XDefiant Review (Uplay/PC)

XDefiant Review, XDefiant, Ubisoft’s latest free-to-play offering, thrusts players into a high-octane world of intense gunplay and strategic warfare. In this first-person arena shooter, customization is key, as players tailor their loadouts with various weapons, attachments, and faction-specific abilities. Inspired by beloved Ubisoft franchises like Tom Clancy’s Splinter CellGhost Recon, and The Division, XDefiant introduces specialized factions, each with its unique playstyle.

XDefiant Review Pros:

  • Decent highly detailed graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Uplay achievements.
  • Has full Uplay Connect support with rewards, and challenges.
  • Full controller support.
  • First-person shooter gameplay.
  • Free to play.
  • Cross-save across the platforms using the Ubisoft account.
  • Cross and input-based play matchmaking.
  • Two game modes – unranked and ranked (trial run).
  • The game offers an optional welcome playlist for new players.
  • Battle pass system in play with free and paid tiers.
  • Base, daily, and major challenges.
  • EXP earned bangs up on the screen as it’s earned.
  • Each character has their own set of abilities and you pick which one to use.
  • When dead you can change character or what ability your character is using.
  • End-of-game showcase saying who is the MVP and then shows your squad and their best state from the game.
  • Five Different game modes – escort, zone control, domination, occupy, and hot shot.
  • Ten custom load-outs and you get default load-outs for each gun type.
  • Player customisation – player card art, player animation, and emoji.
  • Hotshot attempts a new mode, you collect bounties from enemies, and whoever has the most becomes faster and better at shooting.
  • Five factions – Watch Dogs 2, Splinter Cell, Far Cry 6, Ghost Recon Phantoms, and The Division. Each faction has three characters with one available initially except for Watch Dogs 2.
  • When there is no lag the gunplay is really good.
  • Games just roll into the next.
  • The levels are designed so you have a lot of choices in terms of routes to take.
  • Earn exp with each gun to unlock new skins and attachments.
  • You get a couple of free boosters for weapon exp.
  • You can give emojis to your teammates at the end of a match for an EXP reward.
  • It’s got better Division multiplayer than the Division 2 game.
  • Once you learn that dying and respawning over and over is the gameplay loop and winning is just a side bonus then you will appreciate it more.

XDefiant Review Cons:

  • Connection issues are everywhere and can strike at any time.
  • Had the game crash back to the dashboard every few games.
  • No sort of balancing so you are up against high-level players even in the welcome playlist despite it saying it had it enabled.
  • In-app purchases are everywhere, expected but all purchases are real money.
  • Watch Dogs 2 faction has to be unlocked/earned or bought.
  • Has shortcut purchases like pay to unlock factions or exp boosters to level fast.
  • There’s a lot of lag and it makes shooting and generally the whole game hard to play.
  • Nearly everyone is the same character which is the Splinter Cell one as it enables you to see through walls and see people faster.
  • For an average or below-average fps player, it’s a huge stressful grind.
  • The EXP earned for the battle pass is slow.
  • No pinging system.
  • Spawn killing is common and very easy to pull off.
  • It feels like the game doesn’t know its identity and what it is going for.
  • The battle pass rewards are not great or desirable.
  • You cannot really customize characters.
  • Guns are not as customizable as you would expect from games with the Tom Clancy name.
  • The quips of characters is far too repetitive and they say them over and over.

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


XDefiant offers a rich gaming experience with its highly detailed graphics and first-person shooter gameplay. The game is free to play and supports full controller use, making it accessible to a wide range of players. It also offers cross-save across platforms using the Ubisoft account, which is a big plus for gamers who play on multiple devices.

The game stands out with its five different game modes – escort, zone control, domination, occupy, and hot shot, providing a variety of gameplay experiences. The ten custom load-outs and default load-outs for each gun type add to the game’s depth. The player customization options, including player card art, player animation, and emoji, add a personal touch to the gaming experience.

The five factions – Watch Dogs 2, Splinter Cell, Far Cry 6, Ghost Recon Phantoms, and The Division, each with their unique characters and abilities, offer diverse gameplay strategies. The gunplay is excellent when there is no lag, and the level design provides a lot of choices in terms of routes to take.

However, XDefiant is not without its flaws. The game suffers from connection issues and occasional crashes. The lack of balance can lead to matches against high-level players, even in the welcome playlist, which can be frustrating for new or average players.

The in-app purchases are everywhere, and all purchases require real money, which might not sit well with some players. The lag can make shooting and the overall game hard to play. The spawn killing is common and very easy to pull off, which can be frustrating.

The character customization and gun customization are not as extensive as one would expect from games with the Tom Clancy name. The battle pass rewards are not great or desirable, and the EXP earned for the battle pass is slow. The quips of characters can be repetitive.


Overall, XDefiant offers a rich and varied gameplay experience with its detailed graphics, diverse game modes, and unique factions. However, it is marred by connection issues, lack of balancing, and extensive in-app purchases. While it has potential, it needs to address these issues to provide a more balanced and enjoyable gaming experience. Despite its flaws, once you understand that dying and respawning over and over is part of the gameplay loop, and winning is just a side bonus, you might find yourself appreciating the game more. I like the game but only in short bursts and I just want it to go in a set direction and add a lot more to the gameplay and give us a real reason to continue to play.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!