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This. Is. Saint. Louis! "Defiance": Teaser and Game Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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We've talked about "Defiance" a few times over the last couple of months. Here's the summary: post-apocalypse, seven different alien species invade earth, SyFy channel show set in St. Louis, tie-in MMORPG set in San Francisco will influence television plot, Julie Benz & Jamie Murray, and of course Rockne O'Bannon of "Farscape" fame is running the thing. Boom! There's a lot to like right there.

Here's a new teaser for the show:

It's a bit short, but it does give some more looks into the world of the show. I'm getting a sort of hybrid of a the hard edge of "Battlestar Galactica" (though toned down to be not quite as suicide inducing) and the weirdness of "Farscape". I'd really like a television show to try to do something different with alien life, to really try to explore the strangeness possible, instead of just playing the "those dudes are like the Chinese" sort of game. There's an old science fiction quote, I think it's from Arthur C. Clarke in an interview, which in response to the question of what first contact will be like just insists that whatever happens, it will be far stranger than anything we have ever imagined.

And here's a live action trailer for the game:

Oh come on, what is the point of a live action trailer that doesn't use the actors and footage from the show in some way? If you're not going to do that, then make a proper trailer using game footage. Ooh look, you can film a completely unrelated rif on Fallout and Mad Max where the reveal is one of the giant bugs from Starship Troopers ate the Sarlac. That's not a trailer, that's just having fun with your budget.

"Defiance" premiers on April 15th, and the video game hits shelves and/or can be downloaded on April 2nd.



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  • googergieger

    Can't wait to watch this a year late after everyone overrates the crap out of it.

  • gelis

    They absolutely could not have gotten the landscape around St. Louis any more wrong.

  • googergieger

    After their super bowl win after party, s'actually pretty spot on.

  • NateMan

    One thing E.E. Doc Smith always did well was show the strangeness of what we could expect from alien life; how the species that are, in some ways, most like us are completely different biologically. I'd love to see a series, for example, where all the aliens don't have 2 eyes, a nose, and a mouth on the front of their head. I know it makes it easier for the makeup people, but it does detract for all of them to basically look human.

  • BlackRabbit

    I didn't see anything amazing in the game trailer. But that actress sure was pretty.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    The trailers were Ok; I'd love to see an actual sci fi series for a change, but I'm guessing this won't last that much. I'd probably try the game as well, but I thought it was an action MMOG, rather than an RPG

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Having played it, it's a third person, free-aiming shooter (unlike standard MMORPGs where you lock on a target and spam spells/abilities). This requires you to aim, and incorporates more of a 'twitch' combat skillset. That said it's not as punishing as many FPS games, and you'll find aiming is fairly generous. The RPG side of things is more about improving and upgrading your character than anything, this can be done by collecting things in game, as well as by inputting codes (seen in trailers, presumably episodes, etc) that will have some impact on your character's abilities.
    It's currently very polished and I'd say it's well-prepared for launch, though the PVP side of things is a little 'spawn, die, spawn, die' at the moment. There's a wide range of weaponry as well as vehicles to drive/ride in.

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