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  • Summary: Check out the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0's predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus' mission to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is his ultimate weapon. Players notCheck out the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0's predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus' mission to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is his ultimate weapon. Players not only can hack into the San Francisco Bay Area's infrastructure, but also into every person and any connected device they possess to trigger unpredictable chains of events in this vast open world. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 95
  2. Negative: 0 out of 95
  1. Nov 14, 2016
    98
    The UI is wonderful. You have so much information immediately available to you. Nudle Maps always has a mini-map in the lower left corner, giving you a good look at the area. Bringing up information on people gives you a crisp, clear window. Hacking offers a menu with easily recognizable icons, so you always know what your button presses will do.
  2. Nov 14, 2016
    90
    Most importantly, Watch Dogs 2 offers a sense of humor running through it that the series badly needed. You don’t need miserable family death stories in a ludicrous game about “smart cities” and cartoony hackers. You need writing that leans into the silliness, that has a laugh at its own expense, which is exactly what this game gets.
  3. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    The sincere belief in a pack mentality is just one reason why Watch Dogs 2 is such an improvement over its predecessor.
  4. Nov 16, 2016
    80
    Packing a vibrant, immersive open world, likeable cast of characters, and an engaging plot, Watch Dogs 2 is a good-looking, entertaining hacking romp that's not afraid to make a statement on today's technology-obsessed society. Its missions can be tackled in a variety of ways: Combat is always an option, but the game really comes into its own when you're using your suite of technology-disrupting tools to creatively outwit the enemy. It's involving, rewarding, and a lot of fun.
  5. 80
    In practice the hacking works intuitively and — assuming you suspend your disbelief that you can use the same network to steer a car or explode a sewerage pipe from a phone — it's a huge amount of fun.
  6. Nov 24, 2016
    80
    Watch Dogs 2 manages to improve on almost every point that made its predecessor so disappointing. It’s a more robust open-world game, packed with meaningful content and mechanics that beg the player to experiment and toy with them. Though it still hangs onto some facets a little too tightly, this is one sequel that manages to make its opening act seem like a mistake best left forgotten.
  7. Nov 17, 2016
    60
    For now, what looks at first like a few hopeful steps forward for this fledgling franchise turns out to be too much shuffling sideways. The protagonist is more interesting, the writing and voice acting vastly improved, and the tactical components more intricate and differentiated. But it’s too easy and tempting to exploit the most powerful among the latter, to play ants off ants ad nauseam, or just go in guns-a-blazin’, a blithe and hypocritical madman.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 348
  1. Nov 15, 2016
    10
    Damn, this game surprised me.
    Great story, amazing protagonist, EPIC CITY....okay, it's an epic game. Not an big fan of the first one, but
    Damn, this game surprised me.
    Great story, amazing protagonist, EPIC CITY....okay, it's an epic game. Not an big fan of the first one, but this is amazing
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  2. Jan 3, 2017
    10
    I played this on PS4, and I was blown away by how beautiful the game looked. The game ran smoothly almost 24/7, and the loading was quiteI played this on PS4, and I was blown away by how beautiful the game looked. The game ran smoothly almost 24/7, and the loading was quite short for what it is.

    I haven't played Watch Dogs before, and minus a couple of inside jokes that flew over my head,(i.e Raymond and Aidan), I felt like this game was very welcoming and good for people unfamiliar to the series. I have already put many hours into this game and I still have plenty of things to mess around with.

    The level of detail on this game can not be put into words. Every nook and cranny that I peeked into was detailed and beautiful! The world that Ubisoft has created truly feels alive and is brimming with character. There is a decent amount of content, and the dynamic between the characters is great at every moment.

    Now, the game isn't perfect, but i'm still giving it a 10. To start things off, Marcus seems to fit in way too quickly. Day one, he's already everyone's best friend just for completing initiation. But the cheery vibe is nothing to complain about. Another thing that I don't enjoy is the obsession with roofs.I like a puzzle, but having every single mission in the game on a roof is ridiculous (i'm exaggerating). Traffic is a bit annoying as well. Since you can interact with the world via r/c, doing things from your car is very tempting. But if you do it in the middle of the road, pile-ups are bound to occur and a symphony of honking commences.

    When it comes to weapons, the game is good and bad. Good in the sense that It has a good selection to choose from and you always have a gun that caters to your play style. Bad in the sense that there are a lot of guns that don't need to be there, like the base semi auto rifle. Why would you use it when you have a DMR, which is more accurate, shoots just as fast, has a scope, and hits harder? Or maybe a fully automatic rifle?

