The Promise and Potential of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

This past weekend, I was able to jump into The Division 2’s private beta. Now, many of you may already know that I was a big fan of the first game, and was even pulled back into the experience after 6+ months away from it.

Part of the reason why it was easy to come back was due to the tireless work of Massive Entertainment, the studio behind these games. The team continued to plug away at the game, releasing huge updates which not only overhauled and fixed things that players didn’t like but also added swaths of new content and zones, like the West Side Piers.

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That level of dedication and care to keep improving the user experience seems to have carried over into the sequel. Based on what we heard at E3 2018, The Division 2 looks to be a big step up over the first game, correcting many of the things that were found lacking at launch. This private beta would be the first time that many players could get a taste of that promise, including a look at some of the end game material like Invaded Missions, PvP conflict, and the completely renovated Dark Zone…or zones in this case.

The beta was absolutely massive, especially when compared to the recent Anthem demo, so let’s get to talking about what worked and what didn’t for The Division 2’s private beta.

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The Return of Titanfall?

When I initially wrote about the debut of Apex Legends, I lamented the fact that it wasn’t Titanfall (even if Apex takes place in that universe) and it seemed as though Titanfall 3 wasn’t coming as a result.

I’ll be honest, I’m thrilled for Respawn and the continued momentum that Apex Legends continues to see day after day. Their take on Battle Royale is well made and you can absolutely see that the team has done their homework. They’ve added a number of smart features such as the intuitive ping system, which lets players who don’t want to use a mic still accurately communicate with their squad. It’s fantastic and super easy to use. You can highlight nearly anything from a location to travel in, items to pick up, or even where enemies have been spotted.

Couple that with fantastic gunplay (basically ripped straight from Titanfall 2), a varied and diverse set of heroes to select from, and the ability to revive a teammate and you have a recipe for success.

Interestingly enough, the success of Apex Legends has also had a small impact on the now over two-year-old shooter, Titanfall 2. Players numbers have increased across all platforms, and I’m definitely included in that. I’ve reinstalled and jumped on a few Titanfall 2 matches recently as well. Honestly, the game is still outrageously fun and I’m really happy to be back on it.

PSA: Titanfall 2 is still a fantastic game and is absolutely worth picking up. 

Considering everything we heard about Titanfall 3 and the fact that Apex was essentially born out of its ashes, I didn’t expect to hear much of anything about the franchise for a while, at least. Well, it seems that Respawn has a few more tricks up its sleeve.

Here’s a bit of surprising news for you:

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Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 3 – 9

It’s Sunday, which means an all-new edition of the Video Round Up. Per usual, I’m bringing you all of the latest trailers and gameplay videos from the past seven days. I feel like I’m saying this every week, but there’s a lot to get to so here’s a small look at what’s waiting for you below the break.

Surprise! Respawn Entertainment (of Titanfall fame) not only announced their latest title but they released it at the same time (No, not Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order)! Apex Legends is their take on the Battle Royale genre. While taking place in that universe, the game mixes the familiar last man/squad standing gameplay, adds some really innovative new tweaks and wraps it all in that smooth and satisfying Titanfall style movement.

Mortal Kombat 11 also had a pretty big week, holding its first official Kombat Kast since the reveal event back in January. In addition to the return of D’Vorah, Ed Boon revealed the latest trailer for another classic klassic character making their return to the playable roster of MK11.

I’ve also got new videos for Anthem, The Division 2, Crackdown 3, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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My Hopes for Anthem Following The Demos

Man, what a time to be a fan of looter shooters! The Division 2 is on the way, Warframe continues to get better over time, Destiny 2 is still getting consistent updates, and now we have Anthem on approach.

I’ve been itching to write about Anthem for a while, ever since my time with the closed alpha back in December. Plus, the VIP demo from a couple of weeks ago had so many technical hiccups and glitches that I just didn’t feel comfortable talking about it until I had another chance with it. Thankfully, the open demo managed to fix many of those issues and I got plenty of hands-on time with the game.

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With that said, this latest demo had a lot of things that are ultimately going to be changed or altered in some way upon full release and there were at least a few problems that BioWare confirmed are no longer an issue in some of the newer builds of the game. I’m looking at you super slow movement speed in Fort Tarsis!

All in all, it’s difficult to really talk about knowing all of this, so instead of offering my thoughts on every aspect of the demo, I’m also going to weave in some thoughts on what I’m hoping to see when the full game launches.

Regardless, here are my thoughts. Let’s dive in!

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The Surprising Launch of Apex Legends and Disappearance of Titanfall 3

It looks like the pundits, analysts, and panelists coming into 2019 were indeed correct in believing that Respawn Entertainment had two games releasing this year. Well, we’re still pretty sure that Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is launching late this year.

The other game? It’s not Titanfall 3 as everyone thought.

I first heard rumblings about a new game from Respawn late last week, and as most of us know, the rumors turned into leaks, which then turned into actual news as the weekend went on. Crazier yet, this new game was set to launch only a couple days from when these leaks first started. Remembering how poorly the launch went for Titanfall 2, I was shocked that EA and Respawn were willing to launch a game with almost zero promotion or marketing prior to release.

And yet, here we are. Welcome to Apex Legends.

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Sunday Video Round Up: January 27 – February 2

Before the weekend comes to a close, it’s time to celebrate the past week of trailers and gameplay! That’s right, it’s time for an all-new Video Round Up! Here’s a small look at the full list of videos waiting for you after the break.

Metro Exodus, the third entry in the popular series, is just a few weeks away and the videos keep on coming! This week we have two new ones with the first taking a look at the world and characters, while the second takes a look at all of the ways players will be able to upgrade and modify handgun weapons.

Next weekend, players will finally get their chance to explore a reimagined and devastated Washington D.C. inside the private beta for The Division 2. This time around Massive and Ubisoft are showing players what they learned from the first game by revealing all of the content available in the beta including a couple of end game missions.

I’ve also got new videos for Kingdom Hearts 3, Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC, Far Cry: New Dawn, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Now Arriving: February 2019

Time to gear up, folks! After a slower December 2018 and January 2019, the gaming industry is once again putting the pedal to the metal with new releases this month. Here’s what’s coming in February 2019.

Arguably the biggest name this month comes from BioWare. Anthem has been a game long in development and as a new IP, many are curious as to how this looter shooter is going to turn out. With a handful of betas and demos now under its belt, one thing is for sure: Questions will finally be answered this month.

Speaking of long in development games, the oft-delayed Crackdown 3 finally comes to Xbox One this month. Announced probably a little too soon, this is a franchise that has seen its fair share of ups and downs with its previous two games. Thankfully, for those who are feeling a bit tentative, the game launches on Game Pass on launch day as well.

And that’s not all for February 2019! There are plenty more upcoming titles this month to check out like Metro Exodus. As always, you can see the full February release schedule below the break. Enjoy!

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