So dxf asked for some information about the Defiance Game for non-gamers.
I’m far from an expert, but I have played the game for a couple of weeks now and can tell you a little about it.
The game is split up into 4 parts, Storyline, Side Missions, Arkfalls, and Open Game Play.
Storyline: Honesty, I haven’t made it too far into the storyline yet. But it takes place some time (unknown exactly how much, but I get the feeling it is a matter of months of 1-3 years) before the start of the Defiance TV show. Nolan and Irisa start out with you in the game but then you get separated and start down your own path.
Side Missions: I’ve only done a couple of these and mostly it was for the experience and cash. As I spend more time in the game I’ll probably accomplish more of these. They are very similar to the main storyline but not necessary to the story experience.
Arkfalls: The quickest way to gain experience, cash, free weapons and upgrades is to take part in an Arkfall.
Arkfalls can be simple like the above picture. A central Crystal that you shoot at until it is destroyed and it is protected by nasty stuff like Hellbugs. Everyone that participates is all on one team. You gain money, experience and ammo as you play along and destroy the bad alien things.
There are also bigger Arkfalls like the one shown above. These work the same way but you need a whole lot more firepower to bring it down. But you end up with more cash and experience in the end so it’s worth it to stay alive and just be a part of it.
Open Game Play: So back when I didn’t know any better I accidentally took part in this. It is anything from player vs player challenges to open field combat. If it’s not part of a main storyline mission, Arkfall, or side mission you can take anyone on. This is not really recommended because there is always someone with a bigger gun, better ammo and more experience than you.
Now, you asked what it reveals. This is a bit tricky because I didn’t write any of it down. Mainly as you go from one part of the game to another or you load up the game from start you get these story text boxes as you see below.
So you learn stuff like the Votons actually didn’t think Earth was populated. That a small portion of the Votons who were not in suspended animation tried for decades to work with Earth’s governments to carve out a settlement for the Votons. It seemed to be working for a while but then someone - no one knowns who - blew up the Voton ships causing the terraform technology to rain down on Earth and start the uncontrolled terraforming process that effected the entire planet and everything that lived on Earth.
As I learn more in-game I’ll make sure I post it here in the Game thread. But keep in mind that the game takes place in the San Fransico Bay area while the show takes place in the old St Louis area.