Tom Clancy’s The Division is a breakout success, shattering sales records in its opening week to become the fastest-selling new franchise in gaming history. Ubisoft’s third-person shooter/RPG hybrid is no doubt an addictive affair that has delivered on its promise of giving players a big, beautiful recreation of New York City to explore and hang out with friends in. Although The Division gets some important things right, its immense popularity doesn’t tell the whole story, which is that it is a rewarding but ultimately hollow experience. The Division is by no means a bad game (and could very well get much better as it receives updates and fresh batches of DLC in the coming months) but right now, it’s hard to shake the feeling that Ubisoft’s latest is a disappointing affair that many players will move on from before too long, with the following list representing its most glaring issues
10. The Panicky Civilians
The Division makes a big deal out of the fact that you play as an elite agent tasked with restoring order to New York City and taking the city back from the looters and various factions that have turned it into a violent and chaotic environment in the wake of a devastating pandemic. So why is it that every civilian you come across reacts like you’re going to murder them in cold blood? It’s a strange design choice that does the game a disservice by pulling players out of the fiction that Ubisoft Massive has spent so much time and energy on creating. This is something that could easily be fixed in an update, so hopefully Ubisoft changes it so that every NPC isn’t cowering in fear at the very sight of Division agents going forward.