With the beta for The Division wrapping up we're ready to share our thoughts after spending a number of hours roaming the virus-plagued streets of Manhattan, NYC. Does the long-awaited RPG-slash-shooter-thing from Ubisoft live up to the hype? Is it too early to tell? Spoiler alert, it's a little bit of both. Have your own thoughts from playing the beta? Let us know.
As for the question of what exactly The Division is, the beta answers. It’s a co-operative cover based shooter. It’s an RPG. It’s an open-world title much like what we’ve seen before from Ubisoft. There’s also a pretty cool competitive element in the form of an area called the Dark Zone. But it also feels like its own thing. In fact, the best thing about The Division that we can glean from this early look is how confident it is in its own skin. From the way just about every UI feature is stylishly integrated into the game-world, how the map and GPS system feels less like a game mechanic and more like a real-world thing, to the way the streets and alleys of Manhattan feel lived both lived in, and ominously quiet, The Division is one of the most immersive online-RPG-shooter hybrids we’ve ever seen.
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