Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness…. But Mostly Life.

I want to start by apologizing to our millions of fans around the world (here’s looking at you Dark Winter Project) for the lack of content over the past month. Legion Radio Network had to take a rather annoying hiatus thanks to, among other things,  that cruel mistress known as life.

Life that catchall term for the random bullshit that gets in the way of doing the fun stuff has gotten the better of  the Legion Radio Network lately. That being said sometimes life gets in your way in exciting ways. DesertFrost and DesertFire will be more or less unable to participate in the Legion Radio Network for the next 6-8 weeks as they prepare to come back home. Awesome! DesertCrypt is a newly wed and…. and has a cat? I don’t know what his excuse is. I guess growing a mean beard is a lot more work than I thought. God knows I can’t grow one. And as for me life has decided to bless me and my wife with our second child which is freakin’ amazing but getting ready for her to come is time consuming.

As a kid and young adult I could play video games all day. Now married with 1 child and another on the way working a full time job while also serving in the Army National Guard it is a pain in the ass to find time to get any gaming done. I do. Much to the chagrin of my beautiful wife I lose way too much sleep in order to get some time on the controller. Times are hard for the gamer in me.

 


 

So there you have it, our best excuses for why we have not talked about the flaming ship wreck that The Division has become and all the other big gaming news. I personally think Ubisoft Massive will be able to correct course and turn The Division back into the post apocalyptic fun land that it once was. You can hear our brief discussion on this topic on our upcoming episode 4 of the Legion Radio Podcast.

Speaking of flaming ship wrecks is it too early to start fearing for Nintendo’s future? They recently announced that they will be releasing their next home entertainment system next Spring and yet their E3 event will only feature Zelda…. for the Wii U. Come ON! I absolutely love Zelda but with everything else happening in the gaming world you cannot pin the next year of your company’s future on a single game.

From disappointment there is a shinning light in the world. Actually there are a lot of them. The biggest expansion yet to Fallout 4, Far Harbor,  will come out later this month. Overwatch’s open Beta started yesterday and let me say it is a blast. and finally the Battlefield 5 announcement is tomorrow!

Obviously we have a lot to discuss coming up and we are happy to get back into it. While DesertFire and DesertFrost are away from the mic we will have some guest fill in. So thank you if you’ve listened to us before and wondered where we went and welcome if this is your first time hearing about us. As always….

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

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Episode III: For the Love of Gaming w/ Dark Winter Project

In this episode, Legion Radio Network is joined by special guest Dark Winter Project to talk about music, The Division Incursion Update 1.1, and the love of Gaming.

The Division: Incursions Update 1.1

***This is a Repost***

Division-Agents.com

The first free update will introduce the first incursion, a new challenging end-game activity developed specifically for squad play. Teams will be able to test their skills as they face seemingly unstoppable enemies to gain high-level weapons and equipment. This update will also add one of the community’s most-wanted feature, loot trading; allowing players in the same group to trade loot collected during a co-op game session.

In a Special Report on the official The Division Twitch channel, they finally revealed new information about the Incursions themselves and how the new gear sets will work. This breakdown summarizes the important points of the stream, but you can re-watch it anytime on Twitch.tv/thedivisiongame.

Story and Background 

  • Falcon Lost will be the first Incursion
  • It takes place in a Water Treatment Plant and is a LMB Stronghold, because that is not really something that you bomb, when you want to take back New York
  • Captain Perez reassembles the LMB to keep control and now it is our job to stop the rest of the LMB
  • Multiple voice-overs and discussions that will be different each time

Tactics:

  • You won´t be able to camp in Falcon Lost, you will have to change position on a regular basis
  • There will be new enemies: Drones – they will flush you out of cover and need to be shot down
  • You really need a good group and tactics, will be very difficult with PUGs
  • It is not only about gear but also a lot about player skills

You need synergy between playstyles

Matchmaker

Matchmaker is confirmed for Incursions. There is a Gear-Score recommendation for hard-mode and for Challenge Mode, you won´t be matched with players that are below a specific score.

Checkpoints

No checkpoints in Incursions, when you die you have to start over

Weekly lockouts?

No weekly lookout for incursions you can play them as many times as you want.

The first time in the week you will get a very good reward, and after that you will get good rewards

Future Incursions

More Incursions are planed (Columbus Circle is already confirmed for the Conflict update in May)

Future incursions will have different mechanics

Rewards

Best/new gear and weapons than everywhere in the game (also new named weapons)

Gear-Set-items

Difficulty

  • The Difficulty of the Incursions is very high, because it needs group coordination, tactics and also good gear to beat the Incursion
  • Incursions have two difficulties
  • Hard Mode that will require the equivalent of the current level 31 high end gear
  • Challenge Mode that will require the new gear-sets

The devs could beat the hard mode, so they made it more difficult.

The QC players needed days to beat the Challenge Mode Incursion.

Trading

  • Player can drop items to give it to the other players in the group that were present as you got the item
  • Restrictions:
  • Dark Zone you have to go to a Checkpoints to trade the item (safe area)
  • Dropped loot can be picked up by all players in the group
  • Items can be dropped and traded multiple times in the 2h window after pickup

New Feature: Assignments

  • There will be weekly and daily assignments
  • You can earn Phoenix Credits and Division Tech
  • Good rewards in general
  • Example: killing 10 Cleaners

New Dark Zone Activities

Supply Drops

  • Drop from the sky that happens every hour on different locations and have very good rewards
  • Only the first group that gets there will get the reward.
  • Supply Drops are protected by hard enemies
  • When you get the supply drop, you don´t have to extract them.

