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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
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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 15, 2014
    10
    Absolutely great game. Only Infamous Second Son can be compared with this game, leaving GTA5, Saints Row4 or other open worlds, waaaay behind.Absolutely great game. Only Infamous Second Son can be compared with this game, leaving GTA5, Saints Row4 or other open worlds, waaaay behind.

    The game is original, the whole idea of hacking your surroundings is an interesting one, and even though the gameplay around it is very simple now (you push one button), it can be greatly polished in the future and can easily be improved.

    The graphics looks stellar. A couple of bugs here and there, and the problem that people pop-in close when you're driving at high speeds, but that's a small price to pay compared to how great the overall visuals look. The character is detailed and polished, the environment is well designed, and everything creates a realistic and beautiful atmosphere.

    Solid story, interesting and fun to follow.

    Great multiplayer as well.

    10/10
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  3. Jun 10, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Such a bad User Score due to the over complaining "wannabe" critics that are berating this game so badly.

    For Starters-
    You get the people that hate the game for the graphics, now i don't get this at all.
    The graphics them self are just purely beautiful, and if you hate on them it's either your consoles fault or there is seriously something wrong with you in general.

    Then.. you get the people that hate on the game for not offering a very good storyline or with very good voice actors or a well written script.
    The game itself actually tries its best to pull you in, yes it has some parts to where it would seem a bit too bland, but Ubisoft actually did a really great job compared to the other "rushed" games that they've had in the past.
    This game wasn't rushed, neither was it underdeveloped either, they actually took the time to make sure that the game you're getting isn't the proverbial trash that you would see now a days with games that hadn't put anything to nothing at all to developing a game.

    Then you have the people that complain about the game not working at all for their system.
    You can find many answers to seek help for your problem, but obviously if the game can't run on your console then it's not the games fault.

    Take a look at all of the recent patches, fixes, and updates that they've been releasing lately.
    They've fixed the game up so much, you couldn't tell how much of a mess it was at release.
    For all those who returned this game just because it had a few minor "problems" with it, then shame on you.

    For those of you actually wanting a real review out of this game, then here it is.

    The Story stars out by showing you the life of a brilliant hacker named Aiden Pierce whom using his skills, along with the notorious hacker group "DedSec" to show the citizens that the ctOS corporation isn't doing their job right with the technology they've developed.
    The game goes right into showing you, the protagonist having a "hit" on you to take you out once and for all by a mysterious counter hacker trying to get rid of you.
    Two Hit-Men then go after you while you're out and about with your neice and her two children. The problem is, when they had tried to shoot you, they end up shooting the youngest of them all and ending her life.
    The first part of the game to where you are able to do anything, is an interrogating scene to where your job is to get information out of the Hit-Man that went after you.
    Of course, none of it is working so the game tells you to shoot him in the head. Pretty straight forward.

    You then are shown a scene to where there's a dead body on the ground, and one of the gun men try's to shoot you.
    Your Back-Up or Partner shoots the guy down, and you wonder where the hell this guy has been since you were in that room beforehand.
    You then need escape past the police and get out of the building, but it isn't as easy as it sounds.
    You need to make sure you're not spotted, and of course this is where the hacking part of the game starts.
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    You start off by hacking into cameras to see where your path is ahead of you, and unlock doors that are inaccessible for you.
    After you use the camera on the outside to unlock the first door, you are introduced to one of your first "Hacking" gadgets you can use.
    The Distractor.
    You grab some electrical scraps to craft the weapon, and throw it towards the other way.
    You set it off so the guard is out of the way so you can proceed to the next area.
    You see the Captain of the police and a few police officers being interviewed by a news station in a bar, and sneak past them through the back (Or.. walk right in their line of sight and fail the mission... your choice of course)
    You'll see a few security guards chatting through a glass door, so you'll want to hide to the side of it, or just not be near it at all.
    You'll call up your DedSec buddies, and they'll tell you to find the security guard with access codes to the servers mainframe to cause a "Stadium Blackout". After finding him by hacking a few cameras, you'll have access to a new weapon called "Blackout". You'll select the weapon and press the trigger button to make the whole place go dark.
    You sneak past the security guards, and then have to get away from them by using a car giving to you by your partner or run the whole way there (not the smartest idea.. go with the car or a car in general).
    At this point, there's a lot of action going on, and i have to say that i was impressed by the amount of it.

    After all of it, you can either go on campaign missions, online missions / activities, or.. do whatever you want.
    And this is just a small portion of the game.

    Added up you're getting MANY hours out of this games campaign alone.
    Overall, I'm impressed with the sheer take that Ubisoft has taken with this game, and it was well worth the wait.

    Longer Development = Better Game
    Better Game = Happy Players
    Happy Players = Better Sequels (We All Hope)
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  4. Jun 15, 2014
    8
    Open world friendly and superb fun!

    if you like open world games i.e GTA,Sleeping dogs etc. you'll definitely like this one. its story
    Open world friendly and superb fun!

    if you like open world games i.e GTA,Sleeping dogs etc. you'll definitely like this one.

    its story and gameplay are decent and enjoyable.

    don't listen to those who gave it zeros or 1,2,3,4 and 5 they are completely dishonest.
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  5. Jun 10, 2014
    6
    Watch Dogs.

    The gameplay: The gameplay feels good, the controls are both on console and on PC pretty smooth when you are on foot. The
    Watch Dogs.

    The gameplay:

    The gameplay feels good, the controls are both on console and on PC pretty smooth when you are on foot. The aiming is precise and the freerunning is also enjoyable even if you play with keyboard and mouse. The driving, however, is not even close to finished. The cars don't behave like cars but more like bumper cars. You also cannot shoot while driving which leaves you only the hacking as defense while driving.
    The hacking is also one critical point. You can use the hacking feature, but don't have to. In fact, besides of some puzzles, it is much easier to shoot your way with a silenced weapon, than to hack your way through the levels.
    You also gain Exp during missions which gives you the option to skill more unnecessary hacking abilities. Funny, how the main theme of the game can be so obsolete.
    As obsolete as the hacking is also the reputation system. If you rescue people from crimes you gain reputation which as insignificant effects on your game. If you have a bad reputation, people will call the cops when they recognize you, if you have a good reputation nothing happens.

    The Missions:

    The missions are always the same: follow someone, hack into a system, jump from camera to camera with your hacker abilities and unlock a door. Then shoot everybody and escapy by car. The last part is always the scariest, because the driving is really bad.

    There are several side missions which consist of stopping people from reaching a certain destination, killing people, rescue people, scare people and shoot up gang hideouts.
    Also existent: mini games and god knows how many collectibles.
    Funny: the most fun part of the side missions and mini games are chess puzzles.

    The story:

    Awful. Just awful. Predictable and boring. After the first Act everyone with an average IQ knows how the story will end eventually. Ubisoft has not learned anything about narratives in the last years. It takes the topic of hacking and global connection way too serious.

    Overall:

    Much potential, wasted for the sake of making fast cash. It really has potential and I hope they will learn from this mistake named Watch Dogs and correct it in Watch Dogs 2. Currently it's not match for GTA V and can compare itself maybe to the Saints Row series.

    There is still a long way to go.
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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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