There's one game that almost everyone is ready to compare Tom Clancy's The Division to, at least if only to say that it shouldn't be anything like it - Destiny. There are certainly similarities between the two titles, and there's indubitably a lot that Ubisoft can learn from Bungie's mistakes. But as I find myself in the thralls of one of my favourite multiplayer games in years, I can't help but want to see parts of its successes in Tom Clancy's The Division.
It's been a long time since I even picked up my XBOX One controller as Microsoft is experiencing a serious dry patch, with only Ori and the Blind Forest bringing me back for a few hours this year. The PS4 has had my attention since the arrival of Grim Fandango: Remastered in January, followed by the sensational Bloodborne. But after I finished with From Software's masterpiece, there was another PS4 title waiting to dazzle me: Helldivers.
The Division Needs to Be As Good As Helldivers On its Release Date!
Helldivers, is basically nothing like The Division. It's a top-down, twin stick shooter and only $15 dollars on the PSN. It's playable on the PS3 and the PS Vita with that purchase, and it's ridiculous how much worth is in that price. For starters, Tom Clancy's The Division needs to have this sense of worth when you throw $60 at a guy/girl behind a game store counter.
The likes of [The Order: 1886](tag:2707754) are not worth the price tag attached to them, and I seriously don't want to see Ubisoft make the same mistake. The Division needs to feel like it has long-lasting appeal - that it could be a game that we'd play for months on end. Helldivers is that kind of game, as its levelling system is so enjoyable, with the new weapons and stratagems that you gain along the way.
The Division is constantly marketed as a true RPG. Therefore, the progression system needs to move away from the likes of Destiny, and make fights feel as rewarding as they do in this little mini-game. I want my progression online to feel like something I accomplished with my set of skills, but was also a hell of a lot of fun to achieve.
I've often said that if the quality in Destiny's pvp was to be found in its campaign and strikes, it would have been an incredible game. But even with Helldivers, we don't get that much of a story. However, its hilarious theatricality and simplistic nature give us enough of a reason to fight the hell out of those damned bugs. The Division already sounds like it has a fantastic story, I just hope that Ubisoft make every battle feel like it has purpose and that great stakes hang in the balance.
But the greatest aspect about Helldivers, is its multiplayer. With additional players joining you on your adventures, I can honestly say that it can be more fun than anything I played in 2014. Helldivers can be seriously hard, and seeing your team failing only to slowly pull things back is unbelievably rewarding. I can't describe how much fun I have with this little title.
If The Division can make its online framework as engaging and joyous to play as Helldivers is, they will have made one of the best online games in a while! But what do you think gamers? Have you played Helldivers? What do you want out of [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) on its release date? Let us know in the comments!