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  • Summary: Check out the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0's predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus' mission to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is his ultimate weapon. Players notCheck out the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0's predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus' mission to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is his ultimate weapon. Players not only can hack into the San Francisco Bay Area's infrastructure, but also into every person and any connected device they possess to trigger unpredictable chains of events in this vast open world. Expand
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Watch Dogs 2 - Online Multiplayer (Co-Op & PVP) Gamescom 2016 Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 28, 2016
    85
    Watch Dogs 2 looks absolutely gorgeous on PC. The game offers a rich sandbox, with plenty of fun missions, things to do and places to see.
  2. Jan 1, 2017
    80
    Over the top hacking action combined with open world exploration, but with a social conscience and a very welcome sense of humor. [Issue#258, p.60]
  3. Apr 3, 2017
    80
    Unlike the first game where multiplayer was kind of a mess, the sequel offers a pretty solid multiplayer experience. Playing Watch Dogs 2 co-op is definitely a blast, especially if you're experiencing the game with a friend.
  4. Nov 30, 2016
    78
    Ubisoft once again fails to tell an engaging story, instead mixing a somewhat confused, even boring plot with bland characters. While Watch Dogs 2 is near-perfect PC port with lots of PC-specific options both for graphics as well as controls, the underlying game wastes a lot of potential. The beautiful rendition of San Francisco is a great background for some neat hacking tricks and fun missions, yet, aside from the shift in tone, Watch Dogs 2 isn’t the anticipated step forward for the series.
  5. Dec 12, 2016
    75
    Watch_Dogs 2 is definitely a good game, especially compared to the first one which was a dull game. It’s got a lot of personality, especially in terms of the cast of characters, and humour is always welcome in open world titles. The missions may generally boil down to “go somewhere, sneak past/shoot guards, hack something, get out” but they cover fun subjects and are never less than entertaining. Nevertheless the online side is aggravating as all hell, the controls aren’t quite receptive enough particularly when driving or shooting, and being able to kill loads of people doesn’t really jive with the DedSec ethos.
  6. Dec 24, 2016
    70
    Ubisoft Montreal almost made a GTA of their own. On the second try. For those who think that "funny" public group in social networks are actually funny. If you do not subscribe to the idea that you have to entertain yourself rather than be entertained in a video game, better stay in Los Santos.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 12, 2016
    60
    For the second time the unfulfilled potential of an unconventional material. The very idea is grasped greatly, but that's all and the game itself is very sad story – again. [Issue #269]

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  1. Negative: 42 out of 234
  1. Nov 29, 2016
    10
    Awesome game, PC version runs well to!! This is a vast improvement over the first game, the writing is much better, the online aspects areAwesome game, PC version runs well to!! This is a vast improvement over the first game, the writing is much better, the online aspects are improved and the new gadgets and such are great to. Pick this up asap, this is the game Watch Dogs 1 should have been. Oh yeah and the game world is wonderful, makes me want to visit San Fran. Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2022
    10
    I loved Watch Dogs 2.

    The story is fun. The characters are good and unique. It is not as gloomy as the first Watch Dogs so I think more
    I loved Watch Dogs 2.

    The story is fun. The characters are good and unique. It is not as gloomy as the first Watch Dogs so I think more people will enjoy it. Side content was okay.

    Graphics are great. The game is very colorful and the world has tons of detail. One of the best looking games I have played, the world feels alive.

    Gameplay is enjoyable. You can hack almost anything, much more than the first game. To some it may be repetitive, which I would agree with, but it gets the job done. Driving mechanics are still very bad, just like the first game. I have to mention that I LOVE the way Marcus moves. The characters moves feel so realistic, the motion capture is amazing.
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  3. Mar 18, 2017
    9
    Although Watch Dogs 2 hasn't redefined gaming, it's definitely an innovative game. The gameplay is very good and the way we're able toAlthough Watch Dogs 2 hasn't redefined gaming, it's definitely an innovative game. The gameplay is very good and the way we're able to utilize remote control cars and drones to complete missions is brilliant and adds a lot of fun to the game.

    There are a lot of puzzle elements to many of the missions and the skills tree allows you to upgrade various different skills. These skills allow you to complete missions in different ways. For example, you can choose to upgrade social engineering skills, which will eventually allow you to use a gang attack on your enemies. You would just need to get close enough to an enemy to assign a gang hit on him. If gang attacks isn't your cup of tea, you can put an APB on one of your enemies and then watch a police officer rush to the scene and arrest him.

    You can also upgrade your remote control car and drone, upgrade your vehicle hacking skills, markmanship...etc.

    Overall, this is a great game.
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  4. Aug 8, 2020
    8
    The game is not a masterpiece, but not **** either. Considering what was vac dogs 1, 2 part is clear horseradish is better than 1 part.
  5. Jul 15, 2021
    7
    After finishing Watch Dogs 1, I immediately started downloading Watch Dogs 2 on Epic Games. I loved the first one. However after playing for aAfter finishing Watch Dogs 1, I immediately started downloading Watch Dogs 2 on Epic Games. I loved the first one. However after playing for a few hours I began to understand that the story in Watch Dogs 2 is lame even though the gameplay and hacking mechanism saw a significant improvement. Also, Watch Dogs 2 is a lot easier than the first one. I had hard times playing the first one on normal difficulty but even in "Realistic" difficulty mode I was completing every missions on Watch Dogs 2 easily. Also, it seemed like the police stopped chasing me after a certain amount of time whereas in the first one the police would chase even for an hour if I could not shake them off. Lastly, I found some bugs that made me exit from the game and start the mission again.

