The Division – Beta Thoughts

So recently I got the opportunity to play The Division, the upcoming shooter from Ubisoft due to be released in the next month (unless any further delays occur) and it wasn’t half bad!

Im not going to in depth into the game mechanics as this isn’t what the article is about, but trying to give you a couple of pros and cons regarding the game.

So lets start with the game itself, based in New York just after a massive meltdown caused by Black Friday – must of been some crazy deals at the local Wallmart.

The Wikipedia plot summary reads like this..

A small pox pandemic spreads on Black Friday (transmitted by a virus planted onto banknotes), and sweeps through cities across the U.S. The United States Government collapses in five days; basic services fail and without access to food or water, the country quickly descends into chaos.[9]

The player is part of the Strategic Homeland Division (SHD), or “The Division” for short—a classified stay-behind force of self-supported tactical agents. Leading seemingly ordinary lives, SHD agents are trained to operate independently of command when all else fails. This group is established to combat the threat brought about by the outbreak and are given direct authority by the President of the United States to do whatever it takes to prevent the fall of society and piece the city back together. Throughout the game, the agents will find themselves caught in a worldwide conspiracy and will be forced to combat both the threats of the virus as well as those who unleashed it.

So as you can see, the city is well and truly in the crapper. The game is played from the third-person and you go on missions, and encounter random enemies.

So the good bits…the game can be played co-op from start to finish, this is a great plus for the game, allowing you to play through with friends.

Loot!!! Lovely lovely loot! There is a myriad of items that you can pick up and scavenge while wandering through the Big Apple, clothing, weapons, among other items.

From what you got to play on the Beta, you will have to kit out your Foward Operating Based to allow your character to upgrade skills and abilities, to get upgrade points you have to carry out specific side missions, this could be activating virus scanners, or heading off to find a missing person.

So there are a couple of good points, and now onto the bad…..Multiplayer.

So on the game there is the Dark Zone, this is the games multiplayer, where you can get better loot sure…but at the risk of coming across a bunch of idiots who camp right at the entrance to the DZ just to take you out as soon as you appear. This not only gets frustrating very quickly, but it is the most annoying aspect of the game. The DZ has the potential to be a great addition to the game if you are able to get in and work as a team. I just hope that when the full game is released that there is some kind of balancing to stop these spawn campers.

The game is due out 8th March on PS4, Xbox One and PC.


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