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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 78
  2. Negative: 0 out of 78
  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. May 28, 2014
    I think Watch Dogs is an incredible game. Even though it isn't as good as Ubisoft may said and the graphics isn't as good as at E3, I can't complain. The story is really nice. I did not found bugs that influenced the gameplay really much. I find it entertaining and the way they managed the hacking is well done. All in all it's a great game. For me probably even the GOTY! Expand
  3. May 27, 2014
    Watch Dogs is a great game that has some great ideas like being able to hack into people's personal lives and even hack cameras to gain better vantage points. While the driving can be a little finicky at times, there is still plenty to enjoy with this game. Since there aren't many games for the new systems I would definitely recommend picking this one up. Expand
  4. May 28, 2014
    First of all, Watch Dogs looks great! Even at 900p 30fps the environments are richly detailed, crisp, and engaging. The animations seem smooth and in the four or five hours I've played so far I haven't noticed any stuttering or lag.

    The game itself plays a lot like a GTA game - the controls feel familiar and the game responds the way you'd expect a game in this genre to respond... no surprises, just a clean, predictable control scheme.

    Driving DOES feel a little bit off, and I find myself ping-ponging back and forth in narrow alleys and running over a LOT more people than I mean to. I also have a tendency to over-steer, and trying to pay attention to the UI (map, hacks, weapon selection, prompts) makes it hard to stay on the road - maybe it's intended as a life lesson (don't text and drive!), but it makes for a sometimes frustrating driving experience. Using the GPS system helps, and I suspect that once I learn the city better I will be running over fewer innocent bystanders. I think the key to driving in Watch Dogs is to slow down and plan ahead - it will be rare to simply outrun the cops so don't even try... use your hacks and stop their pursuit instead.

    Story seems a little bland so far, but maybe it will pick up later. If not, it's still an engaging open-world experience worthy of an 8 in my book.
  5. Jun 30, 2014
    If you forget about all the hype and expectations and just focus on the game itself, it's pretty good. Is it going to go down as one of the greatest games ever? Not a chance. But, it's a good-looking game that provides hours of consistent fun with enough variations in the missions to keep you going. The main story is good and the secondary characters are intriguing enough. Unfortunately, Aiden's persona is probably the weakest thing in the entire game. Bottom line though: It's worth playing. Expand
  6. Jun 11, 2014
    The hacking game play is great and combined with the items (grenades,IEDS, proximity mines) you can craft it makes all the side stuff a great deal of fun in how many ways you can approach enemy encounters. The gunplay is solid but the weapons are all very standard and you can't upgrade or modify them which would have been fun. The story started out ok kind of letting you get to know Aidan and a little about his back story but it just became something we have played through so many times before.

    For me the most of the fun came from side missions and running into random events in the open world, there was some good characters but most of them where not fleshed out as much as they could have been. It seems to me this could have been a great game on all fronts but suffered due to it being developed for so many platforms. I hope the next installment is like Assassins Creed 2 in that it expands upon the great ideas the original put forward.
  7. Jul 7, 2014
    Lies about the gameplay, lies about the graphics, lies about innovation, lies about next gen, evil DLC policy mixed with evil pre-order bonuses.
    This game is a cynically designed mess which manages to offer no challenge, a pointless gimmick which involves pressing a single button and something awesome happening, which is so down right cancerous that I wish the fad died back in 2008. There really is nothing good to say about this game, it does absolutely nothing, apart from animation, to even try and pretend to be a quality product, let alone a good video game. I can audibly feel shareholders clapping and nodding with satisfaction at this game.
    It makes me sick, products like this are why the game industry is **** and people that buy them are trying to kill video games as an art form.

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