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With a little more time, The Division might be a fun romp with friends

Jan 15 // Zack Furniss
When the abilities work, they bring a satisfying immediacy to the numerous skirmishes you are wont to face. If you time your cooldown to finish right as a boss appears and you can pull out a ballistic shield to charge him with, it's hard not to smile and high five your co-op buddy. From what I was able to see, there's a plethora of mods and perks you can use to modify both these abilities and your agent's stats, which could lead to diverse character builds later on down the line. Combined with the crafting system and customizable weapons (grips, scopes, magazines, the usual), there will be plenty of viable options in your quest to purge New York. Throughout our various missions, we improved the three wings of our own bases of operations: Security, Medical, and Tech. Whether we were scrounging up supplies to bolster these facilities or rescuing more personnel with which to staff them, we ended up earning more perks, mods, and weapons. These missions mostly involved finding an area or killing a target, but they were fun to tackle with newly-made friends. We never had to think too hard about anything, but that's not what this game is about. It's going to scratch that same Destiny itch, where you're comparing stats and finding more efficient ways to run through quests. Here's the main problem: like most Diablo-esque shooters that are thigh-deep in weapon stats, developers tend to use enemy health as their most important slider. If you get a better gun, the guy who's wearing a hoodie and shooting you with an uzi will just have more hitpoints. He's an elite, so be prepared to fill his head with bullets for a good ten minutes before he drops. This is an old problem that you've heard about before. But in a game like The Division that really wants you to buy into a semi-realistic what-if scenario, it's hard to believe that a guy who did enough push-ups to reach level 20 can swallow multiple magazines of ammunition. Yes, AI is hard to improve, but damage sponges aren't fun. This was especially apparent when we skipped to a much later scenario when we had better weaponry and skills. Soldiers that used to fall quickly could now shrug off a hailstorm of metal and fire, yet we seemed to take damage at the same rate as the beginning of the game. It all feels rather Uncharted when you're standing next to a man, firing bullets between his eyes, watching him recoil, righting himself, stepping left, and shooting you some more. Most developers would love to have their game compared to Uncharted, but this aspect isn't a selling point. At the end of the day, I don't expect The Division to set the world on fire, but I didn't expect Destiny to keep growing and become the zeitgeist that it has. Serviceable combat, an encyclopedia worth of customization, and cooperative elements are enough for me to want to jump back in with old friends. With some more fine-tuning, this'll be a good late-night game for you and your pals. Plus, the Dark Zone areas seem promising (Joe said everything I would here). Hopefully, we'll all be able to place turrets when it releases on March 8, 2016.
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8,000 headshots
A week or so ago I drove through Hell Niño in Los Angeles to get my hands on Tom Clancy's The Division in a 2002 Dodge Neon with bad windshield wipers. Let no one ever deny that I am committed. Alongside Ubisoft reps, ...

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The Division

Here's when you can play the next The Division beta


Ubisoft confirms beta testing weekend
Jan 15
// Vikki Blake
Ubisoft has confirmed that The Division’s next beta will start on January 28, 2016. According to a recent tweet, the closed beta test will be available on Xbox One from January 28 and on PC and PlayStation 4 from Januar...
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The Division

This new The Division trailer looks incredible


Well, I think it does anyway
Jan 13
// Vikki Blake
After a trailer accidentally went up too early, and then was pulled, and was then mirrored and shared and Streisanded all over the place, Ubisoft has now officially released yesterday’s leaked trailer for The Division. ...
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The Division

I think this Division trailer is telling us to not lick our money


You're not my supervisor!
Jan 11
// Brett Makedonski
There's no small irony in Ubisoft, a company that very much likes getting money, releasing a trailer advising of the perils of handling money. Don't handle money, don't lick money, don't eat money. Do you want diseases? 'Cau...
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GOTY 2015

Mike Martin's picks for games that he picked in 2015


My picks bring all the boys to the yard
Jan 11
// Mike Martin
Hello everybody! Your (not so) favorite, foul-mouthed, perverted, shit-posting Community Manager here. 2015 was a helluva year for games. All bullshit aside, we are starting to see some truly amazing games come out. When I wa...
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Humble

Humble Weekly is all Tom Clancy games, including beta access for The Division


Keeping it Clancy
Jan 07
// Brett Makedonski
A wide assortment of titles is nowhere to be found with this week's Humble Bundle. Instead, Tom Clancy is the name and tactical espionage is the game. It's the game about ten times over, in fact. As a part of the build-up tow...
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The Division

Here's over an hour of The Division gameplay


Better than that Silent Night trailer...
Dec 21
// Joe Parlock
The Division isn’t getting a public beta test until early next year, but there have been some very closed, very NDA’d alpha tests running recently. Here’s some leaked gameplay footage of that alpha thanks t...
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The Division

The Division repurposes 'Silent Night' and, wow, is it ever bleak


Bring back the world that we loved
Dec 17
// Brett Makedonski
All is not calm, all is not right. Not in The Division's war-torn city. "Mom and dad died in the blast." "Everything on earth fell apart." That's a big old lump of coal for humanity, eh? "Silent Night" is no stranger to vide...
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The Division

The Division adds alpha, delays beta, keeps release date


But why?
Dec 07
// Brett Makedonski
The pre-release plans for Tom Clancy's The Division got a minor shake-up today. The upcoming survival shooter no longer has a beta before the end of 2015. But, that doesn't mean we won't see it at all in December. Ubisof...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Where is our review for Rainbow Six: Siege?


