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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. May 27, 2014
    Maybe Watch Dogs doesn't have GTA's highlights, but it's still one of the most impressive debuts to date. The game is huge and the hacking adds an interesting new layer to the free roaming genre.
  3. May 27, 2014
    Watch Dogs is a good game and a beginning like Assassin's Creed was prior to a few years ago. It has its own downfalls but in the end it emerges standing and winning.
  4. 80
    When compared to GTAV, the game falls short in most places — notably in driving and side-missions. Falling short to one of the games of the generation, however, is still a huge accomplishment and Watch Dogs blazes its own trail by offering the ingenious addition of hacking. With tons of content and a surprising amount of humor, Ubisoft has laid an incredibly solid base with Watch Dogs. It might not be at the top of its class, but it’s a damn fine salutatorian.
  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
    It’s engaging, enjoyable and offers massive bang for the buck, but has too little to say about our eroding digital privacy and stars an anti-hero who you’re likely to forget as soon as the credits roll.
  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 4, 2014
    This is a great game. I dont know why GTA beat it for the score, but, it did just come out. alot of people hated PayDay 2 when it came out but when everyone got used to it, it was really good. so just wait and let it sink in. All in All though it is a very good game. Expand
  3. May 30, 2014
    Watch Dogs is a beautifully made game. There is much to do and explore. I hear people complaining about the driving mechanic, It is a bit off at first but after a half and hour of playing, you get used to it.
    The other thing I noticed in this game is the amount of Illuminati symbolism for all you conspiracy theorists out there. I would say this game is worth buying and playing. I am enjoying it.
  4. May 28, 2014
    Watch Dogs over all is a great game. I enjoyed what i have played so far. The hacking system was awesome but other than that its a little clunky. The shooting mechanic was okay, the fist fighting is confusing also being the crouch button and the driving is just horrible. Honestly it was a little disappointing to the hype but it is still a good game. I had more fun with GTA 5 but this is a close second. The story was great and characters were very detailed in terms of personality. The graphics are amazing. The hacking mechanic is great and the little puzzles that were inter graded into the hacking was fun. I recommend this game to people who like a good story with fun side quests. But if you like smooth, fun and open world game play stick with GTA. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2014
    Hello, this game is good, but i dont feel hooked at all, i have so far done almost all sidequests, and im at act 2. And im progressing slowly, if a game needs to get a higher score, i need to be hooked, and this just doesnt do it for me. Expand
  6. May 29, 2014
    Why are there so many reviews about other people's reviews? That's their opinion and here is mine. Watch Dogs was suppose to be the first game I got for PS4. Then it got delayed so Ubisoft could "fine tune" it. So after all the wait and hype I finally get my hands on this game and my lust for Watch Dogs quickly faded. I wanted to love this game, but it was just such a let down. Almost every aspect of this games seems so unpolished and rushed. They turned a very good concept into a very lackluster game. I would not recommend wasting $60 on this game. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2014
    This game was the biggest disappointment ever. I won't even bother wasting time writing a full review. I just hope no one else wastes their money on this. Expand

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