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Tom Clancy's The Division

Last year Ubisoft dropped The Division onto the market for Xbox One, PS4 and PC gamers. The third-person, pseudo-MMO managed to make waves with its quasi-apocalyptic setting and mixture of traditional cover-based shooting and RPG looting. Well, if you missed out on the game last year, you can get in on the game this year thanks to a free weekend starting this Thursday.

Ubisoft sent out word that Tom Clancy's The Division will be free this upcoming weekend starting on Thursday, September 14th at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time. The free weekend will run all the way up through September 17th, 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

The free weekend will be available exclusively for PC users. If you were hoping to get in on the action early there is actually a pre-loading phase that gamers can activate by registering over on the official website.

Pre-loading will allow you to get in early to play all weekend long, for free. You won't have to worry about wasting part of the free weekend waiting for The Division to download, especially considering that the game is 40GB.

You will also need a fairly up-to-date PC to get a handle on the game if you want to run it smoothly. We're talking an i5 with 6GB of RAM and a GTX 560 with 2GB of VRAM as a bare minimum to run the game at about 30fps at a fairly low resolution. Those figures exponentially increase when you want to run the game at native 1080p (or higher) at 60 frames per second.

The pre-load for the free weekend has actually begun now, so if you start downloading it right now you'll be ready to hop in and save Manhattan come Thursday.

If you enjoy what you play you'll be able to purchase the game during the free weekend at a massive 60% discount. This means instead of paying $50 for the game you can get it for only $30.

The game itself has been out long enough to rack up a healthy dose of DLC packs and expansions, some of which range from outfits all the way to massive new story missions.

The PC version of Massive Entertainment's The Division doesn't necessarily have the best user ratings, though. Some gamers are reporting issues with the loading, freezing, and other hiccups since the latest updates have rolled out. Others have complained not about the technical performance issues but rather the game's endgame. It's been one of the major issues that almost every MMO suffers from. Specifically there are complaints that The Division simply turns into a grindfest, much like other MMOs out there such as World of Warcraft or the original Destiny.

The thing is, it all depends on what your preference is for a shooter. Some people have been thoroughly excited to play an MMO-style game set within modern times that wasn't The Secret World. Others liked the fact that the game is almost like a third-person version of Borderlands. Whatever your tastes are in gaming, you'll be able to try out The Division for yourself, if you haven't already, starting this Thursday.

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