Working on it
Nov 30
// Chris Carter
After a beta snafu, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is set to launch tomorrow on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One platforms. So where is our review? Well, we declined Ubisoft's review event as per our policy, so we'll be getting...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Like killing off your own team members in Rainbow Six Siege? Ubisoft has plans for you


'It will not be tolerated'
Nov 30
// Vikki Blake
Ubisoft will not tolerate players who kill off their own teammates in Rainbow Six Siege. Replying to a fan tweet that asked if there were plans to "to do anything about trolls that kill people on their [own] team," the develo...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege beta delayed six days before game launch


This can't be good
Nov 25
// Brett Makedonski
The open beta for Rainbow Six Siege isn't kicking down any doors yet. Despite being scheduled to being today at 10am Eastern, it's not available to play. Ubisoft has delayed it because of technical issues. Specifically, ...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Progress on new Rainbow Six Siege beta will not carry over


Boo
Nov 19
// Vikki Blake
Although the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege beta ends just two days before its street date release, your beta progress will not carry over if you decide to pick up the full game.  "Your progression, inventory and Ranked...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Try before you buy: Rainbow Six Siege has an open beta next week


Idris Elba has an important message
Nov 18
// Brett Makedonski
On the fence about Rainbow Six Siege? Next week, a'splode a man-sized hole through that fence and then through the side of the house and then through the floor. Blow your indecision to smithereens. Ubisoft's holding an open ...
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Rainbow Six Siege DLC

Rainbow Six Siege has a year's worth of DLC planned


Some free, some paid
Nov 05
// Darren Nakamura
Rainbow Six Siege releases on December 1, but Ubisoft wants people playing well into 2016. In a post over on the Ubiblog, the studio shows off its Year One Roadmap and details its plans for downloadable content. In the wake o...
Rainbow Six Siege photo
Rainbow Six Siege

Poor hostages


A healthy ear is a happy ear
Oct 21
// Brett Makedonski
Just like being knocked out for too long, having a gun shot right next to your ear is, like, super bad for you. Rainbow Six Siege needs to show some consideration for its hostages because tinnitus is no joke. A little hearhole protection goes a long way. Mopp. Mopp.

Ubisoft walked me through The Division, and I'm still unsure about it

Oct 03 // Joe Parlock
We were told we were “Team Cake”, and how Team Cake was totally the most successful team of that day. Cake had beaten every other team reliably up to that point, and so we absolutely had to live up to our delicious name. Of course, on the other side of the demo area I’m sure another Ubisoft rep was telling the other team the exact same thing. Our rep explained the controls, abilities, and goals, and made sure to constantly remind us to work as a team and communicate. That’s when it struck me that the demo was just as orchestrated as any E3 trailer with fake voice chat I’d seen before that. It was by far the most scripted, hand-holding demo I played at EGX, and that was a major problem for me. The game itself is a lot of fun when you have two teammates. Imagine the RPG mechanics of Borderlands meeting the tone and tactical gameplay Ghost Recon in a level structure similar to that of Payday 2. Set in a post-apocalyptic New York, our goal was to find some resources and try to evacuate. We could scavenge for new weapons and equipment to boost our stats, much like any other MMO, but on the whole we were ushered by the PR rep into a large open area in the centre of the zone. At the same time, the other teams scattered around the demo area were all trying to do the same thing. We had the choice of letting bygones be bygones, or we could “go rogue” and try and kill them. Of course, being a video game with a gun in it, every single person playing decided to go rogue. It turned into a weird mix of Payday 2’s extraction and a normal shooter’s King of the Hill mode. I decided to try to go the sneaky route to get the drop on the other teams. The stealth was very well done, and obviously modeled on the newer Splinter Cell games. I darted from cover to cover, and successfully sneaked past another team of players to deploy my auto-turret. During all of this, Laura and Mr. Stranger tried to deal with them head on. Whether they knew what I was doing and wanted to be a distraction or whether they were just caught in a bad situation, I have absolutely no idea, but it worked and for the time being we had the advantage over everyone else. This sort of strategy worked well in an environment where we were constantly told to work together, but how that’ll work out at home post-release is a different matter entirely. As the demo ended, I was acutely aware I didn't know anything new about the game compared to before I had tried it. I can’t tell you if The Division is going to be good or not. What I played was well-made, and I did enjoy it, but it was also so orchestrated, and the pressure of having someone from Ubisoft talking to me through my headset really made it difficult to play the game in a way I would have at home. My idea of seeing how it works in normal people's hands couldn’t possibly have happened in this environment. It felt like the Stepford Game Demo: I played a fairly long demo, against other human beings, with people I know weren’t paid by Ubisoft to act enthusiastic, and I still have no idea how it’ll hold up come release day when there are countless lone wolves and simply awful teammates added to the mix. I don't know how the MMO aspects will work, all I know is it was fun to shoot someone in the face... which is only apparently a small part of the game. It felt like being dragged into an ad rather than playing a game, and, unfortunately, I’m just as cynical about The Division now as I was when it was revealed. We’ll just have to wait and see whether my suspicions about it are true when The Division launches on March 8, 2016.
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Go Team Cake!
The demo for Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division was one of the weirdest experiences I had at EGX. Ever since the game was announced, I have been cynical that what we've seen of it so far has been very controlled ...

