The Division 2 Review

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Introduction

Set up in Washington DC, in contrast to the prequel that was staged in the wintry New York, The Division 2 is a co-op shooter and involves plenty of loot. Apparently, things are the same. However, the sequel of this unique game seems quite polished.

Storyline

The player gets to play a Division agent who makes his way to Washington DC after receiving a distress call. Then the player goes onto rescuing the city from all the bad guys that come their way, providing help to all the neighborhoods and assisting people with all the general stuff as well. There is no stringent quest-line to be followed as the player gets to take as much time as desired while indulging in all the side attractions and roaming around. The storyline is not the primary focus and is quite ordinary to be realistic. It was the combat that really made us crazy.

Gameplay

It is not easy in the modern era to come up with an enthralling third person shooter but the The Division 2 promises to offer tons of entertainment on this front. The veneer of challenges is quite fascinating, the enemy AI is pretty formidable and endeavor to sideline you and proactively respond to the player’s decisions. There are certain enemies that need to be dealt with in a particular manner. For instance, in certain boss combats, the enemy is clad in a heavy armor and the player needs to get rid of the armor with the bullets first before getting to strike the fatal blow.

Shotgunners hurry onto the player and try to get close to them which makes it difficult to shield oneself from the barrage of bullets. Medical personnel who provide medical care to your injured teammates take a cover if you are firing at them. It is not chaotic fights only as the player needs to apply his mind to the entire situation. Nevertheless, it does not get obfuscating and overpower you. So, the developers have succeeded in striking the appropriate balance.The player gets to choose from a wide array of weapons including the SMGs, assault rifles and snipers. There are eight special abilities available on the platter and the player can choose up to two of them simultaneously. These include seeker mines, deployable turrets, a shield and a drone that follows you around. Each of these abilities has varying modes which can be unlocked as the game moves on to reap more dividends from them.

It is pertinent to note here that there was an issue at the launch with the deployable turret and drone which would do nothing but vanish in thin air and the ability would get expunged right after. The beta version did not have this glitch but was observed in the game subsequently when the number of people playing the game increased. The glitch has already been fixed by Massive and Ubisoft in an expeditious manner. So, yes, the game is certainly being looked after by the developers at the moment at least.

Loot

There is plenty of loot in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, far higher, than in contrast to the previous part. You may think that you have latched onto the right item but then again there could be something more worthwhile to get your hands on, so you better keep a close eye at things. What is really exceptional about the game is that you can change and get geared up on the move and there is no need to return to your basecamp to do so. As with other Ubisoft games, there are microtransactions but you will have to cosmetic items only through premium credits.

Activities

The game has been set up in Washington DC. The player gets a map of the city which is underscored with all the stuff that has to be accomplished. There are tons of side quests, missions and neighborhoods to help out which get developed with the passage of time as you get rid of the bad guys. Missions include stuff such as control points, which you can liberate from the bad guys, uncovering safe houses, escorting tasks and plenty of others. You will get access to SHD tech through most of these side quests which is the ingame currency that will be needed to bolster your abilities. We are yet to unearth all the secrets of the game including the Dark Zone PvP.

Graphics

On the graphics front, The Division 2 is a remarkable piece of art. The player is playing in a devastated Washington DC and the detailing is absolutely exquisite. It could not be managed by our 1060 at high settings and we had to drop our settings to get a stable 60 frames per second frame rate. Even then, there were times when our frames dropped. This is quite a bulky game and can be enjoyed to the fullest on a really heavy machine.The game looks stunning as far as the visuals are concerned.

The player encounters numerous monumental buildings that have been ravaged after the plague. The base of operations is the White House and the attention to detail will blow your mind away. The Division 2 is really a virtual itinerary of the Washington DC demolished by a catastrophe. However, it is not as recognizable in its threadbare shape in contrast to New York wherein the previous part of the game had been set up.

Conclusion

Developer: Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft Reflections
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Played on: Microsoft Windows
Price: Rs. 2499

The Division 2, on the whole, is an interesting co-op looter shooter. There is nothing much to talk about the storyline but the combats are quite engaging alongwith the boss fights. The side quests and missions are fascinating as well. The player can loot so much stuff and even spend hours to find the right kind of gear. The urge to find better loot and the gunfights will keep you glued to the screen for hours even if you do nothing but roam about. Having said that, it does not get overwhelming mindless to frustrate you and make you run away from the game. The Division 2 is a piece of cake for the lovers of co-op shooters. If you are not much of an enthusiast for games of this genre, it is a game pretty much similar to its first part but way better in quality. Those not into this category of video games are advised to stay away.

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