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

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