Gamer girl (or old lady . . . if you want a bullet in a butt cheek) here. Disclaimer: I’m a PVE solo player who sucks at shooters so normally avoids them. Before division my first fail attempts at shooter games were fallout 3, firefall, and defiance (oh and Ark but i won’t count that one). Of the counted three, I didn’t spend more than 3 hours combined failing to shoot/target things. So i’m not a shooters fan or player and i hate pvp. With that said, I promised some friends i would try a shooter game, so i played the beta for division and i liked it. Why?
In short: I like division. I love the explorable content, the encounters, and the side missions. As a nublet shooter non-talent (who doesn’t group with strangers), I don’t like the main missions since they are designed for teams or groups. Yes they are solo-able, by skilled/seasoned shooter players (easily), not so easily by unskilled shooter players). if you make a single player mode, it should be designed for single players (not have team missions). My issue with the main mission is the number of NPCs rushing a player. I have no issue with team missions if they are outside of what’s required of a single player (at least four are required to get your base going). Still that’s probably more a personal fail issue than a game flaw issue. I like the game and i feel it’s worth the money i paid for it. So i’m content.
The long long long ramble:
First there’s the single player open world environment and omg the world looks so real and cool. I love exploring, and going into apartments rummaging through people’s personals (Cringy). I didn’t like a few NPCs and one NPC dog creepily following me on my scavaging. I love turning the corner and coming across degenerates that i can gun down and feel like I made the neighborhood a little safer (yeah right, i just love hearing them scream, oh no she killed . . . .).
I personally like spending time with my friends but unfortunately they are level 30 and i’m only 18 at this point. One thing I hate is doing the main missions solo. All my friends soloed them fine, but if you aren’t good at shooting (and i suck) beating a main mission might take 30 mins to an hour. It’s also tiring to keep redoing it. I died like 15 times on the police precinct mission, but amazingly only 3 times on the medical unit unlock. So i am improving (mainly cause i switch to primarily sniping) but i doubt i will improve enough that my main missions running solo will be quick. I’d rather do the main missions with teams because they even suggest it, but i don’t play with strangers since i suck and a lot of the people playing shooters and/or matchmaking aren’t the most patient or understanding.
I’ve been watching a few people stream play in DZ and i played in it during beta. I don’t really plan to do much in DZ other than hang with friends. I don’t trust people and again i hate pvp, so i expect bad things to happen. What i do know is people can’t be trusted. I had a few friends try to run with strangers, try to help a downed person, and get ganked in return. Me? I’d never help anyone. When i was in beta some guy came up emoting, i didn’t realize he could hear me and i was like like “this guy needs to get the ‘F’ away from me.” When he got away i realized he heard me.
The sad thing is people don’t get why going rouge is heavily penalized. It’s that the basis of division isn’t traditional survival against the world and others. It’s the good guys “us” trying to save our world from the bad guys/things. so good guys don’t gank and steal etc. Now if you wanna be bad then bag guys assume the world is against them and being tracked down by everyone in DZ is about how it would go in reality. But I don’t have a view or preference on how DZ should or shouldn’t be. I just think people need to realize you can only trust your friends, (and even even some of them are shady).
I think it would be nice if people on your friends list couldn’t be killed accidentally (unless you toggled kill friends). This would allow friendly units (say multiple Strats squads) to work together in an area. I have been worrying about this because i know there have been a lot of accidental shootings that toggled people to rogue. I don’t intend to go rogue and as hard is it is for me to get exp, i don’t want go rouge and lose exp cause of an accident.
At the end of the day, i’m playing Division and i love what i do like about it.