To call UbiSoft’s The Division a polarizing game would be an understatement. For every review that lauds its quality, there’s another that points out all its flaws. It’s unlikely that when all is said and done, this will be high on anyone’s list for Best Game of 2016, but while it is a game with some very obvious issues, it’s also a game that does a lot of things right, and can be incredibly fun to play. So, it you’re on the fence about maybe picking up The Division, here’s a few things we’d like to point out that we really liked about the game. And if you disagree, that’s okay, we had someone else write about what the game did wrong, too!
10. New York, New York, It’s a Hell Of A Town
This is the part where we mention that the game looks spectacular, both on PC and consoles. The sheer amount of detail you’ll see in this game is incredible. But it’s not just about graphics, but how they’ve been used to create an environment where every section of the city, every carefully rendered street and alleyway, even every car and pile of garbage bags feels unique. Adding to the atmosphere of the game is the constant day/night cycle, combined with shockingly realistic weather effects. For every bright and clear afternoon, there’s a dark night with snow falling so thickly you can’t see five feet in front of you, and everything in between. The weather isn’t just cosmetic, either, it will actually have an effect on how you (and your enemies) play the game. It’s also worth nothing that the plague-filled island of Manhattan is actually an incredibly lively place in The Division, and not just because of the groups of people trying to kill you. Birds, rats, dogs, random survivors all roam the landscape, bringing a surprising life to a dying city.