Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 46 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Oct 28, 2020
    90
    Watch Dogs: Legion is a departure from the typical Ubisoft brand, and it's better for it. The play as anybody system just works, there's a lot to do, and it's unabashedly political in a way that feels important in 2020.
  2. Oct 28, 2020
    89
    Legion is easily the best Watch Dogs game we've seen so far, masterfully managing to compromise between WD's more serious tone and WD2's whacky cheerfulness, while at the same time introducing well-crafted and deep innovations to the series' core gameplay.
  3. Oct 28, 2020
    87
    The fact that recruits can easily be found in the world is also a good way of drawing attention to the open world. Because it should be seen: As an open-world city, London feels amazingly real and is full of life. Sometimes I ignore all the missions and prefer to drive a little with music through the brightly lit streets, watch people while I am strolling along the Thames or fly high over the roofs in a cargo drone to look for the best way to a hidden technology point.
  4. Nov 3, 2020
    85
    Legion is an interesting twist for the series, that particularly shines thanks to its mission design and representation of a dystopian London.
  5. Nov 2, 2020
    85
    It's clear that Watch Dogs Legion is Ubisoft's first step toward innovation after so many years of generic formulas. I'd say it's a good start, but the “play-as-anyone” system is quite basic and doesn't offer that variation and richness that you would expect. It's a great and ambitious idea, but the execution is far from perfect. Despite these shortcomings, I have to admit that Watch Dogs Legion is actually a good game. I'm not familiar with Ubisoft's plans, but Legion opens up a lot of potential for the future of the series. Anyone who liked any of the previous games will absolutely love Watch Dogs Legion. It offers a lot of content that you can go through with a customized team of hackers, so no playthrough should be the same.
  6. Nov 2, 2020
    85
    Watch Dogs: Legion is an interesting game with an innovative system and a compelling story. It’s not a blockbuster hit and it probably won’t make the running for GOTY this year, but its experimental systems and socially resonant plot make it worth checking out.
  7. Oct 28, 2020
    85
    Watch Dogs: Legion suffers from a little jank in the tank, but the recruitment system is fantastic and there's just so much to see and do. The open world is full of detail, and the whole experience is full of heart.
  8. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2021
    80
    Legion is a return to the darker roots of Watch Dogs. It is also the best game in the series, regardless of whether you’re inclined to avoid violence and solve problems DedSec style (by hacking), or prefer to unleash a hail of bullets. The story improved big time and it is unsettling to realize how much the game’s dystopian reality resembles our own. [13/2020, p.62]
  9. Nov 3, 2020
    80
    The tools Watch Dogs provides give you power over your environment, and now you have dominion over who fights and who dies in a desperate and sometimes uncomfortably relevant struggle to save a troubled London. This freedom may make you feel more attached to your crew than the drama unfolding in the main story, but any investment you make to grow Dedsec is justly rewarded. There aren’t enough mission types and voice actors involved to make the whole thing as impactful and realistic as intended, but you can easily find a few recruits, or a few dozen, that are worth putting on the front lines of this bloody cyber war.
  10. Nov 2, 2020
    80
    While it may not win any awards for the story, Watch Dogs: Legion is an enjoyable sandbox that gives you plenty of room to play around and experiment with objectives. If stealth gameplay is your thing, put this one on your pickup list.
  11. Nov 2, 2020
    80
    The newest Ubisoft open world title surprisingly enough sets innovation as its priority; and succeeds. A feature that lets you play any character is impressive and works quite well in the world of a dystopian London. The only real issues are a lack of challenge and rewards combined with a mixed enemy AI.
  12. Nov 1, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs Legion is the best game of the franchise. The new Legion system is so fun and engaging that you will always look for a better one or someone more unique. The missions can get a bit simple and repetitive, but the way you approach them is totally up to you and your operative’s skills. We just really hope that they will keep innovating further with this premise and that the next game will be even better.
  13. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs: Legion delivers an immersive open world where nearly any character that you encounter can become a high-tech freedom fighter. Legion's unique hacking mechanics and mission variety make it an excellent series entry.
