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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. Nov 8, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game in my opinion is PERFECT! Of course others may not find it perfect but find it fun and some people hate the game. The amount of effort put in this game is phenomenal. Vehicles feel more realistic while driving. If you're seen as a terrorist in your reputation, people call the cops when they recognize you or when you shoot a gun in public. And the story? Amazing! Although I didn't get emotional during the mission where your family has to go somewhere safe, but I just didn't want to see them go. Character development is also really good. When Clara died, you wanted to kill the hit men badly, jut wanted immediate revenge. Overall, this game is a big slap in the face, but still a good game. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2017
    9
    Watchdogs was a great game to play. It was like gta but you can control the technology. You can experience something you don't normallyWatchdogs was a great game to play. It was like gta but you can control the technology. You can experience something you don't normally experience in real life. And it looked like we were going through the characters life. Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2014
    7
    First off, I hadn't followed any news about this game prior to launch. I hate being disappointed because of hype. The only knowledge I had wasFirst off, I hadn't followed any news about this game prior to launch. I hate being disappointed because of hype. The only knowledge I had was that it's a sandbox game with a vigilante hacker in it.

    At first I was quite surprised finding myself playing a version of GTA. I wasn't quite sure if it was a good surprise or not. The controls didn't seem quite right and the overall feeling was not like I expected it to be. The beginning seemed a bit forced and I couldn't play the game for long at a single sitting.

    It didn't take me too long to get over the controls and it seemed quite enjoyable after getting some skills unlocked. The invasions irritated me at first, but once I got the mechanics behind it, I started to love the concept. Hacking is usually quite fun, though a bit simple to my taste. There could be another dimension to it.

    My problems with the game:
    1. I expected there to be more possibilities for playing smart. I don't mind violence in games in general, but the vigilante theme would benefit from having less violent solutions in general IMO. Too GTA now.
    2. Super repetitive and simple side missions. Some of them could be more random events you'd pick up when walking in the streets and it would force you to react on the spot. Now the events wait for you to pick it up when it suits you.
    3. The immersion is just not there. I think it's because I'm annoyed with the inconsistency of the main character. The moral compass is spinning like crazy. It's too easy just drop this and to pick up another game.

    Overall it's a fine game, but there's so much missed potential. l suppose there will be a sequel, but I'll wait for the reviews before buying it. While I don't regret buying this game, it's not quite the unforgettable masterpiece it had the potential to be.
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  5. Jun 9, 2014
    6
    While in the first couple of hours you'll be overwhelmed, once you've played it for half a week or a week you'll find the game fails toWhile in the first couple of hours you'll be overwhelmed, once you've played it for half a week or a week you'll find the game fails to deliver. The campaign is dreadfully short, and after you've finished the campaign there's not a lot else to do. Sure, there's a ton of collectibles, but most of these are just that, collectibles. Get to where they are, press a button, and you're done, off to the next.
    The other 'collectibles' are sidemissions: clearing out gang hideouts, destroying criminal convoys, etc.; but all of these are simple kill-em-all-and-be-done-with-it. Yes, you can choose whether you want to go in guns blazing or if you want to be sneaky, but there's not much of a difference. The sneaky approach utilizes hacking, but the hacking mechanics aren't interesting, to say it kindly. Hacking is way too easy, and there's only 1 type of puzzle. At least in AC4 there were 3 or 4 different kinds of puzzles when hacking...

    The other major letdown is the fact that there's tons of multiplayer issues. Every time I tried to initiate multiplayer, the game told me it was unable to connect to public sessions, and that I should check my NAT type. My NAT is type 1, and noone on the forums could tell me why NAT type 1 was wrong (and that's correct, it shouldn't be wrong at all).
    Even if you manage to access multiplayer, every form of multiplayer apart from 1v1 requires PlaystationPlus.

    Visually, the game fails to delives too. It's graphics are on a par with last years GTA V for the PS3 - dissappointing for a PS4 game to say the least.

    It's sad to see that a game that could've been brilliant ends up being mediocre, and saying that is pretty generous...
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  6. Mar 4, 2016
    5
    Don't buy Watch Dogs, because Watch Dogs is another unfinished, dumbed down, pushed out the door game by Ubisoft. First off, the graphics haveDon't buy Watch Dogs, because Watch Dogs is another unfinished, dumbed down, pushed out the door game by Ubisoft. First off, the graphics have been dumbed way down from the E3 demos, the hacking mechanics are very linear,you don't have as much control of Chicago as you first thought, and Aiden Pierce sounds like Batman when he spits out a sentence. The story is pretty boring too, barely anything happens for most of the main story. The multiplayer is fun, but that doesn't make up for anything. Don't buy Watch Dogs. Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2018
    0
    thisgame is a joke. broken and empty. but the best joke of all is that the media gave this garbage an 8.0

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