This amazing sequel manages to embrace a bigger and bolder locale while building on the action of the original game to make this shooter an incredible, must-play action game. Tom Clancy's The Division 2 takes the fight from the streets of New York to the heart of our nation's capital, and it's everything a sequel should be. Built on the foundation of the original, The Division 2 has bulked up and fine-tuned what fans originally loved while learning from past mistakes. From a presentation standpoint, the game is like a polished, detailed revamp of the original, with crisp visuals and lots of detail. The city feels much more alive too, with NPCs (non-player characters) actually interacting with the world instead of simply lurking around. In terms of content, while The Division 2 packs in a hefty story with plenty to do, it's the endgame and post-story where things really shine. In fact, there's so much to do outside of and after the main campaign, including features like unique Specialization classes, Clan support, and expanded co-op missions, that even after you complete the story, it feels almost as if there's a whole new game packed in to explore.
The Dark Zone has been retooled in such a way that the player-versus-player possibilities still have a heightened sense of risk and anxiety (the thought of fending off rogue Agents who were allies just a few minutes earlier ... ), but it never devolves into a never-ending standoff of players waiting to see who will shoot first. And for those times when players might not have a taste for the backstabbing flavor of the Dark Zone, the game also includes a dedicated Conflict mode now, where two teams of four can compete in classic PvP (player vs. player) action, either by locking down control points in Domination or having a good old-fashioned 4-on-4 shoot-out in Skirmish. Both the Dark Zone and Conflict add a competitive twist to The Division 2's gameplay, but they also add to the overall longevity of the experience. And with Ubisoft's post-launch plans including everything from Raids to expanded story missions to new Specialization classes, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 looks as if it's only scratching the surface of what's in store, keeping Division Agents activated for a long time to come.