    Overall, Watch Dogs 2 is a good game with very good gameplay and open world design. But I could not finish it because of a lack of motivation to continue as the story was lame. Otherwise, it could have been a 10/10 for me.
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  6. Nov 7, 2018
    6
    After the disappointment that was first Watch Dogs, i initially skipped Watch Dogs 2 upon its launch like many other people, but here i am inAfter the disappointment that was first Watch Dogs, i initially skipped Watch Dogs 2 upon its launch like many other people, but here i am in late 2018 having completed the sequel and while its not the big improvement i hoped it would be, its still a step in the right direction.

    WD2 still doesnt reach the full quality of GTA, lets be realistic that even with its hacking emphasis, GTA is the series that Ubisoft is trying hard to emulate, to attract gamers who enjoy GTA. Only key area where Ubi rivals R* is the world building and attention to detail put in it. Exploring Bay Area can take your breath away if youre interested in the game for the purpose of virtual tourism. However gameplay and narrative wise WD2 still doesnt have what it takes to be a top tier open world crime game.

    Driving is still pretty sub par, if not worse than in first game, cars feel way too twitchy, weightless with overly sensitive steering, no to mention the crappy crashing physics and some cars having to go through 100 gears when you fly the highways at top speed. Gunplay is nothing special, but some guns do sound pretty cool. Stealth can be somewhat fun due to hacking tools game gives you. The new traversal parkour system is pretty nice in action, but still the world is not as open as in GTA where you could go virtually anywhere, movement still can be clunky and restrictive where you should be able to scale something easily by logic. Cop chases can get annoying as hell due to cops being overly aware, the sheer numbers of cops game can throw at you all at once and their cars being relentless in stopping you with artificially increased speed compared to yours, like rubber banding of AI in racing games, the police heli especialy gets on the nerves if you dont have the skill unlocked to bugger it off. Marcus doesnt have much health, even on Normal difficulty game can be quite brutal if you go guns blazing without a strategy, this can be both good or bad depending on your play style. The enemy factions you face also over abuse the ''call for reinforcements'', they just keep coming and coming, and the enemy AI has ridiculous awareness of your position, they perfectly land every grenade thrown at you and they know excatly the place to rush once youre spotted, even if you changed your position while they didnt see you.

    Bay Area in Watch Dogs 2 is seriously impressively recreated, then again Chicago was the strongest point in first game aswell. It can be fun just walking around the San Francisco, Sillicon Valley, Oakland or Marin and taking in the surroundings. Graphics are very good allowing the world to pop with detail. The NPC system is quite good aswell like in first game, however the more you play the more you start hearing the same dialogues NPC's can be having or the scripted interactions between them.

    Story was yet another unimpressive Ubisoft affair. Still, the theme surrounding The Big Tech in Sillicon Valley, the power they hold and how they abuse it, its relevant stuff i have to say, especially now in 2018 when such companies have become overly political, condone censorship and try to meddle with ellections in USA and globally to get the result they deem ''right'' in their views. Main missions and side activities can be fun, but the main narrative and writing just goes by with you not caring much. Like when a key character dies in the game, you only care so much that you forget about it 5 minutes later. To be frank, before i tried the game, the cast of main characters semt pretty lame to me, but they are not that bad honestly, they did to a degree grew on me, but not to the point i would call them good or memorable, except maybe for Wrench and T Bone. Marcus himself, no matter how Ubisoft try to make him the exact opposite of Aiden, he ends up being the polar opposite with all his forced feeling cheeriness and rather shallow personality. The tone is much lighter than in the 1st game, there's lots jokes and humour, but its the kind humour thats rather hard to connect with if youre not a teen or younger, more simply put its not smart humour.

    Then there's a big issue with how the narrative simply ignores the fact if youre playing the game with a lethal approach. You can can be cold blooded killer with Marcus, but he keeps acting like his hands are clean of blood and so does rest of your DedSec crew. It doesnt make any sense. You can see Ubisoft wrote the story in a way that it only assumes youre playing without killing people, thats cool if youre a stealth fan who likes non lethal play style, if youre not then thats another problem you'll face in connecting with game's story line and characters.

    WD2 on PC also has some performance issues, very low frame rates in certain parts of the game world, occasional game crash here and there. Worst of all, the game can freeze up for several seconds before being playable again.

    Even with some of its bigger flaws, in the end i still had decent time with Watch Dogs 2.
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  7. Nov 16, 2020
    0
    A very good game, it runs pretty well on the PC the only problem I had was with the textures that don't get render completely, but it still isA very good game, it runs pretty well on the PC the only problem I had was with the textures that don't get render completely, but it still is a pretty good game, the first minute may be a bit boring but the rest is just extremely fun to play Expand

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