TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION 2
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on March 18, 2019
I've played the original Tom Clancy's: The Division back in 2016 and enjoyed it very much. I just loved the snowy environments of Manhattan, but I think it would also be refreshing to see this special Division team operating in another setting. So, that being said, it will not come as a surprise that I was looking forward to the second game of the series!
During the years it took Ubisoft to develop The Division 2, I kept thinking about possible settings for the game. Maybe a dangerous jungle setting, or a very hot desert? But this special team "The Strategic Homeland Division" (SHD), The Division for short, is needed in the good old US of A once again, to protect Washington DC. And, to be even more specific, the White House needs them! The White House is under attack and you'll need to help them. Better yet, your team is the only team who can successfully fulfill this task. Let's state that I never ever visited this White House before, but according to what you see on TV and in movies, I think the designers did a very good job at creating the White House itself. However it may be, after saving this very special and significant place, it will function as your safe zone.
The first step to take as you start the game is customizing your character. You can choose gender, hair color and all kinds of appearance characteristics. Don't worry, you can change your look at every time during the game and there will be a lot of options and items to unlock and collect while on your missions. And besides hats, shirts and complete looks there are also weapon skins and even emotes to unlock. You never know when you want to perform a very nice victory dance or a sarcastic applause for a teammate who just set a whole camp on fire with just one bullet, while you specifically told him or her you wanted to approach this mission the stealthy way.
The White House is the first Safe Zone you establish, but it will certainly not be the last. In a safe zone, you can take a breather and prepare yourself for your next mission. You can buy skills with the skill points you've earned and each of these skills also has a couple of variants. For example, you can unlock a turret and one of its variants is, to let it shoot streams of fire instead of bullets or, if you are so inclined, you can even convert it into a sniper turret. Awesome options, right?! But wait, that's not all; there are also new skills to acquire, like the Firefly, a Drone and a Hive. The Hive, for instance, is a collection of Micro Drones that can either inflict damage on enemy targets, or heal, enhance or even revive friendly troops. And don't forget to also craft weapons and gear. The options in this category are, again, very varied and I have to say that I absolutely love the fact that I'm able to put a scope on my shotgun. I can totally take a good aim now, and hit an enemy on a very specific spot on the chest or head.
Weapons are something you'll definitely need on your missions, because there a lot of bad guys out there; Hyena's, True Sons and Outcasts. They all have their own special ways in which they try to kill you. Hyena's have a special potion which makes them enter a frenzied state and charge you head on. The True Sons are a well organized, military type of group, whose efficiency in combat makes them a force to be reckoned with. Outcasts have kamikaze soldiers which will blow themselves up, trying to take you with them. There is a fourth group of enemies that will enter the stage with a bang. I'm not going to tell you who they are, but don't worry, you won't miss their arrival!
In the first Division game you were able to carry only three weapons, but in The Division 2, the developers upped their game, which means you are now able to carry a fourth weapon; the so-called signature weapon. Which weapon this is, is decided by the specialty you choose when building your character; Survivalist, Demolitionist or Sharp Shooter. (note that this is possible later in the game) Each class has its own perks to unlock and comes with a special outfit, so you can really look the part. I chose Survivalist because it's a more supportive character and it has a focus on healing. And I don't know how or why but, over the years, I naturally drifted towards playing supporting characters in my games. I guess I just like to be the healing character of the group.
The map of the The Division 2 is definitely expansive, and there is so much to do! Every mission you finish yields some kind of reward that will help you develop your character. Control points are a very good place to find gear and weapons. Daily and weekly projects are optional missions and great for XP and gear. When viewing the map, you might see green lines going from one Control point to another or red lines from an enemy-controlled Control point. This means there are alliances moving from one point to the next and they will try to overtake it and claim it for their own. Now, if one of your troops defeats an enemy Control point that good news for you of course. This means that you will receive some form of reward. But, on the other hand, if you want the complete available supplies, you'll need to fight alongside your division. I mean come on; they will not loot it for you. you're not their king, you lazy bastard!
What I like best about The Division 2 is the fact that you are able to play this game all by yourself. Yes, it will be difficult and you might die often, especially while trying to take over a stronghold, but it feels so good to complete this feat on your own. And at the same time, I love the option of match making. It usually doesn't take that much time to find other players and, of course, you always can invite friends who also play this game and take on the enemy together. You can ask others for support at any time and even request backup when you're in somewhat of a pickle, so other players can join your mission. Another game mode of playing together with or, more accurately, competing against other players are the Dark zones, which offer a PVP gaming experience.
I could literally go on and on about this game; about how great it is and how much I enjoyed myself while playing it. But, as is the case with a lot of games, to truly see just how awesome it really is, you'll have to play it for yourself. Just trust me when I say that The Division 2 looks awesome, sounds great and plays even better! And things became even more awesome when I discovered that the awesome people of Ubisoft sent me the Gold Edition of the game, which contains the original game, the Year 1 pass, early access on content, eight extra missions and a couple of cosmetics. Well, enough said; If you were to play this game (which you really should) then, just like me, you would be dancing. And yes, by that I mean performing your victory dance, because you just did an awesome job completing another mission in Tom Clancy's The Division 2!
TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION 2
March 15, 2019