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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 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. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. May 27, 2014
    80
    Watch Dogs has some smart gameplay mechanics. Hacking is a great experience full of possibilities, and the game perfectly combines stealth situations with good gunplay. However, Watch Dogs has two problems: driving isn't at all polished and has some graphical issues. It's better on PC.
  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 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. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    All of these people are wrong and just mad about about the downgrade. If all you care about are graphics then stop playing games right now. It's okay if you really don't like this game but I'm sure everyone here is only hatting on it because of the downgrade. It's a great game. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2014
    8
    This game is fun. I have always been a fan of the open-world / GTA type of games, and this one takes that and adds a new element.

    The
    problem solving aspect of some of the missions / side-missions make it fun. The element that it's a single player game until someone calls in a hit on you adds a great multi-player aspect in the single player mode is fun. The multi-player hacking adds excitement to a single player story game. The side-missions like the QR Code solving make you really think compared to other open-world games trying to find those hard to find cameras. Makes you think outside the box.

    Yes, there is some things that are not great about it... the driving at first felt like I was driving a semi-truck... now I figured it out better and treat it as a drifting game. I can easily win any get away missions or multi-player races. People... think outside the box. I do agree having a pipes game is a horrible add to hack into security. It just doesn't make sense. Also, there is some minor 3D building issues I have run across... but just minor. Not the hype problems the video game media is saying.

    I highly recommend if you want a problem solving, mini multi-player open world game. I'm hoping that the DLC is as good in the future.

    ...And a note, if you are having technical issues with the game not working, Upgrade Your Machine! I haven't had one problem and I'm running on a 30" Dell Monitor at 2560x1600 with a single NVidia 770 GTX.
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  4. Aug 15, 2014
    4
    I'm generally a fan of Ubisoft. Splinter cell and Assassin's creed have recently wowed me so I decided to give this game a try. I saw the reveal and demo for this and it looked amazing. I liked the idea of a vigilante character dishing out his own justice because of some vendetta. Enter Aiden Pearce.

    The graphics, though less than I expected were good. The open landscape and architecture gave me enough of a feeling of chicago although it is quite hard to compare to the real thing. The cars, though unlicensed nonsense names, were neat. The weapons were interesting enough. People having real conversations was great. The idea of hyper connectivity and the flaws of technology was a great idea. Hacking though oversimplified was mild fun.

    However, I found some things rather disturbing...

    Driving. An open world game like this has driving. Great. I hate driving. In watch dogs I often found myself choosing to run or take a train rather than drive. If I did drive, I often found myself drinking myself to blackout because it was dreadful. Every vehicle has three speeds: stop, go, and reverse. That is all. There is no driving like a normal person. Tap the accelerator and the tires squeal. I like that for when I have to get going quickly for chases, but that is it. Vehicle handling was so bad I felt like it was a government concept. Turning was often difficult unless you came to a dead stop at each intersection. You can't do that when someone is driving away from you and has a two hundred meter head start.

    Stealth. Considering I'm a big fan of Splinter Cell and Assassin's creed, I figured there would be an element of stealth and I was not wrong. However, stealth is limited to sitting in a corner while you step away from the PC to take care of something. Very few weapons are silenced. Enemies often found ways to walk on top of you and call for help. This frustrated me deeply as going loud and proud generally lead to death.

    Survival. I never noticed an actual health bar, but that is fine. I felt you were often gunned down way to quickly. An enemy with a basic bullet resistant vest can somehow live through a full magazine without being knocked down but being shot at for three seconds was the end for me. I understand the character doesn't wear armor but this is ludicrous. Even more so on missions where your target is in the middle of a five vehicle motorcade with heavily armed guards.

    Online. Dreadful. Annoying. Not balanced.

    Citizens. I cannot count the times citizens actually ran in front of my vehicle or stood in the middle of the road when I was driving. Even more bothersome was how some people would see my weapon from the next city block and call the police on me.

    Character development. More of it or any development at all would have been nice. Aiden's past and present felt disconnected. His contacts often made no sense. A romance with Clara would have been nice.

    I could go on for a while. Instead, I will leave it at the game had amazing potential. Sadly, that potential was not reached or even glanced at. I will finish the game as I tend to dislike not finishing things I start. I'm disappointed in Ubisoft. Instead of a dynamic story with thrilling action, we got a flat story with a shaky plot. This is not the quality I expect from Ubisoft. If I were them, I would be ashamed my name was on this.
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  5. May 27, 2014
    2
    Totally not worth its price.. we can all agree that we've seen this kind of laziness way to often now.. It almost feels like the developers aint that interessted in making a good product, they just want their quick buck as soon as possible for a minimal development cost... Expand
  6. Aug 26, 2014
    0
    The 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
  7. Jun 6, 2014
    0
    Watch Dogs genuinely displays everything that is wrong with video gaming nowadays:
    - Derivative rip off storyline Ubi ripped off from Person
    of Interest.
    - Gameplay copy-pasted from other Ubisoft titles.
    - Gimmicky and dead "open" world with only collectibles being there to pad out the gameplay time.
    - Under-delivered promises, lies, expectations not met.
    - Awfully optimized PC port.

    And yet the average casual gamer will eat that sh*t up like no tomorrow.
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