Yesterday, I posted my first impressions of The Division 2’s new Warlords of New York growth, which I deem competent and enjoyable, if not considerably unremarkable. Since I wrote that, I’ve gone on to beat all the mini-campaign in Lower Manhattan and have began enjoying round with a few of its endgame parts that I hadn’t touched but.
Some stuff appears fairly simple, just like the “badass rank” system of Keener’s watch that offers you tiny stat boosts as you grind out “paragon levels.” If you possibly can’t inform, it’s a system we just about have seen in Borderlands and Diablo earlier than.
But the star of the present is none aside from the brand new expertise and stat extraction system that has been built-in into the recalibration bench.
Yes, part of that is the Horadric Cube from Diablo, the place you could possibly peel out legendary perks from gear and use them in your construct outdoors of the objects, however The Division 2’s stab at this idea goes fairly a bit deeper.
The whole idea revolves round banking not simply abilities, but additionally stat rolls on weapons and armor. So sure, you possibly can construct up a group of abilities which you can pull from at will and put them in your present construct, which is sort of cool, and what I assumed the primary thrust of this was going to be.
But it’s the stat roll portion of this I discover much more spectacular. Every drop normally comes with “main stats” and “additional stats,” and people drop inside a min-max vary.
In a standard recreation, you’d be farming for god roll stats in no matter class you have been in search of, however be out of luck when you hit say, one nice stat out of 5, however the others have been unhealthy or ones you didn’t need.
The new extraction system fixes this drawback, and in addition creates a brand new type of assortment chase that the sport didn’t have beforehand. You begin out with zero stats extracted, however when you hit 40 and higher drops begin coming, you possibly can pull out the X% injury or resistance or +armor stats from any drop you get and put them within the “bank.”
For occasion, you would possibly get a chest armor that drops with +50,000 armor, and because it’s your first one, you dismantle the merchandise and extract that 50,000. But the sport informs you that the max that piece of armor can get is +170,000, and also you notice that’s the god roll you’re looking. In the long run, when you do see a drop that’s absolutely the max, you could have the selection of utilizing that gear, or extracting that +170,000 and making use of it to gear that’s the correct model or has different good rolls you want.
In simply in the future, I’ve already discovered a couple of “almost” god rolls, like gloves which have +9.5% crit when absolutely the max is +10%. The level of this technique is that it makes just about each excessive finish or set gear drop probably helpful as a result of even when it’s not an ideal god roll itself throughout all its abilities and stats, all it must have is one actually good stat to make it a helpful discover. The recreation additionally has little arrows that present you precisely how excessive you’ve extracted a sure stat, so you recognize immediately if a drop is healthier or worse than what you have already got in your financial institution.
The system encourages you to construct up a financial institution of all of the max stats you could find, turning right into a reasonably superior assortment recreation. And the higher stats and abilities you could have banked, the extra you possibly can mix them to make the perfect builds within the recreation, and that is probably the most customizable The Division 2 has ever been.
It’s simple to see how points of this technique could possibly be probably fascinating for different video games (I’ll have an entire article on how Destiny may use an identical system sooner or later), however for now, it’s working very well for The Division, and whereas I assumed I used to be going to set the sport down after the marketing campaign, now I discover myself eager to hunt some excessive stat rolls for a very good whereas longer.
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