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The most iconic version of New York City can be found in The Division

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You ever been to New York City? It’s an odd place, one that is built on creaking architecture and looks like it might fall into the Hudson River at any moment. And yet, it has a certain charm to it. Sure, there are tourist spots such as Times Square and Central Park, but the five boroughs of the most infamous city on the planet are also home to some charming secrets.

New York as a video game location is something that has been rendered into games dozens of times already. Maybe you’ve swung through it in a Spider-Man game, experienced the infected boroughs in Prototype or practiced your ollies in a Tony Hawk Pro Skater level. Been there, got the achievement. But this year, I think Ubisoft nailed the definitive version of New York.

All the claustrophobic streets, the century-old buildings and the numerous monuments to captilism run amok. The New York City in the Division may not be crawling with civilians out of every corner, but it’s the smaller details that make it so amazing.

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Whether it’s the monuments to all the cellphones lost during the Dollar-Flu pandemic.

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Lessons in producing napalm.

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The spirit of Christmas surviving a plague for the ages.

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Tinfoil hat conspiracy theories about fluoride in the water.

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The enduring art of band session posters.

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Club fees being a bit over the top.

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A target range that probably didn’t pass inspection.

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No noose being good noose.

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Seeing just how many agents were lost in the first wave of rescue efforts.

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Alongside the countless numbers of missing civilians.

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People reaching their breaking point with car guards.

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Grafitti out of an Insidious movie.

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Desperate pleas for families to reunite.

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Or the downright mind-boggling logistics behind getting an entire grand piano down to the docs by yourself, Ubisoft Massive nailed the character of this iconic city. New York New York, what a place. Seen anything of interest in your own travels around Brookyln and beyond? Share it here with us this weekend.

Last Updated: April 22, 2016

18 Comments

  1. They nailed everything except for the asshats you find in the dark zone with overwhelmingly powerful guns…No wait, I was wrong, they nailed everything…

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    • Kromas untamed

      April 22, 2016 at 15:41

      Gonna be funny seeing those guys stripped of their gear because of the exploits.

      And then I am going all Texas Walker on their asses!

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 22, 2016 at 15:48

        And they’re bliksems man, last night we approached a supply drop so this coward rogue decides to attack us from behind, when we eventually pay him our dues in lead, he keeps following us until we meet enemies, runs out in front of us and suddenly we’re rogue…

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        • Kromas untamed

          April 22, 2016 at 15:55

          Same thing happened to us last night. But I will soon have my revenge now that we can accurately farm hard mode Falcon Lost. After a single attempt last night we thought we were invincible and tried challenge mode …… lol.

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          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 15:58

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That was a big mistake, we uhm did it on hard, full team with pretty high gear scores all round, we suffered for a good 30 minutes through that level, it is insane! I’ll avoid challenging until my gear score is closer to, I don’t know, a billion…

          • Kromas untamed

            April 22, 2016 at 16:05

            Apparently after last nights exploit hotfix a new exploit that is even easier is now making the rounds.

            Seriously Massive just needs to remove Mobile cover and it would fix 90% of the exploits.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 16:06

            Yep, seems the game isn’t “covering” all it’s bases…Hehehe, anyway, I’m out, enjoy man!!

          • Kromas untamed

            April 22, 2016 at 16:07

            Now let us sing the Ubisoft theme song!

            99 Little bugs in the code

            99 little bugs in the code

            Take one down, patch it around…

            127 little bugs in the code

          • Cat

            April 22, 2016 at 16:25

            This made me laugh….What platform do you guys play on?

          • Kromas untamed

            April 25, 2016 at 07:08

            PC

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 17:51

            Hahahahahahha!! Yes!! I know that song all too well!!

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 22, 2016 at 17:32

          I enjoyed gunning that asshole down

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          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 22, 2016 at 17:53

            There’s nothing quite like instant justice, it’s just a pity couldn’t shake the poephol…

  2. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 22, 2016 at 17:32

    You misspelled BROOKLYN

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  3. Axon1988

    April 25, 2016 at 09:39

    The story behind the lady playing the piano is quite interesting and something I really enjoyed.

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    • BacchusZA

      April 25, 2016 at 13:17

      The April Kelleher story line was the one I enjoyed most in the game, & there’s also evidently a print book that ties into it, with clues to easter eggs & other things to find outside the game.

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      • Axon1988

        April 25, 2016 at 13:19

        I like this, I like this a lot.

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  4. BacchusZA

    April 25, 2016 at 13:16

    I didn’t test this extensively, but the one or two times I compared what was in the game world to what was on google streetview, and found that yes, there is in fact a pizza place on this corner in game and in the real world, was pretty cool.

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