Moving up in level (EGO 400 is close) without progressing the main quest. Not sure what repercussions will come from that if the next episode (due 4/15 or so) requires I get past the barrier near the Golden Gate Bridge. I guess I'll find out.
Can't drive the ATV well enough to get a fast-enough time to get a Silver medal, let alone the Gold, in the first time trial. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_46chXoH1s
shows someone making their way through the gates with zero problems. I try to change direction from gate to gate and swerve all OVER the place. Trying to stay on-course AND boost at the same time is not happening for me. I did get Bronze once, though. I'm following the guy's advice about upgrading my ATV (runner) skill by driving around, and will get back to it soon.
Annoyance with the terrain is turning to hatred. To get to some of the arkfalls quickly, I fast-travel as close as possible then drive. Well, I found a mine location or something with no obvious door that looks like you fight your way in, then get let out after you complete the mission. The hills are steep, so I fell in and had to fast-travel back to where I started and try an alternate route. Just miserable. Luckily, once you start on a major arkfall (bunch of little battles culmination in a big one) you get rewards even if you are late getting to each location. Several times, I got there just as it ended, but never lost out on decent XP at the end. I think I killed the 'boss' at the end of one of them, since 10,000 XP popped up as it died, followed by the regular reward of 6,000. I've been conserving my assault rifle ammo for that situation and it's been working out well.
My purple weapons are OK. Nothing orange located yet. People say "Buy the boxes at the store, we've gotten orange there." Well, I have seem only a few purples after a BUNCH of boxes and am still waiting for an orange. If ANYTHING about Defiance reminds me of Borderlands 2, it's the scarcity of orange. People complain that they get an orange and it sucks compared to some yellow weapon they've had for a long time, but I'd like to find out for myself. At EGO 500 (about 100 from now) I plan to open the two boxes provided as a bonus (pre-order or code entry) and see what I get. Some yellow weapons are DARN good, but purple and better have special features that would be NICE to have. For example, the assault rifle I got at the end of the Episode 1 mission has a 15% grenade refresh on a kill. Trick is, if I use a grenade and kill 3 mutants with it while holding the AR, the 15% magic kicks in anyway and the grenade (normally 30 seconds to recharge) is instantly half-restored. I guess killing 6 at once would mean tossing another grenade instantly. They might fix this later, just as the Borderlands 2 people fixed things they shouldn't have, but that's the way it goes...