The Division 2 Private Beta Impressions: The World
The Division 2 Private Beta has been out for 3 days and after exploring the game's post-apocalyptic depiction of Washington DC for about 10 hours it was necessary to dive deeper into its big city playground.
Now, The Division 2 is set 7 months after the first game's setting that means The Divison 2 offers a summer setting which is completely different from The Division's snow-filled NYC streets.
Shockingly though, Division 2 offers a very similar looking world when compared to its predecessor. The colour palette used is indeed very different in here featuring more green and yellow whereas the original boasted more of a blue and grey atmosphere.
The game also features some good vegetation and those areas really make up for most of the striking visuals the game has to offer. But other than that, everything looks vastly similar to the original. In fact, if you compare the game side by side with the original, its hard to notice any visual difference and that stands for both better and worse.
The building looks greatly similar except the big monumental areas DC boasts the game compels you to have a look at every time you pass it. But other than that everything looks very similar.
The character models during the cutscenes also look very bland and don't standout to warrant a 2019 title and the interface of the game is completely identical to the first part.
Visually what The Division 2 does best is make its environments really detailed. The streets are littered with garbage bags and wires. The flooded areas and overgrown bushes boast some really high texture visuals and when it rains, the water drops make up for interesting detail on the road's surface.
The game's incredible lighting effect especially the volumetric fog after a rainfall is worthy of a mention. These are the aspects where The Division 2 really shines, graphically speaking.
Overall, the game isn't much of an improvement when compared to its 2 years old predecessor except for the change in scenery and setting.
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