posted on Mar, 21 2019 @ 09:30 AM
I really enjoyed the original - even with all its bugs and headaches at release.
When I got back to town on Monday night I headed straight to EB Games and picked up my copy of the Division 2.
I remember with the original, I was instantly hooked.
The game was hyped up before the Xbox one was even released. But like the vast majority of games these days, there were issues. But if you could look
beyond them, you had yourself one hell of a Looter and Shooter.
The story and premise was awesome, a virus released in New York on Black Friday, the busiest day of the year for shopping.
Anyone who wasn’t immune or took precautions- died.
Enter The Division 2.
We pick up 7 months later, but this time in Washington.
The city is over grown with vegetation.
Wild animals roam the streets.
There are various pockets of survivors and communities around the city.
But there’s also death.
Rouge gangs also prowl about, looting and killing anything in their path.
And generally being mean to anyone who crosses their path.
Sounds awesome right?
Well to be honest I have 8 hours into the game and Im still Waiting to get hit with that hook I got with the first Division, literally minutes after
logging in for the first time.
You play the role of an agent, tasked by various settlements around the city to carry out tasks to benefit them as a whole. Often rewarding you with a
piece of armour or a weapon that you will immediately break down or sell.
There have been a few moments where I thought, okay this is getting cool now,
but that’s quickly extinguished by the in game controls of the cover to cover system.
Often resulting in a character jumping back and forth and rolling around in a corner.
Mercilessly being hammered on by bullets from 10 enemies.
I know I’m pnly 8 hours in out of a game with 30+ hours of main missions before end game activities.
Some of the vistas are pretty neat looking.
The graphics are on par with most games.
There is a night and day rotation.
However at night, it’s dark ... really dark.
This has pros and cons.
Prowling around in the darkness is fun.
Often you can sneak by any unwanted conflict.
But keep a wide berth, the AI will sense you long before you realize your being targeted.
The upgrading system for attachments and armour is different than the first.
Which both has its pros and cons as well.
It’s more streamlined to say the least.
Now you may be asking yourself, Do I need this game?
And I will answer that by saying, if you enjoyed the first Division, and want more of that more modern day loot and shoot, then ya your going to enjoy
Is it flawless ?
No...not by a long shot. But still enjoyable.
I’m playing on an Xbox One X. Supposedly the most powerful gaming console made to date.
And I still get frame rate issues.
When I have 10 or 12 idiots pounding me with bullets from all directions, my frames start to take a hit.
Could the graphics be better?
Hell yes they could be. But they are still pretty good.
The map is huge, the locations are interesting, there’s usually lots of cover.
But the AI is smart, they will flank you and pin you down while one scum bag with a Baton sneaks up behind you and your done for.
I’m still really early in the game, so I haven’t been in the dark zone yet.
But overall, I’d say if you enjoy the genre, give the game a go.
You can play with up to 4 friends for all in game missions.
And that coop factor Really helps a lot.