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Skills vs perks in The Division

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The Division seems a bit like the thinking man’s shooter. It has plenty of RPG elements and isn’t just about landing that perfect headshot – it’s about using your team and your environment to your advantage. Certain parts of the game will be blocked off for you at the start, requiring certain levels and progression. However, as you progress through the game, you can unlock skills and perks – but what’s the difference really, and why should we care? A new post explains some more.

Do you like to take a more tactical and controlled approach to combat, or are you more interested in charging at an enemy with a riot shield? Skills create unique approaches to encounters and allow players to tailor their characters to their preferred play style. Not all skills are available immediately, instead requiring players to explore the world and complete missions to get more choices. Each skill can then equip modifications that can do anything from boosting to damage or range to changing the kinds of attack – I think it’s best explained by this alpha footage of a turret:

Additionally, each skill has its own look visible on the agent thanks to various gadgets. I wonder how many players will choose specific skills just because it makes them look cool.

Talents and perks are also unlocked as players progress through the game. Talents are similar to skill modifications and provide specific combat enhancements that can be selected and swapped between depending on if the player is alone or with a group of friends; in this way, players can have different talent loud outs depending on the situation at hand. Perks, on the other hand, are passive boosts that range from increasing the number of items you can carry to additional crafting materials – once unlocked, perks are active and don’t need to be triggered.

With so many skills, talents and perks to unlock, I’m sure my compulsive tendencies will keep me busy in The Division for a long time. See, who needs to focus on going into the Dark Zone for gear when you can just explore the world and unlock a whole bunch of other things to make things easier in the world? The Division is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in March next year – Q1 2016 is looking chock-full of intriguing and anticipated games.

Last Updated: November 26, 2015

149 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief - World on Fire

    November 26, 2015 at 11:33

    I like perky things

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 26, 2015 at 11:48

      LIKE BOOBS!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        November 26, 2015 at 11:49

        I like skills, like MILFS

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

        November 26, 2015 at 11:52

        Do aliens have bewbs?

        Reply

        • oVg

          November 26, 2015 at 11:57

          Liare Tsoni?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:00

            *Liara

            And was referring to Trevor’s species

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:01

            Telepathic bwoooobs

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            I HAVE BOOBS!

            Wait… did I just call myself fat? O_o

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            Those are MOOOBS

          • Ir0nseraph

            November 26, 2015 at 12:14

            XD

      • oVg

        November 26, 2015 at 11:53

        NOT ALLOWED. This is the west. Only violence is acceptable.

        Reply

      • RinceThis

        November 26, 2015 at 11:55

        #femmizt!

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 26, 2015 at 11:55

          Speaking of boobs, here’s the biggest one!

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:04

            Shut it, MOOOOOOBS Boy! Teheheheh *points and laughs

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:05

            Careful, he’s going to motorboat-suffocate you.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:06

            I will crush you like an egg shell!

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:10

            BETWEEN YOUR MOOBS?

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:13

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:42

            dafuq

          • Sageville

            November 26, 2015 at 14:42

            Sonya still going strong….

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:11

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:16

            xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:18

            My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:20

            Well, sometimes seeing you is all one needs to be shaken. ;P

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:23

            Don’t be mean, he has feelings! He just keeps them in a box (or should I say… chest, tehehe).

  2. Captain JJ never changes

    November 26, 2015 at 11:35

    Still meh

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

      November 26, 2015 at 11:39

      Did you hear the season pass has a handbag full of eyeliner and weights?

      Reply

      • Captain JJ never changes

        November 26, 2015 at 11:42

        Game changer!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

          November 26, 2015 at 11:43

          xD

          Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 26, 2015 at 11:49

          Customisable cosmetics FTW!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 11:52

            [watches JJ’s wallet take a MASSIVE knock]

  3. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    November 26, 2015 at 11:45

    This game still contains a grey line with regards to the solo/single player side, so you can go at it solo, or do you have to be signed in to Uplay or PSN or XBert Live?

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 26, 2015 at 11:48

      This. If it’s a decent solo experience I’ll pay more attention to it, the skills & perks system sounds interesting.