    There is a fine selection of vehicles, but maybe not enough supercars or vehicles that go unbelievably fast. The driving physics are amazing. You always feel in control, and pulling the handbrake and powersliding around corners is easy and is the best feeling you can have during your ride. The game is forgiving when it comes to things like hitting pedestrians and other cars. If you hit a parked car with your fender, you will usually just slide around it. Offroading can be a bit frustrating with your car flying around in a bunch of varyingt directions the second you get air. Also, I would rather ride a bent unicycle with no seat in oncoming traffic before I touch a Quad Bike in this game. They are good in straight lines, but long corners and small jumps obliterate any sense of control in that thing.

    Stealth in this game is great, but not perfect. When it comes to the bare sneaking around, it's great. There are plenty of angles and ways to get around. Taking people down with a bit of paracord and a cue ball is very satisfying. The Stun gun is god tier and should not be taken lightly. Detection is pretty forgiving and depends on range, so you won't encounter bs like a random guard 100 meters behind you that you couldn't calculate on finding you. Upon getting detected, the game kind of confuses me. If I am driving along in a go kart and ramp into a restricted area by mistake, I shouldn't get a heavy dose of lead and shrapnel from San Francisco's most sketchy security force. And on top of that, they are a bit grenade happy.

    Combat is solid, and the aim assist is the best i've ever seem

    i accept that Ubisoft wanted to go for a game that you can approach from any angle, but having no penalty from killing people just seems a bit odd. That implies that every single person that follows Dedsec is perfectly fine with mass murderers with fancy smartphones killing everyone in their path just to prove a weak point.

    The actual story, I like. I play games not to read into them, but to just enjoy.

    Personally, I don't like the multiplayer aspect because it seems like too much of a hassle. The game is well -rounded without people trying to steal my data that I don't care about. Luckily, there was an option to turn it off. Having online missions crowd my other missions is annoying though. I don't like open world multiplayer, at least not in the way anyone has implemented it yet. Especially GTA Online.

    Speaking of GTA online, people try to compare WD2 to GTA5 a lot, and with good reason. GTA's world is massive, diverse, lively, and has a lot of character in it. WD2's world is compact, mainly industrial, Very lively, and is detailed to an obsessive degree. In the debate of GTA and WD2, I side with Watch Dogs 2 on every front.

    I would recommend this game to everyone who enjoys open world games, stealth, and a good laugh. This is definitely my favorite game on PS4, maybe except for Rainbow Six Siege. When you work hard, don't lie about everything, and apply some degree of polish, you can make some great and unique games Ubisoft!

    Also, 5000 character limit hit perfectly
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  3. Nov 18, 2016
    9
    At first glance this might look like another drive here, shoot this, drive there, shoot that, GTA clone but it's really not. Watch_Dogs 2At first glance this might look like another drive here, shoot this, drive there, shoot that, GTA clone but it's really not. Watch_Dogs 2 really innovates the open world genre by giving the player the ability to manipulate San Francisco with your cool hacking skills and gadgets. And instead of being a useless gimmick like in the previous entry, it's much more helpful and fun to use, hacking someone's criminal record and getting them arrested never gets old. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2019
    8
    Brings every good concept from the disappointing first game and makes it more enjoyable, online, fun, and ridiculously more interactive.
  5. Feb 1, 2021
    8
    From the gameplay, characters, story which is ok, and the fun aspect of hacking. watch dogs 2 is much better overall then its predecessor.From the gameplay, characters, story which is ok, and the fun aspect of hacking. watch dogs 2 is much better overall then its predecessor. SCORE 82/100 Expand
  6. Jul 1, 2020
    7
    Really, the 2 game in the Watch Dogs franchise from UBISOFT, manages to far surpass the 1, in graphic questions, evolution and choice and evenReally, the 2 game in the Watch Dogs franchise from UBISOFT, manages to far surpass the 1, in graphic questions, evolution and choice and even very well made combinations of the characters, which manage to amuse the player, and entertain with the story in a way "light" and relaxed, so even though I expected more from the graphics, I had a lot of fun playing Watch Dogs 2, making it a good game, but one that lacks the physics and bugs that hinder gameplay and the game itself. Expand
  7. Jan 27, 2020
    0
    I bought this game for 20$ on discount and it ain't worth 5. For 5 hours that i spent playing this piece of utter garbage, i had stuck 10+I bought this game for 20$ on discount and it ain't worth 5. For 5 hours that i spent playing this piece of utter garbage, i had stuck 10+ times and couldn't get out,because the hero CAN'T **** JUMP unless it's scripted.Why not make the same system as in all AC games??? Overall **** game,**** story,**** protagonist,**** quests,**** soundtrack,the city is nice,but that's it.DONT BUY THIS GAME! Expand

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