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The Division Review

The Division | Ubisoft | Xbox One
The Division | Ubisoft | Xbox One

I am, for one not going to draw this review long (unlike the new Superman V Batman), as this is an MMO type of game that has been out for a couple of week already. The Division, in a lot of way, is what Destiny tried to be, but The Division pulled off where Destiny failed. Sure, they are both good games, but The Division feels a bit more complete. That may stem from the longer development cycle but the game is a more polished success. The launch might not have been superb, with servers crashing within minutes of the clock hitting midnight, making the game unplayable for hours, however if you logged on during the launch day morning, or afternoon you generally had no issues. I still to this day, with the occasional server disconnects have had no issue with connectivity. Its seems like Ubisoft had a much better launch with The Division than they did with Rainbow Six: Siege.

The Division had a perfect setting. A world where a a virus has wiped out most of the human race, you do battle with other factions of people that deal out their own brand of justice. Many of which are criminals, and you are there on behalf of the US Military to help and restore order. The city does have the dark, eerie feel about it, and when the sun goes down and the snow picks up, it adds to realism of the environment. It really is New York, and from someone who has lived there, it is VERY accurate.

The game is graphically beautiful and has very little problem when it comes to the games frame-rate. It is smooth, and with the occasional drop in drop out enemies due to server lag, it is very spot on.

The game allows you to build your own agent, although there is not much in the way of character customization, there is many options that will allow you to separate yourself from your online community. You find pieces of an outfit throughout the world. Each piece of clothing is different and will set you apart. You also have three talent trees that you can build up as well. Health, Tech, and Support. Each tree has different abilities, so when you partner up with your buddies the best rule of thumb is to each take on a different tree, all depending on how you play.

The Division also has two main zones that you can venture into. One would be the different areas of the city that you will complete your main story missions, side missions and events that will gain you experience for your character. (30 being the max). The second area is known as the Dark Zone, which is located in the center of NY, and is where you can enter with other people. Now, everyone enters the dark zone as a non threatening agent, however if you shoot another player, you are then marked for a period of time as a hostile rogue agents and others will try to find you and kill you. You gain great loot in the dark-zone that once collected have to be extracted in order to be added to your inventory. When you call a chopper to come, you have about a minute and a half to defend the location against strong enemy AI and of course other players. If you are killed your loot is then vulnerable to other players to pick up and extract themselves. That is why it is always best to do the Dark Zone with friends and is not recommended until level 20. They game does a good job of breaking up the level system so that if you enter the dark zone you go in against other players within 5 levels of you.

The Division is a great game, and will give you plenty to do and play around with in the game. Even when you max out on your level they give you daily missions to complete to gain currency, and of course LOOT! The loots system works very well and The Division is much much better when playing with friends.
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Top 10: Tom Clancy Games

We look into one of the worlds most recognizable names in Military lore and the top of the New York Times Best Selling authors! You know him from his series of books and movies surrounding Jack Ryan, and team Rainbow! He has been active in the video game industry for many years and has left us with many familiar and successful franchises. We look at his 10 best games, and yes there will be some in the same franchise, but there are plenty of great games to choose from. Rest in Peace Mr. Tom Clancy. Here is what we put together.

270112b10. Tom Clancy’s End War

A nuclear terrorist attack occurs in Saudi Arabia in 2016, killing six million people and crippling the supply of oil from the Middle East, plunging the world into an unprecedented energy crisis. The following year, the United States and the European Union sign the historic SLAMS (Space-Land-Air Missile Shield) Treaty, agreeing to co-develop technologies for a comprehensive, interlocking anti-ballistic missile system. The U.S. and EU test-launch nuclear salvos against each other, which the SLAMS weapons completely destroy. Emboldened by the success of the tests, the U.S. and the EU pronounce “the end of strategic nuclear warfare,” and the world celebrates a new age of peace.

281006b9. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2

The game takes place on the Korean Peninsula, with slight variations between platforms. The GameCube and PS2 campaign occurs in 2007, while the Xbox campaign is set in 2011. Ghost Recon 2 sports an updated graphics engine, the Havok 2 physics engine, new multiplayer options, and voice command ability via microphone.

280447b8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3

In 1945, two high-ranking members of the Nazi-sponsored Ustaše regime in the puppet Independent State of Croatia manage to escape the country with vast amounts of Croatian Holocaust-era loot, just before Allied troops move into Zagreb and Belgrade with the help of Partisan troops. Croatia ceases to exist as an independent state, and a new Yugoslavia is created by the Partisans. The two former Croatian officials are nowhere to be found.