  14. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs Legion is a different type of sequel to Watch Dogs 2, contrasting in its approach to creating a hackable open world playground, but with no less impressive results. Playing as any citizen in London leads to some less-than-engaging story moments, but the web of relationships and activities that crop up as a result of the systemic design is mind-blowing. I rarely did the same thing twice in Watch Dogs Legion, and if I did, I wasn't doing it the same way twice. Watch Dogs Legion truly feels like a living, breathing world, and it's a world that I plan to revisit often, even though I've seen the credits on the main story roll.
  15. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs: Legion starts with some really intriguing background ideas, ideas that try to dig deep and to leave us with many more questions about the near future. The overwhelming control of a state willing to know everything about its citizens, however, does not prevent a few uncertainties about the gameplay, a sore note that prevents the game from shining as hoped. However, it remains an enjoyable offer, ready to satisfy the taste of lovers of the genre.
  16. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs Legion's play-as-anyone gamble just about pays off. Most of London's citizens are way too ordinary to be much fun, but the few I grew to care about wound up feeling more important to me than most videogame protagonists ever do. Not bad for a group of randomly generated misfits. And I even wound up loving all those drones.
  17. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Some scars from the previous opus - physics engine and dated collisions, AI enemies still very strange - come here to temper our enthusiasm somewhat and show all the imperfections of Legion, but it has enough qualities to convince fans of the license to dive back into it again.
  18. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs Legion takes Ubisoft’s open-world hacker series in an interesting new direction by letting you swap between the inhabitants of a near-future London almost at will. There’s enough variety in the way different characters play to make that a good tradeoff for not having one traditionally progressing character with a fleshed-out personality, and playing with permadeath enabled ratchets up the tension of infiltrating heavily guarded areas. On top of that, the map is detailed and loaded with environmental puzzles to solve with a little help from your drones. Legion is technically a little rough, but its sandbox-style approach is a good idea that sets Watch Dogs’ moment-to-moment gameplay even further apart from the GTA series.
  19. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs Legion is an anti-fascist game, and it's admirable that it sticks to that message and sees it through to a satisfying and affirming conclusion. It also bolsters the franchise's clever hacking gameplay to offer more creativity than ever. One of Legion's more profound messages is about what it means to be a true Londoner, and by the game's end, you'll have a DedSec crew made of wildly diverse and disparate citizens from unique cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds--all united in their goal to restore their home. If anything, that's as powerful a message for the game as you can get…Watch Dogs: Legion struggles with tone at times, but its empowering message about unity and justice still shines in a game that is as absurd as it is impactful.
  20. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Watch Dogs: Legion is undoubtedly the most fun and exciting entry in the series. Play as anyone is a mechanic that really elevates the gameplay experience, truly delivering on the core premise of the franchise. The campaign is solid, though it lacks the emotional investment and standout characters of previous series entries. Overall, Watch Dogs: Legion is a hacking good time and a great addition to Ubisoft’s technology-based saga.
  21. Oct 28, 2020
    79
    Watch Dogs Legion is a great step forward for the series, with enough experimental new gameplay features to complement the familiar mechanics. London is incredible, and exploring it is an almost visceral experience. It's just a shame that the story doesn't hold the same familiarity to the real world that the map does.
  22. Oct 28, 2020
    78
    The third chapter of the series has several good ideas but not always a perfect realization.
  23. Nov 30, 2020
    76
    Watch Dogs: Legion does most things right. The hacking component works amazingly well, letting players infiltrate locations with minimal attention from guards patrolling the areas when done correctly. Sneaking around and using the available cover works satisfactorily too, giving players the opportunity to take out guards one at a time. The AI does a decent job too, with guards and drones alerted by fallen comrades or the sound of alarms and gunshots. And if you do happen to get into a gunfight, the shooting mechanics do an admirable job.
  24. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 18, 2020
    75
    It’s a good playground for the people who like to explore the world and experiment with NPC behavior. But if you’re looking for memorable characters and thrilling story – that’s not your cup of tea. [Issue#249, p.60]
  25. Nov 9, 2020
    75
    Watch Dogs Legion is a fun and satisfying open world sandbox, with lots of tools for destruction and various strategies to go about completing your objective. It’s great in short bursts, but rarely has you hooked on any one thing to keep you coming back.
