The next big open-world shooter is here. The Division puts you in the trendy hiking boots of a sleeper agent from an organization called the Division with a mission to bring peace back to a chaotic, post-viral outbreak New York City. The open-world shooter is much more than your typical third-person action game: there is a vast world to explore, complicated co-op missions to accomplish, and high-value items to be crafted.
There’s so much to do in The Division, in fact, that it can be a little overwhelming. Sure, it’s easy to follow the mission structure, but if you don’t pay attention to the minutiae, you might miss out of some significant character-building bonuses.
After the first few missions, you should have the three wings (medical, tech, and security) of your Base of Operations unlocked. From this point, additional combat abilities, passive perks, and specialized talents are unlocked by completing orange, green, and blue missions on the map and earning supplies in the respective medical, tech, or security wing. Once you collect more than 200 supplies for a wing, make sure you upgrade it. This way you can make use of the more powerful abilities, passive bonuses, free item drops that come as the upgrade rewards.
Walking through the dangerous streets of The Division’s New York City can be quite daunting, and you probably wouldn’t want to do it every time you need to reach a mission area. When you unlock a safe house, it provides you with a fast travel point, a weapon or equipment vendor, and additional missions in the vicinity. Each safe house contains a map of the immediate area and a JTF soldier that gives you a situation report. When you interact with the map and get the report, your map is filled with encounter events and side missions to complete. The encounters and side missions are excellent places to gather crafting materials, new gear, and experience points. If you’re heading to a new area, seeking out a safe house is well worth your time.
Armor and weapons aren’t the only items that will make you visually stand out from the crowd; you can create unique outfits by finding pieces of clothing out in the near-abandoned city. You might be lucky enough to get a cosmetic item from a drop after a shootout, but a few other methods are highly …