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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. Positive: 64 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
  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
    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
    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 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. May 31, 2014
    10
    I'm sick of comparisons with GTA. This game never tries to be GTA, at its core it is fundamentally different than GTA. And above all else it feels new. The graphics are great, the driving is fun, the combat is exciting. I feel like giving the game a low score because it's not as good as GTA, or because the graphics, although excellent, were downgraded, or for other reasons like that, is wrong and unfair. Rank the game based on what it is, not on what it's not. GTA had years and years to refine the formula, watch dogs has just started this road. How many of these guys who gave low scores would give better scores if they didn't compare it with something else? Rank the game based on what it is, not on what it isn't! Expand
  3. May 28, 2014
    9
    Of course it comes without saying that ubisoft was quite shifty with this game, dumbing down the graphics from the e3 2012 demo, which could be considered false advertising, It may not be what it was originally supposed to be like idk, but that aside this is a great game its definitely the only game im playing on the ps4 (besides transistor), it has lots of fun side missions, hacking is quite fun, good graphics (a bit above average) as well as a huge map to explore, with many buildings that you may go into, its kept me entertained for as long as ive been playing it and im quite confident it will do so for much longer Expand
  4. Jun 25, 2014
    8
    An absolute great game from Ubisoft once again. Fantastic graphics, great gameplay, and great mechanics. Though, I must say the campaign is the weak part of Watch_Dogs.

    Graphics
    The graphics are beautiful, this is a great game to showcase the power of the PS4. Great lighting, pretty good texture quality, nice post-processing effects and great lighting. (yes I said that twice). I just have to emphasize how fantastic the lighting effects are. At night time, seeing the light from the streetlights illuminate the dark city is really nice. I could give this game a 10/10 just from the graphics.

    But games aren't all about graphics, which brings me onto gameplay.
    The hacking technique used to manipulate your environment is definitely interesting and fun at first... But play the game a little longer and you'll quickly find it to become boring. There's not much variety in the objects you can hack into, I found myself just hacking into the same things every time in combat. Like the explosive phones, roadblocks, bridges, etc.. It's just boring after using it 10 times.
    The gunplay in the game is very nice. Though, I'd like to be able to shoot without aiming down my sight at some points, but that's a minor complaint, so I don't care all that much. The cover-to-cover movement is nice, and is fun to use to get around enemies as well.

    Story
    I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say this: disappointing.
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    I'd probably cover more, but I'll admit I'm pretty lazy. But anyway, this is basically all I bet you'd like to know anyway. If you want more, read some other reviews.
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  5. May 29, 2014
    6
    The driving and chase scenes are horrid. the combat is great but is marred by stupid reinforcement mechanic. the driving is ruined by the same thing. also why cant i shot from the car ffs. the hacking feels irrelevant. and the story is downright cheesy and lame tbqh Expand
  6. May 31, 2014
    5
    I'm very disappointed by this game. First of all the graphics are good but so far away from the E3 2012 trailer. I don't understand why this game has been delayed when you see the outcome.
    The gunfights and the AI are very good but that's all. The driving gameplay is just horrible, there are no shadows with the lights of your car, the physics is 5 years dated. The hobbies the game proposes are pointless but fun. The story is simple and give me a feeling of "Deja vu". My point is Watch dogs is over-hyped and he don't get things done. Sorry Ubisoft but maybe Watch Dogs 2 will be as good as this one should have been.
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  7. Oct 12, 2014
    0
    With out a doubt the worst game ever created by Ubisoft. Ubisoft and EA are the worst gaming developers in the world atm. This game has nothing good to offer. It's just GTA V with hacking, but the hacking is so bad and boring. There is also a bug where it doesn't read the disc anymore. I've checked the disk many times and it's as clean as it can be. It's not my PS4 since Watch Dogs is the only game where it happens.

    And it got delayed for what? To make it worse? Fck Watch Dogs, fck Ubisoft. Biggest lie ever by Ubisoft. Last game I'll buy from them. Can't they see they will never beat Rockstar in sales?
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