MMO Week in Review: The Division 2 is now a game *and* an athletics tier

    
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The Division 2 joined the online gaming world’s roster of looter-shooters this week, giving grumpy Anthem refugees something new to try. Meanwhile, Gamigo canceled RIFT’s progression server, we offered our first impressions of Snail Games’ new MMO Outlaws of the Old West, WoW dropped 8.1.5, Fallout 76 got an update, and No Man’s Sky announced an MMO update that is swears is not an MMO (but it is).

And here on the site, we kicked off yet another column – Wandering Wraeclast, covering all things Path of Exile – and introduced a slew of new columnists you’ll be seeing around the site in the coming months! Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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angrakhan

I got both Anthem and The Division 2. Objectively TD2 is the better game. It has much more content and that content is more complete than Anthem. However, I think the gameplay of Anthem is more fun, so I’m hoping Bioware can address the shortcomings with both content and loot to get the game to a better place as the core gamplay loop is more fun. The Colossus is by far the most fun I’ve had in a game in a long time.

TD2 is by in large ‘more of the same’ from TD1. I’m level 15 currently and have yet to see an encounter that was remarkably new or different from something in TD1. The AI is exactly the same. Their primary means of making content difficult is to spawn enemies behind you. Its reached trope status really and is hugely predictable at this point in the gamer. It’s fun with friends, though, and they’ve done a lot to give you more things to do. The control points are nice as they actually give purpose to farming up all those survival type items like water and food. I will say the shooting range is absolutely brilliant and really gives you all the tools you need to make an informed decision about your loadout.

Between the two I’d recommend TD2 because it is by far the more complete game. They have plans for 8-man raids (so I hear), and I don’t think Anthem has anything like that on the radar. If Bioware can somehow get the itemization and content of Anthem up to par with TD2 then my recommendation would be the opposite, but if that can even happen seems to be a huge question mark at this time.

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Armsbend

It hath been decided: The Victor of Quarter One of 2019 is
The Division 2.

To all competitors – Thank you for participating ~~~

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IronSalamander8 .

Division 2 is definitely getting a warmer reception than Anthem is. I didn’t get either, partly because it’s better to wait than pre-order-especially a ‘AAA online service’ but also because Anthem always looked too much like an also ran and the Division’s setting doesn’t appeal to me at all.

It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

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Natalyia

Not so much a “grumpy Anthem refugee” as “grumpy about the last few Bioware games so didn’t preorder Anthem refugee” here :) Nothing I’ve seen or read has convinced me it was a mistake not to get Anthem on release. If it’s still around next year and still being played, I might give it another look. I do like flying powered armor, but… so far, not enough to pay the price of admission or put up with the not-quite-doneness of it.

The Division 2, on the other hand, I got gifted by a very kind friend (thanks!) and have been having a fair bit of fun with. I’m not very good at it (surprise!) but the gunplay is enjoyable, the visuals very nice, and there’s enough story stuff scattered about so far that I’m enjoying my trips to post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C.

You can run the story missions with a team of up to 4, so while there’s no actual “MMO-ness” here, it’s as much of an MMO as Warframe was until quite recently.

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Darthbawl

That very kind friend says you are very welcome and is glad you are enjoying the game! 😎

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Yes, Division 2 seems to be doing great so far. Despite bugs (which are actively being worked on), people seem to really like it – User Score (the only part on Metacritic I treat seriously) is 8 for PC version.

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Godnaz

26 hours in, The Division 2 is. Oki, gotta get back to it. I’ll post when I’m at work and unable to play it.