WHAT THE NEW LOCATION OFFERS
The original game brought with it the usual feelings associated with New York (specifically Manhattan) – overwhelming vertical size; claustrophobia; dark, dank streets; a real edge to things. It was a beautiful, wintery world, but we’re glad Massive has moved things to Washington DC for The Division 2. The US capital is much flatter a city, with far fewer highrise buildings dotted around – as well as some truly iconic homes of American democracy – so it immediately lends itself to a less condensed feeling. The world is 20 per cent larger than in the first game, true, but even without knowing that it immediately feels a lot bigger and more open than before. There’s also the change in season to consider – the original was in the winter: it was cold and hostile. The Divsion 2 almost approaches some level of optimism with its summery setting – bright, vivid colours, far fewer furry collars being worn and sunshine brightening up what is otherwise a fundamentally bleak life to live. It’s an atmospheric change to the series that works, and helps to set the sequel apart from its forebear, even if the general mechanics remain largely the same.