Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs

Hacker-style GTA in the streets of Chicago

Opening the door for a new generation of video games, Watch Dogs gives you the opportunity to become a hacker, doling out your personal sense of justice in the streets of Chicago. View full description

PROS

  • Excellent gameplay mechanics
  • An open world open to creativity
  • A very well thought interface
  • The city of Chicago provides an excellent life
  • Multiplayer mode

CONS

  • Technically less impressive
  • Mission targets are nor clear
  • Plot and characters lack interest

Good
7

Opening the door for a new generation of video games, Watch Dogs gives you the opportunity to become a hacker, doling out your personal sense of justice in the streets of Chicago.

With open-world gameplay reminiscent of GTA, but geared towards hacking and missions, Watch Dogs has definitely got some appeal, but does it keep all the promises made when it was first announced?

Walk the streets of a vibrant and deadly Chicago

Set in the not so distant future, Watch Dogs makes use of some all too familiar familiar topics: the surveillance society, the pervasiveness of cell phones, and the leakage of personal data. You become Aiden Pearce, a hacker obsessed with personal revenge. You have to try to find those responsible for some past tragedy while choosing whether or not to intercept potential criminals on the streets of Chicago. You have access to all this data from your cell phone, which is used to gain access to citizen's personal information in order to identify dangerous criminals.

Similar to Minority Report, one of the most well-known movies on the topic, Watch Dogs is based on a promising premise.

The game developers have done a great job in terms of content: the city of Chicago is huge and full of people, each individual with a unique profile accessible from your phone that includes their names, annual salaries, and lots of other detailed info. Each person has his/her own secrets that only a hacker like you can access; while one maybe have a criminal record, another could be debt-ridden, while yet another could simply be passionate about classical music.The attention to detail is unique in Watch Dogs, and the portrayal of life and diversity is outstanding.

Unfortunately, the world of Watch Dogs suffers from a flimsy plot, an issue which quickly reveals itself. The main plot is uninspiring, told around a poorly conducted story of revenge. The characters are remarkably superficial, and as a player, you feel no empathy for Aiden Pearce and his lackeys, which is unfortunate for a game that has clearly taken plenty of inspiration from GTA V! Note, however, that'll you encounter plenty of secondary storylines while wandering the streets of Chicago. Passersby often tell their stories, giving a new, and very welcome, depth to the plot.

Excellent gameplay stained by poorly designed missions

Watch Dogs is an open world action game, meaning you can freely explore the city of Chicago while having access to a variety of different vehicles. Again, GTA comparisons are inevitable, since both games seem to have a lot in common, but Ubisoft has managed to offer a real alternative to the popular Rockstar game by providing gameplay which is based on the possibility of hacking anything, anywhere. Your phone will constantly alert you to hacking opportunities involving security cameras, traffic lights, or even draw bridges. These interruptions help you wreak havoc, as well as intercept criminals and policemen.

Gameplay is excellent, and the interface is simple. With only one button, you can hack all electrical equipment within sight, dynamically integrating what could have been a painful and annoying part of gameplay into a really useful aspect. I would have liked the missions to have received similar attention, but unfortunately, they haven't. Although there are many diverse missions in Watch Dogs, they suffer from a lack of clarity that can be really annoying. Targets are often ambiguous, and it can be almost unbearable to start the same mission five times without fully understanding what you're meant to do.

Good but not essential

What's the verdict on the first true next generation game? Even if Watch Dogs isn’t up to expectations, it’s still an excellent open world action game. The city of Chicago becomes a huge playground, with content and attention to detail that I wish we'd see more often. The hacking mechanisms are very well implemented, and if you add to that good multiplayer, Watch Dogs becomes a great game with unique and excellent gameplay that'll make you forget its weak plot line.

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— User reviews — about Watch Dogs

  • Giorgi Xatiashvili

    by Giorgi Xatiashvili

    "i love watch dogs"

    watch dogs is best game and very interesting guys plis download this . More.

    reviewed on February 27, 2017

  • marv_schu12

    by marv_schu12

    "awesome"

    It looks awesome, too bad they overpromised beforhand otherwise people would be more impressed. More.

    reviewed on July 8, 2014

  • tvalida

    by tvalida

    "overrated"

    I think its pretty cool but also very overrated. I think ill order it if on sale. More.

    reviewed on July 2, 2014

  • marv_schu12

    by marv_schu12

    "AWESOME"

    YEAH BEST VIDEOGAME EVER I LOVE VIDEOGAMES ITS MADE BY UBISOFT AND NO ONE LIKE UBISOFT BUT THATS OKAY BECAUSE CHILDREN W... More.

    reviewed on July 1, 2014

  • Daniel Osborne

    by Daniel Osborne

    "The game is interesting and fun"

    I think it is very,very intersting how he seeks revenge and it is fun . More.

    reviewed on December 28, 2013