A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While there's an overall theme of trying to come together and help rebuild society, there's a much more focused theme on fighting against the rogue agents and eliminating them, alongside the main antagonist, Aaron Keener.
Positive Role Models
Most characters are presented as flawed in some ways, though still trying to follow their own distinct moral codes. Keener represents what could happen when characters choose to ignore that code instead, to manipulate others to their own ends.
Ease of Play
With Warlords of New York, the user interface has been upgraded and streamlined, making things like inventory management and stat comparison much easier than the original release and subsequent content updates.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is a focal point, with players constantly fighting against enemy forces and other agents using a variety of firearms and high-tech devices. No shortage of blood and graphic depictions of violence shown on-screen, including corpses littering streets and buildings. Cutscenes regularly show characters being executed in brutal ways.
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Profanity occurs regularly throughout the dialogue, including words such as "s--t," "f--k," "ass," etc. Also, parents should be aware that the game's multiplayer mode could leave younger players open to offensive conversations via online party chat.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's The Division 2: Warlords of New York is a downloadable expansion to The Division 2, and a continuation of the action/role-playing shooter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. Players work to defend Manhattan from the schemes of rogue Division agents, as well as different enemy factions. Violence is central to the gameplay, with players fighting in third-person cover-based encounters using military-style weapons and high-tech gadgets. The violence and gore are constant, with lots of blood shown on-screen, as well as numerous corpses and scenes of execution. Profanity also regularly appears throughout the game, both in the main dialogue and in background chatter of characters and collected audio files. Parents should also note that the game's online components could expose players to further offensive content via in-game chats.
Is It Any Good?
Ever since the events of the first Division game wrapped up, players have been left with one lingering plot hole: the plan and fate of rogue agent and all-around bad guy Aaron Keener. When The Division 2 was released, Keener's schemes were left relatively unmentioned, outside of the occasional audio file taunting players, but Warlords of New York solves this problem by dropping players back into the hunt for Keener and the restoration of the city. There's one catch though: Once you start the expansion, there's no going back to D.C. until the new campaign is complete. The campaign has a fair bit of content to it, but realistically can be completed in about six to eight hours, depending on how you play. From a story perspective, it wraps up the Keener plot thread well while giving a few new twists to the overall narrative. But from a gameplay perspective, it's basically just a way to get a few new skills and to bump up from level 30 to the new level cap of 40.
The Warlords of New York expansion also takes the opportunity to tweak more of how the game handles its statistics and character leveling. The previously confusing mix of various gear statistics has been streamlined into a much more manageable presentation. Players can quickly see exactly what sort of damage, armor, etc., that new gear adds to their character, along with simple notifications of improvements. Crafting has been improved as well, giving players boosts to their overall stats without going through convoluted number crunching. Instead, it's much easier to build a character customized to whatever style of play you prefer. It all makes for the best version of The Division 2 to date, with a solid foundation for future improvements via the new seasonal content. And with more story yet to come, agents can look forward to staying activated for some time to come.
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