The Division 2 Review

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After playing throughout most of The Division 2 campaign, it was about time for us to review it. Keep on going if you want to know what is this game all about.

Specifications

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  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD FX-6350 | Intel Core I5-2500K
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 670
  • VRAM: 2 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X | Intel Core I7-4790
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD RX 480 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | Intel Core I7-6700K
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD RX Vega 56 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X | Intel Core I9-7900X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII | Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 TI
  • VRAM: 11 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • OS: 64-bit: Windows® 10 (latest updates)
  • Processor: Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 – 3.8 Ghz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • DirectX: Version 11

Introduction to The Division

Being a sequel, we could all suppose that you already know the story. I won’t assume that, and will give you a briefing about this mission.

An environmental terrorist released the Green Poison, a potent strain of smallpox he engineered, in New York City. It rapidly became a pandemic that brought the United States’ government down almost entirely. Therefore, it activated the Strategic Homeland Division. The SHD is an organization of sleeper agents who leverage high technology and enough autonomy to deal with any threats they see.

Story

This time, a trio of Division agents are running the White House but they need help. The state has descended into chaos as they are divided between government and three different gangs: the Hyenas, the Outcasts and the True Sons.

When you start playing The Division 2, you’ll be defending a civilian settlement when the SHD Network (nationwide communication system for the Division) goes dark. The player-controlled agent arrives to Washington D.C. to see the Hyenas raiding the White House.

After defeating the group attacking the base of operations, Division agent Manny Ortega gives you a briefing, letting you know what help is needed.

What are you in Washington D.C. for?

Easy!

  • Work with agent Alani Kelso to assist civilian settlements
  • Liberate the city from the three gangs that are running it
  • Restore the SHD Network
  • Rescue President Ellis from his kidnappers
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The last task is to help Ellis get a briefcase that provides him access to a cure to the Green Poison.

To get this briefcase, you’ll have to go against the best of each gang. Not only because of strength, but also numbers. Their strongholds will be your toughest missions, but the most rewarding as well.

Plot Twist

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After finally defeating the leaders of the Hyenas, Outcasts and True Sons, as everyone is celebrating a new faction invades the city. This time you have to face off against the technologically advanced private military company called the Black Tusk.

We get to know that Ellis was working with Black Tusk all this time and that they were providing weapons to the previous factions. Ellis goes with them, taking the briefcase with him. Now we have a whole new mission ahead.

It is time for a final mission: raid the Black Tusk stronghold and recover the briefcase. If possible, take Ellis and get him jailed for his treason.

Gameplay

If you are looking for playability of The Division 2 you can be assured that there are no real issues with it. It is the usual third-person shooter where you will have to leverage cover as much as possible. Obviously, there are some role-playing elements to it, such as skills, gear, weapons and specialization.

Playing The Division 2 with keyboard & mouse is quite satisfying. Everything is set, by default, with the most common and useful key-binds. You won’t really need to go into the controls menu to understand what to do at all. If you have ever played a third-person shooter, you already know how to play this game.

Going from your trusty handgun up to a grenade launcher, you’ll find a wide variety of weapons to suit your needs and tastes in this game. You’ll figure out the build that best suits your playing style as you get further into the game as well. So far, I’ve figured bringing a marksman rifle with all the possible mods as a secondary weapon, and either a light machine gun, or anything that can deal a lot of damage in a short period of time will work for me.

The only issue is the limited storage you have. You’ll have some space in your backpack for weapons and gear. You have a resources pack as well. A bag for crafting materials and a stash where you can share drops between your characters. You’ll have to do inventory management every so often, because it’ll be full quickly.

Dynamic Weather

By far, though, my favorite feature of The Division 2 is the dynamic weather. You can start your day in a sunny morning and start exploring the city just to end up in the middle of a thunderstorm. What about something that looks like a sandstorm? I’ve been through all of these. These are game changers for sure, because you’re used to see your attackers clearly; however, in the middle of a thunderstorm or in a really foggy night? That’s a whole different situation.

