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  • Summary: In the modern hyper-connected world, Chicago has the nation's most advanced and integrated computer system – one which controls almost every facet of city technology and maintains critical information on all of the city's residents. Assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a notorious hacker andIn the modern hyper-connected world, Chicago has the nation's most advanced and integrated computer system – one which controls almost every facet of city technology and maintains critical information on all of the city's residents. Assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a notorious hacker and former thug, whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those people who have hurt your family, you will be able to monitor and hack all who surround you while manipulating the city's systems to stop traffic lights, download personal information, manipulate the electrical grid and more. Use the entire city of Chicago as your personal weapon and exact your signature brand of revenge. Collapse
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  1. May 27, 2014
    90
    The game was designed to put control into the player’s hands and it succeeded. I thought the concept was incredibly epic and it didn’t leave me with that “I wish I could do this” feeling I get from some games. The power to play the game how you want is also a bonus. Also, if you’re looking for a game with a ton of replay value, Watch_Dogs will definitely do it. While I figured Watch_Dogs would have been a more sophisticated version of GTA, it isn’t. It can be frenetic at times and sometimes, that’s all you need to have some fun.
  2. May 27, 2014
    86
    A delightful open-world playground with terrific graphics, lots of activities and brilliant hacking gameplay. Poor plotting and the lack of a more courageous treatment of its up-to-date scenario keeps Watch Dogs from playing in the same league as Rockstar's masterpieces.
  3. May 28, 2014
    85
    Ubisoft's challange to GTA has succeeded and shows great potential. But the writers should have shown more courage to be different and remarkable.
  4. Sep 3, 2014
    79
    Ubisoft's flagship title has a really, really repulsive protagonist. The entire storyline feels like it was cranked out of a automated story generator. On the positive side, Watch Dogs looks really good on PC, especially after modding the graphics to match the visual splendor of the early E3 demos. [Aug 2014]
  5. Jun 13, 2014
    70
    Watch Dogs are no gaming revolution, but it is definitely a steady start of the new series. With respect to the game's size you may wink at technical issues which are like a really heavy stone attached to the PC version's ankle. However, you may wink at them but only to some extent. Enough is enough. Despite all that, Watch Dogs do not deserve to be damned considering it is an entertaining title, and although it does not run on 100% for the most part, let us say it does not pronouncedly fail in anything apart from its story.
  6. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    Ubisoft has a less-than-stellar record with portings of its AAA games and Watch Dogs is no exception.
  7. May 27, 2014
    60
    Watch Dogs is decent, but as the first entry into the series it’s still trying to find its niche and its style, and as a result it’s a little bland and all too repetitive. It successfully apes a lot of other games without ever really finding a way to stand out on its own, and the hacking isn’t really enough to push it past “me too” status.

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  1. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    The game is great but i have run into some serious technical issues which has nothing to do with my system. My specs are the following,a gtxThe game is great but i have run into some serious technical issues which has nothing to do with my system. My specs are the following,a gtx 780 and an i5 3570k processor. The major issue i am having with the game is that every 5-10 minutes, the game crashes and i have to restart the system in order for my pc to work again. I have the latest available drivers and i have even tried lowering the in game settings and reducing the overclock on my gpu but to no avail. The fps is ridiculous and even with the recommended settings used from geforce experience, it fluctuates from 40 to 60 fps consistently which makes the gameplay unbearable. So all i can do now is wait for a patch but until then I can't even play the game. I am so annoyed with ubisoft and their **** this is the worst port i have ever played. This game needs serious fixing ubisoft!!!Get you acts together jerks, i want my moneys worth!!! Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    9
    Watch Dogs is a great game if we bear in mind that it's the first title in that category from Ubisoft. As a Nvidia-user there are almost noWatch Dogs is a great game if we bear in mind that it's the first title in that category from Ubisoft. As a Nvidia-user there are almost no bugs except for the stuttering while driving around. Also, it's a bit complicated to climb up rocks. The storyline is intuitive, the missions are great and there are plenty of side missions. I also like the personality of all the NPCs running around. Clearly, Ubisoft took a lot of effort to build a game like this. I'm looking forward to Watch_Dogs 2. Expand
  3. May 27, 2014
    7
    So boring game with bad physics, bad story and stereotyped missions and faces of main protagonist are like from 5 years old game or worse. NoSo boring game with bad physics, bad story and stereotyped missions and faces of main protagonist are like from 5 years old game or worse. No emotions, no fun Developers should look on Crysis 3 faces. . Really disappointed. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    4
    Всё сделано слишком плохо.Всё,что есть интересного в этой игре - задумка.
    Не думаю,что перечислить все недостатки игры я смогу,а вот плюсы
    Всё сделано слишком плохо.Всё,что есть интересного в этой игре - задумка.
    Не думаю,что перечислить все недостатки игры я смогу,а вот плюсы ещё уложусь.

    + На ультре игра выглядит красиво ;
    +Интересная задумка (но слишком кривой сюжет :( ) ;
    +Интересно исследовать Чикаго ;
    +Хорошая музыка :D .
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  5. May 30, 2014
    2
    This game looks horrible, it freezes up and it seems the online component is broken. This could be sure to everyone having problems. I amThis game looks horrible, it freezes up and it seems the online component is broken. This could be sure to everyone having problems. I am running a 4670k, 6870 hawk OCd, 8 gbs 1600 mhz ram. My video card is old sure but it still works well in bf4. Running 60 fps at high/med settings. And even at those settings bf4 looks great.

    Now with watch Dogs. The highest the game will allow the card to run is medium textures. This makes the game look like Gta vice city on my Galaxy Note phone. This is a horribly bad running game. Then after playing about 10 minutes. It starts freezing every 5 seconds. This causes frame rates to drop to 10 or so requiring me to restart the game.

    Far as the game play. I could not use a mouse and keyboard. It almost forces the use of a controller. The game play seems okay. I would have preferred a less arcade driving system but I guess they wanted cars to feel like that so okay then. The gunplay seems good. I like the way they control. Good aiming and recoil feel for a 3rd person game. The little I played seemed okay. I am guessing it is nowhere close to the scope, quality and feel of GTA 5 but I guess this is the closest we have. This score is solely based on the horrible visual quality and stutter problems the game has.
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  6. Dec 27, 2014
    0
    Sigh Metacritic site error on first review, so here's the short version:

    Would never play because it has Uplay...and I have an AMD card.
    Sigh Metacritic site error on first review, so here's the short version:

    Would never play because it has Uplay...and I have an AMD card.

    Never had a chance to earn points, 0/10 wake the F up Ubisoft, your brand is tanking over DRM that only hurts paying customers and offers literally zero benefit to the consumer. Yes I know there's points and unlock rewards; but Ubi is extracting those reward elements from a normal game, and sticking it into its DRM; completely unnecessary; let me unlock things for the games I play because of things I do in the game, not add some unnecessary reward points layer just to justify really bad and invasive DRM that has in the past not even let me play games I own because it can't connect to its own servers even though I'm online, or the stupid Uplay client crashes in the background. Clean up your act Ubi; here's an old addage about customer service for ya "Ignore your customers and they'll go away"
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  7. May 27, 2014
    0
    The game is amazing!!! This is the nextgen!!! The cars are handling like a brick and missing the deformation. Those amazing pedestrians withThe game is amazing!!! This is the nextgen!!! The cars are handling like a brick and missing the deformation. Those amazing pedestrians with the same walking animation. The boring storyline, and press to win hacking. Oh god 10/10!!! Expand

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