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So as it happens I spent five days in NYC from last Friday to Tuesday, Aug. 17th. It was a request from my daughter for her birthday, and with no planning whatsoever on my part she had selected multiple locations that are all part of the WONY expansion. It was her first time to NYC, but not even close to my first - although my last visit was well before the original Div even came out in 2016, so my memory was a little foggy.
Anyway, it's pretty interesting to see what a stellar job the map and environment makers did for this game. Some locations, like Clinton Castle were spot on. I wasn't previously aware, but Clinton Castle is really undergoing a major refurb right now and indeed has scaffolding all over it. I suspect this had already started when they visited the site and took pictures, hence the scaffolding in the game. Same with Liberty Island, though absent the grounded boats and the Razorback it looked a little different.
The area that struck me the most though was the Staten Island Ferry terminal, which from what I can tell was a spot-on reproduction - down to the smallest detail. Coming through the doors to the escalators I was almost expecting to see machine gun-toting baddies there taking up positions.
At any rate, I think Massive and Res Storm have some extraordinary level and asset creators and do amazing work.
@dagrommit Please, there is no need to state the obvious, which is also in this case the "template" response to any and every negative comments about the DZ. "If you don't like it then don't go in there."
We've all heard it a million times, but as paying customers we're also free to express disappointment, concern, whatever you want to call it, about the choices the devs have made.
It's a game. A product. It's not perfect. If you don't agree with my comment you are free to say so, but please stop with the "if you don't like it don't go in there." It reminds me of the old joke where the guy is at his doctor's office, holds his arm over his head and says "Doc, it hurts when I do this. What should I do?"
So his doctor gives him the sage advice of "Stop doing that!"
@virtual-chris Do you do the weekly SHD project?
Before when I still had few exotics I'd do the weekly SHD as well as the weekly Summit projects. Those two combined guaranteed two exotics every week. GEs were of course another source (buying with stars), though slightly less often.
Now I have everything that isn't "hidden" behind, say, a raid. Plus Chameleons (in the LZ) and Pestilence (in the DZ) seem to drop for me like candy. When I finally get that Eagle Bearer I have enough exotic components to re-roll it 120 times!
So I had a very interesting experience today that backs up my earlier conclusions regarding this thread.
I was in the DZ farming, and while there were plenty of rogues to go around, it wasn't the assemblage of the usual 10-15 names. I didn't recognize any of them, but scoped their builds and they weren't exactly "noobs." All had SHD levels and hours of experience comparable to mine.
As usual I didn't look for trouble, but one shot me in the back and I immediately respawned and went after him. Another tried to hijack my extraction. At any rate, these confrontations were eactly like I would have expected given our comparable builds and experience. No one dominated. We moved cover to cover. We healed. Eventually of the five encounters I had I won in four.
Compare this to the ones that we were discussing earlier in the thread where they guys melt you literally in 1/2 second. I have a pretty decent build (1.5 M armor and crazy-high damage up-close), so did the guys I played today. But the matches seemed level and regardless of who won it came out close.
Conclusion: you can hide behind the "git gud" excuse all you want, but the insta-melt guys are running cheats. Probably lots of them. And no, you don't suck.
@raciaiadhesive "Experience"? I don't recall ever leaving the comfort of my office chair - cup of coffee or beer in hand (depending on time of day) - while playing Div.
Hiking across Iceland? That was an experience. Visiting Antarctica. That was an experience. Transplanting to live and work in Europe for three years. An experience. The first time I spent a month in Japan. That too was an experience. And so on...
Playing the Division (1 or 2)? Just a stupid video game.
@l3and80 Ah-ha! Your sentence "when you pick up the ammo, the NPCs will only drop ammo again if you empty the primary and secondary weapon ammo" is the key. it matches the behavior I saw and definitely explains my complaint.
The game doesn't do a good job at describing this, but since I now "know better" I'll approach it a little differently next time.
Anyone else seeing the launcher (that comes with the skill specialization) where you have plenty of ammo and a good distance to the hostiles, but the darn thing won't lock on, so you can't fire. It's not new and I had occasionally come across it previously, but it seems much more prevalent since the update last week. (Then again, it could just be because I normally don't use it much but have been doing so a lot the past few days trying to get GE challenges.) It renders the launcher pretty useless.
I tried changing load outs, but the only thing I have found so far that corects it is logging out and back in again.
Funny (but true) story: my son had the idea of a background story for my agent where he was vacationing in the Bahamas, snorkeling around the reefs when "the call" came in and his watch turned orange.
