Division 2 is filled with things to do, places to explore, weapons to collect and enemies to kill. For returning players, much of this will feel familiar. But for players who have not spent the time in the first match, Division 2 could feel overwhelming. So, here are some tips for new and old players.
These tips are mainly about the content of the beginning and the middle of the game, like me and others Kotaku did not reach the maximum level and knew the end of the match. The more time we spend playing, we will update this post with new tips and recommendations.
Repel what happened in the original Division
You can do this by playing the first game or, more easily, by reading the in-game folders that are unlocked at the beginning of the sequel. You can also retrieve excerpts from the story in the loading screens of The Division 2. Note that you can browse three different types of tips and then browse the tips in this category. Choose "World" and click on it.
Even if it's too much, then, ok, we'll tell you: a scientist, Gordon Amherst, created an extremely powerful biological weapon, which she launched on the population via stained money at Black Friday and chaos followed. The first division focused on the reasons why New York City was put into receivership, while the government activated dormant agents among the civilian population to help restore order. . These agents are called The Division and you play as one of them. A Division The agent named Aaron Keener becomes mean at the time of the first match and at the end of this match, he is armed with the bio-weapon of Amherst. Division 2 begins several months later and we soon see that Washington DC has also been ravaged. The Division is needed there too.
Prepare things before you start
Division 2 has a lot of different options to mess up, even before you start the game. You can change the text size and make the game audibly read the text menus. Unfortunately, increasing the size of the text does not change the entire text of the game. The size of the words on the map and in the screen notifications can be very small. You may need to move your chair closer to the TV to read it correctly.
Use Cover, Listen To Enemies & be careful!
Using the cover is very important in Division 2. If you run short during the fighting, you will probably be killed in seconds. The enemies are precise and deadly. If you need to get away, use Dodge by pressing X twice on a PS4 controller or A twice on an Xbox console. This will make it harder to hit and may be useful for escaping a bad situation or gaining ground on a single enemy who is recharging or stun.
The enemies of AI in which you fight Division 2 will charge, flank, hide and hold you in constant ambush. They are very intelligent and if you are not careful, they can catch you off guard and let you down. Observe carefully the movements of the enemy, be ready to withdraw and, above all, listen to them. The enemies who run you often telegraph this in advance with screaming and heavy steps. Other times, enemies are shouting movements or positions. Use these audio signals to stay alive during big penalty kicks.
Aim at weak points
Many of your enemies in DC will have weak points on which you can shoot to kill them quickly and even damage nearby enemies. Hyena chargers, for example, carry bags at the hip. Shoot these bags and their strange powder will explode on everyone nearby, causing confusion and dizziness. Bigger enemies often have a weak spot on their backs.
Even bosses can have these weak points. Once, a powerful leader armed with a foam spray gun was causing me trouble. I hit his foam gun container and suddenly he was locked in place by his own fast curing foam, making it an easy target to remove.
It can be easy to forget, but you can also fight enemies. Just click in the right stick. This movement is fast and can kill weaker enemies that you have already slaughtered. There are also challenges related to the use of melee attacks to kill enemies. So hit fools who approach too much of you or your friends.
You do not always need to repair your armor
During long battles, you will most likely suffer damage and your armor will be damaged or totally destroyed. In these scenarios, you should repair your armor as soon as possible or you could die soon. But towards the end of a fight, when there are only a few enemies left, you can save your armor and finish the fight instead. After each enemy is dead, the game will restore your health and armor, sparing you armor plates.
Do not forget to use your abilities
This is an error I have often made during my first hours. Your agent has abilities, such as a turret or a shield, that can be really useful in combat. These vary depending on your position in the game and what you have chosen, but whatever your abilities, they have no value if you do not use them. Even if you feel that you have a fight totally under control, install an ability to accumulate muscle memory and to be more comfortable with these gadgets.
Good benefits to unlock first
In Division 2you will find SHD Tech. These small boxes will unlock tokens that you can use to unlock and enhance passive benefits. I recommend first to seize the advantages that allow you to carry more grenades, hardware, supplies and especially armor plates. Also grab the benefits that allow you to earn more XP.
"Detection" is an advantage that may seem strange or worthless. This means that if you give supplies to a friendly checkpoint, all the salvageable containers will be marked around the world and you can even see them through the walls. This is very useful if you want to quickly exploit manufacturing equipment or if you are trying to find all the water or food at a supply node.
First abilities to unlock
As advantages, some abilities in Division 2 are better than others, depending on the way you play. One of my favorite abilities of the original game, Pulse, returns in the sequel, but I would avoid getting it, at least early. Pulse is supposed to reveal the locations of enemies around you, but the range is so short that it seems useless most of the time. The mods won later in the game could improve it, but we do not know how far they go.
For solo players, I strongly recommend the turret and I prefer its basic version with automatic turret. This little thing deals a surprising amount of damage and can even help you flank and pin your enemies. You can launch your turret if you hold down the skill button you assigned to it. If you are behind the cover and press the button, you will place it on the cover itself. The turret will not fire until you fire or be spotted, which will allow you to set up a deadly ambush.
