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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: 30 out of 298
  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. Nov 24, 2016
    10
    i really love the game, one of the best open world games of this year. its a great jump from the first game and it is better in almost everyi really love the game, one of the best open world games of this year. its a great jump from the first game and it is better in almost every way possible. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2016
    9
    The thing that makes this game really good is it fixed almost every issue people had with Watch Dogs 1. You name it, they fixed it (mostThe thing that makes this game really good is it fixed almost every issue people had with Watch Dogs 1. You name it, they fixed it (most likely). Bland characters? Fixed it (and they kept T-Bone) Bad driving? Fixed it. Downgraded graphics? Fixed it. Not enough hacking tools? Fixed it. etc. On-top of that, they improved the graphics, and added a ton of new content nobody was really expecting. I could see how someone might say that makes this game an 8/10 or 7/10 because of lack of actually innovation, but to that I say this isn't a new IP it's a sequel but I can understand how some might confuse that as it feels like it re-invented Watch Dogs 1 (we never really got the hacking game we wanted until now). I however am giving this a 9/10 because not only did they fix their mistakes, but they've been really good about not over hyping this game as well, and even being transparent about the seamless multiplayer issue that would have caused problems had they left it the way it was. I like the direction Ubisoft is going if this is going to be they're new standard. Expand
  4. May 23, 2019
    8
    Cool script. Cool UI. Cool Soundtracks. Cool Graphic. Cool Gameplay. A lot of content. And then: **** car physics. **** shoot physics. ****Cool script. Cool UI. Cool Soundtracks. Cool Graphic. Cool Gameplay. A lot of content. And then: **** car physics. **** shoot physics. **** imbalance chases. That`s all. Despite the disadvantages, the game deserves high praise, at least, because it is the only project of this scale in this setting Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2016
    8
    Underwhelming story elements plague the game and are at best mediocre. The ending is bland and nowhere near as heart pounding as in the firstUnderwhelming story elements plague the game and are at best mediocre. The ending is bland and nowhere near as heart pounding as in the first installment of the game.

    However improved visuals, controls and improved ctos hackability has been added to the game and allows you to be the hacker they meant you to be. The rc jumper and quadcopter are a welcome addition but at the expense of getting repetitive as most Ubisoft open world games are trying to collect all the in game items. I'm currently 96% completed all there is to do until the DLC stories come out.

    If you enjoyed Watchdogs you will love the sequel.
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  6. Mar 28, 2020
    7
    I just finished the main campaign and I can say this is a fun but frustrating game. The basic hacking skills like spamming someones phone orI just finished the main campaign and I can say this is a fun but frustrating game. The basic hacking skills like spamming someones phone or ear piece work well and are a bit OP. The more complicated hacking skills like changing street lights etc are completely useless. I didn't use those skills even 1 time because there wasn't a need and they just weren't as well done as the original game strangely. Graphicly this game is gorgeous. As someone who lived in the Bay Area most of my life Ubisoft did an amazing job highlighting the key parts of the various cities. I felt like I was running and driving around home! On my laptop it ran pretty smoothly most of the time with hiccups in FPS here or there that minorly hampered the experience. At one point it glitched out during the mission complete cut scene and made me repeat a pretty long mission which was annoying. Mission types are pretty much rinse and repeat the same few types of mission and aren't nearly as creative at GTA 5. However, the characters were very likable and 100X better than Aiden Pearce. As a group they seemed like a real-world group of friends. The story was nothing to write home about. The villain was like a watered down Bond Villain in that he's intelligent, capable and taken seriously from start to finish rather than being made a full of like in some games. However, overall the game doesn't take itself too seriously with a lot of light hearted humor. Top to bottom this is an average-good game. Fun to knock out over a weekend and never touch again. 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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