Ambition is a huge virtue in the crowded world of mass-market console experiences.

And Defiance desperately tries to move the world of MMO shooters into a brave new direction, set on the scorched earth of our post-apocalyptic planet.

Here, you can join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour Earth competing for alien technology.

The joy of this open-play approach means that you can hunt alone or with other people thanks to a neat approach to co-operative gameplay. But it’s when you’re all attacking in your masses that the gaming tingles will go up and down your spine, delivering a truly unique shooter experience.

The reward for coming out on top in these battles is alien tech that will help you improve your skills and unlock powerful weapons that will stand you in good stead for the next barmy battle. OK, the world itself could have been a little more vibrant and combat can feel clunky at times, but for the sheer scale of this shooter set-up, Defiance is more than deserving of your time.