Yep…Still in Velia; Times Scare.
Holy hannah. Not only was that a decently long mission, but the end fight took us a good…mmmm….45 minutes or so? Several purples and yellows, and a whole stack of snipers in a place with no good cover resulted in a hell of a fight. Thankfully, we had prepared ahead of time (by accident) with some remote revive abilities which allowed us to help those who were unreachable on foot.
As much as it was a PITA at the time, it’s these one-off situations that make games worthwhile. Not just for the teamwork, but for the struggle and triumph at the end.
As an aside, I’m seeing a lot of people talking about “catching up” in terms of levels. The term “catching up” sounds to me like someone is harboring a feeling of being left behind, like there’s a tour group that’s getting all the info that the laggards are going to miss out on. As far as The Division is concerned, the only thing you get to reach at the end of your self-imposed sprint to 30 is the DZ, and for some people that’s the whole reason they play. But otherwise I don’t personally feel a need to “catch up” to anyone or for any reason. My view is that the season pass content is still a ways away, so worrying about the speed through which I’m consuming the current content is self-defeating. In the case of Destiny, I stopped playing in between content releases and when I went back to play the new stuff, I wasn’t sure I wanted to. I’d moved on to other things and Destiny wasn’t on my radar with the same fervor it had been.
I’m only level 12 on the XB1, and level 8 or 9 on PC, and I’m OK with that. I spend XB1 time sometimes just logging in to collect resources and dealing with random mobs. In a way, it’s like how I’m approaching BDO: slow and methodical. I’m OK with not moving forward in certain ways, since I feel that there’s other ways I can move ahead (CP and cash in BDO, collecting resources and randomly dicking around in TD). It’s a kind of surreal place to be, mentally, since usually I do feel left behind, and sadder for it, in the games I play alongside other folks. This time, not so much. I’m OK if folks are blowing by me.