I was intrigued by the concept of Defiance when it was first announced. A MMOFPS (on console to boot with no monthly subscription fee!) that would go alongside and evolve with a SyFy TV show? Sounds cool.
I held off playing based on reviews and the usual MMO launch woes and I'm glad I did. This is a poor excuse for a MMO, console-based or not. Basically what you have here is a sub-par third person shooter with a multiplayer component thrown in. The problem is nothing is done well. The chugging framerate, graphical glitches, laggy controls, UI load time, boring mission structure, difficulty spikes, bland environment, and story that makes no sense to anyone not into the show are problematic. The fact that this is no fun to play is the deal breaker. Play at your own peril.