Legacy of Kain: Defiance

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Legacy of Kain: Defiance

Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52150 & SLUS-20773
German: SLES-52150
French: SLES-52150
Spanish: SLES-52150
Italian: SLES-52150
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20773
Release date: November 11, 2003
CRCs: 728AB07C
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52150
Release date: February 6, 2004
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Crystal Dynamics
Publisher(s): Eidos Interactive
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic75/100
Game description: Demons, death, and dark forces cloud the vampire world of Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and you must push through it. In this episode of the Legacy of Kain series, you play as both Raziel, a demonic angel of death, and Kain, an all-powerful demigod. Use telekinetic powers, thrilling combo moves, and legendary swords to fight your way through monsters and undead foes. Replenish your energy by sucking the blood and devouring your enemies' souls. Stop the forces that seek to condemn the world to eternal damnation.
The next chapter in the epic Legacy of Kain series is a cutting-edge action/adventure game featuring more action than ever before. Take control of two powerful and highly evolved vampires: Kain, an all-powerful demigod, and Raziel, a demonic angel of death. Each equipped with a legendary sword, Kain and Raziel must battle through a world loaded with conflict and intrigue as they attempt to unravel their destinies and defeat the dark forces that seek to condemn their world to eternal damnation.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Intel i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
v1.7.0 (dev-76) GSdx 1.2.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA v02.30, Preset: 3 (Balanced), widescreen patch enabled. Goes ingame and runs perfectly stable at full speed. The widescreen patch cuts off the subtitles during FMV cutscenes. It seems like you don't have to manually set mipmapping to "Basic" (see Known Issues below) anymore, I left it on "Auto" and didn't encounter any glitches. I have played the first hour of the game and didn't run into any issues. See my video here. TomBoss

Known Issues

Broken textures

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: In Hardware mode mipmapping issues cause several wall and character textures to appear distorted from a certain distance.
  • Workaround: Update to the latest nightly version of PCSX2.

Spectral realm missing some lighting effects

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In Hardware mode spectral realm does not look as saturated (less bloom effects) as on original hardware.
  • Workaround: Update to the latest nightly version of PCSX2.

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