  26. Nov 2, 2020
    75
    In the end, with more varied activities that went beyond the usual by-the-numbers story missions, say, a more emergent city full of events to match the unpredictability of who you control - then Watch Dogs: Legion could have been an experience on par with its impressive technology. As it stands it’s a fight and a cause worth joining, but like its cast your reasons might only extend to the escape from the monotony of a normal everyday existence.
  27. Oct 28, 2020
    75
    The connected, living world here is a genuine revelation, and it's well worth exploring if you're willing to mess around and make your own fun. It's just a shame that some of the vibrancy and depth of Watch Dogs 2 has been lost in the process.
  28. Oct 28, 2020
    75
    Watch Dogs: Legion may be as structurally sound mechanically as its predecessor, but the novelty of the “play as anyone” system has damaged Ubisoft’s ability to create a thrilling story in this latest installment, instead creating a cast of very forgettable heroes and villains that lack any semblance of flair or personality.
  29. Oct 28, 2020
    75
    Watch Dogs: Legion offers an incredibly vast recruitment system that wonderfully complements its hacking mechanics while boasting the darkest story in the series.
  30. Nov 2, 2020
    70
    Legion’s biggest problem is that it’s boring: its central mechanic is effectively meaningless, which just leaves you piloting a generic character through yet another Ubisoft-styled open-world. Legion will likely find some fans, but as seems to be the curse of the Watch Dogs series, it’s watered itself down so much in an attempt to appeal to as broad an audience as possible that it’s lost all its texture. If a bad open-world game is an oversalted omelet, Watch Dogs: Legion is plain oatmeal.
  31. Oct 30, 2020
    70
    Ultimately, Watch Dogs: Legion’s main mechanic feels like an incredibly ambitious move that almost pays off for Ubisoft, but not quite. In favor of cramming as many playable NPCs into the game as possible, Legion ends up sacrificing story and character investment. Ubisoft’s vision of near-future London is a beautifully realized sandbox world that I loved spending time in, but it’s also forgettable and not one that I see myself returning to anytime soon.
  32. Oct 29, 2020
    70
    The new "Play As Anyone" system is as impressive as it sounds on paper, creating a host of intriguing characters if you choose to dive into their backgrounds. Crafting your own version of DedSec is a ton of fun, especially early on. The problem is the gameplay of Watch Dogs Legion is mostly the same as its predecessors and the missions are quite repetitive overall. It's not a step back for the series, but the hacking and stealth core of the series does need an overhaul.
  33. If a little more attention was paid to the missions, character and vehicle handling mechanics, it could be one of the most sound games of the year.
  34. Oct 28, 2020
    70
    Richly realised systems and empowering abilities create a tremendously fun sandbox to dig into, but another toothless story ensures these flashes of brilliance never cohere, leaving Legion feeling less than the sum of its parts.
  35. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 4, 2021
    60
    Watch Dogs: Legion is a fun game, but in the end it doesn't stand out. The possibility of recruiting anyone is ambitious, but many, perhaps even more important elements have fallen victim to it. The game unfortunately falls into the ranks: to play and forget. [Issue#307]
  36. Nov 13, 2020
    60
    Watch Dogs: Legion is presented as Ubisoft’s grandest and most compelling adventure ever, but ends up failing to deliver what has been promised. Despite the additional development time, it lost the chance to deliver a new type of experience that includes the much-advertised Operators Recruitment.
  37. Nov 5, 2020
    60
    A surprisingly inaccurate recreation of London ties into simplistic gameplay and terrible performance to create a deeply flawed and shallow game.
  38. Oct 28, 2020
    60
    Even if you put aside the sidelining of permadeath and the absence of any sense of a progression system, the underlying Watch Dogs concept has not evolved in any meaningful way. The hacking functions are relatively the same as previous editions in the series, and once you have spent a few hours in this world there isn’t much left to surprise you. There’s some fun to be had in Watch Dogs Legion, but it becomes so repetitive that by the end of the game everything feels like a chore — one I was desperately wanting to be over hours before its credits rolled.