      Reply

      • oVg

        November 26, 2015 at 11:50

        solo experience? DAM imagine a single player Star Wars game with movie quality narrative while playing as Han Solo?

        Oh I forgot, they make more money from brainless on-line shooting ๐Ÿ™

        Reply

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 26, 2015 at 11:50

          Dude. That would be pure awesomeness.

          Reply

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 11:51

            What was that Star Wars game called? the one that got cancelled last year. Now we know why.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 11:52

            I’m sure EA thinks that Greedo shot first.
            Or that Greedo shot at all.
            Both are equally bad.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 11:54

            EA and Greed-o? ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 11:56

            Perfect ๐Ÿ˜€

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 11:55

            Star Wars 1313, that looked promising.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 11:56

            The story probably confused the devs.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 11:57

            I can just imagine. “It has a story?! MY BRAINNNNNNNNN!”

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 11:58

            Where do we put the tedious PVP? It has no PVP? CANCELED!

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 11:59

            “We will need voice actors who can do more than grunt and breathe loudly, the talent this requires is too much!”

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 26, 2015 at 11:51

          Sounds boring. *run*

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:25

            You’re boring!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:48

            Good.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        November 26, 2015 at 11:50

        The game sounds like it could be absolutely brilliant, but with everything being said already, I’m still at a loss as to whether I can play it offline…

        Reply

    • Captain JJ never changes

      November 26, 2015 at 11:50

      This will be always online. If you look at all Ubisoft’s recent games, they’re trying to move more into that now with all of them.

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        November 26, 2015 at 11:52

        WHY!? WHAT FOR DO THEY HAVE TO RUIN(possibly) GOOD GAMEZES!?

        Reply

        • Johann

          November 26, 2015 at 12:52

          But does this even have single player? AFAIK it’s an MMO

          Reply

      • The Sten

        November 26, 2015 at 11:54

        I have no problem with that………just make it worth the trouble is all i ask.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 26, 2015 at 11:57

          If it has Single Player mode then there is zero reason for it to be online when you’re playing SP. And then if you lose connection for half a second the game bombs out.
          No thanks.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 11:58

            This^

          • Ir0nseraph

            November 26, 2015 at 12:17

            I hope they use logic and allow Sp to progress even when you’re disconnected, and then allow online when you want like watchdogs.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:19

            That would be perfect.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:21

            We all know that’s not going to happen though….

          • Ir0nseraph

            November 26, 2015 at 12:28

            Well I have hope, if Rainbow 6 bombs badly enough they might rethink the always online option.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:33

            That is true, I hope they do rethink the whole online issue, but it would be sad to see Rainbow sixiege do badly, even though it’d be their own fault…I’m expecting it to end up like Evolve…

          • Ir0nseraph

            November 26, 2015 at 12:35

            Yeah love the franchise, but them failing might be a necessary evil.

  4. oVg

    November 26, 2015 at 11:46

    PERKS ON THE BRAIN

    Im 1 level away from unlocking the teleport with unlimited weight Perk under strength in Fallout 4. Level 29

    Fcuking game has me hooked like a Jet addict.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ never changes

      November 26, 2015 at 11:49

      I’m on level 33 now, but I’ve spent most of my time killing so a lot of my skill points have gone into those S.P.E.C.I.A.L traits.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        November 26, 2015 at 11:49

        Level 14. Been sleeping a lot this week

        Reply

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 26, 2015 at 11:50

          Killing-people-quests. Good XP

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 11:52

            Not doing much quests. Walked all the way east to the ocean from the settlement, working my way south now.

      • oVg

        November 26, 2015 at 11:54

        So much to do, so much done yet I still feel under powered. That game is addictive.

        Reply

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          November 26, 2015 at 11:57

          I managed to run into a quest where I have to choose whether I’m delivering a Deathclaws’ eggs to it’s nest…. Not having power armour with me at that point made the decision quite easy…

          Reply

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 11:59

            lol I got owned by a super crab. Gave me that Bloodborne feeling all over again.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            Hollee CRAAAAP!!! I had to face one of those too…. it ended badly….very badly….

