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!
In The Office
I’m currently sitting in my cubicle at work my head buzzing from the late night gaming session that ended only several hours before. Late night sessions are not new to Desert Legion clan. Most of us can be found in the wee hours still running from the cops in GTA V or starting “just one more round” of Battlefield 4. What was new this time was the virtual setting of our escapades. A beautifully and meticulously rendered Manhattan.
I had intended this first entry to introduce myself and my cohorts but that can wait. What cannot wait however are the praises I must sing to Ubisoft and early contender for Game of the Year: Tom Clancy’s The Division. I must confess that I jumped on the band wagon late here having not even heard of the game until late 2014. I then ignored my clan brothers whenever they mentioned the title. You see I had been sucked into the hype machine that Bungie created the years leading up to the release of Destiny and vowed to not be fooled again.
Won’t Be Fooled Again
I was in my early 20s in basic training at Fort Benning Georgia, home of the Infantry, when I received a letter from my brother which contained an article about a new Bungie title. I was engrossed. The screen shots were lush and beautiful. The game play so new and invigorating. When I got home I counted down the days until it’s release, reading every press release that came out. Finally in the summer of 2014 the Destiny Beta was released. It blew my mind. Then finally a month or so later the game actually dropped. Desert Legion and I devoured the game, playing for hours on end, but we quickly noticed something: we kept running the same missions . Slowly at first but then quickly we lost interest. After one particularly frustrating night of attempting a raid we just could not finish several members called it quits on the game. I personally held out for several more weeks but by the time the first expansion came out Desert Legion was out of Destiny.
A New Hope
With this experience always in mind I looked at The Division with a grain of salt. Shoot both game titles start with a D for Christ sake! It wasn’t until Christmas of 2015 that I decided to pre-order the game since I knew my closest friends would all be playing it. After several hours talking to Ubisoft customer support I received my Alpha codes. Not a good start. And although 3 other Legionaries were online I spent most of the alpha alone. The game seemed alright. I had not been won yet.
The first beta came and I diligently partook, this time rather enjoying myself. Then the second beta came and went with out me. Finally last night at 9:45pm it was time for me to taste the nectar of the gods. I may be saying this much too early considering I’ve only logged a few hours and have only scratched the surface but I love this game and it may be enough to fill me with enjoyment for the rest of the year.
Hi, My Name Is…
One of us will hopefully write a full review after we truly get our teeth into the game but for now let me proceed with the introduction. We are Desert Legion Radio Network. We are made up of DesertFawkz77, DesertFrost77, DesertFire77, and DesertCrypt77. The funniest, sexiest, and most awesome arm of the Desert Legion Xbox One clan. We can be spotted with our Desert____77 gamer tags playing games like GTA V, BF4, Diablo 3, The Division, and more. The point of this blog is to be home of our upcoming podcast of the same name. Hopefully you will stick around and have fun. We would like this to be an open forum where everyone can have a good time and discuss video games and other stuff.
It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !
-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven