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  • Summary: In the modern uber-connected world, Chicago maintains 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 hackerIn the modern uber-connected world, Chicago maintains 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 history 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 and private information, manipulate the electrical grid and more. Use the entire city of Chicago as your personal weapon and exact your signature brand of revenge. Expand
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  1. Positive: 64 out of 80
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  1. May 27, 2014
    100
    Watch_Dogs combines an astonishingly detailed world, a gripping storyline, creative game mechanics, a myriad of missions and activities, and improvisational tactical sandbox gameplay to create a truly next-generation open world game. Phenomenal. No other word for it.
  2. It’s not often a new game franchise comes into the world so fully realized and without major shortcomings, which is why this is such an impressive achievement. Not only is it more polished, expansive, alive and fun to play than many predecessors in its genre, it’s also the best example yet of next-generation gameplay.
  3. May 27, 2014
    89
    Watch Dogs isn't inspiring or revolutionary, but it's a well-rounded approach to open world gameplay. Completing the story and merely sampling the various side activities can last over thirty hours, with plenty more left to do. The focus on hacking lends to more cerebral gameplay, and the multiplayer is solid.
  4. May 27, 2014
    80
    As an open-world game, Watch Dogs provides “enough” — enough sidequests, enough space, enough of a playground — to qualify, but it doesn’t quite place. Other games have nailed a better balance in optional activities and large-scale ambiance, including other games from Ubisoft Montreal itself. But when Watch Dogs focuses on the things it does better than anyone else, it finds an identity worth developing. As a hybrid open-world stealth-action game, it’s in a class by itself.
  5. Watch Dogs comes close to earning Best in Show, but falters on some critical open-world elements. Bring on the sequel! [July 2014, p74]
  6. May 27, 2014
    80
    When I say that Watch Dogs does not meet expectations, I’m not only referring to the technological aspects - new concepts and ideas are the key parts. In this aspect, it’s definitely on the right path. it is important to mention that this is a game that most of the time is very good, but there is still potential to be explored in the future.
  7. May 27, 2014
    60
    Even though I feel its story is often weak and its action isn't that different from other games in the genre, I still enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs. It turns out that the old stuff still works, and the strong-but-standard mission design kept me entertained, most of the time. It's rough around the edges, though, so if you don't settle for anything less than the best, you'll probably be disappointed...But hey, Watch Dogs 2? That'll probably be pretty cool.

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  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    I'n shocked at how there'd are so many haters for this game. IMO opinion this game is wayyy better than gta 5 and here is why. First off theI'n shocked at how there'd are so many haters for this game. IMO opinion this game is wayyy better than gta 5 and here is why. First off the city of Chicago feels way more real than anything rockstar has crafted. Don't get me wrong rockstar can craft some great live open world games but nothing comes close to matching watchdogs living breathing city. Random crimes happen, fights, and some nova will even call the cops on you. It just feels so real even in how the npcs interact with you and others. It's simply amazing. The animation and graphics are excellent even though there is a noticeable graphics downgrade. The shooting and hacking in the game is fun and opens up endless possibilities on how to complete missions, stop crimes, or evade the cops. There is just so much content in this game from the aforementioned random crimes to activities like chess, drinking games, races, and even my favorite activities...digital trips. There is so much more this game offers but explaining it would take a while and I'd rather get back to playing this amazing piece of work. It is well worth the money don't believe the hate. It ain't perfect but it sure as hell is close to it 9.5/10 Expand
  2. Jun 13, 2014
    10
    Not a "Next Gen" game, but an extremely solid title that had me glued for hours at a time. There is so much to do, and such a varied amount ofNot a "Next Gen" game, but an extremely solid title that had me glued for hours at a time. There is so much to do, and such a varied amount of gameplay, that you just can't get bored of it. Online interaction with other players is seemless, and the game does a great job and being able to transition from side mission to online to campaign. The city is ALIVE. you can walk down the street and eavesdrop on conversations; I've heard at least 40-50 conversations, and they've never repeated once. You can hack text messages and read some pretty hilarious private conversations. People are walking everywhere, cars are all over. It feels just right. I've witness car accidents I've had nothing to do with and watched the drivers get out and argue with each other. I've passed by a motel and watched a women yell at a man from the topstairs balcony about infidelity. I've heard freestyle rap, and caught two people "in the act." You can spy on people inside their homes and observe peeping toms (ironic), people dancing in their underwear, and all sorts of shennanigans.

    It's a game with a lot of personality and content. Very solid, but I would hesitate to say it's the "game changer" people were looking for. A solid 8.5-9/10, but a 10 to offset the influx of 0's people gave it minutes after it was released (I.E. without playing it)
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  3. Jun 4, 2014
    9
    This game is really good . I liked that its singelplayer and multiplayer at the same time, it adds depth to the game. It doesent fell closedThis game is really good . I liked that its singelplayer and multiplayer at the same time, it adds depth to the game. It doesent fell closed off. I played it on PS4 and it look amazing. Not as amazing as Infamous:second. But still very nice look. As gameplay goes you are overwhelmed with inormation at the start, but once you played a couple of hours and everything has sinked in the game gets better. There is so much to do in Singelplayer and multiplayer. I gave it a 9/10 because everything feels weel thought of and I didnt suffer any of the glitches and downtimes. Plus it feels like Ubistoft learnt from its misstakes from the Assassins creed games. You should definitely buy this game if like the concept of the game. Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2014
    8
    Solid game. I haven't finished yet but I've put enough time into it to judge. I may be giving it a better review than others because I did notSolid game. I haven't finished yet but I've put enough time into it to judge. I may be giving it a better review than others because I did not follow any of the hype leading up to its release. From what I hear, compared to what it was originally intended to be, Watch Dogs is a bit of a let down. Good open world, hacking the environment is original and fun if a little repetitive at times. Tons of side missions and things to find. I would still say GTA V has the best open world city if that helps anyone see where my point of view lies. Some of the music is good, i like how simple it is to change songs or turn music off. I wish I could play my own mp3s but that's neither here nor there.