  39. Oct 28, 2020
    60
    Watch Dogs Legion had a catchy concept, but everything is far too superficial, which undermines all the gameplay and the interest of the game. The combination of a questionable balance, universal hacking, the lack of difficulty and overly versatile recruits results in a functional but tasteless gameplay. The generic story takes itself way too seriously while making us betray its message is easily forgettable. The basics are present, and there's still stuff to do that'll keep you busy for a while. You might even be able to have fun by thinking outside the box, but it's probably not worth the detour.
  40. Oct 28, 2020
    60
    Watch Dogs: Legion could have been a milestone, but it feels a little rushed and unsteady on its feet as it is. Maybe some time and TLC will secure its original promise, but for now, it remains a case of an engaging concept that stumbles in its execution.
  41. 60
    Although the recruitment system provides a few hours of entertainment, Watch Dogs: Legion feels like a series of systems masquerading as an open-world adventure game. Compared to the first two entries, Legion is a massive step backward, both in terms of story and execution. This is paint-by-numbers Ubisoft on autopilot.
  42. Jan 26, 2021
    50
    This is the worst kind of sandbox, with bland, repetitious gameplay, and barely existing narrative.
  43. Edge Magazine
    Dec 3, 2020
    50
    Much has been sacrificed in service of making a brilliant central concept work, then - and yet it's the very thing robbing Legion of any star quality. [Issue#353, p.118]
  44. Oct 28, 2020
    50
    Watch Dogs: Legion is Ubisoft’s most ambitious entry in the series yet, and while it doesn’t disappoint like the first Watch Dogs, it feels aimless. Exploring London is a good time, but the game is never challenging, and the story makes very little sense.
  45. Oct 28, 2020
    50
    Perhaps there’s some other take on Legion that lives up to its potential, if not for salient commentary then for player-authored mayhem as you juggle random variables.
  46. Nov 16, 2020
    20
    A group of disparate people with unique strengths and weaknesses come together to try to save London from a high-tech dystopia. Unfortunately, I couldn't care less about any of them.
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  1. Oct 28, 2020
    In the end, the London of Watch Dogs: Legion feels a mile wide but only a few feet deep. What promises to be endless variety in character choice and hack-driven gameplay options quickly boils down to the repetition of the same old gameplay and plot tropes.
  2. Oct 28, 2020
    I hope we see a sequel. A bolder direction like this deserves recognition versus the many carbon copies of other games, even in Ubisoft's own roster of franchises. With a bit more bite, a follow-up could be – as we say in London – the dog’s bollocks.
  3. Oct 28, 2020
    At the end of the day, Watch Dogs: Legion feels like it executed on most of its ideas, with some standouts rising above the rest. While the loss of a primary protagonist may have felt like an odd step, it worked in the “we are all Spartacus” sort of way. Fresh takes on drones and the addition of a few new toys liven up the world's interactivity. I’m just hoping that the Ubisoft team can squash some of the real-world bugs soon.
  4. While I may not identify with any of my guerrillas and their grab-bag backstories, nor feel any sense of real investment in the fate of DedSec as a whole, I’m still attached to this strange band of possessed berserkers. We’ve had a good time together, in this nonsense dystopian playground. When construction goblin finally angers one boat too many, or when Diane discovers the limits to God’s tolerance of Three Lions and is rightly obliterated, I will miss them.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1186 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 31, 2020
    10
    Watch Dogs Legion is one of the better games of 2020, that's for sure. Even tho, if you only want mindless action and hate stealth then thisWatch Dogs Legion is one of the better games of 2020, that's for sure. Even tho, if you only want mindless action and hate stealth then this one clearly isn't for you. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2020
    9
    After playing Watch Dogs Legion about 10 hours i can say that much: beautiful open world, tons of unique characters to recruit, story is fine,After playing Watch Dogs Legion about 10 hours i can say that much: beautiful open world, tons of unique characters to recruit, story is fine, cool easter eggs. Performance is solid, if you have up-to date PC. Even tho story isn't greatest thing ever in this one, true winner is the open world that it has. I have high hopes for Aiden dlc. Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2020
    9
    If you don't like it, don't play it. You don't need 10 accounts to whine about it. Now about game. So far, city looks beautiful, driving isIf you don't like it, don't play it. You don't need 10 accounts to whine about it. Now about game. So far, city looks beautiful, driving is fun, tons of cool characters to recruit. Full Review »