The Division 2 First-Impressions

The Division 2 is great game to play if you want to relax and turn your mind off after a long day.

I never played the first game in this series, I was very excited when I saw it originally revealed but never actually got a chance to play it. So when the second game was released to high praise from critics and fans alike, it really got my attention. I recently picked it up and played it for about 15 hours now, and I’ve really enjoyed my time with it. I will stick with it for a while but it’s not the most engaging game to me. When I recently played Jedi: Fallen Order, I was always eager to get home to continue playing, but this game is more of a chill out/mindless game. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but it’s just not as exciting as other games that came out this year. After a long day, I like to chuck this game on, listen to a podcast and have a good cuppa.

About the game

The Division 2 is a “shared world looter shooter” much similar to games like Destiny and Anthem. The setting is more post apocalyptic compared to the other games in its genre, but not the standard stereotypical world that has been destroyed by bombs or zombies. You play as an agent of the Division, which is tasked with reconnecting settlements of the Washington D.C area after the virus outbreak. It was released in March 2019 and currently has a Metacritic rating of 82 on Xbox One.

The Good Bits

- This shooting is very solid and the third person perspective is a nice change in this genre of games

- I love the Washington D.C setting, although it was evacuated, it felt alive still

- There’s a good mix of gun types

- You get enough loot regularly so you never fall behind your character level

- The abilities are all unique and great fun to use

- I thought the graphics are great, very realistic, I took cover behind a big sheet at one point and was shocked to see bullets actually making holes in the material - There are micro transactions, but I found them very unnecessary and un-intrusive - The “bosses” are hard and rewarding to beat - A lot of content to sink your teeth into, which is common in a lot of Ubisoft games now

The Not So Good Bits

- I am not the biggest fan of the looter shooter loop - There is pretty much no story here, like with most games in this genre, but it doesn’t really NEED one - The loading times are quite long, I found myself travelling by foot a lot of the time because it was quicker than fast travelling

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