Anticipation Divided

When the closed beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division began, I was beside myself with excitement. From the moment I saw that first video at E3, The Division was THE game I had been waiting for (second only to Fallout 4); since I had missed the alpha, there was NO way I was going to miss the beta.

And then I started playing. Literally, I was playing from the very minute the beta was open; and yet when I hit the Dark Zone 30 minutes later, I was getting my ass handed to me. Every time I went up against someone in the Dark Zone, they were 3 or 4 levels above me with better guns and abilities. Even finding out about Dark Zone cheaters didn’t help bring back the excitement I experienced watching Ubisoft’s E3 trailer.


Venturing back outside the Dark Zone, I quickly realized there was nothing to do. The “grind” of leveling your player in a good MMO isn’t there. After an hour or so, it just became repetitive. There’s very little, if any, variety in the game play. Seriously, even World of Warcraft, which I dislike, does not come down to solely, “go to this location, clear the area of enemies, then move on to another location,” gameplay.

Ubisoft could have done so much more with The Division. Honestly, I thought it would be more a mix of Rainbow Six meets Fallout meets Destiny meets Grand Theft Auto.

Maybe I’m just asking for too much in a video game, or not. Either way, when The Division releases March 8, I won’t be picking it up.

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The Cli3nt

   I am 43-years-old, a hemophiliac, the co-founder of, a blogger at, part-time YouTuber (Geek Out! videocast) and Twitch streamer.

   I’m an old-school gamer, having started playing video games back in 1977 on the Atari 2600 (even managed to place 6th in Jafco’s Atari Pac-Man tournament in 1982). I first began abusing games shortly after my best friend introduced me to Quake. By the time Quake II was released, I was addicted.

   After being found, in May 2008, passed out in front of my computer with a mouse cord wrapped around my arm and over 100 flash drives scattered around my body, I sobered up. To help maintain my sobriety, I switched to single player console gaming.

   In my life outside of the Wasteland, yes, I do have one — wait, that’s a lie. I have my Xbox One, Plex media server, high-speed internet, and Dax the Magnificent (my furry four-legged child).

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