO isn’t really that much different or better than the old game — yet players have to start over from scratch (in an eerily similar situation to last year’s Secret World Legends reboot). Other frequent criticisms include the proliferation of lockboxes, server instability, old bugs that haven’t been fixed, and not enough recognition or extras for players coming from the original game.

Site Kitguru ran Defiance 2050 through a series of benchmarks and compared it to the original game, stating that it “improves upon its predecessor with a more detailed experience.” It was also noted that there was a choppier frame rate on larger resoutions, better AI, and no apparent reason for the reboot on PC.

Source: Steam, Kitguru
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John Kiser

Well one of the large problems is they continue to have lackluster content that you can roll through rather quickly. It is good for a quick romp, but gets boring stupidly fast. They don’t have any content after a certain point. Never really expanded further on the direct story line really well among other things and 2050 hasn’t really “fixed” any of that.

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Tithian

I stopped playing the original mostly due to technical issues. Disconnects, lag etc. I liked it back then, but it was testing my patience and eventually quit. I tried 2050 since I heard it was a ‘Remaster’.

Nothing was polished. Same start as the original, console graphics from 2014 and simplified mechanics. The EGO grid is gone and now you pick a class, with the option to unlock the rest (I guess) or pay $$$ to unlock from the start. And as an old-time Defiance player, you get NOTHING, as opposed to SWL where you could link your account and get your cosmetics and achievement rewards to port over.

The game was fine in 2013, mostly because it was riding the minimal ‘hype’ generated by the TV show, including the events that tied in to the series. But this one has no ‘hook’, and the game mechanics and graphics have aged badly. Performance was not stellar either, and mind you this is 5 years later with a top of the line PC.

You are better off playing Warframe, if you want a good shooter-looter game. Defiance 2050 feels like it was made for a console release and they are just milking the PC crowd.

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Sorenthaz

I think the ‘no apparent reason for the reboot on PC’ is the biggest problem. PS4 and XB1, sure, that’s understandable. PC players being dragged down with the console players though is just a greedy move on Trion’s part.

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Alatar

I wrote a review (7 things to know about Defiance 2050) for our guild Discord. This was my concluding thought.

7) Bottom line judgment. If you didn’t like old Defiance, you’re probably not going to like this one any better. If you want simpler character builds, and more distinct classes, you’ll like this new game. If you thought the old game was too easy and you want to work harder, then you’ll probably like this new game. But aside from those things, it really feels like a minor revision to get on PS4 and Xbox One, with a little bit of the pay to win taint wiped away. They call the game “reimagined.”

I think they’ve reimagined the meaning of the word reimagined.

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Dug From The Earth

One of two things is going on here.

1. Either this is a prime example of completely clueless. apathetic and obtuse business executives running a game project.

or

2. This was a low effort attempt to take something old and rake in a few more bucks before it “end of lifes” from the demographic of gamers who were either too young, or unwilling to buy the game when it originally came out.

Either situation is not going to win over gamers/customers, and ultimately is just going to add another blemish to the already scarred face of Trion.

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Brother Maynard

is just going to add another blemish to the already scarred face of Trion.

Well yes, but who is going to even notice at this point?

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Crowe

Why do you make the assumption that this is an either/or proposition? I’m assuming that both of those statements is correct.

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A Dad Supreme

Well… there’s still Trove I guess.

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Crowe

Trove 2060 is on the horizon, right?

kittiesnstars
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kittiesnstars

no apparent reason for the reboot on PC?

$$$

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Dug From The Earth

There are smart ways of making money, and not so smart ways of making money.

this reboot seems to fit more into the “not so smart way”.

I think gamers are just tired of seeing companies be “Not so smart”

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CapnLan

Been watching a bunch of streams and I just can’t see how it’s different from the original. From everything I saw it looks exactly the same as the game I played years ago. Which is disappointing because I always liked the Defiance IP and only stopped playing because I ran out of stuff to do. Meh. I’ll keep an eye on it because I want to like it but just can’t yet.

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rafterman74

That article is hilarious and pretty much wrong about everything. 2050 absolutely does not run better than plain old Defiance. It runs and plays significantly worse. And Trion didn’t put any hard work into this game, it’s literally the same game, with the same textures and the same bugs and quirks. The only things that are different are things that were changed in order to get people to fork over cash due to the ridiculous grind they added with F2P.

2050 might just be the worst remake in the history of gaming and that’s no hyperbole. It’s a shitty cash grab and it makes me sick I ever thought Trion was worth a damn.

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Greaterdivinity

and no apparent reason for the reboot on PC.

And after confirming this during the beta, I lost all interest in playing. It’s a half-assed version of that Funcom did with SWL, which itself wasn’t stellar.

I’ve no interest replaying the exact same content with slightly improved visuals and a ton of restrictions (inventory size being a big one) that I never had to deal with in the base game. Hard pass, even uninstalled the base game I had laying about. As a company, Trion continues to be a factory that’s mass-producing disappointment : (