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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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  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 3, 2014
    9
    Do not believe the haters, this game is absolutely great! I've had very high expectations of it, and it delivered almost flawlessly. The PCDo not believe the haters, this game is absolutely great! I've had very high expectations of it, and it delivered almost flawlessly. The PC version's graphics ranges from nice to spectacular, with the nicest water and rain effects I've seen so far in a game. The world of watch_dogs is amazingly detailed, I often deviated from my destination just to have a look at some interesting new place. In my opinion the locals in here are much more interesting than in any other sandbox game.NPCs are really living their lives, taking pictures, making phonecalls (most of which you can even tap into and listen!), making out, or almost anything you can imagine. It's fun in itself to just pick a place and hang around, watching all that happens around you. And about the gameplay: it has a learning curve, but this can be expected as the game introduces some groundbreaking mechanics. But after a few hours you will get the hang of it, and you won't play GTA again without the urge to manipulate your surroundings the way you can in this game. Every bit of this game is fully realised and works perfectly, from the driving and shooting to the smallest minigame. I can't understand those who say that "its boring, there is nothing to do", my god, the only game you could do even more was GTA V, which was a little overabundant in my opinion (e.g. I've never used the stock exchange minigame, or played golf in it). Its ridiculous when someone starts flaming for the hacking part not being like real... People cannot appreciate the unbelieveable amount of effort that clearly went into this game, instead they whine because they don't have 3GB of VRAM and they cannot play it in full ultra visual settings (it looks good on lower as well). All in all, if you want a sandbox driving/shooting game and you appreciate quality, you cannot go wrong with this one! Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    8
    STOP GIVING IT 0s(sorry, normal people that was for the MILLIONS OF PEOPLE with MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS that only give ONE REVIEW, usually aSTOP GIVING IT 0s(sorry, normal people that was for the MILLIONS OF PEOPLE with MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS that only give ONE REVIEW, usually a 0/10)anyway, I enjoyed it, the police call system was a nice touch, and the city felt alive. The stealth and combat were good, and i enjoyed the hacking for what it was. No, it wasn't what was promised, but i had a lot of fun with it, and that's what really matters Expand
  4. May 28, 2014
    4
    1) Graphics are not as good as they promised
    2) At Ultra graphics it stutters a lot even if you have a super powerful PC
    3) UPLAY is garbage
    1) Graphics are not as good as they promised
    2) At Ultra graphics it stutters a lot even if you have a super powerful PC
    3) UPLAY is garbage it really makes the game run worse and is one of the most awful services out there and as a DRM solution it does not stop the pirates...
    4) Gameplay becomes repetitive really fast
    5) Car physics are very arcade and unrealistic almost worse from the Need for Speed series
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  5. Jul 2, 2014
    3
    So basically it is just GTA with a hacker theme.
    The online modes it provides are:
    -Checking the city with your friends (no objectives and
    So basically it is just GTA with a hacker theme.
    The online modes it provides are:
    -Checking the city with your friends (no objectives and stuff, so basically you have nothing to do)
    -Hide'n'seek
    -Hide'n'seek (just a little bit different)
    -Car Race
    -Team Coop
    I played the game for two days and got bored of it pretty quick. Alot of things in the game doesn't make ANY sense at all, not just lorewise but technically (Yeah I hack the phone of my sister, she stands right next to me and she sounds like she is talking trough the phone, there is no 2nd voiceover for her while standing next to her - NPCs attack you but ignore passengers, for not a damn reason and so on.)
    The missions seem pretty repetativ and so does the gameplay.
    I would not recomment this game to anyone, expect people who LOVE GTA games. But even though there are much better games.
    What bothers me the most is the schedule they got and the game is still buggy and stuff. (So it was just for marketing reasons as far as I assume)
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  6. Jun 22, 2014
    1
    - Stupid NPC
    - Horrible AI
    - Forced online side mission (I hate them beyond any measure) - Boring Story - Main character is plain and
    - Stupid NPC
    - Horrible AI
    - Forced online side mission (I hate them beyond any measure)
    - Boring Story
    - Main character is plain and boring.
    - Awful graphics and optimisation
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  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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