On various aspects of the game, you’ll be rebuilding the hospital wing by wing, upgrading it as you go, in a bid to restore normality.
You earn money along the way which you can use to buy better weapons, although it’s a bit like buying an expensive car in Grand Theft Auto V, since while you CAN do all this, chances are you won’t, since the ammo can run out, and then a dead bad guy will drop their gun so you’ll just pick that ammo up instead, same as stealing any car you want in GTA. However, why couldn’t I pick up one of their flamethrowers?
The vaulting/crouching problem also played a part when I equipped myself with a ballistic shield. I pressed the wrong button, and couldn’t put it away – only toss it, since it only works once.
Tom Clancy’s The Division is also yet another of those games where you can craft new items to do this and that, although given how ammo is plentiful in this title (unlike, say, The Last Of Us), it’s more fun just to get tooled up and shoot your wait out of a heavy situation.
There are lots of side missions, such as interrupting a drug deal (basically, killing everyone involved) and then pressing X when you’re near the stash so that the JTF can come and pick them up, the JTF basically being all of the 999 services (or, 911 in the US) put together.
As you go about the environment, you’ll come across ‘echoes’ which are like still infra-red images of people who used to live there, leaving you to wonder what happened to them.
Also, as you pause, battles and other life will still go on all around you. And before I got stuck into the missions, I found myself (as a campaign player) noticing other online players hanging about, doing nothing – they’d clearly gone on pause while making their dinner.
For multiplayer fans, there’s the Dark Zone. The military have run off and left behind some neat high-end weapons. There’s a separate progression system and you can find higher-quality items within the Dark Zone, but these are ‘contaminated’, and you can also steal other players’ ‘contaminated’, which then must be flown out via helicopter in order to be for them to be available to the player after they leave the Dark Zone. You can be accompanied by co-op partners plus other neutral, player-controlled agents. The latter, however, can turn against the player at any moment, essentially going rogue. In addition, your level and ranking can drop if they die too often in the Dark Zone
Overall, even if you’re not into multiplayer, there’s a hell of a lot of value for the choosers of the single-player campaign. And while Tom Clancy’s The Division is far from revolutionary, it has tons of fun within.
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- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Players: single player; online multiplayer
- HDTV options: 1080p
- Sound: DTS 5.1
Director: Ryan Barnard
Producers: Patrick O’Casey and Fredrik Rundqvist
Creator: Tom Clancy
Writer: Rob Yescombe
Music: Ola Strandh
Isaac: Brandon Keener
Dr. Jessica Kandel: Kate Drummond
Tech Specialist: Alexa Kahn
Cicero/Lucas/Officer Walters: Alain Mesa
Rioter 1/Enforcer 2/Heavy Gunner 3: Robbie Daymond
Daughter: Ashlyn Faith Williams
Survivor/Civilian Asian Male/Shotgun/Scout: Greg Chun
U.S. President: Cory Peterson
Other voices: Helen Johns
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