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Tom Clancy's The Division

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Release Date: March 8, 2016

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14. 'Tom Clancy's The Division' (PS4/XOne/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 31, 2015 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

The Division is an online, open-world RPG where you explore the once-familiar streets and landmarks of the Big Apple, now decimated by looting and overrun by clans that will do anything to survive.

Mark Buckingham: To be honest, I don't know a ton about this one yet. Not sure if anyone does. Still, I've been a longtime Clancy fan in both books and games dating back to the 1990s on PC, and despite a few missteps, these franchises have brought much-needed tacticality to shooters, stealth and action games across the board. If it ends up being a full-blown MMO with a ton of microtransactions, I'll probably skip it, but I'm hoping in its grand vision there's still plenty of room for it to let players play how they want.

Redmond Carolipio: The concept of teaming up with other people armed to the teeth with ass-kicking tactical tools and running into an open New York for various missions is too good to pass up. I've always been a fan of the atmosphere of Tom Clancy games, which find a way to maintain a level of active tension no matter what you're doing. The fact you can use the weather and the changing environment to your advantage only makes the experience more appetizing.


Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: As much as I've loved franchise mainstays like the Rainbow Six series, I am always interested when a new wrinkle of the Tom Clancy property comes out. The Division looks to borrow some thematic and gameplay elements from other places but still retain its own twist on them. As long as it doesn't turn out to be yet another third-person shooter, The Division will be an entertaining romp through a version of New York City where nearly everything and everyone else has failed, and you are left to pick up the pieces.

Rainier Van Autrijve: Yes, I'm a big Tom Clancy fan. I've read most of his novels, and I'm a huge fan of Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six (though not so much of Splinter Cell). When Ubisoft introduced The Division, I was sold from the get-go. Lots of action? Check. Open world? Check. Lots of gadgets and RPG elements? Check and check. Seriously, what's not to like? It's a big change from Massive Entertainment's real-time strategy games of yore. Massive's new Snowdrop Engine was tailor-made for The Division and has all the bells and whistles a player could expect.



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