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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. 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 18, 2014
    10
    I watched a play through on you tube, theradbrad, and it looks ok. the game actually deserves about a seven but i am putting a ten in toI watched a play through on you tube, theradbrad, and it looks ok. the game actually deserves about a seven but i am putting a ten in to balance out all the psychos that put a zero. this is not a zero, especially if you rate it based on your rig configuration or video card. you are supposed to rate the game content. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2014
    9
    First let me start off by saying this. IGN sat down and did a podcast about you and your **** reviews and how they don't matter. They saw you.First let me start off by saying this. IGN sat down and did a podcast about you and your **** reviews and how they don't matter. They saw you. They 1-upped you. Now that that's out of the way:

    This is a really fun game. An open-world sandbox with an added element of open-world elements through the hacking mechanism, which I must admit is far more fluid than I had anticipated. I will take off a point though because there's no driveable helicopters or aircrafts in general, which feels sort of limiting at times. It does make sense too however with how some parts of the game are structured, if you could just fly you wouldn't bother to solve half the puzzles within the game that require you to vault around, especially the CTOS Towers.
    There are plenty of weapons, all fit nicely on a radial wheel and are categorized with added secondaries like frags and IEDs. You can craft on the go anytime which is also nice, though unrealistic. But for the sake of convenience and gaming-practicality, its a good mechanism that shouldn't and doesn't conform to reality.
    The campaign is very lengthy and nice with lots of drama, tragedy, etc and there are also plenty of optional side activities that are not necessary but are rewarding. I got this game the day after release date, and I'm still having fun playing it. Also there is a season pass I did not get yet, but I'm sure that adds even more to the content. I did get it on the PS4 however so I did get some bonus missions which were quite fun too. There's also a great variety of online segments to even further the amount of fun you can have and adds a level of competitive play.

    To me, it was a great game, and worth every dollar I spent on it. With a somewhat small library of games to choose from for the PS4 atm, this stands tall with giants like Infamous SS as one of the best available titles right now on the new system. I'm sure that holds true for the XB1 too atm
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  4. Jun 16, 2014
    8
    Anyone who gave this game less then a 5 needs to stop writing for metacritic and stop calling themselves a gamer. Watchdogs is a good game.Anyone who gave this game less then a 5 needs to stop writing for metacritic and stop calling themselves a gamer. Watchdogs is a good game. Yes, it is repetitive at times and does need to get a graphics enhancement. That being said, the game is generally fun, good looking and expansive. I can understand some disappointment. But the low scores only hurt innovation. If you want companies to keep making Resident Evil 6 and Call of Duty: Cashgrab 2015, keep it up. Or, if you want things to improve, then stop hating on new games with franchise potential and take them as they are. A first game in a potential series. RE 1, GTA and the original Tomb Raider were not that good. But they got better. Watchdogs deserves the same chance and is a stronger game then the aforementioned titles. Expand
  5. May 28, 2014
    6
    First of all, I hope I'm not the only one tired of hearing how this game is a GTA V clone. It isn't... unless you're someone who considers theFirst of all, I hope I'm not the only one tired of hearing how this game is a GTA V clone. It isn't... unless you're someone who considers the fact that it's open-world and features humans as the main characters enough to make a game a "clone", in which case you shouldn't be writing reviews at all.

    I will admit that Watch Dogs falls short in many areas where GTA V delivered (radio stations, car selection, character customization, etc), but that's all I'll say on the comparison.

    Yes, the graphics are very mediocre for next-gen. However, as I think many of us can agree, it takes more than graphical superiority to make a great game. It helps, of course, but the beauty of Second Son couldn't overshadow the mediocre plot and the hollow shell of a city (much as it was baffling-ly detailed) (and don't get me wrong, it was worth playing and an absolute blast). Being great requires a combination of things, and this obsession with "it's next-gen so it needs to look amazing right now" really needs to chill out. Compare a PS3 launch title with The Last of Us or GTA V and get back to me.

    Yes, this game was over-hyped and marketed to be an absolute game-changer, and really, it doesn't live up to any of that. It was delayed for several months, so I think many of us took that as "well gee that must mean it's going to be REALLY good!" and the hype only grew. This game is not a good enough reason to buy a next-gen console if you don't already have one, in my opinion. I think it's a wonderfully enjoyable game and if people can expand their minds a bit and try to embrace the stealth emphasis they'd have even more fun with it, but this game is nothing ground-breaking. It has some fun tricks (and they ARE fun) and some great voice acting (Aiden, not so much, but the others are fantastic), but this is not a game that will raise the bar any higher than it already was before it was launched.

