Hedging on an MMO cross-media experiment that shapes the way its corresponding TV show is certainly an interesting and risky proposition, yet it's maybe not the best move when the show's only just started and carries the stigma of being a SyFy channel original (that went on to barely crack 2 million viewers at its peak).

But so it went with Defiance, a free-to-play shooter that did little to show any sense of personality – nothing but deadly dull shootouts through similarly uninspired apocalypse-blasted wastelands and sloggy PvE combat with offensively inept AI (not to mention some of the ugliest animations of last generation) as far as the eye can see. There's a reason this seen-it-all-before title can be picked up for less than $10 – you won't want to play it for very long.