The Division is a game that plays as good as it looks
New York is in the grip of a Smallpox pandemic, released on purpose through infected bank notes. You are a sleeper agent who works for The Division sent there to fight the pandemic and restore order. You must also find out what happened to your fellow agents in the first wave sent by the Division. New York City is chaotic, streets are blocked with vehicles, piles of rubbish and dead bodies. Meaning the only way to get around is on foot, but that just gives you time to look at the level of detail the developers have added to the game which is impressive.
As you move around Manhattan you will come up against rioters, escaped convicts, crazy sanitation workers and even other players. Gun fights in the game are plentiful and challenging. The AI controlled characters don’t just stand there and take it, they push towards you and try to flank you. So unless you’ve teamed up with friends you’ll find yourself moving back to other cover time and again or pushing forward to press home your attacks. I found it best to fire in short bursts as the recoil on the automatic weapons will make your shots drift and miss your target. You can throw grenades at your opponents however chances are they will see it and start to run away. It’s good to see an NPC AI that reacts to what you do.
Eventually you will come across the dark zone. It’s a quarantined area walled off from the rest of Manhattan those living inside have been basically left to rot. Harder AI controlled opponents stalk the dark zone and this is also where other players can hunt you without mercy. The dark zone does contain better gear to collect. However it’s all contaminated and needs to be air lifted out before you can use them. Good luck getting it out though as when I tried I came up against a lot of AI opponents to deal with. My advice is to choose an area where the AI isn’t so tough.
Over all I like The Division it’s a well made game and is brill to play. The graphics are top notch and the game play requires thought particularly in the gun fights. The developers have paid attention to the story line too. Some have raised concerns about the end of game play being limited however maybe future DLC will address that. I’m personally hoping they’ll add more of New York after all only Manhattan is open to play with at the moment.