        • Captain JJ never changes

          November 26, 2015 at 11:58

          It is. But it sure ain’t no Withcer 3 ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 11:58

            Luckily ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 11:59

            YOU CAN

            G
            I
            T
            S

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:00

            Not a bad idea, before all the Vaalies arrive

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:01

            Ha!! Don’t want to swim in it when it’s been contaminated?

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:03

            Don’t want to struggle for parking. Suvs parking on the white line so that no one can park next to them. When I still drove my citi golf I would reverse into the parking. I can get out but they’d have to get in on the passenger’s side to reverse out

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:07

            Hahaha!!! Yes! Those bloody SUVs and when they get out it’s usually someone with a chip on their shoulder, so big they have to cart around a wheel barrow just to accommodate it…

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:09

            HAHA

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:10

            I live in SUV valley.
            Or more specifically Fortuner valley. Every damn person drives a Fortuner.
            It’s like sitting at a table where everyone has iphones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:12

            The horror!!! NO!!! I hate Fortuners, not the car, their drivers…. they always manage to come forth as bombastic, like you could drive past it and it could stand still and it would appear asif it wants to bully you in a bar with all it’s friends….

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:13

            Fortuners are the scum of SUV’s, blerrie TUNAs

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:15

            Exactly!! Before we looked at BMW drivers being the scum of the earth, now we have TUNAs….

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:13

            And if a big shadow appears behind you on the highway…even if you’re doing over 140…there’s a 90% chance it’s a Fortuner.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:14

            And they want to drive over you….

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:15

            A Fortuner at that speed is about as stable as our Rand

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:16

            Like a Venter railer with an engine.

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:16

            I think Venter’s are cooler though :/

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:19

            I agree.

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:12

            We have the same thing in SnorToria. Except that all Fortuner drivers are the wifey’s that spend the money while the hubby works (mostly)

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:15

            Here it’s Fortuner ooms, C-class tannies and Polo students.

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:15

            C-class tannies……All C cup?

            STOP CHECKING OUT THE OLD LADIES!

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:16

            They got skills, not perks

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:16

            *skillz ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:17

            Skills so crazy, they make arrow to knee jokes seem lazy, since they are already on the knees

          • Ir0nseraph

            November 26, 2015 at 12:30

            LoL

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:09

            I hate people like that

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:10

            There is a special place reserved for them, unfortunately they’ve decided to cash in on it already, called “the park like an idiot spot”

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:00

            INTO THE SEA FOR +10 RAD

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:01

            I’ve got a perk unlocked for 0 RAD in water

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:01

            *fixed

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            ๐Ÿ˜€

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            Do you have the breathing under water perk?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            Is that what she said?

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:03

            Oh dear, I thought you were saving those for Saturday.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:04

            No one expects the thatswhatshesaidquisition.

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:04

            Not yet

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:04

            Then GITS

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:04

            XD

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:05

            LOL

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:03

            I prefer my little sailboat.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:07

            *snigger*

          • Hammersteyn

            November 26, 2015 at 12:12

            I can see you being a seaman

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:13

            Roughly 20 years ago? (JJ seems like a boy still)

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:27

            Take that back!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:01

            Yep! The Witcher 3 set a benchmark, one that will be very difficult to beat, we are now sitting with great games and going, “you know, it needs to be better, like The Witcher 3” not because the games are bad, don’t get me wrong, but because what was delivered in it, was something that blew our minds, even if we expected it, they had to put more work into that bloody horse though…

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:02

            I completely agree. It was just so much more than just a game.
            Fallout 4 is great. But it’s not revolutionary or as you say setting a new benchmark.
            There’s nothing that groundbreaking going on there.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:05

            I think the worst is that it’s a hard pill to swallow, thinking that Fallout 4 came out utilising the same tech, but not feeling as polished could be the wrong way of looking at it, it’s a great game, I love the little stories, especially the humour, but I loved TW3 more….

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:06

            Agreed. Completely.
            It has that typical Fallout charm to it that you cannot fault.

