First, this cross platform TV show/game hybrid was a horrible idea. How could anyone jump onto that idea and think that the two could coexist? The concept doesn't work, plain and simple. Nothing from my game is going to have any affect on the SyFy show and vice versa.
Second, Defiance also REQUIRED me to install the game before playing 1 minute, needing over 5 GB of memory. It also required another GB of updates that took an additional 45 mins to install (75min total). If you don't have memory, you can't play the game.
As for the gameplay, Defiance tries to be even 1/500th as cool as Borderlands. However it fails, because it's not fun and has no plot. You have a giant open world peppered with side quests, main quests, some loot, and more but they aren't meaningful. I had more loot and weapons collected in the first 10 mins of Borderlands than I did in 6 hours with Defiance.
Being tied to a TV show, you'd think story would play a role in Defiance, but it's non existent. Not once did I ever know what I was doing or where to go, other than to follow my mini map. There is ZERO sense of accomplishment or feelings for anyone or anything I encountered. You basically just roam from one quest to the other, slowly upgrading a character and your weapons arsenal.
What makes Defiance somewhat unique is that everyone else playing the game online can be seen in your world. Other players are visible, like in Fable, and can interact with your quests, kill your guys, and have affect on your campaign. But I never once talked to anyone or joined another squad, because you can tell everyone is just on their own running around like a chicken with their head chopped off.
Because of that design, you can never pause the game, enemies re-spawn at will if you aren't moving, other players steal your XP, and can get in the way. It makes sense if the other players join forces, but everyone just does their own thing...so dumb. Don't play this game.
Its got a couple bugs but they fix em fast, if you liked boarderlands you'll love this game! Good story, smooth control's, and all around lots of fun! Its a must by game if you like rpg's. I hated all mmo's that I have played but this mmo is amazing!