Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Warlords of New York

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Return to New York with new skills and streamlined gameplay.

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Positive Messages

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 elimination them, alongside the main antagonist, Aaron Keener. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters are presented as flawed in some ways, though still trying to follow their own distinct moral codes. Keener, in the meantime, 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

Violence is a focal point of the game, with players constantly fighting against enemy forces and other Agents using a variety of firearms and high-tech devices. There's no shortage of blood and graphic depictions of violence shown onscreen, including corpses littering the streets and buildings. Cutscenes also regularly show characters being executed in a variety of brutal ways.

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Language

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 could leave younger players open to other offensive conversations via online party chat.

Consumerism

This is a paid expansion to the main The Division 2 game, giving players an opportunity to revisit New York for the first time since the events of the original The Division release.

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What 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 onscreen, as well as numerous corpses and scenes of execution. Profanity also regularly appears throughout the game, both in the main dialogue, as well as in background chatter of characters and collected audio files. Parents should also note that the game's online components could also open up exposure to further offensive content via in-game chats.

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What's it about?

TOM CLANCY'S THE DIVISION WARLORDS OF NEW YORK returns Agents to where it all began, moving from the inside beltway of D.C. back to the streets and alleyways of the Big Apple. When Rogue Agent Aaron Keener returns to New York to initiate the final steps in his master plan to decimate society, it's up to you and Agent Alani Kelso to leave Washington and answer the call to join the manhunt for deadly rogue and his specially trained warlords. To track down Keener, players will need to dismantle his reign of power, collect intelligence, and uncover exactly what has brought Keener back to where the Green Poison first reared its ugly head. New gear, new bounties, and a new level cap are just the start of what Warlords of New York has to offer to returning Agents. Players will explore four new areas of downtown Manhattan and begin a new season of elite endgame activities. Remember, Agents: when society is on the brink of collapse, it's up to you to tow the line, defend the innocent, and restore our way of life.

Is it any good?

Ever since the events of the first Division game wrapped up, players have been left with one lingering plothole, 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 the players, but Warlords of New York solves this problem by dropping players back into the manhunt 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 anywhere from 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 trying to go 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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