The Division 2 Guide: Tips You Should Know Before Starting
The Division 2 Guide: Tips You Should Know Before Starting. Washington DC is in trouble in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. A civil war has broken out between the multiple factions of cutthroat marauders that rule the city’s streets, threatening the safety of those left alive following the pandemic crisis from the first game. As a Division agent, your mission is to take the city back, but if you aren’t well equipped with the tactical and mechanical know-how to quell the numerous threats, you won’t get far.
To help you be the best you can be in The Division 2, we’ve compiled essential tips you should know as well as important details about the game’s myriad systems.
For more about Ubisoft’s online multiplayer shooter, check out our feature detailing how it feels to play the game solo. We also have a roundup feature compiling our latest news, features, and videos of the The Division 2. Though, be on the looking in the coming days as we’ll be posting guides about the best guns and most effective ways to power level.
GameSpot gave The Division 2 a 9/10 with Senior Editor and Producer Edmond Tran saying in his review in progress: “After spending 30 hours completing the campaign and beginning to dabble in the endgame, I’m still enamored with The Division 2. The range of enemy types continues to keep combat encounters challenging, the equipment I earn and pick up continues to feel different and valuable. The ravaged environments continue to intrigue, and sometimes they’re so stunning I find myself needing to take a screenshot before I move on. There is still so much to see in The Division 2, but I want to take the time to see it. I have absolutely no clue why I’m here or what anyone’s motivations are, and I wish I had a narrative purpose to my endless hunger for progression. But I’m glad to be here right now.”
Upgrading settlements unlocks new resources like officers who grant you access to things like the crafting bench, Clans, and the Dark Zone. If you’re unsure whether or not anyone new can be recruited, look at a settlement on the map and it’ll tell you if there’s a new officer available to join the cause.
Another benefit is you’ll see the settlements grow overtime; this includes new rooms and areas for NPCs to hang out, and a cleaner, tidier space that looks more active. This is more of a visual upgrade rather than a practical one but it’s pretty cool to see a community thriving thanks to your help.
As you explore the world and complete missions, you’ll naturally get the materials required to complete Projects. Make sure to offload everything you get towards them, either by accessing the Projects tab in your menu or visiting the proper NPC at any of the Settlements. This is a great way to gain tons of XP, ensuring you’re ready for late game play sooner than later. In addition, you’re rewarded crafting blueprints, which is a nice perk to help upgrade and customize your gear loadout.
When you pick up loot, if you’re just going to junk it later, remember to “pick up as junk” with the RT/R2. Some of your junk can be donated towards Settlement Projects if they call for it, so check your projects first. The rest can be sold and deconstructed. Speaking of deconstructing, it’s generally better to break down junk for materials rather than sell it early on, at least until you have a healthy supply for crafting.
It’s worth holding onto low level Legendary weapons, chests, backpacks, knee pads, and any high end stuff because you can use them for recalibration later on. That is, sacrificing the item for the talent perk it gives, and then putting it on something you want.