Well, I enjoyed Defiance as its own game as it doesn't play like Soul Reaver. I accept Defiance because it doesn't try to replace Soul Reaver. It'll never come close to Soul Reaver, but at least it doesn't try to mimic SR and fail like SR2 does. SR2 is not awful, but it's not a worthy successor to Soul Reaver.
You know, there is a reason why I say Soul Reaver is the best 3D Metroid game of all time. The use of new abilities to reach areas you couldn't previously is done better in Soul Reaver than Metroid Prime and hell, there are whole areas in Soul Reaver that you don't even need to find to complete the game. You don't need to get ANY of the glyphs to beat the game, but they make the game even more fun, to find, and to use. When people say they wish they remade SR1 with the content that didn't make it into the final game, I don't like that idea. For one, I love the original's graphics, sound, music, and voice actors and they would try to "improve" on them when really it'd be nothing compared to SR1. Also, I'm a fan of how the plot continued in the later games, which is really why I still like those games, but adding in said content would change the plot of the other games. The big reason is they are treating the game like it is short when really it's HUGE! I personally think the game is perfect the way it is......plus the combat is way too satisfying!!!
I get what you mean about games being too guided nowadays. It's because they ARE! Well, my favourite game of all time is the original Silent Hill. It is a game that actually makes you think, in a different way than Soul Reaver. The puzzles make you think about cryptic poems and messages, and the game also makes you think outside the box in order to get the best endings. To top that off, it's just a perfect game in my opinion. Perfect atmosphere, perfect visuals which I still say the PSX visuals favor SH's atmosphere, a twisted yet touching story, and the perfect soundtrack and sound design that brings it all together beautifully. Not to mention it still terrifies me to this day and I just fuckin' LOVE IT!!!!!!But Soul Reaver is definitely up there, as well. BTW, to anyone bitching about Silent Hill's so called "clunky" combat, it adds to the horror experience, and Homecoming fails because of the combat being like a 3rd person shooter like Resident Evil 4 when it shouldn't. Well, that and Homecoming is just bland. Sorry, I'm rambling.