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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 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. May 27, 2014
    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
    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
    Watch Dogs’ interconnected world is a wonderful, explosive, high-tech playground. Shame the people who inhabit it are so forgettable.
  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
    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
    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
    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 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 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 2, 2014
    Good graphics, awesome free roam, awesome features. Multiplayer could use a bit of fixing. Awesome campaign story line and missions. But overall an awesome free roam experience. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2014
    I dont understand why this game has so many haters. Sure its no GTA5, but its its own game that incorperates some really memerable stuff. When i heard about the graphic downgrade that was a mjor hit for me, but when i actually got the game the graphics looked great even when its day time and the city looks flat and yellow. The gameplay and hacking are fresh you cant bet the feeling when someones chasing you then you blockers and all you can see and here is carnage in the backround. Overall Watchdogs is a unique memerable experience the multiplayer might be lacking and its no GTA5 but its its own game. 9.0/10 Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    From the excitement that came with the build up to actually playing the game, I imagine there are a lot of disappointed people out there. To some extent I agree with them, as the game does have some flaws, but nothing that stops this from being a fun alternative to GTA V. The game starts off kinda slow, introducing you to some of the new mechanics which can be slightly overwhelming when they are being explained. From hacking, to the upgrade system and the different 'powers', but it soon makes sense once the game lets you loose. I think the main thing to do is give it a chance. I had all but given up after a few hours, but I came back to it and saw it for what it is - just some good fun. The story meant nothing to me, so I just saw it as a way to connect the various missions, many of which rely on stealth. People have slated the stealth portions, but if you use the various hacks effectively, there shouldn't be any issues with this. It stops blowing into a section, guns blazing and forces you to think about it.

    I should also give a small nod to the online play. I have only played the 1-on-1 hacking, but find it to be fun and not at all intrusive to the main game. You can opt to turn it off so that people cannot hack you whilst you are playing the story, but I found it to be a nice change of pace.
  5. Jun 16, 2014
    I am disappointed with this game. Not because it is bad. But because it's not up to the hype ubisoft created for it. The made me feel it's gonna be GTA V competitor. In fact it hardly reach GTA III. Even Sleeping Dogs was better in my opinion.
    The game had potential. But boring. I didn't get attached to the game. I just wanted to finish it. Even the side activities where boring and repetitive. The world isn't big. And Chicago wasn't interesting at all. The story wasn't interesting as well. Aiden character acting was very bad. There was no need to put this batman voice twist to character. Other NPC characters were more interesting (Clara, T-Bone & Jordi)
    The game has too many bugs and glitches. Also online multiplayer is bad. Not interesting at all. And PvP invasion. You play it couple of times and you get bored of it.
    Just very disappointed. This 6 for me.
  6. May 29, 2014
    First I want to say here that in my opinion graphics are not important , but what Ubisoft has crossed the line and tricked the entire gaming community .

    Watch_Dogs fou advertised with surreal graphics course in the PC version , with realistic physics and realism by the AI . The game looked stupidly gorgeous and wonderful visuals. But came to E3 2013 and the first downgrade of the game was visible . Here's a visual look and there it spawned a revolt in the community , then came the joke referring Ubisoft will GTAV and then the game was delayed EIGHT months and Ubisoft excuse was : " We need to enhance the game , fix some bugs "

    And if memory serves me , the more gameplays Watch_Dogs emerged in the period of late 2013 and early 2014 and a further downgrade was visible again , the visuals of E3 2012 were gone and the game was getting ugly. After Ubisoft released a trailer for a SEASON PASS for Watch_Dogs and this widespread revolt , at least for me .

    After the game was leaked and many people downloaded it for PC , of course it was not the full version but the game was completely different from the game we saw at E3 2012 and slightly worse than the version of E3 2013.

    The game has several flaws , starting with the graph, which loses old games like GTAIV , gameplay , physics of cars and DAMN DETAIL REFLECTIONS plus SEVERAL bugs .

    The positives are the history and fun Easter Eggs , otherwise the game does not deserve to be bought , so my rating is 5 .

    Forgiveness for the bad english , I'm using Gogle Translate because I'm Brazilian and do not dominate the American language .
  7. ag4
    Sep 1, 2014
    I don't care much about graphics, even small cize of city is fine. Although I find it hard there is no airport in Chicago? Oh I feel bad for people living there. But the biggest let down was how bad story was, the story was so incredibily bad I only finished the game because I did pay for it so I have to finish. But it was more pain than joy. Expand

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