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Game Review: The Division BETA

Updated: May 27, 2019

I was lucky enough to have been given an opportunity to BETA this game before the stress test weekend(Thanks Jenn Marvel!). For the first time in many years, there may be an Tom Clancy game worth buying full price.


Black Friday, a smallpox pandemic (transmitted by a virus planted onto banknotes), sweeps through cities across the U.S. causing the United States Government to collapse in five days; basic services fail and without access to food or water, the country quickly descends into chaos. The main character is part of the Strategic Homeland Division (SHD), or "The Division" for short—a classified stay-behind force of self-supported tactical agents. Leading seemingly ordinary lives, SHD agents are trained to operate independently of command when all else fails. This group is established to combat the threat brought about by the outbreak and are given direct authority by the President of the United States to do whatever it takes to prevent the fall of society, piece the city back together and "save what remains".

The Main character will encounter remnants of the New York City Police, Fire, and Emergency Responders and the New York National Guard now known as the JTF (Joint Task Force) who will help the player throughout the game. Enemies include the Rikers (Formerly prisoners of Rikers Island), bandits known as Rioters, The Cleaners who are primarily former New York City Sanitation Workers hell bent on purging the disease, and The Last Man Battalion, a secretive rogue military unit who are trying to restore order in more lethal manners. Throughout the game, the agents will find themselves caught in a worldwide conspiracy and will be forced to combat both the threats of the virus as well as those who unleashed it.

Ultimately, you do not experience much of the storyline in the first wave BETA, but more storylines were available during the stress test. But from what I played, it seemed very solid and worthy of a perfect score. Even if it was a BETA.

5 / 5 Weapon Mods


The Meat and Potatoes.

I will be the first to admit, I hate TOm Clancy games. Either they are extremely stealthy(SplinterCell) or just overly repetitive and not challenging(Ghost Recon/RainbowSix). However, the Division add’s new elements that I have never seen them use before. Such as a Creator a Character, Leveling system, In depth weapon modding system, base building and endless exploration of Manhattan and downtown.

The biggest dissatisfier is the BETA was not long enough for me to discover the small map they gave during it! And one of the first games in a long time, separated PVP from the main story and you can simple dodge it all together. The “Dark Zone” as dubbed provides the opportunity to find high end weapons and mods but at the cost of PVP. For a player like me, I would probably dodge the Dark Zone, but it was a nice change from the other shooter games out there.

You also have the ability to CO-Op with other players both in and out of the Dark Zone which can be useful in some of the side quests. Especially with an A.I that really enjoys flanking your position all the time.

5 / 5 Weapon Mods


Absolutely beautiful. You look at any screenshot of the game, whether it is FMV or live action video, it is absolutely flawless. The soundtrack and overall production of this game was spot on. I didn't trip over any single glitch or blip during the 20+ hours I logged into this game. It was so good, it made me wonder if UbiSoft kidnapped the Naughty Dog developers.

5 / 5 Weapon Mods

Replay Value:

There is ridiculous amount of things to do in this game. Whether if it is fighting off rebel factions, running the DarkZone, running the side quests or even following the main Campaign. This game has you quite busy. UbiSoft has figured the equation to a perfect and successful game by incorporating a riveting storyline and a useful PVP element that most games fail in comparison.

Now only if they could bring back Couch Co-Op.

5 / 5 Weapon Mods


This game was amazing and is just mindblowing. I have never given a perfect review based off of a BETA before. Even Rainbow Six: Siege(which I also praised) has flaws. So on 03/08/16, if you were wondering if you should be buying this game full price, the answer is yes. Get the season pass as well!

5 / 5 Weapon Mods

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