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  • Summary: Tom Clancy's The Division has players assume the role of Division agents in which they find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a manmade virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it.
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  • Developer: Massive Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Shooter, Modern, Modern, Action, Shooter, Third-Person, Tactical, Arcade
  • # of players: Up to 24
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 64
  2. Negative: 1 out of 64
  1. Mar 11, 2016
    100
    There's no getting away from the fact The Division is the best open-world that Ubisoft has ever created, while the gameplay is consistently entertaining and cohesive. The deep RPG elements and tactical gunplay just add to that. Plus, the fact you can get so much enjoyment out of being a solo player, with that experience heightened by buddying up, is quite a feat.
  2. 90
    Taken out of the context of a tumultuous build-up and away from the weight of expectation, this game is a sheer triumph. It takes a simple third-person shooter and packs impressive RPG and multiplayer elements into the mix, with the end result being simply fantastic. Miss this game at your own peril.
  3. Mar 23, 2016
    90
    Tom Clancy’s The Division is almost everything that was advertised in 2013. While the visuals have certainly been pulled back a bit, probably because of hardware limitations, the gameplay has been delivered as promised.
  4. Mar 8, 2016
    80
    A lot of The Division’s future success is contingent on effective post-launch support. There is a season pass that will stretch the game throughout 2016 accompanied with regular free updates and tweaks as well. Like Destiny and Bungie, how Ubisoft responds to player feedback on evolving the game from what it is on launch will be crucial. The Dark Zone is a nice start, but if that’s all The Division’s endgame is ever going to be, it will eventually get dull like the campaign experience did by the end.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 7, 2016
    80
    It won't win converts to the genre and the plot is problematic, but The Division is a handsome open-world offering, spiked with treachery. [May 2016, p.81]
  6. Mar 16, 2016
    80
    For a game built around the shallow need for incremental improvements, there is a surprising amount of depth when you dig into character and gear statistic tweaking, too, which only makes the tight squad action of the minute-to-minute gameplay even stronger.
  7. Mar 29, 2016
    42
    Acknowledging its major flaws and noteworthy highlights, the whole of The Division is an average shooting game with online elements, loot progression, and some bugs.

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  1. Mar 8, 2016
    10
    I can't believe it has been 3 years already. This game is a blast! I can't believe all the different styles of games they fit into one. TheI can't believe it has been 3 years already. This game is a blast! I can't believe all the different styles of games they fit into one. The guns are awesome, the graphics are awesome, the coop is amazing! Just a great game. Well done Massive! Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2016
    10
    The game is a perfect combination between MMO, RPG, and Shooter. There is a huge amount of content before you become level 30, the maximumThe game is a perfect combination between MMO, RPG, and Shooter. There is a huge amount of content before you become level 30, the maximum level on the normal map(in the dark zone the maximum is level 99). After you become level 30, the game offers even more content, as you get daily and weekly assignments, you can replay all missions on hard and challenging to earn phoenix credits, division techs, high-end items, etc.You can play in higher dark zones, and you are able to make the brand new incursions. Not to mention the graphics and the enthralling setting the game gets you in... Expand
  3. Mar 8, 2016
    9
    Unlike those just marking a negative review and leaving no details as to why they have done so I will list you readers why I have marked thisUnlike those just marking a negative review and leaving no details as to why they have done so I will list you readers why I have marked this game a 9.

    I fell for the destiny hype, it wasn't even that the story lacked but the replayability to earn new gear to bring into multiplayer bored me.

    Thankfully, ubisoft have in no way hyped this game to the same level as Bungie did for Destiny. I have played several hours of this game so far and I can honestly say its worth its money.

    The graphics are great, unlike the linear levels of destiny I am in New York with many a pathway to my objective. I can run into random events or decide to follow a side mission instead of the one I originally chose. I can find a random apartment block that has intel inside of back history and new gear hidden in its rooms. The skyline looks beautiful and I really do feel like I am in the game at times.

    Weapons/Customisation - Brilliant. Such a variety that I can loot or buy and customise. I grew bored of Star Wars Battlefront for its lack of cusomisation. One thing that keeps me playing a multiplayer is changing aspects of my weapon to take a different approach. All of these cusomisations as expected effect the gun you are choosing and also change its look. A big thing to touch on is obviously the perks/attributes/talents. I have only started exploring this area but again the variety of choice I have read into is great. Want to heal your team singplayer or multiplayer then explore the medic side....want to be badass and take a shield with a pistal to flank the enemy then go right ahead. These are just the firs two perks for me - many more exist and can be altered to again change your approach. Not only this but the constant look of gear to change what my character wears is an added bonus.

    Story wise I haven't came across anything worthy of an award but that does not mean its sh*t either. I helped rescue a friends lost sister and defeated a group of maniacs trying to storm the bridge. What I did find cool was that after completing one of these missions I was shown a feed from a police car camera that showed them being murdered by a massive group of bad F%@Ks and it was marked on my map to investigate.

    I havent even touched into the darkzone yet but I did play the BETA and it convinced me to buy this game. I grouped up with two random guys for over an hour and tried taking on other groups in the streets of new york. Not only this but I knew at any point I could turn on one of them to steal their loot or just pick on a random guy who had spawned into the city. For me on a console I have never played a multiplayer that offers that choice. For example I did go rogue and stole a guys hard earned goods however how do we know he hadnt turned rogue to earn them himself? Also the tension as I waited for the helicopter to escort my goods out was brilliant. I kept thinking who else is going to try and take what I stole from him or is he going to come back to get me. As well as this I remember going rogue to a high level and having all players in that area designated to hunt me down and it truely did result in a great experience. The variety and replayability factors are all there so get the game.
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  4. Mar 15, 2016
    8
    Fantastic Door Closing Simulator with Guns!

