I believe The Division has its hooks in me. In a great big “this is all I want to play right now” sort of way. It has been an exercise of willpower to keep my hands off the game until my co-op partner can also get back online and we can tackle the ruins of New York together.
But hoo-boy am I tempted.
As you may have picked up on, I’ve been playing a lot of Ubisoft’s The Division and, while it’s far from a perfect game, I can’t seem to get enough. If I was forced to guess a review score median for it, I’d estimate somewhere in the 7 to 8 out of 10 range, but it has an addicting sort of quality to it. I want to get back in there and level up my home base. I want to fully upgrade my medical wing. I want to fully upgrade my security wing. My tech wing can suck it (there’s not much going on there that I’m keen on), but I’ll of course upgrade it anyway. I want to unlock the safe houses around the city. I want to give sick and stumbling civilians cans of food and energy bars. I want to find better gear and weapons. I want to dive back in to the adrenaline-fueled antics of the Dark Zone to level up and find all the loot I can.
Yeah. I’m hooked.
I played a couple hours of Firewatch last week, but at any moment when my co-op partner could play, I would drop most anything I was doing to play more Division. The visuals of Firewatch are incredibly beautiful, and I am enjoying the narrative thus far, but holy heck, I got pretty lost a couple of times. I’m decent with a map and compass in reality, but in the game, I found myself (no pun intended) sometimes well-off my intended destination. It was moderately embarrassing. Also, I want to know what the heck is going on in the story. It feels like it is setting itself up for a few potential paths.
Also, I found a little turtle in my exploration of the game, and when I opted to adopt him I could choose between several pre-selected names for him, and I chose “Turt Reynolds” which continues to be funny to me in a way I can’t seem to impart properly. I find myself at random saying (aloud, no less) “Turt Reynolds.”
One of the best creature names ever.
I am hoping to wrap up Firewatch today, as well as get in some solid leveling up in The Division once my co-op partner gets online later in the day. I imagine we will finish the narrative of the game this week, which will keep me right on track for completing a game per week this month. I am also incredibly excited to start in on Kholat (a survival horror game I’ve been aching to play since I initially read about it last year) which released this month on PS4.
All in all, it’s a great time to be a gamer. So many amazing experiences just waiting to be had.
With that, off I go to Firewatch! Cheers, friends.