    I pre-ordered Watch Dogs so long ago it was shipped to the wrong address. I was looking forward to it as much as The Last of Us and GTA V and Bioshock Infinite and Second Son and Dark Souls 2, but I am not disappointed with it. I could gripe about how Ubisoft tricked us into thinking it had better graphics (*cough*Dark Souls 2*cough*) when really it looks like it could have been achieved on a PS3, or how it was over-hyped, but really that last one seems to be the key issue being had here with all the negative reviews.

    Ubisoft prepared us for a 10, so to see that in reality it's just an 8, we're all crushed. I know that I for one considered returning my copy after seeing the reviews (I'm still thoroughly enjoying Dark Souls 2) until that dawned on me. It was supposed to be "phenomenal", but in reality it's just "pretty good". It was supposed to be the reason to own a next-gen console, and it isn't.

    Paul Tassi at Forbes does a good job at saying this:

    "It’s a tough situation for developers. You want your fans to think you’re bringing them the moon with a new game, but with those sorts of lofty promises, you sometimes oversell your own product. When played in a vacuum, Watch Dogs is a very good sandbox game. But as it exists in this world where it’s meant to be an earth-shattering original IP and the birth of a new uber-franchise, it comes up short in many noticeable areas. It can often feel more derivative than innovative, despite its array of new hacking toys, and may disappoint some expecting more than it delivers."
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  6. May 31, 2014
    5
    The fools who allow a game's graphics to determine the game's quality are children who are complaining the keys being jingled in their faceThe fools who allow a game's graphics to determine the game's quality are children who are complaining the keys being jingled in their face aren't shinny enough. Graphics do not tell you whether a game is good or not. When it comes down to it the most important aspect is the gameplay. And as much as I want to love this game I feel a bit disappointed. This is not GTA 5 and should not be compared to it in any way. What the game should be held up to is Sleeping Dogs or Deus Ex Human Revolution. And in that regard I'd say Sleeping Dogs is a better game, and Deus Ex is leagues better. But I wouldn't say the game is bad, there are some great redeeming factors. But where the game falls short is the missed opportunity to explore the issues regarding Big Brother and NSA issues, the story seems to be misguided. It can't tell whether it wants to be silly like Saints Row 4 or if it wants to be the Dark Knight. The story is the same cookie cutter story you'll see anywhere else. Revenge and betrayal. The driving mechanics are... eh. The cars feel clunky, it's hard to describe what I don't like about the driving. It just doesn't feel smooth or realistic like Sleeping Dogs. Comparing the driving to GTA 5 seems unfair as GTA 5 relied heavily on driving mechanics and with the online mode giving players the ability to race one another they really needed to have the driving down perfectly. Watch Dogs use them as a means of transportation, chasing and escaping. They are not such a big focus as other games had.

    Now, my major issue is the gameplay. Sleeping Dogs wanted to give players a modern open world experience but not have guns be the main focus. They did so cleverly, as the country does not allow citizens to own guns. They could make them extremely rare thus focusing more on combat, and the game's fighting was very well done because of it. This game needed to make the gun a last resort. Watch Dogs throws you into way too many gunfights. When the game should have you focus more on hacking and stealth. At times you'll be able to choose hack/stealth or gun it out. I'd recommend giving yourself the challenge to go with hacking and stealth. That is where the game truly shines. Finding a clever way to navigate heavily guarded areas feels rewarding. But the game makes shooting the faster means of solving the problem. Deus Ex Human Revolution gave players the ability to choose stealth or shoot, but you were much more rewarded for using stealth and not killing people. Stealth non-lethal takedowns gave you much, much more experience. And this is why I bring up that game, Watch Dogs needed to break the mold on shoot em up missions by making hacking and tactics the overall better option. Also the times you'll use stealth and hacking to get around you'll notice how repetitive the solutions are. Some are extremely clever and you'll give yourself a pat on the back for doing so. But many times you'll often repeat that one clever solution.

    The game is still a lot of fun, I love hacking and stealing data although I wish the world was more full of NPC and buildings you can enter. You'll interactive with the many electronics around the world but you won't interact with the world it's self. But I'd still recommend you try it. The online play is fun and the game will throw you some tough challenges. It's a good start and I hope this game becomes a franchise, because I would love to see it improve in Watch Dogs 2. But ultimately I'd say Deus Ex Human Revolution is a much better game, Sleeping Dogs is better too but that's not to say this game isn't good. I'd give it a meh/10
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  7. Dec 5, 2014
    0
    This game is a waste of money, it lacks of the FUN factor, it is boring and if I can describe in one word this game, that word would be TRASH,This game is a waste of money, it lacks of the FUN factor, it is boring and if I can describe in one word this game, that word would be TRASH, I'm really very disappointed and this game changed my opinion about Ubisoft and the quality of its games. Expand

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