|Xbox One UK|
The video game Tom Clancy's The Division is a perfect example of what happens when a highly dangerous disease spreads through an urban center. You play a customizable character who is part of the Division, an emergency group of previously unknown government agents ordered into New York City following a horrifying epidemic. The efforts of the government's Joint Task Force (JTF) have failed to save America's largest city. The attempt to contain the disease in the "Dark Zone" failed spectacularly and the evacuation has been halted for weeks leaving many civilians stranded. Gangs now roam the streets aiming to take over the city. Some are on a mission to "cleanse" their home by killing everyone in order to prevent the spread of the virus, while others are more intent on creating their own new order. The job of player is to help the government establish stability in the city, fire up the downed power grid, and start research on virus as soon as possible. It is known that the disease started in the heart of the city during the shopping season before Christmas.
I love the RPG experience of the game. As I traveled down the streets of a decaying Big Apple, every aspect of an apocalypse was there. Abandoned cars and barriers are littered throughout the city. There are many civilians in need of food and supplies. Decorations from what was supposed to be a festive season remain outside. They don't bring joy anymore. It's important to watch out, otherwise you could run into one of the gangs. There's tons of dialogue in the game that can help you understand what people are going through. Abandoned cell phones, for example, shows the conservations between civilians, government officials, and criminals.
There are three kinds of main missions in the game, all of which help build the JTF's base of operations and are connected to the goal of saving the city. Some missions relate to the medical field. You receive credits to construct areas in the medical wing of the base (each one has perks attached) like a research lab, an intensive care section, or even counseling for those suffering mental trauma. There's also a law enforcement wing that prioritizes government control of the city. You have options ranging from an armory to K-9 units. Finally, the tech support wing wants to power up the city again by providing assistance with things like generators and technology for the Division. There are many small side missions that offer small doses of credits and more experience points to upgrade a player's level.
There is plenty to explore in the largely abandoned city. You can go into shops and find medical kits or abandoned weapons. Sometimes there will be items that can be used to mod weapons. If you have too much stuff in your backpack, then you can sell it at the base of operations or several safe houses. The safe houses also add to the multiplayer portion of the game. A player can usually free roam throughout the city, but other players can be met in the safe houses to interact. It is at this time that teams can be formed to accomplish missions or go into the dark zone for an exciting player vs. player environment. Teams can think tactically when engaging others or AI enemies in battle. When fighting bosses, it is best to do so with others. In this way, you will find an enjoyable MMO.
The dark zone can become very paranoid as you try to find valuable resources. You never know when an enemy group sneaks up from behind you or in front of you when you take a turn at a building. The risks are higher because if you die, then you lose a lot of experience points and the supplies you were carrying in your backpack. This means you will have to be careful and work closely with your teammates to avoid getting overrun.
I think that Tom Clancy's The Division brings a lot of fun. If you are a fan of apocalyptic worlds, then you will be vested in the story. If you are more focused on playing with friends, then spend your time in the dark zone. It has a nice shooter experience and I hope to play more of it in the future.