    Updated from my previous review. After many router issues - finally got this game working.
    Fantastic Door Closing Simulator with Guns!

    Updated from my previous review.

    After many router issues - finally got this game working. (UbiSupport still hasn't responded. So, side note that.)

    The game is a Team-Based Rainbow 6 Cover RPG. It's all about finding gear, building up your stats and skills, finding new gear, staying behind a wall while unloading on enemies, and joking around about it with friends.

    Multiple avenues in each mission for tactics. Spoken dialogue paints the scene and provides insight. Each mission is more or less a arena mode while waiting for waves of enemies to rush you - so if that's your thing more power to you. (I personally enjoy it.)

    The "Open World" and "MMO" portions of the game are totally bland. Never see other teams or people wandering around (unless you're in the PvEvP areas.) NPC dialogue is recycled - a lot. Tons of collectibles all over the place (because Ubisoft games LOVE collectibles and radio towers.)

    And you can shut car doors. Cause when the world goes to hell, everyone leaves their door slightly ajar.
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  5. Nov 24, 2017
    7
    I got a real good time with the game, it was fun as hell, but only with the season pass, it you dont have it, it would suck, ubisoft wasted aI got a real good time with the game, it was fun as hell, but only with the season pass, it you dont have it, it would suck, ubisoft wasted a good idea here Expand
  6. Apr 28, 2016
    5
    This review is based on my experiences after playing the game daily since march and it's worth mentioning my review depends much on the endThis review is based on my experiences after playing the game daily since march and it's worth mentioning my review depends much on the end game, which in all fairness should be included in the summed up version of any review.

    In its current state The Division is not a solid game. It lacks most of the things I am looking for in a game, such as a story that's alive and gets you hooked up on "what is going to happen next" and "oh, that's some interesting turn around". I mean, the back story of the game is really intriguing but there's no actual follow up on the post apocalyptic, dystopian story in the game and you never really get any feeling of being in this chaos except from the fact that New York are all abandoned after the pandemic spred via dollar bills during black friday. (How many people actually pays with bills anymore?). According to the size of the map the dev's could've done so much more. Instead the game concentrates on Dark Zone, which is approximately 1/5 of the map. Everything outside is dead. There's no reason going around free roaming after you've done the side missions that don't reward you more than some new specs and perks from the Base of Operations. It also lacks interesting characters, such as rememberable enemies, allies and/or missions. Your own character is just like everybody else.

    The loot are not rewarding and nor is the crafting system. All of it reminds me of climbing a mountain that just grows larger and larger. Of all you manage to achieve there's always something new that you need to do before you get what you're looking for. Some gamers may like this type of gaming but most of the other RPG games out there are more rewarding. The Division is like a wank without any pay off.

    But the game has a lot of potential. I really enjoyed when I met some bosses walking around outside Dark Zone. More of that! Give the map outside Dark Zone some life. There's tons of interesting places and appartments, parking lots and construction sites where they can make something happen.

    And speaking of Dark Zone. I've heard much about the Dark Zone and mostly it's pretty negative things like the loot suck and there's a lot of griefing in there that go rogue on you etc. But when I look at Dark Zone it reminds me of the time when it was snow outside and you walked to school and you knew it will be a snowball fight on the football pitch during the breaks. Anyone entering the pitch knew about the rules. You get some and you loose some - you consent to the rules. Don't think you can go in and just mangle down anyone without reprisals. And if you get mangled down you don't go running to the teacher with tears in your eyes and pointing down the pitch and say there's a quartet of griefers that threw snow in your face. Take the Dark Zone for what it is. The loot could've been better though. For even with a Scavenging over a 100% there's only slim chances that you get rewarded with any decent loot.

    There's two types of gameplays I hate: anything where time is ticking down and the other one is waves. It's not very refreshing, it's not very pioneering and it's just boring. The new Incursion Falcon Lost are a wave based game mode and it's a challenge. The worst thing with this is that you only get rewards once a week. However you can collect two rewards after complete both the Hard mode and the Challenging mode.
    These modes have a recommended gear score level at 140 for Hard and 160 for Challenging. But after the first week gamers already glitched their way to top gear score even though they didn't complete the mission the regular way. This lead to heavy problems since the glitched out mega super players with high gear score tried to matchmake players with higher gear scores so they should have a chance of beating the level the normal way. So if you had a gear score of 150 you got kicked out. I can honestly say that the best players I've played with have had gear scores around 150 and not 210+. Luckily this issue have been fixed. But there's still too many issues of matchmaking in the game. I don't know how many times I experienced missions that don't load and you get to load another one, and another one, and another one.

    The game is broken in so many areas. PC gamers have serious issues with hackers and all of the platforms (Xbox, PS4 and PC) suffer from all the players that cheat through missions with all of the glitches. Massive and Ubisoft have however tried to sort things out, but there's only more glitches coming.
    I've been playing it daily since march 15 and now time has taking its toll. My final judgement regarding this game is that it is not a complete game in its current state. However, I hope that Massive and Ubisoft listens to the critics and make it better. More things to do outside Dark Zone, refine the loot and crafting system and makes sure to address the other issues regarding cheating players and hackers.

    Unfortunately this isn't the first time Ubisoft comes out with a so so game...
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  7. Jan 1, 2017
    0
    So I waited a while before giving this game a punt. Now all I have to do is wait a week or two before all the updates seep through thisSo I waited a while before giving this game a punt. Now all I have to do is wait a week or two before all the updates seep through this countries sad communications infrastructure. Perhaps Unbsoft should put out a tutorial for the best way to download quickly? Meanwhile, I'm looking at +99 hrs Expand

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