The Division 2 Reviews Are In--Here Are All The Scores
Dividing people or uniting people?
The Division 2 is finally out and available on store shelves around the world, meaning players are once again diving into Dark Zones and looting friends and enemies alike. Plus, it means Division 2 reviews are beginning to go live around the web.
So, is this sequel any good? GameSpot's Division 2 review awarded the game a 9/10, with Edmond Tran stating "the strength of the systems and design that fuel The Division 2 as a game are compelling enough to keep you captivated." If you're already playing, be sure to check out our roundup of Division 2 tips--we've got some advice involving junking loot, completing projects, revisiting settlements, and more.
For more on the critical consensus on The Division 2, read on below. Alternatively, see a wider view on critics' opinions on GameSpot sister site Metacritic. The game is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In the case of the PC version, you won't find it on Steam; it's among the games to release exclusively through the Epic Games Store (although you can buy it right from Ubisoft's Uplay, too).
- Game: The Division 2
- Developer / Publisher: Massive Entertainment / Ubisoft
- Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Release date: Out now
- Price: US $60 / £60 / AU $100
GameSpot -- 9/10
"The setting of The Division 2 is ripe for potential, and it's a shame the game doesn't use it to say anything. I have absolutely no clue why I'm here, what anyone's motivations are, and I wish I had a strong narrative driver to fuel a purpose behind my endless hunger for progression. This letdown is hard to ignore for the game's initial hours, but the strength of the systems and design that fuel The Division 2 as a game are compelling enough to keep you captivated for dozens more. The range of enemy types continues to keep combat encounters challenging, the equipment I earn and pick up continues to feel different, valuable, and asks me to consider new ways of play. The ravaged environments continue to intrigue, and sometimes they're so stunning I find myself needing to take screenshots before I move on. It might not have much to say, but The Division 2 is a perpetual cycle of tension, relief, and reward that's difficult to stay away from." -- Edmond Tran [Full review]
GamesRadar -- 4.5/5
"All in all, The Division 2 has nailed the game as a live service thing. The teams over at Ubisoft have really pulled off an impressive looter shooter that's full of content that's satisfying to complete and constantly pushing you forward. There have been so many 'just five more minutes' moments that have turned into 'another few hours' that I am concerned how much The Division 2 may eclipse other games. But in a world where so few games of its type launch so successfully, there's plenty to praise about Ubisoft's latest foray, and I can't wait to see what else its Washington has in store for me." -- Sam Loveridge [Full review]
Game Informer -- 9.0/10
"Story failings and technical hiccups aside, Ubisoft has a winner on its hands with The Division 2. The strong combat, interesting missions, and compelling loot loop kept me invested through the endgame, and I don’t plan to stop playing anytime soon. For a live-service game just getting out of the gate, that’s quite an achievement." -- Matt Bertz [Full review]
Eurogamer -- No Score
"From start to finish, The Division 2 pulls in ... bits of American history with unwavering earnesty and yet manages to say absolutely nothing. Worse, it goes out of its way to say nothing. The result is that the only real message The Division 2 manages to impart is that guns will keep you safe. Despite the advertising campaign this is not a game about saving the soul of America, it's a game about the good guys with guns taking what they want from the bad guys with guns. A shame, because if you can look past the vacuity and the slapdash politicisation of The Division 2, there's a great game to be enjoyed here--even if you'll never quite escape the sense that it's a thunderingly dumb one." -- Johnny Chiodini [Full review]
VG247 -- No Score
"I'm not always convinced games will improve all that much post-launch and I can only review what I've played, but Ubisoft has a good track record of making games far better than they are at launch with frequent updates. For now, I have to at least commend The Division 2 for getting the basics right. There’s a compelling endgame, there’s loot that actually matters, and missions don’t feel like they’re copy and pasted to bulk out the runtime. If some of the frustrations can be ironed out, it could be the best of its genre. But for the love of god, please let your writers say something if you ever make another one." -- Kirk McKeand [Full review]
IGN -- 8.5/10
"The Division 2 is more than just a strong foundation for future updates: it's a refined and intuitive shared-world shooter with many dozens of hours of great content and progression you can enjoy today. Its wonderful recreation of Washington, D.C. is a pleasure to explore thanks to a generous amount of chests, collectibles, and dynamic open-world activities. Impactful gunplay makes it easy to care about the well-thought-out loot, and there are plenty of different builds to experiment with even if some are better than others. Given Ubisoft's promised roadmap, it's hard to foresee the disappointing endgame incentivization and Dark Zone issues being anything more than a temporary problem, but they certainly torpedo the prospect of sinking hundreds of hours in before the first update. Even so, for a shared-world shooter so early in its lifecycle those problems aren’t too discouraging, and in terms of content, The Division 2 is one of strongest launches the genre has seen yet." -- James Duggan [Full review]
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