Fans of The Division create a music video parodying Drake’s “Hotline Bling” with raps about the struggles players encounter in Ubisoft Massive’s third-person shooter.
As many fans of The Division can attest, grinding for loot in the Dark Zone—that is, the game’s combination PvP/PvE areas—can often be incredibly taxing. In fact, the YouTubers known as ArcadeCloud and NemRaps wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, as they recently put together a spoof of rapper Drake’s oft-parodied “Hotline Bling” to express their griefs with trying to level up as an Agent in The Division‘s Dark Zone.
Whether its not being able to defeat difficult AI enemies, having hostile teams of four players trampling one’s abilities to acquire the best loot, or just trying to discover how to get the game’s Dark Zone keys, ArcadeCloud and NemRaps have seen it all in The Division‘s DZ, and the effort has obviously left them weary. Hilariously enough, though, their experiences have spawned the two priceless lines of, “Wanna leave the city, get my passport / Shot me with some guns I’ve never seen before.”
As seen in the video below, the whole affair is extremely well-produced, with some cut-scenes and cinematic elements from The Division interspersed with several bits of gameplay that all flow together perfectly with Drake’s song. Plus, should fans of Ubisoft Massive’s action-MMO wish to learn the words to the jam, ArcadeCloud and NemRaps have provided lyrics at the bottom of the clip allowing folks to follow along.
This isn’t the first time that ArcadeCloud has created a spoof of a popular song to pay homage to a video game. As it happens, the YouTuber made a Fallout 4 parody for Adele’s “Hello”, and used the tune to express how he felt about some of the more emotional events within Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG.
As previously mentioned, The Division send-up above is far from the initial instance of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” getting used for comical effect in relation to video games, and many would argue that it’s been done to death at this point. However, there are plenty of other titles that have parodied or referenced the song, and they’re still pretty funny.
For starters, one fan has used the tune as a salute to Grand Theft Auto 4‘s Roman Bellic’s obsession with late-night bowling, with clip strangely featuring Niko Bellic’s sensuous gyrations within the colorful cube void found in the original Drake music video. Not to mention, the developers over at Bungie apparently enjoyed the song and accompanying Internet buzz surrounding it so much that the studio made a Destiny emote mimicking the dance moves in “Hotline Bling.” Taking all of this into consideration, even though the Drake ditty was released in July of last year, it’s entirely possible that there are still even more laughs to be wrung out of it as a parody than previously thought.
The Division is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.