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  • Summary: In the modern uber-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. You assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a notorious hacker andIn the modern uber-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. You 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 29, 2014
    75
    Car chases aside, Watch Dogs would be a great and memorable open-world action game if not for persistent performance problems.
  2. May 27, 2014
    70
    The Watch_Dogs experience on PS3 is good but it does not match our expectations from a technical perspective. The definitive version is definitively on Next Gen platforms.
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  1. Positive: 45 out of 82
  2. Negative: 23 out of 82
  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    This game is awesome, the game mechanic are nice and the control too, all the little thing like walking while checking your phone make theThis game is awesome, the game mechanic are nice and the control too, all the little thing like walking while checking your phone make the game more realistic. The whole game is original and a really enjoyable open world game...I liked GTA V and I must say that WatchDogs is so much more fun.

    And for everybody who is so disapointed about graphics....you are just stu*id...the game look better then any other game on PS3...it's just normal that it don't look as nice as the PS4 version...you dont have to spend 400$ to get the ps4 and you can play this awesome game....what's the problem ?..if you want to have really nice graphic go get a PS4 and stop saying that the graphic are bad...It's like if you were saying that a game look REALLY bad because you watched a video of the game running on 2000$ PC and it was so much nicer....seriously....please, try to be smart just a little bit....
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  2. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    Great game, gets fun when u get your way around the hacking system and got some enjoyable puzzles, not too hard, but not too handheldingGreat game, gets fun when u get your way around the hacking system and got some enjoyable puzzles, not too hard, but not too handhelding either. Online is alot of fun, you can do stuff like going into other players games as civilians trying to hack them for an amount of secons without them detecting and killing you. theres also stuff like racing ect. ai isnt bad, enemies are good at hiding, sometimes i barely believe the red spots that shows where they are on my gps in game. Expand
  3. May 28, 2014
    8
    The trouble with anything that has been overhyped, is that if it fails to deliver as the true 'zeitgeist' experience that many who have beenThe trouble with anything that has been overhyped, is that if it fails to deliver as the true 'zeitgeist' experience that many who have been sucked-in demand, then it is immediately deemed a failure. Its a truly sad example of 'all or nothing', because quite often, if the so-called 'failure' is approached objectively, then its merits can be appreciated, and a true measure of what is on offer can be gained.

    Watchdogs on PS3 does not earn any kudos at all within the first hour. A tedious and murky introduction, coupled with lackluster graphics (I'll come back to that) and a horrid nigh-on minute-long reload of the mission if you fail, instantly repel. Then, its into the main game, and alarm bells rung extremely loudly: its traditional 'sandbox' fare, with a campaign, and offset 'extra' missions (for seeming good value), and a few quirks here and there. It feels immediately like a clunky ill-fit of parts, trying desperately to be the next Assassin's Creed, but without the innovation, or the involvement so crucially needed.

    Then, it all changes....... and fast!! The 'hacking' element kicks-in, and the whole emphasis of the game changes rather fast. What had initially seemed a gimmick, suddenly plays a heavy part of the game. It may seem very fiddly initially, but when you have a grasp of the concept, suddenly you're dealing with a puzzle game effectively within the confines of the game world, and its one that when you receive the pay-off, is massively satisfying. Coupled with the fact that once you understand the nature of the game, and that it can also affect that initially rather mundane world played-in much more than you'd expect, this suddenly adds much depth to the game - truly, if you invest the time (3 hours roughly) then you will be sucked-in. The controls on the cars is clunky as well, but then there are delights, such as riding the motorbikes in the game. I guarantee, that once you ride one bike in the game at high speed, then you may well never touch another car again (I haven't so far!!).

    The graphics will be an instant turn-off for many, and its true that it does all look a bit 'half-baked': the frame-rate can jitter at times, the cars don't have a proper damage and degradation engine (crash a car into a wall at high speed and it only has minor damage), there's clipping and texture collision issues, pop-in and texture fill-in when driving, and tearing as well - but if it detracts, then it never truly kills the gameplay (by the way - I played this in 1080P, so if you have different results, please let me know!!). Sound is the usual: really good voice-acting, coupled with okay effects, and a soundtrack that sadly is more filler than killer.

