The Division is easily Ubisoft’s biggest game. Having smashed the record of Destiny’s New IP launch day sales and still climbing, the game is looking good to consumers. The game itself is a third person shooter. Not your typical Halo or Call of Duty, it plays more similarly to Gears of War with the run and cover system but once in cover that’s where it changes. The game is set in New York City, Manhattan to be more precise. A virus similar to smallpox but, much stronger, has been spread across the world at different large cities through money causing death and chaos across the globe. Manhattan is being overrun by rioters, Cleaners, Rikers, and the Last Man Battalion, the latter being the hardest group to take down. There’s a lot to breakdown to really be able to tell if this game will be amazing or a total flop so lets dig in.
The game is definitely meant to be played with a group of friends. I have managed to make it through plenty of missions on my own, but having some people to talk to and enjoy the game with really does help any experience. Especially since a lot of the voice acting gets repeated and you will find yourself growing tired of hearing it in a long session of gaming. The good news is that The Division have managed to make a great system of being able to join into a group and leave easily. The group manager is one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. The fact that I can leave my group and kill my own friends in The Dark Zone is a huge plus in my opinion because it just allows for more freedom than other games are willing to provide. I was easily impressed with the smoothness of the gameplay provided in The Division with working together with your group. An issue that this can cause however is having different people of different level. If they are a higher level than you are it will take the mission’s enemies you are facing to their level. Say they are level 30 and you are still trucking along around 15. This can cause some serious issues and I hope they can resolve this in a good way at some point. The AI in this game are a bit too good in some cases. If you can’t see them through a snowstorm they can still see you somehow and snipe/shoot at you with almost no issue at all. I believe this needs to be resolved because it creates an unfair advantage for them.
Another aspect of gameplay is The Dark Zone. The Dark Zone is a pvp enabled area where you can find great loot and have to extract it out via helicopter in certain extraction zones. With that being said there are a lot of interesting things that can happen within the Dark Zone because of this. It is absolutely a love hate relationship for me and this part of the game. I am normally a lone wolf type of person, although when its vs two or more a lot can happen. Especially when the other group is not rogue at the time so they seem friendly. I quickly realized that in The Division you can not trust anyone. If that helicopter is coming and you have not extracted your gear you need to be on high alert. The Dark Zone items that you have not extracted do drop for other players to pickup. That being said it is one of the best and worst things of the dark zone. I have lost a lot of stuff that would have helped me but I have also gained a lot of stuff for killing other players. It is absolutely better to go into the Dark Zone with a group. A group that you can trust. Anyone can leave your group and go rogue to kill each other to gain their loot. You can lose a lot of friends quickly here. The Dark Zone has enemy AI running around and treasure to find as well in locked chest so there is more than just PVP here which is what keeps me coming back. I personally enjoy the Dark Zone a lot.