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  • Summary: Watch Dogs is an open-world action adventure game in which you must use any means at your disposal to take down a corrupt system. Watch Dogs takes advantage of Wii U with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago to be displayed on the Wii U GamePad. The game also features off-TV play,Watch Dogs is an open-world action adventure game in which you must use any means at your disposal to take down a corrupt system. Watch Dogs takes advantage of Wii U with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago to be displayed on the Wii U GamePad. The game also features off-TV play, letting gamers continue playing Watch Dogs solely on the GamePad. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jan 23, 2015
    80
    Watch Dogs for Wii U is a solid sandbox, with good ideas and an original setting, but missions get boring and some game mechanics are not well implemented.
  2. Nov 27, 2014
    80
    While Watch Dogs is not as brilliant as it could have been, it's a good game for sandbox fans.
  3. Nov 26, 2014
    78
    Watch Dogs has some smart gameplay mechanics. Hacking is a great experience full of possibilities, and the game perfectly combines stealth situations with good gunplay. However, Watch Dogs has two problems: driving isn't at all polished and has some graphical issues. The Wii U version doesn't justify the delay.
  4. Jan 15, 2015
    68
    Watch Dogs comes on Wii U six months after the original release with no extra content, no DLCs and some framerate issues: definitely not a big deal for Nintendo users.
  5. Nov 30, 2014
    65
    How did Ubisoft manage to take 6 months to port the PS3/X360 versions of Watch Dogs onto the Wii U? A very long wait that's justified by nothing when we see the low quality of the graphics and the lack of improvements whatsoever. It might be worth a try to those who only own a Wii U and hence will never experience GTA 5.
  6. Dec 17, 2014
    60
    Watch Dogs for Wii U is still a fun game but it is just poorly made. There are a lot of technical problems and driving in particular is really bad. We had to wait six extra months for a mediocre game.
  7. Nov 28, 2014
    40
    Technically speaking, this Wii U version of Watch_Dogs is awful. Add to this the lack of control while moving the camera, targeting or driving, and we can say that the 6 months-delay wasn't worth the wait... Next!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 15 out of 28
  1. Nov 19, 2014
    10
    I cant understand the bad ratings here.

    For me its the best Watchdogs. Okay the Graphics are not so good like on PS4 or Xbox One, but the
    I cant understand the bad ratings here.

    For me its the best Watchdogs. Okay the Graphics are not so good like on PS4 or Xbox One, but the WiiU Gamepad makes the differnce.
    Its a cool feature to hack the people with the pad or us the map.
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  2. Dec 2, 2014
    9
    Ignore the 0 score nonsense. This is one of the best open world sandbox games in existence.

    Graphics: 7 out of 10 Let's get one thing out
    Ignore the 0 score nonsense. This is one of the best open world sandbox games in existence.

    Graphics: 7 out of 10
    Let's get one thing out of the way. The frame rate isn't perfect BUT it's not perfect on any console. It runs well enough. The only time you notice the drops is while driving in certain areas, but it's not bad and never hinders the gameplay. There's only a few places, and only during the day, where the drop is really noticeable.

    Other than that the graphics are great. Especially at night while it's raining. The rain and water on the road looks amazing. I took 2 points away for the frame rate not being perfect and 1 point because even though the game looks great, it could look a little better. These two things are just a result of deadlines and a lack of effort by the developers. The Wii U is capable of more. They just didn't do it. Having said that the game actually does some things better than the PS4 in my opinion so I can't really complain. They did a good job.

    Gameplay: 10 out of 10
    Just wandering around the city, profiling people, and hacking their information is fun and addictive. Driving is nicely done with tons of different vehicles that all have different attributes and handle differently. I see some reviews saying the frame rate makes the controls sluggish. That's nonsense. The controls for some vehicles are very sluggish, but that's just how those vehicles control. They're all different and you can pick the best one to handle a particular situation. And that's the best part about Watch Dogs. You can have several objectives for missions, or side missions, that are the same, but how you got about completing them can be different every time. You get to choose how you want to complete a mission. This adds replay value as it's just fun to try and play the game differently. And if you get bored doing one thing there's TONS of other things for you to do and they are all fun. Tired of taking out convoys? Sit down for a game of poker. Tired of fighting crime? Go hop in a giant spider tank. Tired of the spider tank? Do a campaign mission. Tired of that? Go hack someone's router and invade the privacy of their home. You are rewarded for all of it. Every little side mission or investigation you take on rewards you and in various ways and eventually unlocks new content. All this content is addictive. I never get bored playing this game. I can't put it down. And if you don't like a particular activity you have the choice to simply not do it and you won't be punished. The only requirement is the campaign missions. Everything else is optional but I highly recommend you try out everything. Plus completing them unlocks new weapons, abilities, or vehicles. Speaking of vehicles. Once you've unlocked them you can simply order them with your smartphone app. So you always have them at the ready when needed. This is not available during missions so keep that in mind.