Sixty years later, in 2005, elite multinational counter-terrorism task-force Rainbow finds itself investigating a series of attacks by neo-fascist terrorists against South American oil interests and European financial institutions. The squadron is enlisted to ascertain their location and find out who is ultimately behind these incidents.

200333b7. Tom Clancy’s Splinter: Conviction

The events of the main game take place three years after that of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Former Navy SEAL Victor Coste (Howard Siegel) is being interrogated by a PMC called Black Arrow, and recounts the events of Conviction in the past tense.

Sam Fisher (Michael Ironside) is investigating in Valletta, Malta regarding rumors that the hit-and-run death of his daughter, Sarah might not have been accidental. As he investigates, Anna “Grim” Grímsdóttir (Claudia Besso), Sam’s former colleague, contacts him and warns him of the imminent attack by a group of hitmen. Sam kills them, and goes after their contractor, Andriy Kobin, a drug runner who was responsible for Sarah’s death. He infiltrates Kobin’s mansion, kills Kobin’s guards and interrogates Kobin, but Sam is captured by a Third Echelon Splinter Cell team before being able to extract anything useful.

D005531b6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

Captain Scott Mitchell commands the fictitious elite Ghost Recon team in an attempt to protect the Presidents of the U.S. and Mexico, recover stolen U.S. technology, and battle the rebellious Mexican forces. Written by Gérard Lehiany, the story unfolds entirely in a realistic and detailed modeling of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest cities. It is this size that allows Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter to provide multiple locations like in previous Ghost Recon games, ranging from heavily industrialized areas to local parks and landmarks to office districts.

tom-clancys-rainbow-six-usa5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six describes Rainbow as an international counter-terrorism operation hosted by NATO and funded by money funneled through the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The base of operations for Rainbow is located in Hereford, England (at the time, home to the SAS), due to the United Kingdom being one of the most accessible countries in the world and having one of the world’s foremost special forces units. Most of the characters in Rainbow are American or British, though the NATO countries of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, and the NATO ally of Israel have at least one representative each.

D005250b4. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Infiltrate terrorists’ positions, acquire critical intelligence by any means necessary, execute with extreme prejudice, and exit without a trace! You are Sam Fisher, a highly trained secret operative of the NSA’s secret arm: Third Echelon. The world balance is in your hands, as cyber terrorism and international tensions are about to explode into WWIII.

281180b3. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

In June 2007, tensions are running high between China, North Korea, South Korea and Japan, due to Japan’s formation of an Information Self Defense Force (I-SDF). Considering this to be a violation of Article 9 of the post-World War II Constitution, and blaming the I-SDF for information warfare attacks against their countries, Chinese and North Korean forces establish a blockade in the Yellow Sea against Japanese shipping. Because Japan is an ally of the United States, and thus the NSA‘s Third Echelon, the U.S. Navy dispatches a highly advanced warship, the USS Clarence E. Walsh (CG-80), to the Yellow Sea with the hopes that China and North Korea will back down at its presence.

200172b2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas

In the year 2010, Rainbow operatives Logan Keller (Andrew Pifko), Gabriel Nowak (Thomas Michael) and Kan Akahashi (Dennis Akayama) are on a mission in a Mexican border town, assisted by intelligence officer Joanna Torres (Athena Karkanis) and pilot Brody Lukin (Andrew Pifko). Their objective is to arrest Irena Morales (Amanda Martinez), a terrorist ringleader. As the team reaches its landing zone in a helicopter, Logan fast-ropes down first but is separated from his group.

Logan fights his way through the terrorist-infested streets and meets up with Gabriel and Kan at an old Spanish church. After infiltrating a train yard and freeing a group of hostages, Rainbow eventually makes their way to a mine where Irena is hiding. However, after a surprise attack, Irena escapes and Gabriel and Kan are captured by terrorists.

280841b1.Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

In early 2006, the United States has established a military presence in the newly-independent country of East Timor to train the East Timorese military in their fight against anti-separatist Indonesian guerrilla militias. Foremost among these militias is the Darah Dan Doa (English: Blood and Prayer), led by the charismatic Suhadi Sadono.

Sadono, once trained by the CIA to help fight communism in the region, has grown resentful of American support of East Timor and its supposed interference with Indonesian sovereignty. Sadono orchestrates a suicide bombing and follow-up attack on the U.S. Embassy in Dili, capturing a number of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel including Douglas Shetland, an old friend and comrade of Sam Fisher.