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Whether you’re looking at his literature or the video games he helped inspire, having the late Tom Clancy’s name on a product is supposed to be a seal of quality. There’s supposed to be a sense of prestige to it, the idea that it has met some high set of standards to be deemed worthy of bearing the name of the man who helped bring about Rainbow Six. Yet after twenty hours of playing The Division, you’d be forgiven for wondering just what it did right, in order to earn that stamp of approval.

Let’s get the obvious issues out of the way first of all: Yes, the graphics have been radically downgraded from the promotional material. Yes, Uplay has once again been tacked onto this game, causing no end of server crashes, and horror stories of players being locked out of their new purchase. Yes, the story is extremely sub-par, and is little more than a half-forgotten concession to those who enjoyed the sprawling storylines of prior Tom Clancy games. These are the big problems cited time and time again, but even if you were to stomach those flaws, you’re left with a bargain bin title any half competent developer could have squirted out in six months.

Within just a few hours, you’ll soon find yourself repeating the same mission types over and over again. While Ubisoft attempts to disguise this with slightly varying objectives or different names, each one can be boiled down to entering a building, killing everyone, murdering the one important guy with a name, and then grabbing some goods. No matter the role, whether it’s retrieving an objective or rescuing hostages, this is how things will always play out, and you’ll be sick to death of it in no time at all. Worse still, not only are the objectives bland but the enemy AI is utterly brain-dead, and they only manage to remain a threat thanks to some extremely bullet-spongy builds.

Even if you’re somehow willing to stomach all of that, skip nearly all of the content The Division offers in favour of the Dark Zone PVP system, you’ll be met with an environment which favours equipment over skill. It doesn’t matter how quick you are on the trigger, the guy with the bigger gun will always win.

This is ultimately a game which is bland at best. While it avoids committing some of the most egregious AAA sins of recent years, there’s no reward at the end for grinding you way through wave upon wave of mooks and it offers only a shallow, repetitive experience. Stick to Destiny for your MMOFPS fix folks, as there’s no fun to be found in here.


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+7 #18 Ronald Macdon 2016-03-11 17:10
Really wish I had believed this review before buying this pile of shit.
+6 #17 oldGamer 2016-03-11 15:46
It's as if publishers spend 1/10th of their budget developing a game and the other 9/10ths marketing it as something it isnt.

This game is disappointing throughout and I can only agree with this review. This year is big for gaming and going to be full of great games and hardware. I would recommend you keep your money and dont buy the Division. Spend it on something else this year because much better is yet to come
+4 #16 booya 2016-03-11 15:36
Quoting ILikeThatWookie :
I played the Beta and that was enough to tell me the game isnt worth buying.

I completely agree. It's missing very basic things and thanks to their marketing budget they have made it look far bigger and better than it is.

My friends all think the same and this review is quite accurate. I don't know why people are slating this review. Are they playing a different game?
-6 #15 victimblue 2016-03-11 06:06
the worst review ever! get a new job you @$$#%*!*
+4 #14 Razag 2016-03-11 04:40
Totally agree with every word you said
This game is shit
+5 #13 Ben Dover 2016-03-11 01:35
You don't need to play the whole game to know it's really nothing special. As can be said about other games. This game was way overhyped and this guy isn't the only one that thinks so. So many people do. All I hear from people that like the game is you don't know how an rpg works. I've played every fallout, dark souls, etc. this game doesn't come close to playing like an rpg. How come you never see players outside bases in the campaign? It's not an mmo at all. Any of you that think this is need to go play some but most likely you don't have a pc so you are naive to the fact that this is really a piece of dog shit game.
-3 #12 DPO 2016-03-10 23:14
+1 #11 mimo 2016-03-10 23:04
the most accurate review i've ever read in my life.
+2 #10 Dirk 2016-03-10 20:12
I don't know if this game is good or bad, but the way the article was written feels like it was written to bash the game not review it.
0 #9 Steve 2016-03-10 19:20
Grinding for hours to get a purple scope for your rifle: fun for the mentally challenged.
+4 #8 Steve 2016-03-10 19:18
This game sucks balls.
-1 #7 Meee 2016-03-10 19:00
Obviously Callum Shephard did not play the game or was beat up in the dark zone (multiplayer area). It is a completely unique game with a familiarity to several top producers rolled into one intense adventure. If you get butt hurt like Callum in the Dark Zone you can stay in the safe area and compete against computer A.I. Do not listen to his poorly written review. The Division does not begin to show its potential until your 3 or 4 days into it.
+2 #6 DarthDiggler 2016-03-10 18:48
Textbook click bait bullshit.
+3 #5 ILikeThatWookie 2016-03-10 14:57
I played the Beta and that was enough to tell me the game isnt worth buying.

it isnt an MMO in any way. It's barely open world unless you count sticking to streets and going in the occasional mission related building open world.

There is no jump or crouch. The AI is aweful and i was fed up of pumping 30 bullets into a hooded chav before he dies.

Ive never played an "MMO" before where you have to join or invite people to groups before you can see and play with them. With only 1 zone where you can freely interact with each other.

you cant shoot non-enemies and when you try they dont even flinch or show any blood of anything. Really simple things that aid immersion are missing.

Lazy lazy lazy
+3 #4 Dick Sucher 2016-03-10 13:55
This is clearly a lame attempt to get traffic, by purposely giving a low score earlier than the real reviews.
+2 #3 Will Rayner 2016-03-10 12:47
What a dreadful review! Literally nitpicking, not mentioning just how beautiful the game looks and the great launch compared to other games of the genre. Also seems like he doesn't quite grasp the concept on an RPG...

This guy obviously has no idea what he is on about. Stick to sci-fi reviews dude...
+2 #2 Ur nan 2016-03-10 12:26
3/10 lol I can tell that the reviewer is basicly butthurt about the games few server issues and the small graphics downgrade and didn't expect to play an RPG.
+3 #1 Forza 6 2016-03-10 12:01
I think you should stick to reviewing sci-fi, not video games.

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