When you think of next gen gaming promise, you think of Ubisoft's, The Division. Since its grand and explosive reveal two years ago, the Division was widely predicted to be the defining moment in next gen gaming history.
What Is It All About - In A Paragraph
The game is a post-apocalyptic game set in New York, where a weaponized virus has been released that has shut down basic services. This state of decay calls for an elite team to try and fix it, that’s you! Along with your friends or team members that you can even pick up along the way; The Division takes the post apocalyptic premise and turns it upside down, but watch out, PVP is a huge part of the game. Trust, no one!
So, is this really the only game out there that can be considered to be the defining moment in video game history?
The answer, in short is no. There is another contender, and funnily enough it is another Tom Clancy game. If you haven't already heard of Tom Clancy's Wildlands then brace yourself because this game will blow your socks off!
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s Wildlands is the upcoming, massive open world shooter. In Wildlands you take up the role as an elite member of the crack military team known as the Ghosts. An elite Special Operations team sent deep into enemy territory to take down the ultra-violent drug cartels and to break any and all alliances the corrupted government troops have with them.
A hostile open world riddled with terrorists, rebels and drug smugglers. Set in Bolivia, South America you will have access to the largest array of vehicles, available in any game yet. Take up arms with more weapons than you can shake a stick at and infiltrate the enemy ranks with gadgets that only the highest of ranks in the military even know exist.
Trek through mountains, deserts, jungles, cities and villages as you hunt down and eradicate the chemical plague that has enveloped the country. Believe me when I say that this world is huge - deeper, darker and far more expansive than what the Division is offering.
Wildlands laughs in the face of the likes of Far Cry and the Division, the premise is simple - you have a job to do, how you choose to do it is up to you. And I mean completely up to you.
As you can see in the trailer - which in my opinion is epic - when attacking a base of operations there is more than one way of getting the job done, meaning you can customise what you do according to how you like to play the game.
Snipers can take out targets from afar, stealth lovers can engage in covert ops, sneaking in unnoticed and killing bad guys with barely a sound. Whilst the snipers are wreaking havoc amongst enemy divisions, the support players can establish fire team nests, and hammer those rebels as they attempt to mobilise any type of retaliation.
And for all you tech guys and gals - your bag of tricks is almost unbridled. Plus you guys can orchestrate the ‘cause chaos’ command - play god and decide who lives, and who dies, call in that AC- 130 gunship or if the mood takes you, call in a cruise missile to wipe them clean off the face of the Earth.
As I said - The choice is yours!
Aside from the choice...
The graphics look superb in Wildlands, with the gameplay looking smooth and open to any path you may decide to pursue. Wildlands is an open world game, just like the Division, both having many options for you to take when pursuing your goal but this one has even more options than the Division.
The graphics in Wildlands also seem to be a whole lot better than those of the Division, with ultra-realistic and immersive graphics on display in the Alpha gameplay, I can't wait to see what the end product looks like. The engine is dynamic and versatile, showing both realistic explosions and the dripping and smearing of blood being portrayed in a brutally believable way.
Wildlands so far seems to have more of a structure and plot line when compared with the Division. Yes, it is a free roam, freedom of choice game but there is always a clear goal for you to achieve, whereas in the Division you can do what you choose and lead the game where you want. This could be a good thing as you always know what you need to achieve and can plan tactics on the best way to do this and take down all the Drug Labs you can.
Wildlands is playable both single-player mode or multiplayer co-op, meaning it is progressive, versatile, customizable and competitive - all the ingredients needed to bake a brilliant tactical shooter.
You may decide your best tactic is to ‘go it alone’ and eliminate any mishaps that your team may make, or you may decide to gather a team of friends and take down anyone and anything that crosses your path.
A trait that may not be entirely shared by the Division, as it may be harder to PVP without backup in the Division.
Both games promise to set the video games industry ablaze come release. Both games are pushing for a 2016 release - but which is best is up to you, the players. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where the shooter fans choose to put their well-earned cash. But, I know which one I want to play right now!
Both shooters will release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.