    As a last point though, I'd like to add about some of the idiotic presentation options that have been put-in - reloading after a failed mission feels like a hike, and coupled with the fact that if you don't want to try again you have to pause and quit the mission, feels utterly stupid - why not just give the option to quit or retry straight-off? I mention this, because this baffling method of interaction runs throughout the game, and if you aren't aware, it can mean often having to restart a mission and regaining lost ground - and its really annoying.

    I'm playing Watch Dogs without the hype (I wasn't bought by it, I needed a diversion from my endless Dark Souls 2 obsession!!), and I'm enjoying it greatly. And with that, I hope that Ubisoft aren't put-off from a bad reception otherwise, and advance this game into what could be a stellar series - after all, Assassin's Creed and Hitman had suitably lukewarm receptions upon their introductions, and look where they are now.

    Don't expect the universe from Watch Dogs, just expect a lot of fun, and satisfying depth for such a game, and you'll be surprized
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  4. May 2, 2015
    7
    I am a big fan of Deus Ex 1 and Human Revolution. And I was hoping Watch Dogs would be alike in most ways. There are some good points like theI am a big fan of Deus Ex 1 and Human Revolution. And I was hoping Watch Dogs would be alike in most ways. There are some good points like the free-roaming the city. In the campaign you are forced to kill. The chase scenes aren't this fun. Enemy spawns are like in Rainbow Six Vegas. Means they pop up inside an area even they were behind you all the time. One thing is really worth mentioning: The graphics for PS3-era are really good. Bottom-line here is: It's not the hoped for new Deus game. But it's an ok-/good game. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    6
    It was only a matter of time before Ubisoft decided to approach the modern day action open world. But what largely damages Watch Dogs trackIt was only a matter of time before Ubisoft decided to approach the modern day action open world. But what largely damages Watch Dogs track record is that it took a while to reach us. And when it did we are assailed by inadequate graphics for a game of 2014. Granted that a game is game and we shouldn't complain, but a little bit of hard work goes a long way.

    The big question is why are the graphics so poor when we hear that other 'clever' people have got the graphics to work 'properly'. You start to ask what exactly is going on?

    I've played the game and have not finished yet. The story tries to be compelling, but I will agree with another a critic and say that Aiden Pierce is a man who reacts and doesn't initiate anything beyond a personal revenge hack or facial smash to 'protect' his family when he shouldn't have endangered them in the first place by becoming a criminal.

    It is very much 70% GTA, 20% Far Cry 3 and 10% Assassin's Creed. There should be a sequel to rectify this dog, so that in the future, it will have it's day.
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  6. May 27, 2014
    4
    I won't rate this a 0 or a 10 like some others do to 'balance' the scores. In my opinion, this is a supreme disappointment after all the hypeI won't rate this a 0 or a 10 like some others do to 'balance' the scores. In my opinion, this is a supreme disappointment after all the hype and delay. PS3 graphics are downright horrible, especially when compared to recent games like GTA5, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, and the Last of Us. There is just no excuse for releasing a current game with LAST gen graphics. While the premise is interesting, I can't get into a 2014 game that makes my eyes bleed. While this might be a worthwhile IP on a PS4 or high-end PC, give it a wide miss on the severely underperforming PS3. Utter crap, Ubisoft. Expand
  7. Oct 21, 2014
    0
    Really disappointing graphics. It comes to a point where it disturbs the gaming experience. And it's impossible not to compare to GTA V andReally disappointing graphics. It comes to a point where it disturbs the gaming experience. And it's impossible not to compare to GTA V and think how bad this game really is (not only in graphics). Wish I had seen reviews from other users before I bought it! Wasted money! Expand

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