Confused whether to buy or not??
Let us look into the followup to the original title of THE DIVISION in 2016 with the release of THE DIVISION 2 and why or why not you should buy it.
So,first thing’s first!
THE DIVISION 2 looks good thus far in its release, since 15th March 2019.But if you weren’t a fan of the first edition of the game and is strongly opinionated about the franchise then your decision on buying this edition may depend on that.
Being a “looter-shooter” game and requiring some amount of grinding, it may or may not attract a wide range of audience depending on their taste.
- What can you expect?
A revised and fine tuned edition to the original release,it has been a long time coming for this franchise to develop and tweak and come up with unique ideas, but the ones who stuck with this game can now know the true value of these small things and really boast about their loyalty to this game.
Having said that, The OG’s as well as the new buyers who are starting off fresh with THE DIVISION 2 are in for some surprises.
1. THE SETTLEMENTS A post apocalyptic scenario with plenty of survivors to save, the gamers are in for some decent action. Consisting of NPCs who would require your help, opportunities for side quests and undertaking projects which will give you access to Blueprints and other rewards if you can gather up certain supplies and bring them back.
SETTLEMENTS also offer new traders and recruitable NPCs which in turn provides access to new items and perks. The inclusion of such projects makes your time
worthwhile and rewarding.
2.REINVENTED ENDGAMEThis is one thing which one has to experience to know it totally. But putting it into words, the Devs have made this edition,always keeping the endgame in mind.
It consists of the new High Ranking Specializations who come with power weapons, Invaded missions which are the same missions from the earlier part of the game, but this time with highly tough enemies called BLACK TUSKS.
Characters are also much more customizable and more variant in terms of gadgets with a wide range of skill set.
3.FARMING DARKZONE MADE INTERESTING
Regarding it as one of the most welcomed changes,chances are high that you wont feel like you have wasted time if you are killed off at the time of loot extraction. As the THE DIVISION 1 players can attest that nothing is worse than loosing your loot after sinking your allies in the DARKZONE.
NOW you can pickup UNCONTAMINATED LOOT which you can keep or use without the process of extraction first. CONTAMINATED LOOT can still be found and extracted but it will be reserved for rarer gear.
Keen to go rogue??
well THE DIVISION 2 has new rewards for players who do so as you will have access to open up unique vendors throughout the DARKZONE.
4.THE SHIFT OVER TO WASHINGTON D.C
First thing to notice is that there are more varied environments than before including the addition of deer and raccoons running amok.
Patrolling friendlies, Ownership of Control Point containing supplies full of loot and having WASHINGTON D.C as your base of operations to defend and rebuild is pretty awesome!
There is also a decent focus on visiting the landmarks and Mission to STEAL THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. (P.S a reference to the film “National Treasure” and Nicolas Cage)
5.SPONGE BOB ENEMIES? SAY NO MORE!
THE DIVISION 2 Devs addressed the complaints regarding the bullet absorbing enemies.
Weaker enemies are now fairly Squishy & easy to take down while tougher Enemies carry armors which need to be shot down before going in for the kill.
This changes the mindset of the player, because now one has to be strategic about where to land those shots.
We always love to empty the clip on those big heavy dudes but this time we get the fruits for the labor.
- NOW, Before you get too impressed with these features let me bring the focus back to the actual experience because if you don’t like the approach of the game, all these features wont matter.
1.The game fails to make a great first impression just like the previous edition because of the fact that there is actually not much in the story line of this game. At any point of time during a cut-scene or during a real character introduction HONESTLY,I could care less.But this time round on the contrary to the previous editions you can reach the endgame, setup your base and you are good to go. Allowing the gamer to “breathe” and take in all the action he/she can get,one can build their own story, so to speak.
2.Still not a fan of those grenade throws though and also one of the things the buyers may not like about the game mechanics.
3.The gunfire sounds are satisfying and soothing to hear this time round and emptying clips on enemies hence becomes satisfying as well. Not to take away the fact that landing hits on weaker spots helps the cause.
4.The Enemy types get better as we go further in the game. Challenging and on occasional times easy to beat,it is still enjoyable. The ENDGAME BLACK TUSK dudes are the real deal if one is looking for that much needed heat and “on your toes” action.
5.Progression combined with solid side quests really makes you feel that there is a lot to do in terms of exploration, whether it be solo or with friends both aspects will turn out to be enjoyable.
6.More emphasis on cosmetic items was needed.Its simplified in THE DIVISION 2 and less probable to be found out in the wild as compared to DIVISION 1. But its nothing a die hard gamer cant ignore.
To Conclude, I think the game serves its purpose greatly, that is, it keeps you engaged, keeps you playing,keeps you shooting and looting and have fun while doing all these.
With loads of content like THE DARKZONE with its unique RANKING SYSTEM,building SETTLEMENTS,Map Size in general combined with the PVP modes, the first impressions are pretty good. But we have to wait and see what it turns out to be in the long run.
For the Buyers
Its a game worth trying as the Devs got the formulas totally right in maintaining the name and franchise.
PURCHASE LINK: XBOX ONE/PS4 , PC(EPIC GAMES), Amazon.in
I hope this clears out some of the dilemmas you may have had if you have not purchased THE DIVISION 2 yet.