Being the ultra-dedicated agent he is, he threw on the shorts and sandals laying on his beach towel and hopped the nearest plane to deploy; too busy to even notice his mask and snorkel is still on, or that he's still clothed in beachwear.
Hence, you'll notice the entire outfit geared to match that idea.
So I was standing just outside a checkpoint looking at the map, deciding what landmark to hit first. A player walks out of same checkpoint, looks at me, drops a stinger hive and runs around the corner, out of reach of the auto-turrets, then turns rogue. Admittedly I wasn't expecting any of this so was totally taken down by his hive.
I re-spawned, stepped out again and typed in the DZ chat "that was the lamest attack I've seen tonight!"
He replied "I had to get my revenge for when you killed me last week."
I was rather taken aback; I mean who even remembers stuff like that? Win or lose, 30 seconds later it's over and forgotten for me - it's just a stupid video game after all. This guy (kid?) had been clearly nursing a grudge toward me for days, and I honestly couldn't say I even remembered killing him.
I think these are the kinds of sad-sack cases that get a lot of anger and venting on these forums. I suspect the kids were bullied a lot in school and maybe this is their "release"? Problem is, nursing a grudge over a silly video game loss really speaks ill of said person's state.
Any way, I thought it was actually funny. I ended by telling him "Here's a suggestion: get a life and you won't worry or care about me killing you in a video game."
@darth_potat0 LOL, yeah. Going back to Div 1 it's a hit-or-miss thing. There have been times I met mostly friendly agents, farming landmarks like crazy. Then you have the nonsense like I described above, or four-man teams roaming around looking for solo players to "bully."
For the latter I found the best thing to peeve them is to respawn on the other side of the DZ, taunt them incessantly, then when they get angry say "come and find me!" Then I step back into the CP and FT to another DZ altogether.
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@adrian-11 It's sort of a "crap shoot." There's been times it was hot, then I moved to another DZ and that one was dead. Or, it was hopping, but almost all friendlies who were also farming.
Hard to really say when a good time is. Give it a shot, if all three are loaded with players looking for easy kills, log out and come back an hour later. Or another day, etc.
@x0nemanarmyx The DZ my friend. You level up crazy fast and get multiple tactical assessments on every landmark clear.
About the only thing it doesn't help much with are the faction-specific assessments. That's what I usually end up being short, then have to craft bundles of them using other resources.
@latenitedelight I don't [currently] have a good rolled Grupo - they all have at least one useless attribute.
I do have a max rolled Sokolov (max weapon damage, CHC and CHD), and it does indeed bring my direct damage up more, but I lose 12% CHD and over 2M armor.
Hmm, decisions, decisions. I may give both a try. With the Sokolov I see crazy-high damage, but not better survival rate than before. With Improvised less (but still high) damage, but crazy-high armor.
I am still working out a viable "hybrid" DZ build that does crazy NPC damage, and while not exactly a PvP build per se, offers some small measure of "emergency PvP" viability for when I am attacked.
My favorite farming combo is 4-pc HF with Ridgeway and a backpack that has 15% CHD as 1-pc bonus, max CHC, CHD and Armor Regen, and Wicked on talent. I wanted to get to a state where no single talent or skill is unused (the Armor Regen is useless in the DZ), and got real lucky when a god-roll backpack dropped in the DZ that had +5% armor (1-pc set bonus), max armor, max CHC and max CHD attributes. Only the talent sucked, so I rolled that to Wicked. This brought my armor up to 1.8M with only a small loss in CHD, but my conundrum is on the 4th HF piece. From what I can see it appears the 4-pc bonus is heavily degraded in the DZ. The NPC confuse barely lasts two seconds, and I see no effect at all on the occasional PvP.
So I also have a god rolled Improvised Holster that has max armor, CHC and CHD, and swapping that out for one of the HFs loses the 4-pc bonus, but brings my CHC to exactly 60% (not a single wasted percent), and my CHD higher than before at 157% (it also adds a mod slot that the HF holster didn't have). I still have the +15% damage on SMG and shotgun, and the 20% armor on kill, which are awesome in Heroic landmarks. So an actual "damage monster" and really high armor too. Only the MPX has one wasted attribute (Accuracy, which I wish I could swap for Damage to Armor).
So anyway, what would you do with that holster: 4th pieces of HF, or an improvised holster with max armor, CHC, CHD plus another slot (for a CHD mod)? I plan on playing with this for a bit to see how it goes, but curious if anyone else already went through the decision process.