Watch Dogs PlayStation 4

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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. Collapse
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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
    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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jun 16, 2014
    80
    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 9, 2014
    10
    Surprisingly good looking and interesting game, especially after a lot of negative reviews before release. Another proof that ubisoft can makeSurprisingly good looking and interesting game, especially after a lot of negative reviews before release. Another proof that ubisoft can make nice open world. Expand
  3. May 31, 2014
    9
    I feel this game is one of those game that makes you want come back again and again but from what i have seen on the internet people like toI feel this game is one of those game that makes you want come back again and again but from what i have seen on the internet people like to hate on this games for its graphics and compare it to gta. Although not what we originally saw to say this game is bad looking is a stupid statement. In no way does this game have bad graphics and to hate the game for not looking how you want it to is stupid and childish. Now if you are somewhat mature and can make decisions for yourself you might find this is the perfect game for you. It has a great story and the characters are actually likable. The city feels so alive with every npc having their own personality and reacting like someone would in real life. The game has great ai and the gameplay is fantastic with the hacking adding a whole new level of strategy. I also noticed unlike other open world games this one can be changing at times especially with the second to last mission and the mission "by any means necessary". As for people comparing this to gta just stop. Gta was a pretty big let down with everything except the story. The world was bland and they promised smart ai that would interact with you but that was a complete lie. Gta 5's ai was worse then the ai in gta 4 and the multiplayer is a mess and is still missing stuff they promised back in September of 2013. This game just like all other games has its flaws too. The two biggest being the driving and the world invasion and how it punishes for turning off the ability for people to invade you. This game feels solid and so far its the best next gen game that has come out in my opinion. This game deserves a better score then 6.3 and before you hate the game at least try it you might find that you really like or that you hate it and you just wasted 60 dollars but you'll never know unless you play it. Expand
  4. May 27, 2014
    7
    Watch_Dogs plays like Assassin's Creed. Even much of the hacking just takes the place of pickpocketing. I'm playing on an Xbox 360 and I thinkWatch_Dogs plays like Assassin's Creed. Even much of the hacking just takes the place of pickpocketing. I'm playing on an Xbox 360 and I think the graphics look great. I can't wait to explore all of this virtual Chicago. Basically if you like the AC series, you'll probably like Watch_Dogs. If you prefer a little more energy and chaos, stick to GTA V. Expand
  5. May 27, 2014
    6
    Story: Good, nothing new or amazingly entertaining. Revenge story thats mostly killing and stealthing and following, so. Normal stuff

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    Story: Good, nothing new or amazingly entertaining. Revenge story thats mostly killing and stealthing and following, so. Normal stuff

    Side missions: Where the game shines. There are a lot of different things to do

    Hacking: A little gimmicky and not fully explored. Mostly simple tap a button "this is why our game is different" stuff. Nothing incredible

    Performance: Smooth until you drive anything (its the same on pc, so its probably that the engine wasn't built for speed)

    Graphics: Not great, wasn't expecting it to beat second son tho, but considering how it looks, its hard to see why it couldn't be 1080p, especial when other, better looking games are on the PS4.

    Overall. Its a little over hyped and under-polished. It seems rushed, but not broken and playes like Assassins Creed or Far Cry, so like any other Ubisoft game. A little disappointing that it IS NOT A NEXT GEN EXPERIENCE like ubisoft promised (Although its on PS3, so it cannot be next gen by default). I regret not saving $20 and getting it on PS3 as the graphics are similar and gameplay is identical, or even rather just replaying GTAV and saving some cash.

    Its not amazing, it looks mediocre unless its a rainy night and the story can be boring. But a tleast its long and not broken.
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  6. Jul 6, 2014
    5
    Jogo extremamente maçante. A história principal não agrada, os personagens não tem personalidade impactante, o que não nos faz ter empatia porJogo extremamente maçante. A história principal não agrada, os personagens não tem personalidade impactante, o que não nos faz ter empatia por eles. Sistemas de direção e tiro são pobres e beiram o ridículo, sendo superados por muitos jogos da geração PSone. Sem dúvida, Watch Dogs é uma boa idéia que estava não mãos erradas, na hora errada. A Ubisoft não soube transformar todo o hype de seus trailers em experiência prazerosa na jogatina. Watch Dogs é só mais um dos exemplos de jogos que são bonitos e divertidos em teasers! Expand
  7. Jan 17, 2016
    0
    This will not be a gentle read. Watch Dogs, aside from a terrible title, fumbles in its ugly, clumsy man-hands, a terrible nonsensicalThis will not be a gentle read. Watch Dogs, aside from a terrible title, fumbles in its ugly, clumsy man-hands, a terrible nonsensical narrative, underwhelming character mechanics, ridiculously outdated physics, and even after keeping my distance for over a year; going back to this game with the mentality of a last-gen mop up; I can't emphasize enough just how infuriating the pacing, character, and plot development really is. It's unsatisfying when it should be clutch-critical, incredibly ridiculous when it's implied to be intimate, and lofty with a constant "head in the clouds" delivery when all the performances suggest there should be a great gravity about the situation. Its bad enough that the main character is supposed to be emotionally distraught yet through game-demanding-actions consistently falls to express that, but to force the player to become just so distraught over things like game mechanics and plot development, is not only a cheap parlor trick, it's an express ticket to "wtf review-land". If you're like me and gave this game a (cough* second *cough) chance, please, for the love of all that is holy, refrain from doing so and save whatever resource it would take you to acquire it. Money, time, pride, favors of one sort or another; just spare yourself the grief and stay away from this slog. This is literally the first game I have ever played which made me wish I could get back every single second I spent in it. Every would-be redeemable element of this game odd so strongly overshadowed by disappointment that even playing through to remind myself how it concluded was something I simply could not stomach. Worst. Game. I. Have. Ever. Played. And yes, I did play the original ME3 ending. Watch Dogs, as it sits now, is not only not worth the time. It's an insult to the industry. This makes HAZE feel understandably hyped. Expand

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