ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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August has been an enlightening month for gamers. With Gamescom at the start of the month and PAX wrapping things up, fans are finally getting the opportunity to engage with games they've been dying to play. In the case of The Division, the wait has been a long and arduous one. In the grand scheme of things, I feel like Tom Clancy's The Division will suffer from its release date delays as more and more fans begin to lose interest.

But what's it actually like to play The Division? Obviously I only had the opportunity to engage with the current demo builds they have for it, but even that demonstrates what could be great about The Division, and what could be awful. Let's take a look at what it's really like to engage with the minute to minute gameplay of [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169).

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

Good & Bad - The Gameplay of Tom Clancy's The Division!

Let's start by taking a look at the various aspects of The Division that we ourselves enjoyed, as well as fans we asked at Gamescom and reactions from PAX. The Division is a solid third-person shooter. Weapons are responsive and seem to pack a real punch. They have tons of perks and upgrades available and I'm sure this will be far more expansive on the title's release date. When you spot the other team, there is also this sense of terror. You don't want to loose what you have, or let down your team and I'm sure that sensation will increase ten fold when the chance of more gear slips through your fingers.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

Additionally, the game has various perks for every individual. Working as a team allows for various methods for taking down enemies, with someone setting up a turret, someone pointing out the enemy and others covering you from a distance. The team dynamic is one of the greatest strengths of Tom Clancy's The Division, but it's also where you start to see problems.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

One of the major problems I think The Division will suffer from is communication. It's a team focused game and if we're randomly thrown with people online, your immersion and enjoyment of the game may suffer. Everyone is after their own goal and it creates suspicion and endless situations, rife with frustration. The majority of us aren't going to chat with one another online when we play The Division and I think that will damage the appeal of the game.

Also, enemy encounters were often repetitive. Naturally none of us wanted to be taken out, so confrontations often led to really boring cover-shooting sections were we just tried to pop up and take one another out. Obviously this will change depending on everyone's style, but I can see this becoming a repetitive aspect of the game. You don't want The Division to be a boring cover-based shooter at the end of the day - but the AI certainly makes it seem that way.

Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division

Here are just some general points that players made about The Division:


  • Clashes with other teams are often intense and challenging.
  • The mixture of PvP and PvE was praised by a lot of individuals.
  • The customisation and degree of gadgets that are available to introduce more variety to combat was appreciated.
  • The perks system was loved and individuality of your own character was paramount for players.


  • After dying you respawn much too far away from your teammates and the action.
  • Fights often boiled down into crouching behind objects until someone made a mistake. The game felt like a boring cover-based shooter to many.
  • Lack of communication between teams led to moments of frustration and affected player's immersion into battles.
  • Graphics were disappointingly downgraded.

You can check out this new video above on Tom Clancy's The Division, which gives you a bit more of an in-depth look at its gameplay. The Division was fun when I tried it, but it was nothing that made me particularly excited for its release date. [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) is an interesting game, but this online RPG doesn't feel like something we should all be hyped for.

If you've tried The Division, be sure to let us know in the comments. And if you have any good or bad statements to make on it, be sure to stick them in too!


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