I can tell you, my favorite encounter so far was in the middle of that brownish fog. It reminded me of some scenes from Spec Ops: The Line (one of my top third-person shooter games).

The level of detail throughout Washington D.C. is amazing. You’ll find different open buildings you can explore, underground passages, rooftops. Open spaces are also there. If you are up to some exploration, you’ll definitely get enough of that in here. Not at The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt level, but it will be fun to go around scavenging everything you see.

Co-op

While I identify myself as a single-player gamer, I’ve found that playing The Division 2 is way better with other players than by myself. Yes, you can totally go solo the entire game. It will take longer for you to beat the missions, and unlock everything. It’ll be a challenge. However, having 3 other gamers play alongside you makes it way better.

It took me a while before I started joining other agents for their missions, and then join a clan. After joining a PvE clan, my clan-mates started joining missions with me, and I started learning quite a lot about the game. Moved forward with the story quite a bit, and went back to enjoy the game as I was sort of stuck at the time.

The Dark Zone

This game has a Player-versus-Player (PvP) high in its priority list. You won’t find other agents roaming around Washington D.C. while you are playing the game unless they are in your team. However, that all changes when you enter the Dark Zone. These are ruthless spaces where players can get some really nice loot, if they are able to survive other players and extract the items successfully.

If you are an adrenaline-loving gamer, this is the place to go. However, be aware of some cheaters coming in. I’ve been killed by players who seem to have infinite grenades and he’ll always shoot them right where you are, even through walls countless times. I’ve read some reports of people talking about this one and other cheaters in the game. Overall, though, if you like playing against other players, this is your place.

Missions

You’ll follow a main story which includes quite a few side missions. Complete them for experience, loot and blueprints used to craft new items. Each activity follows a similar structure as you’d imagine. What activities are there to do?

  • Main story missions: those that will move you forward in the story, unlocking cut-scenes and new missions.
  • Side missions: these will help you liberate each of the neighborhoods and improve the civilian settlements.
  • Control points: these are strategic places that you need to take over from the gangs.
  • Strongholds: the toughest challenge you’ll face as here is where the leaders of each gang are.
  • Bounties: track down and take down some tough, high-profile criminals.
  • Dynamic events: there are plenty of “mini-events” that will pop-up in the map. Broadcasts, public executions, hostage takings…these are some examples.

Soundtrack

As if you were the real Division agent on the streets of Washington D.C. you’ll be hearing people talking, steps, shootings. There are some videos you find, some mobile devices with conversations around the city. This is as real as it gets, even though, I never leave home without my headphones.

Graphics

The detail behind every single aspect of the game is brilliant. You’ll see nature (including some deer and dogs roaming around) and hide there from your enemies. You’ll use anything and everything as cover from the bullets. There aren’t empty spaces I’ve found so far, where there’s nothing to loot or a closed hallway, you’ll at least see some trash on the ground.

When you go through the missions’ areas you’ll find objects laying around that match with the place you’re in. I can’t think of any complaint in this department, as even the weather conditions look magnificent when they are triggered.

Final Verdict

If you enjoy third-person shooters, exploring, and scavenging, The Division 2 is just for you. For its good story, nice graphics and challenging opponents, this game is recommended and you’ll have quite a few hours of fun if you go solo, and even more if you have some company while playing.

Good

  • Strong plot
  • Believable threat
  • Detailed Washington D.C.
  • Plot twist
  • Setup for another game

Bad

  • Endgame content for PvE players
  • Cheaters in the Dark Zone
  • Loot management
  • Massively low "exotic" drop rates
9

Amazing

Story - 9
Characters - 6
Gameplay - 8.5
Environment - 10
Co-op - 9.5
Missions - 9.5
Soundtrack - 10
Graphics - 9.5
Geek, writer, musician. John is a horror addict, DC Comics fan (Marvel too, though) and a single-player games enthusiast. You can normally find him watching horror movies or playing games on PC, unless he is writing, in which case, you won't see him around.
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