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  • Summary: In the modern uber-connected world, Chicago has 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. You assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a notorious hacker andIn the modern uber-connected world, Chicago has 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. You assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a notorious hacker and former thug, whose criminal past 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 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 27, 2014
    90
    Watch Dogs could've easily been Grand Theft Auto with tech equipment. But Ubisoft Montreal has managed to flesh out this experience as something more, making fantastic use of the technology and applying it just right to deliver a remarkably deep experience.
  2. May 27, 2014
    90
    With a deep storyline, plenty of side content, and a gorgeous rendering of Chicago to explore, Watch Dogs brings a lot to the table and truly unlocks next-generation graphics in a whole new way. Watch Dogs is a beautiful, mesmerizing title.
  3. Jun 1, 2014
    86
    Watch Dogs sports an extremely solid gameplay with a good stealth flavor and tons of things to do. It stumbles however in the story area, with an uninteresting plot and quite dull characters, Aiden included. Overall, however, it's a good package, even if it isn't the masterwork we were expecting, and it will undoubtedly be worthy of your time.
  4. May 27, 2014
    80
    Despite the fact that Watch Dogs hasn't made any meaningful impact on the genre, I found myself having a ton of fun with it. Between the deep levels of customization and the sheer breadth of content, there's no shortage of things to do. If Ubisoft can take the game's core fun factor and marry it with an actual "next-gen" experience the next time around, they'll have something truly special.
  5. Oct 21, 2014
    80
    If you were expecting Watch Dogs to take the genre in new directions then you’re going to be sorely disappointed. With that being said, Watch Dogs is still an engaging and often times surprising action game.
  6. 80
    It is not quite the revolutionary title people were hoping for, but Watch Dogs is still an excellent game in its own right.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 177
  2. Negative: 32 out of 177
  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    amazing game. best looking open world game to date graphically. plenty of new game mechanics give a definite next gen fell. multiplayer onlineamazing game. best looking open world game to date graphically. plenty of new game mechanics give a definite next gen fell. multiplayer online hacking surprisingly heaps of fun. heaps to do in terms of side missions/activites Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    PLEASE READ FURTHER FOR REAL RATING

    First off watch dogs is a great game and all these 0 ratings are extremely unfair. Watchdogs delivers
    PLEASE READ FURTHER FOR REAL RATING

    First off watch dogs is a great game and all these 0 ratings are extremely unfair. Watchdogs delivers an extremely fun open world experience with new elements. I typically don't do side missions but the games has held my interest in every single way and I'm heading for 100% completion. While the driving does take some getting used to that is the ONLY downfall to the game, after playing for a few hours driving will feel like second nature. The game does have a full feeling starting out for the first 20 minutes but picks up FAST. I highly recommend watch dogs to any gamer!

    Real rating : 8/10
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  3. Sep 5, 2014
    9
    This game really surprised me, I think because of all the bad press about the graphical downgrade compared with the original E3 trailers weThis game really surprised me, I think because of all the bad press about the graphical downgrade compared with the original E3 trailers we saw, I went into it not expecting much. However the game really was incredibly fun. The hacking really brought a whole new dimension to the game, and was damn good fun and made missions a hell of a lot more interesting than just running around and shooting.

    The cover system was good, the weapons were fun (I loved the silenced pistol), and the game world was also fun to explore. I normally just go through the main story in games like this, but I felt compelled to explore and complete lots of side missions.

    The online hacking and tailing was the highlight for me. I loved the idea that at any time someone could be in my game spying on me. A couple of times I caught people out because they were acting in an odd way, but I dread to think how many people I miss. Sometimes a NPC would have a car crash, or something weird would happen, and I'd start freaking out trying to find another player, only to realise it was just an NPC scripted event. Awesome!

    All in all, I loved the game and would highly recommend it.
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  4. Jun 5, 2014
    7
    An enjoyable and graphically stunning game, but is let down for it's poor/confused story and lack of content, with a boring plot setup andAn enjoyable and graphically stunning game, but is let down for it's poor/confused story and lack of content, with a boring plot setup and little to nothing to do outside of the campaign, it can be easily overlooked and is nothing special for Next-Gen gaming.

    Should you play? Yes. It is fun for a while, but games like GTA V and Saints Row are no doubt better games when it comes down to content and overall enjoyment.
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  5. Jun 16, 2014
    6
    This game under-delivered. With all the hype around it, I was expecting it to be much more immersive and diverse than what I got. The storyThis game under-delivered. With all the hype around it, I was expecting it to be much more immersive and diverse than what I got. The story was interesting, but the characters (especially Pierce) didn't seem that deep. I loved the concept and the ability to hack a lot of things in the world was fun, but did get repetitive. The world was expansive and visually really neat. But I've lived in Chicago and the game honestly did not feel like you were in a major city.. Here are a couple examples for my comments [spoilers below]

    Hacking: You can hack a ton of stuff in game, sometimes it's fun just running or driving around changing lights or blowing up stuff. But I felt like there were several times (especially late in the game) when hacking is completely unusable. For instance, one late-game mission you are being chased by cops (who have the amazing ability to never stop coming and chase you down time and time again). At most points in the game, you can outrun them an hide, just not this mission. You have to reach several points on the map and deal with cops chasing you WITHOUT the ability to hack anything. The whole point of the game is hacking, then it's randomly taken away?

    Combat: I thought the combat was done pretty well, some of the side missions with gang hideouts, convoys, and getaways were fun. But I felt like the stealth component was lacking pretty bad. It seemed like most missions you start out trying to stealthily take down someone only to be spotted and have to change to a guns-blazing, grenade throwing, and IED setting madman. Oh, and sniper rifles are just about completely useless in game.

    Story: The story was alright, but nothing outstanding. A man seeks vengeance for the death of his niece, ends up making matters worse, then saves everyone and walks away at the end. I was never impressed with any of the characters (TBone was probably the best). There were a couple plot twists that didn't make a whole lot of sense and left me thinking "well, that was dumb." But I did feel like they made some good connections with why Pierce was on his vengeful quest.

    There were some good points, overall it was enjoyable to play. It was engaging, the hacking was a cool feature, the online interactions with hacking other people was fun, the world was fun to look at and explore, and combat was pretty engaging once guns started firing. The enemies aren't complete idiots, and will hide behind cover and try to flank you.

    Overall, I give it a 6, almost 7. The 6 only because I felt like I was told this game was going to be the next big thing. But it wasn't. It was a decent game, not extraordinary. Keep going Ubisoft, I know you can make quality stuff, I believe you can make this better.
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  6. May 31, 2014
    5
    This is a bad game. I bought it and returned it for Wolfenstein (which is class). The graphics are terrible, the controls are awkward, theThis is a bad game. I bought it and returned it for Wolfenstein (which is class). The graphics are terrible, the controls are awkward, the driving is useless. Do not buy!!!! No fun to play. GTAV does it all so much better. In fact I even enjoyed sleeping dogs more than this. Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2018
    0
    ubisoft is way back to make a dencent action rpg game. complete waste of money. and that a lot to said...

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