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Revisiting Time of Defiance
By: Robert F. Ludwick | Game Data | 12:00am, November 11, 2004
We posted a review of Time of Defiance more than a year ago. Here's some updated looks at the game since we last reviewed it, and some nice changes it's undergone.

Simply put, ToD is still as addicting as it was last July when I played it. This time around, however, I was more aggressive in my expansion scheme, and used a smarter expansion scheme as well. My exploration setup was to use one-shot scouts to explore out as fast as possible for quick expansion. It worked: I ended in first.

In any case, the gameplay has been tweaked since I last played. Units have had their stats tweaked here and there to allow for a more balanced game. Empires have a 48-hour home island protection now (That does not extend to expansion islands, thank god!), so when I tried to go on the offensive against an empire called Perfidians, I was unable to do so without the Eighth House warning me that I would be struck if I continued. So I had to wait until his protection ended until I could retaliate against him for the damage he did to some of my outlying islands.

The menu interface that each "item" has in the game has been tweaked for grouping and looks better. The functions are a lot easier to use now than they were a year ago. The same goes for the Eighth House; its resource functions are easier to use and much easier to get accuracy in the quantities.

I should also mention that the Eighth House has more functions that it used to. You can transfer water/moss to other empires, withdraw it... The Eighth House will purchase/sell resources as well. So there's a new market in the Eighth House to help you along if you've mined out all of your islands.

New units have entered the game since I played. One in particular is the Shadoo Quantum Mine. Using it, you can remotely mine any island and have it automatically beam the resources to a quantum receiver elsewhere. This makes mining a lot easier, especially with trying to mine crystal moss, the most coveted resource in the game.

All in all, ToD is even better than when I last played it. If you haven't taken a look at it by now, you should. Make sure to read the previous review of the game as well.

9.4 Gameplay 999 9
Replayability 999 9
Interface 999 9
Community 101010 10
Reviewer's Tilt 101010 10
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