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  • Summary: In the modern hyper-connected world, Chicago has 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 andIn the modern hyper-connected world, Chicago has 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 past 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 information, manipulate the electrical grid and more. Use the entire city of Chicago as your personal weapon and exact your signature brand of revenge. Expand
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  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Genre(s): Miscellaneous, General, Action Adventure, Modern, General, Modern, Open-World
  • # of players: Up to 8
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  • Rating: M
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Watch Dogs - E3 2013 Trailer
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 27, 2014
    90
    The game was designed to put control into the player’s hands and it succeeded. I thought the concept was incredibly epic and it didn’t leave me with that “I wish I could do this” feeling I get from some games. The power to play the game how you want is also a bonus. Also, if you’re looking for a game with a ton of replay value, Watch_Dogs will definitely do it. While I figured Watch_Dogs would have been a more sophisticated version of GTA, it isn’t. It can be frenetic at times and sometimes, that’s all you need to have some fun.
  2. May 27, 2014
    86
    A delightful open-world playground with terrific graphics, lots of activities and brilliant hacking gameplay. Poor plotting and the lack of a more courageous treatment of its up-to-date scenario keeps Watch Dogs from playing in the same league as Rockstar's masterpieces.
  3. May 28, 2014
    85
    Ubisoft's challange to GTA has succeeded and shows great potential. But the writers should have shown more courage to be different and remarkable.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 3, 2014
    79
    Ubisoft's flagship title has a really, really repulsive protagonist. The entire storyline feels like it was cranked out of a automated story generator. On the positive side, Watch Dogs looks really good on PC, especially after modding the graphics to match the visual splendor of the early E3 demos. [Aug 2014]
  5. Jun 13, 2014
    70
    Watch Dogs are no gaming revolution, but it is definitely a steady start of the new series. With respect to the game's size you may wink at technical issues which are like a really heavy stone attached to the PC version's ankle. However, you may wink at them but only to some extent. Enough is enough. Despite all that, Watch Dogs do not deserve to be damned considering it is an entertaining title, and although it does not run on 100% for the most part, let us say it does not pronouncedly fail in anything apart from its story.
  6. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    Ubisoft has a less-than-stellar record with portings of its AAA games and Watch Dogs is no exception.
  7. May 27, 2014
    60
    Watch Dogs is decent, but as the first entry into the series it’s still trying to find its niche and its style, and as a result it’s a little bland and all too repetitive. It successfully apes a lot of other games without ever really finding a way to stand out on its own, and the hacking isn’t really enough to push it past “me too” status.

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  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    The game is not optimized for amd systems. The performance is very bad because ubisoft only worked with nvidia and this game is nvidiaThe game is not optimized for amd systems. The performance is very bad because ubisoft only worked with nvidia and this game is nvidia GameWorks.
    -1 for ubisoft and this garbage
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  2. Jun 21, 2014
    10
    I tried gta5 after finnishing Watch Dogs, but it felt so boring and shallow in comparison. gta5 has to be one of the most overrated games inI tried gta5 after finnishing Watch Dogs, but it felt so boring and shallow in comparison. gta5 has to be one of the most overrated games in recent years. It doesnt even compare to WD. Expand
  3. May 29, 2014
    8
    No Spoilers.
    To all those out there that are smashing this game because they cant run it or they cant play it because they don't have a 64
    No Spoilers.
    To all those out there that are smashing this game because they cant run it or they cant play it because they don't have a 64 bit system really need to just educate themselves about computers. Half the people that played this game probably torrented it from the internet. And half the people that have 64 bit windows probably stole that too. Why are you **** about paying for something when if you were a true pc gamer you would know how to test a game before you bought it? Idiots, the lot of you. As for this game, if you tweak it right it is perfectly playable at an acceptable frame rate and provides the fun it promised without maybe as shiny a coat of paint. IT is still very much worth a play or a rent. Stop saying this is a bad game just because your too big of an idiot to make it work properly.
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  4. Jun 5, 2014
    5
    This game is the best example of what's wrong with computer games today;
    A) It has good graphics and a large world where you can go about
    This game is the best example of what's wrong with computer games today;
    A) It has good graphics and a large world where you can go about your own business
    B) It is very simple and pose hardly any resistance; success one way or another is guaranteed for the player

    What part B coul've said is that it's dumbed down to a level where it's actually an insult to the people who buy the product, which is actually Ubisoft's speciality.

    What do I rate this game at? Well, it's not a 0 but it far from a 10. I'd say 5 is a fair and balanced grade that says everything about this product as a whole.
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  5. May 29, 2014
    3
    Please be warned about any of the review sites giving this game high marks. Ubisoft gave Every reviewer a ton of free **** along with theirPlease be warned about any of the review sites giving this game high marks. Ubisoft gave Every reviewer a ton of free **** along with their watch dogs copies. A 500 $ nexus phone along with a ton of other free stuff to get high reviews. Not to mention all the ubisoft review bots making positive post.

    Lets talk about the game. Is it next-gen? Nope not even close. This game has so many glaring bugs and inconsistency's I dont even know where to begin.

    Bad AI. AI goes full retard when you hack traffic lights its the worst thing I ever seen.
    Bad Physic's No ragdoll, barely any visible dmg to cars or things around you.
    Lighting is terrible. Gta5 had better lighting.
    Hacking not as cool as you would of hoped. Pretty much go here press a button good job you hacked!
    Horrendous PC controls. Worst mouse acceleration in history.

    The list of minor bugs is too long to list it would take me a hour. Everything from fallng through the world to **** just plain not working or glitching out.

    On top of everything the game runs like absolute **** and it doesn't make any sense. The games graphics are lackluster at best. So for this game to run so **** bad is mind boggling. Even when you get the game to a manageable frame rate the FPS drops are so insane that it ruins your gameplay.

    Run from this title. Run far
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  6. May 31, 2014
    1
    Maybe this game is good on consoles and some supercomputers, but in current state it's unplayable on many (powerful) PCs. Game have greatMaybe this game is good on consoles and some supercomputers, but in current state it's unplayable on many (powerful) PCs. Game have great potential but doesn't live it's potential. Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2017
    0
    Я всё ещё жалею о том, что продал дорогой UPS-S из кейса в CS:GO, чтобы сделать предзаказ этой игры. Это моя глупейшая ошибка.
    На дворе 2014
    Я всё ещё жалею о том, что продал дорогой UPS-S из кейса в CS:GO, чтобы сделать предзаказ этой игры. Это моя глупейшая ошибка.
    На дворе 2014 год, Ubisoft уже начали катиться по наклонной, но скатились не совсем. А тут ещё новая игра, интересный сеттинг, многообещающе. Именно этот фактор заставил меня, да и не только, обратить внимание на эту игру. Просмотрев трейлеры, я решил - надо предзаказывать. Дождавшись заветной даты релиза, я весь день играл в эту игру в предвкушении большего. Оно вот-вот должно было случиться. Игра не оправдывала ожиданий. Окончательно понял я это после десяти часов игры. Кошмарная оптимизация, детали проработаны на отвали, кошмарное управление автомобилями. Графика по тем временам выглядела вполне достойно, но серость всё же давала о себе знать. Единственный плюс в этой игре - интересная история и сюжет, вот только процесс прохождения уныл и однообразен. Практически все миссии - это лазь по камерам/взломай/иди куда-то по стелсу. Именно поэтому прохождение далось очень тяжко, чем дальше, тем больше тошнило от этих миссий. Впечатлило также взаимодействие с миром на примере светофоров, подрыва канализаций и прочего. Но эффектные аварии тоже очень быстро надоели. Ну хоть вторая часть стала лучше.
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