A closed beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division took place over the weekend, and in between forced sessions of working on a very JRPG JRPG for review, I soaked up all I could in The Division beta. I had zero interest in this game until I got my hands on it at SDCC, and ever since then I’ve been clamoring for it. This weekend I really got a chance to delve into some of the single-player action. It is an MMO, and you can definitely play it with a fireteam of 3 others, but you can tackle the game on your own as well. Forming a fireteam also opens you up to PvP, which is not my bag, so the missions and side missions and encounters fit my bill nicely.
Simply put, I had an absolute blast running around a post-apocalyptic New York. I can’t wait until more of the story opens up, as we were limited to a rather small portion of it, but I spent more of my time on the side missions and encounters anyway instead of the main story missions.
So why do I like this more than Destiny? I’ve gotten this question a bit. I did play the Destiny beta and I enjoyed what I played, but it was never enough to get me hooked into it. One thing I did heavily notice with Destiny was that it felt like it would only be fun with other people. I’m not able to always hook up with others for various reasons, mostly due to family and work. I know you can play Destiny alone, but it doesn’t feel like it’s good enough to play alone. It also bothered me, way more than it should have, that the enemies moved exactly like the Elite Sangheili from Halo. I know that it’s the same developer and what not, but did they have to move exactly the same way? It bugged me. Lastly, while I do play first-person-shooter games regularly, I prefer third-person POV every time.
In The Division, it’s third-person POV with a heavy emphasis on cover-based gameplay. That suits me far more than first-person mechanics. I’m also a bigger fan of the story around The Division. I’ve been told Destiny barely has a story, and as a story-gamer, that makes it hard for me to get into.
Looks like 2016 could be my year of the MMO, since I finally started Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn just last week too.
I suppose I should say that I’ll stop teasing Blake about his obsession with Destiny, since I probably have a similar obsession coming up, but that won’t happen. He makes it too gosh darn easy.