A quick guide to The Division

By Alberto Statti

Just like a standard third-person shooter, The Division has the same prospects, of course with more elements on MMO/RPG. One of the things you should know from the start is that XP doesn’t earn you new skills or abilities. To do that, you have to improve and expand your base of operations. For example, when you build a new medical wing or ward, you unlock a new healing skill. Nonetheless, this does not render earning XP useless because better weapons and gear means reaching higher levels easily.

The PVE difficulty in this game is based on how many people you have in your team. This is because The Division is easier to handle as a solo mission than when playing alongside a group of friends, three in particular. However, when you are playing in Hard mode, it is advisable that you bring on board at least one team member since the difficulties are increased in that mode.

For easy switching from cover to cover, always aim the screen towards the cover the hold the A/CTRL button. This way, you will be able to beeline to cover minimizing the time you are exposed to your enemy. Otherwise, a team member could use an LMG that suppresses your enemy thus enabling you to quickly move up and flank them from their side.

You can also do a roll out by double taping the cover button. This is very helpful when an enemy throws a grenade at your or when you are under heavy gunfire or when moving across uncovered spaces.

The maximum level is 30 when you are aiming at completing PVE, and Rank 99 when looking at Dark Zone, this enables you to focus on a level goal. Unlike other games, The Division does not feature the get-rich-quick option that allows the player to level up in record time. Alternatively, there are numerous opportunities to earn gear besides playing the story such as teaming up for side missions, locating ECHO sequences, completing random encounters and replaying missions on higher difficulties.

It is only with your Dark Zone rank 50+ that you will be able to have better weapons and gear. As such, the trick here is to kill as many enemies as you can, locate loot crates and kill named enemies. Take note that even with this strategy, if you die quite often, your DZ rank drops quite considerably, especially when you have gone rogue.

The Division Release Confirmed 8th March

The Division coming 8th of March

Now that it has been confirmed that the release of The Division is 8th of March then we can prepare ourselves. For some people such as myself (Alberto Statti) this means hoarding sweets, snacks and drinks, only to leave the room to go to the toilet. For others, it is the case of booking some time off work for a proper gaming session. And then there are those of us with children, who do all the chores the week before to ensure we can game for a few days without being nagged.


It is safe to say that, after a closed beta and an open beta, the hype is real. For some maybe too real. No doubt there will be some that are going out of their way to create life like replicas of stuff they have seen in game (hopefully not the pooping dog)

What makes The Division feel so real?

The Division is made up of a LOT of little things that in the end, create something awesome. Whether it be the pooping dog above, great cover mechanics, or the fact that you have a ton of skills to choose from, there is a good deal of things to choose from.

Those things don’t necessarily make a game great, its more in the little things that bring the big things together.

For example:

  • Smoke moves in the direction of the wind.
  • Fog can make the game change drastically when you cant see more than 3 metres ahead.
  • Nearly everything can be shot through leaving actual bullet holes that let light shine through. Concrete will chip, sign posts will dent and brick walls will lose some nice chunks.
  • Sun light creates an atmosphere of realism that which not many games can claim.
  • Shadows move in real time with the sun.
  • Aiming down sight will cause you to close one eye.
  • When it snows, it builds up the streets and cars around you.
  • Jumping on a car will make it tilt like in real life.
  • Weapons have visual overheat as seen by glowing orange on your weapon.

There are many more to list but you get the idea

What can you do to prepare?

There are a BUNCH of people online who are going to crazy efforts to make the game easier for themselves and those they share their tools/knowledge with. I have compiled a mini list of the best places to to prepare for the game and will also come in handy while playing.

I have mentioned this one before, but the Skill Calculator is amazing and covers a good chunk of the gameplay and can be a goof to be pro-active with your talent choices.

An extensive list of Game Mechanics that will most certainly come in handy while playing 1v1 or even 2v1. It could be the difference between a win and death.

Python_FR has compiled a very good list of Base of Operations upgrade order which will prioritise levelling and if you plan on levelling as fast as possible its worth checking out – Source

Speaking of extensive, this guy seems to have cracked the formula for DPS and (sorry for the click bait title) It will suprise you.

Finally, NVidia are doing a giveaway of amazing proportions which requires you to find hidden codes and submit them with your details to enter the price draw. Lucky for you and me, Reddit to the rescue again as multiple users compile lists of the the codes for you to enter and so far, some cracks the new code within hours of it being live. – Source

By Alberto Statti