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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. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 63 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  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. Jul 29, 2014
    It annoys me when people (GTA fans) say that this is a GTA rip off when clearly it isn't. There is no over the top violence and no meaningless plot of the campaign game. Watch Dogs brings that to the table. It has an interesting and deep story line that goes on for a good 4-hour game and then afterwards there is so much more to do such as exploration and the activities: races, crime, assassinations. You name it and it is a side mission in this game. The multiplayer brings new elements to the next-gen experience and really shows of what is possible in gaming. This game is not a copy of another series, those games should be copying this as it has fresh new ideas and the story is also the whole game world in which you play. Watch Dogs is one of the best titles out there for a new sandbox/free-roam experience. Expand
  5. May 31, 2014
    These are some of the points I bring up in my full review: aidenlaw. blogspot. se.

    The first thing I noticed when I launched WD was that
    cars does not behave like cars, they behave like horses, and I thought "Hey.. this just a reskin of Assassins Creed", So turn a second before you think you do or you're in for a crash; or twenty, every time you're going somewhere and don't forget about the otherworldly slides your car does after any turn. As your first observation that isn't really helpful when you want to enjoy a free roaming game.

    It also has the same problem as AC with "rocks" and "other rocks that look exaclty the same as the first type of rock". Some rocks are fine to just run over, while some act as an invisible wall even though any human with legs could run over them in real life, and you can't get out of water unless there's something like a ladder or a ramp to get you out of it. At one point there was tires hung up on welding steel for boat hull protection at a dock where I had to go to hack a camera. Clearly an easy way up for any human in the world with arms, but not Aiden Pearce. So I had to swim to another dock to get a boat and THEN hack my way in from the deck of the boat, beacuse invisible walls prevented any attempts to walk onto the dock.

    But enough of that, let us look at the game as a whole.

    ...As the story goes on it gets better, I feel immersed, it's kinda funny and has some stellar dialogue. It has a lot of plot twists so it mixes things up. Maybe a bit too many twists but I can't complain really. But don't sit idle in the meny for to long because SPOILERS AHOY! stay too long and the coolest parts of ACT I is spoiled right before your eyes. (why would you do this, ubisoft?!!)

    As a comparison to AC4's progression; they did completely different now. If you do side missions and fluff in AC4 you get more powerful than the enemies in the Main Story Missions, but in WD they scale with you every step of the way. When I was in the early stages of ACT 2 I went up against componds of ONLY elite soldiers. ELITES. Are you **** kidding me? I can agree that they should be a bit harder when I have almost every weapon, vehicle, item, and skill unlocked, BUT it's still ACT 2 for **** sake. Someone who just likes exploring and is a casual/average gamer have no chance at that point.

    The AI is decent but pretty **** wierd at times. People can see you through walls at times, which can be overlooked except for the fact that they also can shoot you through the wall. THE **** It isn't that bad really but can be frustrating when trying to be stealthy.

    Convoys also appear a bit overhuman because they crash into civilian cars frequently but the second you nudge them a little they instantly scream "IT'S HIM" and try to kill you even though they should have no clue who the **** is driving that car. At one point I drove like a normal civilian in the opposite direction to get a better point of approach, and the car at the front of the convoy crammed between me and another car to get past a stop and as he nudged me on the side he instantly knew it was me in that car; making the convoy panic. WHAT. He ran into me for **** sake. I didn't do **** to show I was on the aggresion or anything.

    Another point on how AI driving is how they say over the radio "I'm gonna ram him", and then never even try to ram me. I've never been rammed. They grace me a little on the side, sometimes trying to push me to the curb but thats it. Also, when I slow down, or they slow me down, they all stop and jump out of their cars even though I have made no intention of stopping. At least pin me down before abandoning your vehicles.

    To test the spawning I ran up a tower like structure with one way in and out, just trying to have some fun shooting cars with The Destroyer (Sniper that can one-shot vehicles). The police was after me pretty soon and i just kept shooting their cars but they were too many and I didn't want to hurt my reputation too badly. They rushed me so I tried to make my escape upwards the structure where it should be clear because there's only one way up, and that's when I saw that the engine had spawned a couple cops behind me and I got shot to death.

    aidenlaw. blogspot. se
  6. Jun 6, 2014
    As much as I enjoy the game I find it terribly boring. The game was, as a lot of people say, hyped way too much. What I played versus what I wanted was very different. The missions and story weren't very well put together and for a game that's so focused on the tools you can use to fight back with it feels like just a plain 3rd person shooter most of the time, and a painfully boring one....I feel as though the game could have been a lot more in terms of potential when in all reality most of the game is either hit or miss....I tried to like it, but I really just didn't. 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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