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:08

            So here is a question: Would it have been such a good game if it was NOT a Fallout game? (Same type of setting, post apoc, etc, BUT, not with the awesome Fallout lore etc)

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:12

            That’s even a better point Admiral.
            If this weren’t a Bethesda Fallout game then people would have gone aapkak about the little bugs. They would probably have complained about the graphics and animations.
            But it’s the Fallout atmosphere that changes all that. All the crafting and building has been done in other games.

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:14

            And in keeping with that train of though, would TW3 have been such a good game without the awesome lore/story/setting behind it?

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            November 26, 2015 at 12:18

            Good Point! I believe it looks great, but you take the story elements away and you have another Diablo 3… and with less features actually….

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:18

            Well that’s not really the same thing. The one is a name and an engine, the other is an integral part of the gameplay.

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:11

            lol I read an article about how many staff at CD Projekt Red have been taking time off with the flu the last 2 weeks. Apparently they are all playing Fallout 4.

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:12

            Haha. Excellent.

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:26

            You called?!

          • Captain JJ never changes

            November 26, 2015 at 12:27

            ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 26, 2015 at 12:50

            No, he said “Withcer” not “with cur”.

          • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

            November 26, 2015 at 12:48

            *Witcher

  5. oVg

    November 26, 2015 at 12:06

    LOL Not a single person on the thread is even talking about another over hyped UBISOFT game called The Division ๐Ÿ˜›

    What gives? Its the second coming, is it not?

    Reply

    • Captain JJ never changes

      November 26, 2015 at 12:06

      Haha. Loving it.

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

      November 26, 2015 at 12:09

      Go check in the sea if it is the second coming

      Reply

      • oVg

        November 26, 2015 at 12:11

        Will wait for the Watchdogs bubble to pop first.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief - World on Fire

          November 26, 2015 at 12:14

          *POOOOP*

          Oh, you said pop…

          Reply

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:25

            poop

    • Hammersteyn

      November 26, 2015 at 12:12

      The what now?

      Reply

      • oVg

        November 26, 2015 at 12:17

        That game, the one that got delayed because its launch was too close to the negativity of the last one, Unity I think its called. Then Destiny came out so an extra year was added to the development so they can learn from it to utilise all avenues of wallet rape.

        Reply

        • Ir0nseraph

          November 26, 2015 at 12:34

          Well time to see if can find something like wallet loob then, I won’t be missing out on the division like destiny it might be far from perfect but good times with friends is worth the admission price.:)

          Reply

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:39

            Got to hand it to Ubisoft. They know how to hype a game.

            Where as Bethesda just drop a bombshell 4 months before the release. Finished.

          • RinceThis

            November 26, 2015 at 12:46

            You encounter any big game-breaking bugs yet?

          • oVg

            November 26, 2015 at 12:55

            non, just a sound glitch and some clipping. Its actually quite solid. Sometimes I think Im playing Far Cry 4.

  6. RinceThis

    November 26, 2015 at 12:32

    I wonder how long @ham@hammersteyn:disqus and Guild will love this game till they get bored ๐Ÿ˜›

    Reply

    • Ir0nseraph

      November 26, 2015 at 12:36

      I have been working too hard and missed something why @ham@hammersteyn:disqus ?

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        November 26, 2015 at 12:44

        Because he has spent more in Destiny than anyone else, including the developers and then moves on, like a locust devouring wheat 0_O

        Reply

        • Ir0nseraph

          November 26, 2015 at 12:44

          XD

          Reply

        • Ir0nseraph

          November 26, 2015 at 12:50

          I was actually wondering if have developed a stutter since we last met with the @ham@hammersteyn:disqus tag since I see it popping up in many of your posts, but I see why it happens autocomplete doesn’t remove the first part ๐Ÿ˜›

          Reply

  7. Darren Peach

    November 26, 2015 at 12:34

    Hope this game delivers.

    Reply

  8. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    November 26, 2015 at 13:42

    So what are we thinking? Worth it? It looks epic and my life is missing a FPS game.

    Reply

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