The Division Beta: Afterthoughts

Hello all! You may have heard about The Division, a game in development by Ubisoft. Last weekend Ubisoft opened its doors to players for it’s closed beta. Access to the beta was given if you pre-ordered the game (PC, Xbox, PS4). Nvidia and Ubisoft also partnered up to give out more keys to allow more players into the beta.

The Division

Within the beta you had access to a few story missions and some free-form missions and bounties as well as a large chunk of area to explore. They also gave you access to the Dark Zone. This is where the big draw is for the game. In this area PvP (player verses player) is enabled unlike in the regular zone. This is also where the “best” gear is located. I use best loosely because most of the gear I encountered wasn’t much better than what I encountered in the regular zone.

Ubisoft claims this is where players will spend most of their time. I went in there with a couple of friends who also managed to get into the beta and it can get pretty sweaty when you have contaminated gear that needs to be extracted. Which brings me to my next point, any gear you acquire within the Dark Zone must be extracted via Extraction Zones. There is a 1:30 timer once you launch a flare signalling everyone in the area to which they can kill you and take your gear or join you in extracting their gear. Keep in mind tho’, there are only 4 spaces per extraction.

All in all this was a pretty good beta. Minimal bugs and network issues made for an enjoyable time. Ubisoft also has an open beta slated for sometime mid February, so keep an eye out for that. I’ll most likely do a more in-depth review after that or when the game officially launches.

Is that a gun in your pocket? or are you just happy to see me…

Man oh man! If I could shake the hands of all you bastards I surely would. You’ve asked, questioned, demanded and if I could rack up seventeen pennies for each time I’ve been harassed about what the deal with me blogging again for Strawberry Scented Burnout, I wouldn’t be a rich man, but I’d probably have enough for a decent sized burrito…ANYWAY

 

If you’re like me, you probably wish they made pants that accommodate your bulky wallets, phones, keys, and everyday essentials without looking like early 2000 Gap brand cargo pants/capri shorts…Yeah carrying all that stuff in your pockets could get pretty anoying but guys that carry heat(guns) have a different problem. If you’re a gun owners that live in the states and worry about carrying your heaters in public. The Woolrich Elite Concealed Carry Chino offers the discreation you’re looking for.

These pants come in Black and Khaki and were were designed to look like a normal pair of chinos, but they offer an extra feature for your gun. The pants are constructed with a hidden chamber wich is accessible through an invisible zipper. It also has 2 spots for you to hold your knifes…just in case you carry those too, you psycho.

Upotte!! The sisterhood of the traveling stock.

This isn't Call of Duty anymore.

Japan’s got a history of anthropomorphizing stuff.  Some call it moéfication.  What this means is that they’re pretty damn good at turning inanimate objects into….cute girls.  They’ve done it again.  This is “Upotte!!”, an anime about cute gun girls doing cute things.

The United Colors of Benetton

Upotte!! is the story of 4 girls who go through life together and share many experiences and joys as they go through the throes of adolescence.   The 4 girls are students at Seishou Academy where they hope to become awesome assault rifles.  So yeah, totally like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Belgium's got a tradition of full of chocolate, Waffles, and firearms. Meet Funko.

This is Funko-chan.  She’s the main character of the series, and like your typical anime heroine, she’s cute, charming, and she wears a thong.  No, I’m not kidding you.

Switzerland, home of chocolates, watches, neutrality, and the SG550. Meet Sig-chan.

Sig-chan is a girl who excels in schoolwork, but is kind of a ditz.  You can’t be totally perfect, now can you?

As American as Apple Pie, Baseball, and the M-16. Meet Ichiroku.

Ichiroku-chan is your typical American.  She speaks in Kansai-ben, is loud, energetic, and works in bursts.  That’s due to her three-round burst feature.

The UK gave us Top Gear, Meat Pies, and the L85. Meet L.

L-chan doesn’t solve murders or have a freaky addiction to sweet food.  This girl is quiet, unassuming, and she’s got a big chest that Ichiroku loves to fondle.

I’ve seen the first episode and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised with what I’ve seen so far.  It doesn’t try too hard to do anything off the wall, it presents itself quite well.  Studio XEBEC has been known to do some wonky things here and there with their titles but things are looking quite solid.  So while the premise may be a little lacking for some, I do recommend giving this anime a once-over.  Especially if you’re a gun otaku.  The gun knowledge is there in spades.

And there’s a gallery if you wanna go through the first episode.

-Francis

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