I was not the biggest fan of the first Division game, but Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 certainly made it look like Ubisoft had learned from the issues that first game had. Please note that as I write this I have only managed to spend a few hours with the game so please keep that in mind and think of this review as a look at the first five hours or so.
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Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Review
I know it sounds bad to say this, but what really has surprised me about The Division 2 is how good it works. This is it is from Ubisoft so I thought that it was going to have problem after problem during this first month after release until they patched it, but that is not the case at all. Apart from a few clipping issues, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 works exactly as it should.
The game is set after the events of the first. This time though the action is taking place in a decimated Washington DC. Society has gone to hell, militias are taking over and you are part of an elite team that is there to bring control back to the nation’s capital. I actually liked the story and the Washington DC they have created looks fantastic and certainly makes you feel like all hell has broken loose here.
I would describe the gameplay of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 as a cover shooter. Most of the game is going to be about shooting gang members that need putting in their place. Thankfully the shooting mechanics are very, very nice. I love the way that the guns feel and there is a huge difference in the way something like a machine gun handles in comparison to a shotgun. By the way, I love how heavy and powerful the shotguns in this game feel.
You also have plenty of nifty gadgets that you can make use of. These are what the game uses as your skill upgrades and there are some pretty cool ones. The two that I liked best were the drone and the scanner. The scanner, in particular, gives you a real edge when it comes to taking down a group of bad guys.
There is actually a lot more to the game than just shooting people. You also have to do plenty of missions for people where you gather resources and there are missions that see you needing to save people. Not just regular people either, but key people who can play a role in the country getting back to some kind of normality.
One thing that is really fun is when you do a mission that has you having to storm a building or another settlement. This can be pretty tactically heavy and I know to some that may sound brutal, but I actually had a lot of fun with it. It is cool the way you have a group of four and you can have each member go to a different floor or location to try and do a coordinated attack.
While it is still early days, I do think that Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 so far looks really promising. Ubisoft does not have the best track records with launching their Triple-A games. The Division 2 though is running and running really well. It will be interesting to see if the game holds mine (and other players) interest in the coming month, but so far so good for The Division 2.
- The Washington DC setting looks really cool
- The backstory is actually quite interesting
- Seeing settlements grow as you do missions is good
- The gadgets you get are fun to use
- The game works really well
- Not sure if the later levels will turn into a grind fest
- Will it hold your attention for weeks on end?