The Division 2 takes us away from the wintery New York setting and puts us in Washington DC. The game is a co-op shooter, like the first game, but with a heavy sprinkling of loot. On the surface, not much has changed, however, The Division 2 is much more refined.
You take on the role of a Division agent who heads to Washington DC after receiving a distress call. From there, you start liberating the city block by block by eliminating all the baddies you find, helping all the settlements along the way, and helping people out with stuff in general. The game doesn’t really force you to follow the main questline, you’re free to take your time with it, pursue all the side quests you find and just roam around. The story wasn’t really the focus, it was pretty meh to be honest. What kept us coming back was the combat.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a third person shooter that’s been genuinely fun to play. There’s a nice layer of challenge, the enemy AI aren’t completely brain-dead and actually attempt to flank you and react to your decisions. There are special enemies who you have to deal with differently, in certain ‘boss’ fights for example, the enemy is heavily armoured and you have to peel away the armor with bullets first before being able to defeat them. Shotgunners will rush you and attempt to get close, gatling gunners will rain bullets on you, making it hard to get out of cover. Medics who revive fallen teammates will actually back off to cover if you’re firing at them. It’s not just mindless gunning down, you’ve to put some thought into it. It doesn’t become too frustrating though, it stops just short of overwhelming, they’ve found a good balance here.
There’s a variety of weapons that you can choose from, different types, be it SMGs, assault rifles, snipers, you can decide how you want to play. In addition to this, you’ve got eight special abilities to choose from, of which you can equip two. You’ve got some variety here too; seeker mines, deployable turrets, a shield, and a deployable drone that follows you around, to name a few. Each of these abilities has different mods, which you can unlock over the course of the game to give them more utility or oomph.
One thing we felt we should point out here is that there was an issue during launch with deployables, such as the drone and turret, which would do nothing and disappear and the ability would go on cooldown soon after. This apparently wasn’t an issue during the beta, but became one when the number of people playing the game increased. Massive and Ubisoft have already fixed this issue, and they did it pretty fast. So if you’re wondering if the game is being supported and maintained, for the time being, it is.
Compared to the previous Division game, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has soo much more loot. The quest to get the right shiny with the right stats is always on. You might think you found the right item but then there could be something better around the corner, so you better go check. One of the good things about the game is that you can change and equip on the move, you don’t need to return to a base in order to do so. This is a Ubisoft game, so ( again) in typical Ubisoft fashion, you’ve got microtransactions in the game, however, you can only purchase premium credits to buy cosmetic items.
The game takes place in Washington DC and you’ve got a map of the city and it’s littered with stuff to do. There are plenty of side quests, tasks, and settlements to help out which ‘evolve’ as you help them out more, getting fancier as you eradicate baddie factions around them. Tasks include things like control points, which you can free from the baddies, there’s safe houses to be uncovered, escort missions and more. Most of these side quests and tasks will reward you with SHD tech, which is the currency you’ll need to upgrade abilities. We still haven’t tackled everything the game has to offer, including the Dark Zone PvP.
The Division 2 looks stunning. The attention to detail in the ravaged version of Washington DC that you’re playing in is top-notch. Our 1060 couldn’t handle it at high settings and we had to drop our settings to get a stable 60 fps. Even then there were moments where our frames would drop. This is quite a heavy game, and would best be enjoyed on a heavy duty rig.
Back to the visuals, the game looks great, you’ll come across several famous monuments which have been affected by the aftereffects of the plague. Your base of operations is the White House. It definitely looks the part. The game is pretty much a post-apocalyptic virtual tour of Washington DC, although, it’s not as recognisable in its dilapidated state, at least not as recognisable as New York was in the first game.
The Division 2 – Verdict
Developer – Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft Reflections
Publisher – Ubisoft
Platforms – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Played on – Microsoft Windows
Price – Rs. 2499
The Division 2 is a good co-op looter shooter. Even after hours in the game combat feels. The main story itself is lame, but some of the gunfights it brings about are very fun, including most boss fights. Everything else you can do, such as side quests and tasks are also quite enjoyable. Then there’s the loot, there’s so much looting to do, and you might spend hours setting yourself up with just the right setup only to find something better. This drive for better loot including the fun combat will keep you going for hours, even if it’s just mindless running and gunning. But like we mentioned above, not too mindless that it gets boring, and not too overwhelming that you get frustrated and stop playing. If you enjoy co-op shooters, The Division 2 is worth picking up. If you weren’t a fan of the first game, or don’t enjoy games like it in general, this is more of the same, albeit, much superior. You might probably want to stay away.
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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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