A dark night in The Division’s New York

A few days ago I found a Reddit post on a setting called Neutral Lightning that was, by default, disabled in The Division. There were different reactions so I decided to give it a shot by myself. Oh boy, I am glad I did.

One of the things I enjoy the most about the Division is going about the world looking for collectibles – it’s relaxing to walk the streets seeing the world. Going around with this setting has truly changed the way things look. How? Look at this picture:

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This is The Division during a foggy/snowy night with Neutral Lightning off. Pretty standard stuff. Now what happens if I turn it on?

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Where’s the blue? The option seems to disable the bluish tint the screen has at night. Ok, cool, less blue. No big deal. But then I tried it during a normal, non-foggy night. Here’s the default shot.

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Blue, as expected. Neat. A normal alley on a “dark” New York evening. Now let’s see how it fares with Neutral Lightning.

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Whoa. Who turned off the lights? Neutral Lightning appears to take all light filters out of the picture and leaves the world to be illuminated by a dim night-sky light while at the same time making artificial light “pop” more. Night starts to be much more dark, and creepy, with it on. It becomes a bit more difficult to see in dark areas but I feel it gives the game a bit more realism. Going into the Dark Zone with this on can be daunting, but oh-so cool!

This only works at night, though. During the day you will barely notice a difference. But when the night comes everything will be darker, much more real if you ask me – because of course there’s people that don’t like this new low level of illumination. I have two friends that tried it for a while: one came back to blue, but the other has welcomed the new dark overlord. I imagine that it’ll also depend on your tv/monitor’s brightness and contrast settings.

Give it a shot. I know the Division is in a bit of a though spot right now, what with all the glitches and un-exciting loot, but walking the dark streets of a semi-abandoned New York is always an experience.

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