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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. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    great game . I took it for my PS4 and I love it already . Want it to develop and to become a bestseller . Well done Ubisoft , you showed megreat game . I took it for my PS4 and I love it already . Want it to develop and to become a bestseller . Well done Ubisoft , you showed me that your games are good and they deserve to be bought. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2014
    9
    This game does not deserve any hate. I can't wrap my head around why people are disappointed with this game. It is a great and solid sandboxThis game does not deserve any hate. I can't wrap my head around why people are disappointed with this game. It is a great and solid sandbox game that really embraces it's premise and gives a good narrative on a possible future scenario in a 'Smart City'.

    Watch Dogs seems to take the best of GTA (strong and thriving open world, with decent NPCs, driving and missions/side missions,humour ), and Assassin's Creed (freerunning, hidden codes revealing more about the plot, a decent story) but adds a plot that really nails the current events surrounding NSA, spying, corruption, technology, whistleblowing and consequences.

    In terms of story, I really dug every mission and plot point, far more than I ever have with a GTA game (I am a huge fan of GTA, but I know story isn't it's strongest point) the characters seemed interesting and I really connected with the main character which is definitely something GTA fails to achieve.

    In terms of Gameplay, Watch Dogs is exciting, fun and hard to put down once you get started.
    Not only is the hacking an interesting and enjoyable mechanic, but it adds such a deep layer of depth to the gameplay that it allows any player to play in any method he wishes. Want to gun everybody down ala GTA? Go Ahead. Want to stealth it and sneak around buildings via hacking and disable foes remotely? Sure, why not.

    Any time I replayed a mission, or did one of the repetitive side missions, I had a blast, because no quest was the same. Even replaying the exact same side missions results in different enemies, some can be interacted with and some can't always in different ways.

    I am far more likely to replay the story of Watchdogs over a game like GTA. I really look forward to a sequel, and hope Ubisoft ignores the haters, and it has fans.
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  4. Jun 21, 2014
    8
    Is a good game. At GTA it is in my opinion not ran. Graphically it looks Tags from over pretty mediocre. In places, GTA even looks better. TheIs a good game. At GTA it is in my opinion not ran. Graphically it looks Tags from over pretty mediocre. In places, GTA even looks better. The story is also is in order, even if that is more standard. Expand
  5. May 27, 2014
    6
    There's not that much to say about the graphic controversity. The game looks good, no doubt, but not nearly as good as in the E3 Trailers,There's not that much to say about the graphic controversity. The game looks good, no doubt, but not nearly as good as in the E3 Trailers, Launch Trailer or Steam Shop Page Screenshots. By all means, this form of false advertising has to stop. Also, getting hours less of playtime because i didnt bought the "Digitale Deluxe" Edition is just wrong and should not be supported.

    For the game itself, its your average GTA style game. The story is very odd and inconsistent. The one moment i beat someone up with a basbeall bat, then i'm visiting my nephew, then i'm suddenly Badass McBadBat again. The side Missions are extremly dull and usually consist of dozens of heavily armed dudes getting thrown at you. You have whole military-like mob convoys driving trough the city. Whoever runs the city is probably the worst police state in the history of gaming.

    The gameplay is uber-realistic. You have a three meter turn radius, every car handles like a formula one car that has tanked cerosine and the gunplay is quite odd. That said, there are good things in watchdogs and its fun to **** around with the city, but its not enough to keep me want to play it.

    In the end, Watch_Dogs is not a bad game. Its just extremely average.
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  6. Jun 6, 2014
    5
    As much as I enjoy the game I find it terribly boring. The game was, as a lot of people say, hyped way too much. What I played versus what IAs much as I enjoy the game I find it terribly boring. The game was, as a lot of people say, hyped way too much. What I played versus what I wanted was very different. The missions and story weren't very well put together and for a game that's so focused on the tools you can use to fight back with it feels like just a plain 3rd person shooter most of the time, and a painfully boring one....I feel as though the game could have been a lot more in terms of potential when in all reality most of the game is either hit or miss....I tried to like it, but I really just didn't. Expand
  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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