I’ve never been a huge fan of the Tom Clancy series. I’m pretty sure the last one I actively played was Rainbow 6 back on PS2. I’m not even sure which Rainbow six it was. I usually shy away from FPS games that are too rooted in reality. The basic weapons load out and typical story of a squad of forgettable characters on a government sanctioned mission to avert some kind of global threat was just never enough to hold my attention for long. The Division walks the thin line catering to players like myself who enjoy a little more fiction and fantasy with their gaming, and other players who like to stay grounded in realism. Set in New York of the not too distant future, 90% of the population has been wiped out by a weaponized virus. Society has collapsed and is on the edge of complete anarchy. You are a sleeper cell agent that is part of a top secret organization known as “The Division” who were put in place as a failsafe for situations just such as this one. You and your team are tasked with restoring order to the streets of New York by any means necessary.
The Division is a duck and cover squad based game. Meaning, if you stand out in the open shooting you will find yourself dead with the quickness. It’s better to rely on the taking cover and strategizing with your teammates on how to handle every situation. Taking advantage of the advanced weaponry provided to you by the division and outflanking your enemy is what will spell victory for you in all encounters. The AI is very impressive in this game. I can’t count how many times my team and I found ourselves pinned down after a sudden change in the enemies approach totally turned the tide in a fire fight. Weapon modification and skill perks are the icing on the cake that allows you to customize your character to fit your specific play style or to adjust to what your team needs in any given situation.
As you progress through the levels and grow in skills and abilities you will find that you move through the story fairly quickly. But, don’t worry the game has only begun when you reach the level cap of 30. The real fun begins when you go into the Dark Zone. A no mans land that is filled with overpowered enemies and extremely rare loot to be found. To add to all of this, In the Dark Zone Division agents can turn on each other and go rouge. If you are killed, you will drop all of your rare loot and it will be free game for any and every agent to claim for themselves. The only way to get your loot out of the dark zone is by helicopter extraction initiated by one of your team firing a flare into the air. This is the perfect time for any opportunistic players to try their hand against you and your squad to see if they can score some rare loot. So in short, be wary of random strangers while you’re in the Dark Zone.
All in all I really like this game. The firefights are intense and the loot system is very rewarding. The character customization is a little weak as far as facial features and hair choice. ESPECIALLY for black characters. I mean, c’mon guys. No black person is rocking corn rows in the year 2016 [except Kawhi Leondard, but that’s a whole ‘nother story]! You can do much better. However, they make up for the lack of choices in character customization with the sheer amount of clothes you will find. I can say that I have yet to see another character that looks exactly like mine. That’s saying a lot for an MMO. After a month of gameplay it hasn’t quite started to feel repetitive. Even with the short storyline and limited mission set the AI keeps the combat fresh and fun. For now. Luckily there will be updates in the future that will add to the games longevity.
Between the Dark Zone and the coming updates I’m sure this one is going to have me occupied for quite some time.
I give this one a 9 out of 10
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