This past weekend the Division beta finally gave us a glimpse into the long-gestating title that Massive has been working on. The hype train for The Division has been a long and strange one and it felt good to finally get my hands on the game.
While the beta was fairly limited to one mission and the Dark Zone, I had an awesome time taking on the gangs throughout New York and going rogue against others agents to steal their loot. I played on PC and the game was fairly well optimized for a Ubisoft-published title. While there was some concerns about the “bullet-sponge” nature of the enemies from pre-beta impressions, I didn’t really notice it too much at the time.
The only problem with the beta is it was way too short to get a good impression. I can tell you the shooting felt tight and the co-op with other players was well realized, but beyond that there isn’t much I can say. With only one mission to judge it by, The Division looks like it is light on story content and the meat of the game will be in the Dark Zone. Again, that’s just the impression I got from an hour and thirty minutes of play, so it’s hard to tell how it will shake out when The Division launches on March 8.
I did stream some of it but unfortunately forgot to check the “stretch to fit screen” option on OBS, and as such I won’t embed it. If you want to experience my shenanigans, you can view the video here (warning: strong language, immature humor and not-ironic usage of the term “PC master race”).
Did anyone else check out The Division this past weekend? What were your thoughts?