    You can go stealth or full out warfare or a mix and match successfully. Lots of guns to play with and the gadgets are great if you remember to use them. I didn't utilize the slow motion as much as I should've but it's a cool feature. Good, solid game.
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  5. Mar 17, 2015
    6
    So after all the great hype and promising teasers of gameplay, we finally get to experience the long awaited Watchdogs and i have mixedSo after all the great hype and promising teasers of gameplay, we finally get to experience the long awaited Watchdogs and i have mixed thoughts about the game. i liked most of what i've seen and experienced but there are some vital areas that personally disappoint me.

    Gameplay - Despite having a vast amount of side missions, you do feel like after completing a few that it does eat away at your interest of the main campaign. It does lack major depth in the side missions but the short details do keep them interesting. The movement is nice & solid which is similar to the feel of Assassins Creed IV but does get irritating when attempting to climb some fences and walls that cant be engaged. The hacking is fun while it lasts and prevents WD from being a generic game. The driving though is the biggest disappointment and almost jeopardizes the entire experience, the control when driving is very poor and it heavily takes away from getaways and chases. The combat system is also a tad too simple and easy. Gameplay Rate: 8

    Storyline: I think the story is great but it lacked complexity, it has a basic plot for a very sophisticated world. Better writers could have made this much more engaging. Aidan also at times lacked to pick up the momentum throughout the story, luckily he had a strong supporting cast. Storyline Rate: 4

    Challenge: At first the hacking can be annoying but once you've settled in playing you'll get the hang of it but as for the missions i felt it was a bit too easy, the only difficult thing for me was the driving because of the horrible driving system but other then that WD isn't that hard. Challenge Rate: 7.

    Fun Factor: A very fun game that i enjoyed and still enjoying at this moment, obviously hacking being on top of the list but even the horrid driving system has fun moments when playing around with blockers and traffic lights. Fun Rate: 7

    Graphics & Sounds: The graphics didn't really impress me much, i actually was a fool to expect the quality to be high as it was shown on all the teasers. What i really didn't like was the contrast of color through the game, it was like walking through a bland and unhappy city throughout the whole game even the sunny days were depressing. Expect the same and even less from the game on PS4. Unless you got it on the PC....The sound effects were up too par and accurate, cars crashing and the different sort of guns blasting were sharp and even the the voice casting were great, the in game music wasn't too bad either. Graphics & Sound Rate: 6

    My Conclusion: As much as i wanted to praise this game i feel the expectations were set too high, even with a avid amount of things to do in the game i felt there were bits and pieces that prevented this game from reaching its full potential.
    Buy or Rent: Buy with caution or if you like Assassin Creed just with a modern technology twist other then that rent first. Want chaos? Stick too GTA V.

    Overall Rating - 6.5: Far from perfect
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  6. Jun 2, 2014
    5
    From the user reviews I've read so far, the people who gave high ratings, say that people who gave it low ratings was only because they hadFrom the user reviews I've read so far, the people who gave high ratings, say that people who gave it low ratings was only because they had high expectations. While that may be true for some people. I didn't even hear about this game until a couple months ago. The concept seemed cool, but it fell on its face, when i started playing it i quickly realized "this is GTA but lets just add environmental interaction through 'hacking' ". While some parts of the game are fun, not being able to shoot while driving, being forced to sneak around for some parts. I would recommend installing the game on your hard drive, because if you mess up a mission the loading times are irritating. The side missions are passable, most of them are not that fun, Most of the time you will mess up more than once and you have to learn the encounters(not what i'm looking for in a game like this). I only really like stopping the crimes. Some redeeming factors of the game that i like is the main story, it's actually intriguing. I like that you can hop the L-train and fast travel or just go for a ride to where you want to go if you're feeling leisurely. I also liked they way they introduced a form of PVP in the game with the mobile app to console play, it's fun but also sometimes can be unfair when another play is hacking you, It can be on the annoying side when you're about to start a mission then all of a sudden you get invaded out of nowhere (you should choose to PVP and not almost be forced to). It's a cool concept but, i think it needs some improvement Also one review i read said that it was a similar to how 'assassins creed 1' was, If this were remotely true i would have enjoyed it more. I was quickly bored with this game, other than the main story (I'll give Ubisoft that, they write some good stories for their games) Watch Dogs was not what i had expected the 'hacking" should be more prevalent and less of the guns and shoot em up aspects(it didn't really fit the main character to be a hacker but just be ok with shooting people, doesn't make sense to me), i had more fun playing Saints Row 3 and 4, Sleeping Dogs, and GTA V, Watch Dogs seemed to Hype up changing this genre of games but it fell flat to me. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2014
    0
    There is nothing clever, new or challenging about this game. When you are given a mission, instead of it being difficult they just make sureThere is nothing clever, new or challenging about this game. When you are given a mission, instead of it being difficult they just make sure to provide no instruction and overwhelm you with computer generated players so you die, die, die, die and have to do the mission over and over and over. Its like they just copied a GTA map, stuck in their own random side missions, then instead of doing anything new, they just make it difficult using the lazy methods mentioned above. Oh and the music, what a joke! It is a bunch of unheard of "tracks" from a bunch of lousy no-name artists. And you are supposed to feel and accomplishment when you unlock new songs?! Oh yeah, great I just unlocked another assault on my senses! Complete waste of time and money. Gonna find someone else to pawn this off on! Expand

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