Legacy of Kain: Defiance – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

Parents will probably do well to choose a different title for young ones. The play is repetitive and simplistic, and the lack of maps and impenetrable storyline will most likely leave kids scratching their heads. There are no sexual situations or any questionable language, but the swordplay can get a little messy at times—and you kill a lot of things in this game.

Fans of the Kain series will undoubtedly play the game, but it's not one of the better entries, in my opinion. The weapon-specific combat system has been dropped (along with the weapons) and there are about thirteen million locked doors taking the place of a real quest. I'd prefer a non-interactive DVD with the cutscenes on it next time, thanks.

Action gamers don't have a lot to sink their teeth into here. Usage of various vampire powers is tightly restricted except for the unimpressive Telekinesis, and the combat system is extremely shallow. You'll have seen basically everything the game offers after an hour of play.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers are completely screwed. There are no significant auditory cues for the gameplay, but the game does not feature one iota of text during the spoken voiceovers. The game is boring enough despite the semi-meaty storyline, I can't imagine how wretched playing it must be without access to it.