The Division beta has drawn to a close just a few short days ago and while i didn’t get to play it for as long a period as i would have liked i do have a few thoughts on the beta.
The beta starts off with a nice introduction to the world and immediately leads you to a hub area. This area is akin to the tower in destiny where you can meet new players and buy/sell weapons and gear. Next the beta leads you through the streets of New York towards what will, in the full game, be your base of operations. Here it gives you a flavour of the structure that the game will take. The missions are structured around 3 different areas, security, medical and technical. These 3 areas map to your character upgrade path across the same 3 areas. You can also buy weapons and gear here along with extorting your dark zone loot.
The beta allows you to access only the first mission in the medical area. This mission is relatively easy but introduces to type of gameplay that you can expect. This particular mission involved locating medical staff and ensuing their safe extraction from the building. The main character is then relocated to your base of operations and effectively open up the medical unit for you to upgrade further. I can see this being the structure for the Security and Technology areas too.
The next major area that the beta gives you access to is the dark zone. Here you join or compete with other players for loot which must be extracted at certain areas in the map. You can call in the extraction helicopter at the locations and you must stay safe until it areas. The con here is that other players can attack you ( go rogue) and steal your items . This happened a few times during my time and it made for interesting fire fights. Alone it was tough as you could trust no-one, with a good solid group of friends i can see the dark zone being great fun.
My overall impression from the beta was it did’t quite up to the hype i had imagined but that there is massive potential for this game. Gunplay was tight and with a good squad i think it could become a regular in may playlist. The beta only offered glimpses of the game and left me wanting to know more about the world Ubi has created. I would have some concerns over the variety of mission types but its hardly fair to judge the entire game on a beta.
More thoughts on The Division when its released nearly March.
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