    Online: 8 out of 10
    And just when you're about to call it quits and go to bed someone will invade your game and try to hack you. Your job is to hunt them down and take them out. These one on one cat and mouse hack matches are a blast. They're challenging and offer a lot of room for creativity on both hacking, and evading your oppnent.

    I haven't tried an online race yet, but I can't imagine that being a bad thing. 2-4 players can face off in a race through the city. I'm betting all the players can try to hack things to slow down the others. I'm sure it's a blast.

    Profiling. Another cat and mouse where you basically just observe the other player by blending in and trying not to get caught. It's also a lot of fun. It's like the hacking but without the hacking and you need to stay close to your opponent.

    CTOS chase. In this one you race through check points in the city while another player controls the city infrastructure, and the police, and tries to stop you. I have yet to be the one to control the city, but the driving part is a blast. Evading the police, and traps, is challenging and exciting.

    If you own a Wii U this is a must have for your library. It has off tv play for the gamepad which is the most underrated feature ever. Don't believe me? Wait till you get married and your wife wants to watch The Bachelor and you want to game. No problem. Plug in some headphones to the gamepad and you're good to go. The other gamepad feature is an interactive map of the city always at the ready. This is GREAT to have in a game like this with so many icons on the map and you can just set waypoints with the touch of the screen. The only disappointing part is the gamepad would have been great for the hacking mini game or controlling cameras. I wish that was there, but it's not. Still the features that are there with the gamepad aren't available on the other consoles and that makes this the best version of the game in my opinion. Buy it.
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  3. Dec 6, 2014
    8
    Good game, nice stealth mechanics.
    Very immersive and takes time to master.
    Pros: + immersive city + diversity of main and side missions
    Good game, nice stealth mechanics.
    Very immersive and takes time to master.

    Pros:
    + immersive city
    + diversity of main and side missions

    Cons:
    - sometimes unresponsive controls
    - 6 month delay...seriously, why?
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  4. Jan 13, 2015
    2
    Family Guy Back to the Multiverse
    LEGO Marvel Superheroes
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Take those 3 amazing games and take away their comedy,
    Family Guy Back to the Multiverse
    LEGO Marvel Superheroes
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2
    Take those 3 amazing games and take away their comedy, fun gameplay, and story, and you get s**t like this
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  5. xrr
    Nov 20, 2014
    0
    I don't want to spend a lot of time to write in details why this game is bad as I already wasted 70 EUR.

    - Graphics are a shame : Strong
    I don't want to spend a lot of time to write in details why this game is bad as I already wasted 70 EUR.

    - Graphics are a shame :
    Strong and permanent aliasing (welcome back to the PS2 era)
    Half of the world pops up (when driving above 20 MPH)

    - Gameplay is at an alpha stage :
    Driving a car makes me laugh
    Driving a bike makes me cry
    Can't jump (and this is annoying)

    This is a first time I write a review online because it is the first time I felt raped.
    Also, because I find it less painful than actually playing to the game.

    I am sure some part of you is still thinking that Watch Dogs could be a good deal if bought used against 20 bucks. It is NOT.

    This game is boring, totally (and will make you sick).
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  6. Nov 19, 2014
    0
    So boring & so repetitive.
    Here are the missions :
    1 - Go to a random grey building 2 - Press or Hold "X" to hack 3 - Hurray! 4 - Repeat
    So boring & so repetitive.
    Here are the missions :
    1 - Go to a random grey building
    2 - Press or Hold "X" to hack
    3 - Hurray!
    4 - Repeat
    This game is absolutely boring garbage.
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  7. Nov 18, 2014
    0
    The idea of the game is really good and interesting, but after 2-3 hours it is totally boring. Hacking is boring, gameplay is boring, ChicagoThe idea of the game is really good and interesting, but after 2-3 hours it is totally boring. Hacking is boring, gameplay is boring, Chicago is boring and story is boring too. It's a GTA clone without satire, humor and charm. Game without a soul. The story execution makes you yawn.
    A complete disappointment.
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