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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 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. Jun 9, 2014
    6
    I think it was smart for Ubisoft to delay this game and release it during a very dry period on the next gen platforms because if this gameI think it was smart for Ubisoft to delay this game and release it during a very dry period on the next gen platforms because if this game were to come out along side other triple a titles I don't think many people would even bother finishing it.
    This is not a bad game game, but it is also did not live up to all the hype it received.
    The story was mediocre with a very obvious plot twist that takes place.
    The game also tries making you feel sorry for the main character however his behaviour does not help with this.
    He literally slaughters more people than any of the villains in this game and also manipulates people into doing his work putting their lives at risk, and all of this isn't for him to gain anything, it is all to avenge someones death.
    This also put his sister at risk which caused him to kill even more people in order to save her, why is her life more important than the people he kills? There is also a mission where he needs to take on someones identity but he is forced to kill that person first, during this mission him and his accomplice are upset and uneasy about the fact that he has to kill someone even though he would have already killed a good number of people before this mission.
    He also steals cars, and hacks bank accounts in his free time and we are meant to feel sorry for this guy?
    The gameplay was not too great either, a lot of the time you have to wait for a button command to appear on the screen before performing an action. For example, simply being next to a car and pressing triangle will not let you enter the car, you need to position yourself next to the door and wait for the command to come up, this gets annoying when you’re being chased by the police and you have to quickly switch between vehicles.
    There is also a problem the cover system has because the only way to get out of cover is to push back on the left stick and wait for him to to stop crouching leaving yourself exposed. Press circle will make him vault over the cover and pressing cross will make him run to the nearest cover, doing this over and over will make him run between 2 covers repeatedly. This will get annoying if someone runs up behind you when you’re behind cover and you need to sprint somewhere else.
    The game itself was decent and the hacking elements adds a unique experience which do make game stand out so it has potential to improve.
    The game also sets itself up for a sequel which we will probably see in the next 2 years, hopefully they can improve on the flaws this game had and make that game turn out great.
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  6. May 29, 2014
    5
    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 gamingFirst 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 .
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  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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