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  • Summary: In the modern uber-connected world, Chicago maintains 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 hackerIn the modern uber-connected world, Chicago maintains 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 history 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 and private 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: 64 out of 80
  2. Negative: 0 out of 80
  1. May 27, 2014
    100
    Watch_Dogs combines an astonishingly detailed world, a gripping storyline, creative game mechanics, a myriad of missions and activities, and improvisational tactical sandbox gameplay to create a truly next-generation open world game. Phenomenal. No other word for it.
  2. It’s not often a new game franchise comes into the world so fully realized and without major shortcomings, which is why this is such an impressive achievement. Not only is it more polished, expansive, alive and fun to play than many predecessors in its genre, it’s also the best example yet of next-generation gameplay.
  3. May 27, 2014
    89
    Watch Dogs isn't inspiring or revolutionary, but it's a well-rounded approach to open world gameplay. Completing the story and merely sampling the various side activities can last over thirty hours, with plenty more left to do. The focus on hacking lends to more cerebral gameplay, and the multiplayer is solid.
  4. May 27, 2014
    80
    As an open-world game, Watch Dogs provides “enough” — enough sidequests, enough space, enough of a playground — to qualify, but it doesn’t quite place. Other games have nailed a better balance in optional activities and large-scale ambiance, including other games from Ubisoft Montreal itself. But when Watch Dogs focuses on the things it does better than anyone else, it finds an identity worth developing. As a hybrid open-world stealth-action game, it’s in a class by itself.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jun 16, 2014
    80
    Watch Dogs comes close to earning Best in Show, but falters on some critical open-world elements. Bring on the sequel! [July 2014, p74]
  6. May 27, 2014
    80
    When I say that Watch Dogs does not meet expectations, I’m not only referring to the technological aspects - new concepts and ideas are the key parts. In this aspect, it’s definitely on the right path. it is important to mention that this is a game that most of the time is very good, but there is still potential to be explored in the future.
  7. May 27, 2014
    60
    Even though I feel its story is often weak and its action isn't that different from other games in the genre, I still enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs. It turns out that the old stuff still works, and the strong-but-standard mission design kept me entertained, most of the time. It's rough around the edges, though, so if you don't settle for anything less than the best, you'll probably be disappointed...But hey, Watch Dogs 2? That'll probably be pretty cool.

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  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    I'n shocked at how there'd are so many haters for this game. IMO opinion this game is wayyy better than gta 5 and here is why. First off theI'n shocked at how there'd are so many haters for this game. IMO opinion this game is wayyy better than gta 5 and here is why. First off the city of Chicago feels way more real than anything rockstar has crafted. Don't get me wrong rockstar can craft some great live open world games but nothing comes close to matching watchdogs living breathing city. Random crimes happen, fights, and some nova will even call the cops on you. It just feels so real even in how the npcs interact with you and others. It's simply amazing. The animation and graphics are excellent even though there is a noticeable graphics downgrade. The shooting and hacking in the game is fun and opens up endless possibilities on how to complete missions, stop crimes, or evade the cops. There is just so much content in this game from the aforementioned random crimes to activities like chess, drinking games, races, and even my favorite activities...digital trips. There is so much more this game offers but explaining it would take a while and I'd rather get back to playing this amazing piece of work. It is well worth the money don't believe the hate. It ain't perfect but it sure as hell is close to it 9.5/10 Expand
  2. May 28, 2014
    10
    Very very good game is not like gta but I really like this game the graphic and the cars they are really good hope the next watch dog can makeVery very good game is not like gta but I really like this game the graphic and the cars they are really good hope the next watch dog can make even better Expand
  3. Jun 9, 2014
    9
    Not sure that any of the negative reviewers actually played this game. I was reluctant to pick this up because of the negative user reviews,Not sure that any of the negative reviewers actually played this game. I was reluctant to pick this up because of the negative user reviews, I found time over the weekend and picked it up regardless. I'm glad I did. After playing about 4 hours of this I enjoyed every minute, people should never expect something to be the best ever and then give it negative reviews when it isn't, though it is better than most. I can only speak for PS4 but I've experienced no bugs either, can't wait to get home and play more tonight. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2014
    8
    Just finished everything there is to do in this game. I found it to be enjoyable for the most part. The driving is below average but theJust finished everything there is to do in this game. I found it to be enjoyable for the most part. The driving is below average but the motorcycles make up for it. The game also feels empty at times even if you can profile people and random crimes occur throughout the game.

    Here are some good and bad things about the game:

    Good
    + Story is not bad, keeps you engaged
    + Lots of different varieties in terms of missions/collectibles
    + Digital Trips are awesome, best part of the game in my opinion
    + Hacking and tailing people online is fun to a certain extent
    + Variety of gadgets to use for different situations

    Bad
    - Driving can be frustrating, unrealistic
    - Game gets very repetitive
    - Online racing is unplayable
    - Online free roam is boring, nothing to do with your friends
    - Hacking is boring and repetitive

    All in all a good game but for all the hype that followed it, this game did not deliver. There is a large disconnect between the game and the user which makes the game feel fake (not sure how else to really explain it) which is not good for a game trying to have a realistic feel to it.
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  5. Jun 16, 2014
    6
    I am disappointed with this game. Not because it is bad. But because it's not up to the hype ubisoft created for it. The made me feel it'sI am disappointed with this game. Not because it is bad. But because it's not up to the hype ubisoft created for it. The made me feel it's gonna be GTA V competitor. In fact it hardly reach GTA III. Even Sleeping Dogs was better in my opinion.
    The game had potential. But boring. I didn't get attached to the game. I just wanted to finish it. Even the side activities where boring and repetitive. The world isn't big. And Chicago wasn't interesting at all. The story wasn't interesting as well. Aiden character acting was very bad. There was no need to put this batman voice twist to character. Other NPC characters were more interesting (Clara, T-Bone & Jordi)
    The game has too many bugs and glitches. Also online multiplayer is bad. Not interesting at all. And PvP invasion. You play it couple of times and you get bored of it.
    Just very disappointed. This 6 for me.
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  6. Jun 2, 2014
    5
    It'd get a better score if this were a good representation of Chicago. There are no mountains with hydroelectric dams anywhere near Chicago.It'd get a better score if this were a good representation of Chicago. There are no mountains with hydroelectric dams anywhere near Chicago. Six total dams in Illinois and none of them are in a mountain!!! Did they ever visit Chicago? I've read that they did, but they got SO MUCH SO WRONG!!!

    There is no stadium to the South West of Chicago either. There's three in town and none are where the "May Stadium" is located.

    As a game, it's okay. Graphics seem pretty dated. Gameplay mechanics also seem pretty dated. Looks like the cross-gen development really hurt the game.

    Did the players of Infamous Second Son feel like their town wasn't represented properly?!?
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  7. Nov 15, 2019
    0
    Game stopped in the middle of the tutorial. "installing 41%". climbed to 45% after 10 minutes.
    "Do you want to quit? Progress will be lost". I
    Game stopped in the middle of the tutorial. "installing 41%". climbed to 45% after 10 minutes.
    "Do you want to quit? Progress will be lost". I had very low expectations but this joke surprised me anyway.
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