I’m the type of person that tends to hold grudges against companies for a long time, if they’re doing something anti-consumer, or just shady as all hell. One of the reasons that I’ve been so loyal to Steam (my account is now 9 years old) is because while they may have been tweaking things on the back end, aside from a couple of issues (latest being the 2015 Cache-tastrophe) there’s been very little in ways of issues for the consumer. Not so much for EA’s Origin, and Ubisoft’s UPlay. They have both had their fair share of problems, anti-consumer DRM, and generally sloppy attempts at trying to beat Steam at their own game that they have been playing for well over a decade. EA’s Origin originally took 20% of CPU power just to run, and both EA and Ubisoft had anti-consumer, always-online DRM that only spurred gamers further to find out how to break it. “SimCity is not an offline experience”, except when it is after a modder figures it out is a perfect example of this.
But times have changed. I’m still something of a die-hard Steam user, but I also use Origin, if only for the ‘On the House’ games and the Mass Effect Collection that I bought in order to play the trilogy without having to fire up the Xbox 360. But UPlay is one that I have always avoided putting on my machine, not just because of the software itself, but because of what hte company stands for as a whole. Cyrus, and more honestly, Redh, changed that and encouraged me to buy the Division now that I have a good gaming computer that can handle it.
So far, I have to admit that I’m enjoying it, although I wouldn’t enjoy playing it alone; I’ve often felt that about a lot of the games I play that are geared in any way towards multiplayer; I have to be playing with people I know otherwise the game just isn’t enough to hold me anymore. Redh asked me if gaming is still something that I want to do, and I was honest; I said that while Cyrus may not be the reason I game, gaming is definitely the reason that I am with Cyrus. There’s not that many of us anymore, but that also means that the ties are a lot stronger and there’s a lot more banter going on. I’m not going to say that I experienced enough to say whether the game is good or not, but from what I have been told a lot of effort has now been focussed on the endgame, which is good for a title that has frankly a small amount of levelling opposed to most MMO titles.
The game looks gorgeous on my computer, and for the money that I spent on the tower it damn well should be! I am getting the gaming itch again now that I’m seeing recent titles on my PC and cranked up to Ultra. I don’t have a gaming monitor yet and I’m sure that is what I will end up getting next. My current monitor maxes out at 60fps and that while I am used to playing at 30fps I am sure that 120 or 140 would look objectively better.
Honestly though, we could be playing a MUD and I feel that if I was playing with the group that I am in right now and everyone was engaged, we would be absolutely fine. It doesn’t hurt that the game is gorgeous and has a rather insidious plot (something I mentioned multiple times during the unskippable intro that played twice because I had to ALT+TAB out the first time), and the gameplay is pretty engaging, at least for now. Hopefully we’ll be in the Dark Zone in a week or two.
I feel like I should make a joke when I say that.