This weekend I worked on another review, but then I realized that with AT gone, I have more time to play games I actually want to play. For now, I won’t be reviewing nearly every major release under the sun. Don’t focus on the strategy guides I still need to review and just go with me for a second.
I haven’t really been able to play a game just for me in a long, long time. It was December 2014 and January 2015 where I took out a chunk of time to finish Dragon Age: Origins, Awakening, and Dragon Age 2. That was really the last time I was able to carve out time for my backlog at all. So while I was sad that AT is no more, it also takes a ton of pressure off.
So last night, after I finished playing my game for review, I looked through my library to pick something to play for myself. I seriously thought about Dragon Age Inquisition, but then I thought of another game that I really need to finish this year: Tom Clancy’s The Division. Besides, it’s the 4th of July weekend; what better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than to save New York from a deadly virus? I really can’t think of a better way to do so. I mean, the 4th just screams shoot crazy terrorists in New York.
Although I did learn the hard way that even though I may be level 20 and the recommended level for a story mission is 16, when you haven’t played in several months, your extra levels ain’t gonna help. I mean, I forgot essentials like how to swap weapons on the fly and dodge roll. Once I came to my senses and did a few side missions, I was able to get right back into the flow that I had left behind. A lot of little things about the game have changed as well, which took some getting used to. It is an MMO, and I knew several patches released since the last time I played. But sometimes you need to experience it to really understand how much it has changed, even though all the changes were fairly minor.
According to my game clock, I’ve put in more time for The Division than I did The Technomancer, and I even did all of the sidequests available for the latter. Story-wise for The Division, I’m a little over halfway. I’m really curious how the first expansion adds upon things, as I doubt I’ll get in on the Incursions. I don’t have enough friends who are willing to get back into the game, as they already have their MMO of choice.
I also hope this extra time means I can get into Final Fantasy XIV, a game I’m still paying monthly for and yet have not had time to play. I know, I know #gamereviewerproblems.
That said, it’s on to wrap up writing my latest review and then more The Division. New York ain’t gonna save itself today.
Hope all of our US readers have a very happy (and safe) 4th of July!