I also like to use the chemical launcher, especially the acid version. This can easily kill enemies hiding behind and hide the armor of larger targets. The firefly is useful, but it takes a little practice for it to really work. Before throwing it, make sure that the path is clear of any obstruction marked by a red X indicator. The shield can also be powerful if it is associated with a powerful handgun or if you choose the variant that allows you to use a SMG rifle or assault rifle.
Do not worry too much about what you unlock early
Maybe you've unlocked an ability or benefit and it does not really help? Do not worry. After spending a few hours in the game, you will have earned enough chips and unlocked to gain access to many other benefits and abilities of the game. If you catch a drug, do not worry. Just go for some SHD technology and unlock a new benefit.
Focus on the activation of safe places
When entering a new zone, give priority to unlocking and activating the refuge in the zone. These work the same way as the safes in the original game, allowing you to appear and match agents with others. These shelters also unlock new close goals that, once completed, will unlock a boss fight and a connected bonus. This operation will reward you with a good share of XP and other goodies.
Checkpoints are also useful!
Checkpoints work almost like outposts recently found Far cry Games. They are initially full of enemies, but once you have taken control, you can appear or join them quickly. These checkpoints are useful for more than just spawning. You get a good amount of loot and XP to free them. In addition, these areas will result in computer-controlled friendly allies patrolling the area, making this area of the map safer.
Each checkpoint has a commander to whom you can also give food, water and components. This will give you some experience points and, if you have the appropriate advantage, you will have the added opportunity to see the loot containers in the world for 10 minutes.
Explore the map
While it's tempting to focus solely on missions, checkpoints, and random activities, you should also take the time to simply explore the world. Players report secret bosses and hidden missions scattered around the map. Beyond, the card is filled with looted containers and collectibles. This will give you more XP and objects.
Take the subway to collect the keys of the faction
During missions, you can find locked safes. You will need a faction key to unlock them. They can be found underground in small utility boxes hanging on the walls of various tunnels and sewers under DC. To find entry points into the underground part of the world, look on the map for yellow arrows pointing down. These mark the lids of manholes or other entrances to the earth sewers below.
Upgrading institutions and complete projects
Colonies are one of the great novelties of Division 2, and they are a great way to earn XP and loot. These regulations can be improved over time by completing projects. These projects will not only visually alter the colony, such as adding more storage or solar panels, but they will also allocate large amounts of XP and blueprints that will help you make new weapons, mods, and objects.
Another important tip: You can partially complete projects from the Map screen. Sometimes you will have to donate certain items, such as a pair of gloves, to carry out a project. You can do it anywhere on the map, at any time, by opening it and scrolling to the left. You will find all your current projects, their goals and you can also donate any item in this section of the map screen. Very useful!
Hang on to the gloves, helmets and other pieces of armor
Projects are important. Doing them quickly will help you move up a gear and unlock new plans faster. A good way to quickly remove these projects is to keep gloves, vests, knee pads and holsters. Many first-time projects will require some of this equipment. So, do not sell those shit gloves you've found. Hang in there and give them to a project when they are needed. If they take up too much space, put it in your supply for later.
Check your equipment often
You will pick up new items and many weapons in Division 2. Especially early in the game. Make it a habit to check if you need to change things. Of course, the rifle you use is good, but you may have an even better weapon in your inventory. You may be able to even upgrade them with mods that you did not know you had.
In the inventory screen, you can sort the items in a grid instead of the drop-down column. To make this change, click L3 on a PS4 controller or press the left stick on the Xbox One to open a submenu and select the Grid option. I find that it allows me to quickly see what I have and what it could be.
How mods work
The mods of arms always have negative and positive attributes. Do not click the first mod you find on your favorite weapon. Instead, balance what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice. For example, I have an excellent assault rifle to which I have attached a big magazine mod. This mod slows the speed of reloading, but I now have 61 tricks by magic. Some mods will give you more precision, but the damage of critical hit will be less important. Try to use mods that work for you and your style of play.
As you complete missions, complete projects and advance in the game, you will have access to mod plans. These can be made in the White House, your base of operations. Contrary to the Divisionthese mods only need to be made once, you can use them on several weapons. For example, if you create a red dot viewfinder, you can add it to any weapon that is compatible with the viewfinder and you will not need to create new viewfinders for each weapon.
Do not forget the praise and challenges Uplay
These are easy to miss. Hidden in the character's menu, players can find challenges and recommendations in the progress section. The praises are a series of challenges that, once completed, allow to assign patches, which can be placed on your outfit. Uplay challenges are in the same menu and change every week. This will earn you additional credits in the game, useful for making and buying items.
Also enter the Uplay rewards.
In the main character menu, you can also open Uplay. Here you can find free rewards or costing Uplay credits, that currency you earn by playing other Ubisoft games. These rewards are neither incredible nor decisive, but they can help a new player get started. Some of the rewards include craft materials and credits. You can also get skins and patches of weapons.
Do not focus on the dark area until later
While the Dark Zone is a tense and fun part of Division 2for beginners, it's not worth it. You can find good or even better booty in the main world and completing missions and projects. I recommend doing the tutorial missions for Dark Zone and for those who are curious, maybe explore it a bit, but wait until you are a top level to dive.