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Tom Clancy's The Division 2
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online-based third-person action role-playing game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. This sequel to the original game continues the story of survival in the aftermath of a bio-terror attack which has caused the collapse of the infrastructure of the United States. There are themes of teamwork and cooperation, not only working with other players as a squad to accomplish goals, but also in working with NPCs (non-player characters) to expand new settlements and strengthen communities. Being a shooter, violence is a constant focus of the game, with players fighting against enemies and even each other players using a variety of firearms and high tech devices. There are graphic scenes of violence, including cutscenes featuring torture and executions. The game’s story makes frequent use of profanity, as well as occasional references to illicit drug use. Parents should also be aware that, due to the online nature of the game, younger players could be exposed to other offensive conversations from other players in party chat. Players can also purchase new downloadable content for the game, both cosmetic items for characters as well as season passes for additional items that will be released in the future.
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What's it about?
In TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION 2, it’s been seven long and difficult months since a bio-terror attack decimated New York City before spreading like a plague to cause the collapse of the United States infrastructure. Those who survived are attempting to rebuild and stand together once more, proving that the age-old motto of “United we stand” still holds some meaning. But some have chosen to thrive on the chaos of this new world order. Some want to wreak havoc for the sake of anarchy and in others to attempt a coup to rule the recovering nation through fear and intimidation. All hope isn’t lost, though. Through it all, a select group of heroes still stand to ensure that the government won’t fall, that the people are protected, and that society continues to survive. These are the agents of the Strategic Homeland Division, a formerly clandestine group of sleeper agents chosen for their unique skills and trained to be the last line of defense in the event of a catastrophic emergency. As a Division Agent, you’ve been called to action to help salvage what’s left of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Do you have what it takes to save the city, and in turn, to restore the nation?
Is it any good?
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 and into the heart of our nation’s capital, but even more, it’s everything that 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 also learning from the mistakes of the past. From a presentation standpoint, the game's 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 (the thought of fending off Rogue Agents that may have been allies just a few minutes earlier) still has a heightened sense of risk and anxiety, but never devolves into a never-ending standoff of players waiting to see who will shoot whom 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-style (player vs. player) action, either by locking down control points in Domination or having a good ol’ fashioned 4-on-4 shootout in Skirmish. Both the Dark Zone and Conflict add both a competitive twist to The Division 2’s gameplay, but 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 its only just scratching the surface of what’s in store, keeping Division Agents activated for a long time to come.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of violence in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 affected by attacking and defeating criminals? Does it change the impact when players are given the opportunity to “break bad” and turn into one of the bad guys?
What sort of plan should families have in place in case of emergencies and disasters? What are some key things to include in these plans (e.g. first aid kits, emergency contact numbers and addresses, evacuation routes, etc.)?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: March 15, 2019
- Genre: Third-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language
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