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Which version of The Division 2 should you buy?

Which version of The Division 2 should you buy?

Best answer: The Gold edition of Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is the best value for your money — it gives you the first year's season pass as well as access to the game three days early without trying to add useless extras.Basic: The Division 2 Standard Edition (opens in new tab) ($60 at Amazon)Our Pick: The Division 2 Gold Edition (opens in new tab) ($100 at Amazon)Overpriced: The Division 2 Ultimate Edition (opens in new tab) ($120 at Amazon)For Collectors: The Division 2 Dark Zone Edition (opens in new tab) ($190 at the Microsoft Store)

Why shouldn't you get the Ultimate Edition?

StandardGoldUltimateDark Zone
Cost$60$100$120$190
Early three-day access✔️✔️✔️
Capitol Defender preorder✔️✔️✔️✔️
Year-one season pass✔️✔️✔️
Elite Agent Pack✔️✔️
Battleworn Secret Service Pack✔️✔️
First Responder Pack✔️✔️
Soundtrack CD✔️
Phyiscal artwork✔️
30cm Division Agent Model✔️

It can be easy to justify buying the most expensive edition; however, the Ultimate edition of The Division 2 doesn't offer anything that warrants an extra $20 investment above the Gold edition — and a whopping $60 more the than standard game.

Sure, the Ultimate edition has some new clothes and some of them look really good — the first responder gear looks amazing — but your outfit changes so rapidly in The Division 2 that outfits aren't worth spending real money on.

The Elite agent pack, which is only available in the Ultimate edition, may be worth your time if you want to get a bit of a leg up at the beginning of the game. It comes with an exotic rifle as well as a unique skill effect which actually help you in your quest to be the best, instead of just making you look good.

So, why choose the Gold edition?

The Gold edition is in that Goldilocks position of being "just right" for everyone. While it may be pricier than the Standard edition, it contains the season-one Play Pass which includes all of the first years downloadable content (DLC), new content, new specializations, new skins, and the preorder bonus that comes with the Standard edition.

And let's face it, all you really want from an extended edition is the season pass. The assumption is, the play pass will cost $40, so you are likely to make a $10 saving by purchasing the Gold edition.

Are there any other editions?

While the three mentioned above are the editions to really look at, there are several special editions that you may like. There is a steel-book case for the Gold, (opens in new tab) and the Ultimate editions (opens in new tab) — the Ultimate edition steel book is only available at Gamestop though — that includes all the same content but is wrapped up in a pretty metal box. The steelbooks are only $10 more expensive, so if you like a physical case, these could be right for you.

Lastly, we have the big one — the Dark Zone edition! (opens in new tab) This edition comes with an enormous amount of stuff with a pretty huge price tag. For $189, you get a whole lot of Division 2 paraphernalia, including:

  • The Ultimate edition steel book.
  • The preorder bonus.
  • 1,050 credits to spend on the in-game store.
  • The soundtrack on CD.
  • A book of lithographs.
  • A map of D.C.
  • A 30-cm-tall figurine of an agent firing a flare gun into the air.

That's a lot of physical things for you to play with, but I speak from experience when I say, the physical things gather dust and are forgotten far too quickly.

James built his first PC when he was 13 and has never looked back. He can be found on Windows Central, usually in the corner where all the 3D printers are, or huddled around the Xbox playing the latest games.