Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Save the nation's capital in stunning, bloody, great sequel.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Although society may be on brink of collapse, people are still pulling together to survive, to rebuild. While some bad factions have gathered to take advantage of chaos, most folks have learned to count on one another. There's also a huge focus on teamwork, encouraging players to work together to overcome obstacles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In main story, players are strong role models who work to protect remnants of humanity, restore sense of order from anarchy surrounding them. They selflessly charge into danger, putting their lives on the line for sake of others. That said, the return of the "Dark Zone" tempts players to go rogue, tossing morality aside to hunt other players, keep them from accomplishing goals.

Ease of Play

Basic controls should feel instantly familiar to anyone who's played third-person shooter games before. Running from cover to cover and hopping over obstacles is smooth, fluid. Difficulty is adjustable but still a serious challenge even at default level. Game features many accessibility options, including optional voice-overs for menus and large fonts for text.

Violence

Violence is key focus, with players constantly fighting against enemy forces (and occasionally even other Agents) using a variety of firearms and high-tech devices. There's a fair amount of blood and graphic depictions of violence, including bodies strung up on streets by enemy gangs. Cutscenes feature brutal executions, including characters getting shot in head, bludgeoned to death with baseball bat.

Sex
Language

Profanity occurs regularly throughout dialogue, including "s--t," "f--k," "ass," etc. Also, parents should be aware that the game's heavy focus on multiplayer could leave younger players open to other offensive conversations via online party chat.

Consumerism

Part of the Tom Clancy universe of games from Ubisoft, as well as a sequel to Tom Clancy's The Division. Supports in-game purchases for various cosmetic items such as outfits, weapon skins, emotes, etc., as well as planned game expansion content, which can be purchased piecemeal upon release or through a "season pass" purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Multiple references to drinking and drug use, including heavy story-based focus on fictional drug "Spice." Occasionally, players stumble across drug deals featuring bags of illicit substances, as well as labs where the drugs are manufactured and processed.

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 in 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. Since it's 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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVideoGameParent2 June 16, 2019

Teens 12+

Not very much blood. Some frequent language that is used in game. If worried about cussing or bad language in game, I highly recommend turning off volume, as th... Continue reading
Adult Written bySam M. March 17, 2019

Not bad. Teens.

Small puffs of blood mist in combat. Some set pieces and aftermaths are bloodier/disturbing, but the game never gets gory. Frequent language.
Its alot like Divi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byScotnoname May 7, 2020

its like an action movie

its no worse then a normal action movie, the voilence is very under-done, it has suicide bombers that explode into chunks of meat but it de-spawns quickly, thei... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIcyy 9 February 22, 2020

Good game for 13+

There is blood but there's not enough to really see, especially if you're in a long distance engagement (which there are a lot of). There is very freq... Continue reading

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 "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 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, 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 to the heart of our nation's capital, and it's everything a sequel should be. Built on the foundation of the originalThe 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.

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 the fact that you're 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.)?

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