Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 review: Polished and playable, right out of the gate

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is a loot shooter set in an alternate Washington DC that has suffered an eco-terrorist attack and is under siege by rogue factions.Ubisoft

Score: Unscored
Platform: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 15, 2019
ESRB: M

It feels like everyone’s figuring out individual pieces of the loot shooter (shlooter?) puzzle, but no one has quite managed to put them all together yet.

Bungie’s Destiny games have perhaps the most intuitive, fluid, and satisfying mechanics of any first-person shooter on the market, and the Seattle-based developer has managed to create some truly compelling endgame content that fully exploits the game’s cooperative mechanics. But key parts of Destiny’s cooperative multiplayer remain exclusionary, and its storytelling still needs work.

BioWare’s recently launched Anthem, meanwhile, gives us characters and a cause we can root for — including a (shockingly) non-mute protagonist with a winning personality — and normalizes the concept of playing with others so adroitly that even folks who usually prefer to play alone probably won’t be put off by being matched with others. Mission design, though, is awfully repetitive, and both character growth and loot are pretty dull.

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