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Deals

Funstock's pre-order code brings The Division to only $41


Totally not Destiny
Sep 22
// Dealzon
It's been a slow gaming quarter in the sense that we haven't had any big releases sans a few titles like Metal Gear Solid V. So it's no surprise that retailers are tossing out discounts left and right to entice gamers. Funsto...
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Humble Tom Clancy Bundle

Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six abound in the Humble Tom Clancy Bundle


...Redeem on uPlay
Sep 01
// Darren Nakamura
Years ago, my friends and I used to make a habit of sneaking up on one another from behind and putting each other in headlocks. We called it "Splinter Celling." We also called series protagonist Sam Fisher "Tom Clancy" as a l...
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EndWar Online beta

Tom Clancy's EndWar Online closed beta starts today, runs through November


'War never ends'
Sep 01
// Darren Nakamura
I had forgotten about Tom Clancy's EndWar Online. It was originally announced just about two years ago, took on some alpha playtesters, and went dark to everybody else. Today, it is coming out of alpha and into a closed beta ...
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GSG9

Rainbow Six Siege schmoozes gamescom with German counter terror unit


Meet GSG9
Aug 04
// Steven Hansen
"Germany?" "That's...that's where we are!!!" [pulls pud over close ups of lil flags on the uniforms]
Rainbow Six Siege trailer photo
Rainbow Six Siege trailer

Meet the GIGN in this Rainbow Six Siege trailer


Along with some counterterrorist magic
Jul 10
// Darren Nakamura
Ever since the days of Counter-Strike 1.6, I have pronounced GIGN as an acronym rather than as an initialism ("giggen" instead of "G-I-G-N"). I know it's wrong, but it has always made me smile for some reason. Smiling is nic...
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The Division

Celebrate the long weekend with a super bleak The Division trailer


Tom Clancy's Estate's The Division
Jul 03
// Brett Makedonski
While Americans celebrate Independence Day the only way we know how -- grilled foods, intoxication, and explosions -- watch this crazy depressing Tom Clancy's The Division trailer to bring the mood down a little bit. We...
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Division release

Tom Clancy's The Division release date is March 8, 2016


That was cold, Ryan
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
Ubisoft showed off some more of The Division at its press conference today. In the gameplay preview, a team of three makes a shaky alliance with a random group of two. They all take down some bad guys, steal their loot, and ...
The Division photo
The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division is getting an Xbox One Exclusive Beta in December


Time to fight for today
Jun 15
// Laura Kate Dale
Excited to finally get to play Tom Clancy's The Division? Well, if you're an Xbox One owner then you're in luck. The game is getting an exclusive beta on Xbox One this December, announced on stage during Microsoft's E3 press ...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege's Operators all have annoyingly awesome names


No care for fine interior decoration
Jun 04
// Brett Makedonski
Rock, flag, and eagle time; Ubisoft's slowly pulling back the curtain on all of Rainbow Six Siege's international operators, and today the Americans get profiled. As is to be expected, all of them have excellently punchy nam...
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The Division Delayed

Ubisoft's The Division delayed until 2016


More like DELAYbisoft, am I right?
May 13
// Jed Whitaker
Ubisoft announced its fiscal quarter results and along with it a delay of Tom Clancy's The Division until the first quarter of 2016. No reasoning has been given publicly for the delay. The report also stated the publisher is ...
Rainbow Six Siege trailer photo
Rainbow Six Siege trailer

Watch a Rainbow Six Siege trailer or read a recipe for slow-cooked chicken here


Or if you can multitask, do both
Apr 23
// Darren Nakamura
This chicken is suitable for Mexican-style dishes like enchiladas, chilaquiles, or quesadillas. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts1 can chicken broth1 onion, quartered1 jar green sauce1 pound pepper jack cheese, shredded1 ...
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Rainbow Six Siege LIVE!

Watch me be sexy while playing the Rainbow Six Siege alpha!


I'm going to capture so many woman flags
Apr 07
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Live stream is over but check out the replay embedded below.] The closed alpha for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six starts at 10am Eastern / 7am Pacific, and I'll be streaming it live here on our Twitch channel at ...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Smooth Operator: Rainbow Six Siege lets you destroy suburbia your way


Like the Burger King of mayhem
Mar 30
// Brett Makedonski
Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege isn't just about destroying track homes until a hostage is either saved or killed. It's much more tactical than that. Sometimes you have to go on the ...

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