In general, they will add new activities in every future update

Spectator-Cam

When you die during a group-mission, you can follow other teammates

You can switch between your teammates, look around and help them until you are revived

 Gear-Sets

There are 4 gear sets

  • Finding and equipping four pieces from a single set unlocks a new, never-before-seen talent for your Agent, which the developers aren’t revealing yet.
  • You will also get a setbonus when you have a specific number of set-pieces equipped
  • Gear sets will have other talents than what we already have
  • Different gearsets per playstyle
  • Are more powerful than High-Ends gear pieces – but you have to equip a multiple number of items to get the buff – but gear sets don´t have gear talents

Help a lot in the group synergy when players of the group have different sets…

Sentry’s Call – This is the Snipers Gear set

Striker’s Battle Gear – Combat Assault set

Path of the Nomad -Dark Zone / Solo oriented set (very vague)

Technician’s Authority – Support and Tech-Bonus

You can get Gear Sets from:

  • Incursions
  • Blueprints that can be bought
  • Drop in Challenge Mode Missions
  • Dark Zone

(you need to do multiple things to complete the set)


  

Gear Score

After you reach level 30 you are measured by gear score / now you don´t see player level but the gear score

The gear score is calculated by the gear you are wearing and is based on the quality and item-level

Gear score is also included in matchmaking. Matchmaking will also include the items you have in the inventory.

Player Level Cap

Agent level is still capped at 30, but your gear score can boost your abilities beyond your level, and are touted as a new way of leveling up for top-level players.

RELEASE DATE

April 12th 2016 – on all platforms.

Trendy Entertainment Sues The Creators of Ark

Trendy Entertainment has filed suit against Wildcard, the developers of the wildly popular sandbox game Ark, for allegedly illegally hiring  Jeremy Stieglitz who was a former Trendy employee. The whole suit is a little ridiculous (how is Dungeon Defender in any way competing with Ark??) but a contract is a contract and if Wildcard did knowingly hire Stieglitz even though he had a non-compete  contract than I see some repercussions headed their way.

Head over to Kotaku, who broke the news, for the complete story .

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

Legion Radio Network: Intros and The Division First Takes

In our very first Podcast, we introduce ourselves and dive into our first impressions of The Division. Note we are aware of the massive patch implemented by Ubisoft, and the drastic changes specifically to the Dark Zone. We will have a breakdown of the changes and also have a review of the upcoming patches and expansions for The Division. Enjoy!

Let’s Keep It Simple, I Like Video Games

Yes that’s right, I like video games.

No that does not necessarily mean I know every detail about their development, the inner workings, the back stories, the credentials, or even who makes them, but I still like video games. Some say that video games are an escape from day to day life. For the people who can’t handle reality. Those people fail to understand that sometimes virtual reality is harder than you might think. Yes, you are able to enjoy fully interactive alternate worlds, such as a plague ridden, nihilistic, and by every definition, scorched Manhattan, NY. Within this world are some of the most vile and twisted criminals you’ll ever see, and then you are tasked to rout out and destroy them. Yes, you are given the task of bringing NYC back to it’s full beauty and prominence as one of the greatest cities in the world, but what’s so great(stressful) about that right?

Honestly, the aspects of a video game that get me going are the visuals. When a game, such as The Division, offers detailed lighting, shadow rendering, weather changes, and day to day 24-hour cycles of climate, it gets my attention, and my praise. Not to mention the real-to-life New York City mapping and creation!

So, in The Division’s case, it is almost as if we are able to escape to a real-to-life scenario, in a real place, minus all the nihilistic murderers, rioters, plague, freezing temperatures, and also face melting tactical urban warfare. Although in reality, who the hell doesn’t want to be an SHD Agent?

In a nutshell what I am trying to say here is that if you are looking for a cultured conversation about video games, or a passionate detailed breakdown of what graphics engine Ubisoft used (Massive*) to create such a once in a lifetime video game, I am not your guy. But if you’re like me, with your jaw dropped to the floor from the absolute brilliance of this game, then please, by all means join me. Once we awaken from our initial shock, together we will remember that this is just the beginning…

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

-DesertCrypt77

For your enjoyment, and for my point to really hit a home run, I have included below a comparison video between The Division and the Real Thing. Youtube creator showshowshowshow created a six and a half minute video that compares shots of New York against the post-pandemic version that can be found in The Division. This is only from the Beta!

Like I said. Jaw. Dropped.

Playstation Cross Network Play

Monday morning dawned and  Microsoft’s ID@Xbox director, Chris Charla,  had an exciting announcement for the gaming world: Xbox will now allow developers to add cross network play with PC. The brief statement also left the door open for  the possibility of cross platform play with “other consoles” eg Playstation. Sony wasted no time in responding to the direct question of their wiliness to play ball with Microsoft.

“PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002,” reads Sony’s response to gamespot. “We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”

While Chris Charla never used Sony or the PlayStation name directly he did state that “Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks–including other consoles and PC networks.” Conversely  Sony’s statement does not mention any other console platforms.

Chris Charla you are my new hero.

Sony, do the right thing. Accept the hand presented and unite the online gaming world.

 

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven