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  • Summary: Tom Clancy's The Division has players assume the role of Division agents where they find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a man-made 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 16
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Mar 17, 2016
    92
    A successful TPS, RPG and online open word mix, with a balanced, spot-on gameplay and lots of details in a visually stunning - and packed full of dramatic stories - Manhattan. The Division offers something for any kind of player, be it a lone wolf, a co-op lover or a competitive gamer, with lots of things to do and great satisfactions due to the deep loot and character evolution system.
  2. Mar 15, 2016
    90
    Where many open-world games present large stretches of the map that are unremarkable filler, The Division is dense with tiny details that make every corner of the city interesting.
  3. Mar 11, 2016
    88
    The Division is a beautiful start for a project that will have to show in the next months it can convince players to keep playing it thanks to a constant flow of new contents for the end game. Only time will tell us if Ubisoft and Massive have done the perfect job.
  4. Mar 11, 2016
    80
    The Division offers a beautiful and realistic world which is greatly supported by fun and well-balanced gameplay with lots of variety in skills and weapons. But for now the game lacks high level content, making the experience a bit repetitive in the end.
  5. Apr 10, 2016
    80
    I would not say it’s the best shooter I’ve played on the Xbox One, nor is it a huge leap forward in video gaming as a whole, but I’ll be damned if I’m not having fun with it.
  6. Mar 15, 2016
    80
    If you can accept its myriad tonal inconsistencies and buy into the bullet-sponge combat, The Division is an intriguing social shooter that taps into the addictiveness of loot grinding in a novel setting.
  7. Mar 8, 2016
    65
    It's a squad-based game that just happens to take place in an open world, and that's basically it. I don't see Division lasting as long as other, similar games either months down the line, as it simply doesn't allow for anything on a raid-like level to truly hook in the dedicated crowd.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 145
  2. Negative: 27 out of 145
  1. Mar 8, 2016
    10
    This game is a huge real world (New York) massive shooter rpg game. You can play solo or coop thanks to a very well built matchmaking systemThis game is a huge real world (New York) massive shooter rpg game. You can play solo or coop thanks to a very well built matchmaking system that allows you to join any friend of yours or request a group for your current mission.

    The size of the world is superb, and also is its details. There are a lot of secundary missions, looting missions to get points to improve your operation's base in order for your character to improve his habilities, and so on.

    When it comes to improve your arsenal and equipment, it is either fun and gratefull, because you ussually have to complete missions or defeat enemies to get such things, which helps a lot to improve and be able to face stronger enemies.

    I'm having so much fun!
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  2. Mar 16, 2016
    10
    Great game that I hope will only get better with patches and DLC. Graphics and sound all great but the fun is getting in teams and completingGreat game that I hope will only get better with patches and DLC. Graphics and sound all great but the fun is getting in teams and completing missions or just getting into gun fights. As former military its actually funny how you can use flanking and supressing your enemy to gain an advantage. Is it super realistic? No. Are there some elements that need refining? Yes. But this is a game with plenty of content and fun. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2016
    9
    A really beautiful game, superior controls, extremely detailed graphics made with passion, you can see this. A 9 because it has to deliverA really beautiful game, superior controls, extremely detailed graphics made with passion, you can see this. A 9 because it has to deliver endgame. to all the 0 here, you are truely sponsored by Destiny or some kind of anti-press, pls go away. Expand
  4. Apr 30, 2017
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I’ll admit it outright- I was more than hyped for the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division in more ways than I can possible explain. The basic premise of an unforgiving romp through a devastated New York City struck chords favorable to Crysis 2 within me and that was fine by my standards. Add to that the fact that it was the first Tom Clancy game I’d been thoroughly excited for since Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and you’ve got yourself quite the hype train rumbling down the tracks.

    What transpired is something altogether different than I’d initially imagined and envisioned, although that’s not to say it was terrible or that it hasn’t evolved over time to become a closer image to what I expected. As with any MMO/RPG, The Division fell into many of the same traps that Destiny did in the year or so before. The saving grace for these games is that the developers can take this into account and slowly update it enough with each new patch or content release and bring the game closer in line with what players expected or asked for. The disappointing part is that this takes time and not everyone has the patience to wait for a game to become what it should’ve been from the onset.

    Once you eliminate some of the ironically farfetched aspects of the game and its gameplay and factor in the realism and attention to detail, The Division is quite the grandiose picture of a devastated NYC after all. The environments are certainly one of the stronger aspects both in aesthetic pleasure and tense action forced upon you by harrowing conflict in close quarters with an adaptable enemy. The cover system is quite progressive and you’ll certainly need to utilize the variety of environmental protection as you take the fight to rioters, looters, and heavily armed militia forces attempting to make the most of a bad situation. The enemies you’ll face are some of the smartest in terms of functioning thought processes, even if they’ll often open themselves to easy dispatching as well.

    When I think of the Tom Clancy brand of games I often immediately think of action-packed tactical outings such as Splinter Cell or Ghost Recon. Truthfully, in the last few years the TC games we have seen have either been a disappointment or fallen somewhere outside of this traditional category. We have had wonderful additions to the Splinter Cell family, but the newest Ghost Recon titles have been far from great in terms of following the tactical baseline. I’m all for trying new things out and The Division is a testament to that for the TC label and surely an influence ultimately for Ghost Recon: Wildlands as well, seeing as it shares the same genre type. What I mean to say is The Division has broken some new ground for better or worse- it does what it states and no more or less, considering the fact that it sticks to tactics and ultra-realistic firefights.

    While I recognize that even now it still has its flaws, if I had to recommend whether or not to purchase the game I would definitely say to go for it if you can secure the complete package- DLC and deluxe items or whatever else may be available to you. Microsoft, Steam, and Play Station Network all often offer deals on titles that have been out for some time and packages as well so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find on any main platform. Whereas Rainbow Six: Siege is a great game bogged down by paid content and premium status packs and an initial barebones game in terms of content, The Division only really offers three major expansions and the rest of its paid content is mostly cosmetic. I’m glad that Ubisoft has foregone some of its typical shenanigans concerning paid and premium content and followed more along the lines of Bungie and Destiny.

    Ultimately if I were to assign the game a score it would have to be somewhere in the 7.0-8.0 range, even as of now. I’d certainly lean towards the 80% mark rather than anything lower than 75% however, but I cannot say the game doesn’t still have its fair share of glitches, bugs, and design flaws at times. What is there is approachable and definitely enjoyable, it’s just a matter of persistence and patience as well. I definitely enjoy the frantic feel of combat both against computer generated enemies and player controlled foes in the PvP/PvE Dark Zone. The Division is certainly an interesting take on hybrid shooters, that much is certain.
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  5. Mar 16, 2016
    7
    Here is my dead honest review. Is this a stellar game? By all means no. It has its good, bad and ugly but, its a whole lot of fun. If youHere is my dead honest review. Is this a stellar game? By all means no. It has its good, bad and ugly but, its a whole lot of fun. If you are into 3rd person cover shooters with co-op options then you are in for some fun. If you like destiny and are looking for something else to get your attention while destiny gets their next DLC in line, this is it. Pros and cons. Matchmaking is easy, graphics and scenery around New York is great, loot system is addictive and somewhat fair, RPG elements are also great, lots of customization when it comes to game play and style. Cons: At the moment, not much to do in the end game when you reach level 30. You can do the dark zone and get better gear and loot by playing daily missions 3x per day at harder levels. You have main story missions which are the equivalent of "strikes" in destiny. You can match-make up to a group of four. You also have a lot of side missions which all help level up your main base which in turn helps you level up and unlock bigger and better upgrades whether its defensive, health and recovery healer type or offensive gun turrets, remote bombs and little round bombs that follow the enemy. Then there is the dark zone. This games PVP area. Here you encounter a lot of tough enemies and other random agents. You basically have three options. Go in alone and wish for the best as you try to extract all your loot you have collected, go rogue, shoot and kill other agents, take their stuff and try to extract and leave the DZ (or survive the timer set on you until it runs out) or go in with a group and go after other rogues. There is some freedom here as there is a social experiment and see how gamers handle the dark zone. Overall I would give this title a 7or 8 out of /10 but I gave it a 7. While its not perfect, it is however a FUN game which in the end, isn't that all that matters? I am more than positive this game will get better with time as destiny did when it first came out compared to now. Expand
  6. Aug 12, 2018
    6
    I did enjoy this game for the most part. There are certain things that ruined it for me though. First off, all enemies are bullet sponges.I did enjoy this game for the most part. There are certain things that ruined it for me though. First off, all enemies are bullet sponges. That got annoying really quick. The other was the Dark Zone. This almost made me not want to play the game anymore. I dont need to go into details, you all know what I am talking about. Other than that, the game had amazing graphics and a pretty good story. I hope The Division 2 does better. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2017
    0
    An unplayable mess. Sloppy, unresponsive controls and wildly unbalanced shooting. It takes 30+ shots to kill an enemy at point blank range butAn unplayable mess. Sloppy, unresponsive controls and wildly unbalanced shooting. It takes 30+ shots to kill an enemy at point blank range but they get you with a single shot from half a world away. You never even get to see the pixel that the shot came from. Hugely long checkpoints mean interminable repeats of the same scene, over and over and over again. There is no story and the game play is hordes of unkillable enemies, an even more immortal boss, die lots of times. Then do it all again on the next scene, and the next and the next...

    Games are supposed to be fun and this game just isn't and it ended up in my garbage pretty quickly.
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