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Watch Dogs - PlayStation 4

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2248 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4 stars

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    blyers
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    Watch Dogs is what you get when you combine GTA open-world style violence and gameplay with The Matrix, and is probably the only game where your character spends more time standing on a corner staring at a smartphone screen than driving or shooting. The story is well put together and introduced in near psychedelic style dreams and flashbacks, and follows a master hacker trying to track down his families murderers after a massive hacking score. Gameplay is tight, and is a combination of Assassins creed parkour, splinter cell style distraction mechanics and close combat, and GTA third person shooting. Driving is the only part thats not well handled, as breathing on my PS4 controller causes even my beat up van to go to maximum acceleration, and the roads are apparently always wet as even a gentle turn can cause you to slide out. Side missions make this worthwhile, and you can spend an hour oing nothing but wandering around playing with the profiler app and collecting bank account data. Some of the click points are frustrating, as you might hack the wrong person or alert the wrong target, but theres such a wealth of side and back story that its contantly an adventure. Hacking will be your bread and butter obviously, but its just so much simple fun that even the nerdy ARG games they loaded in are worth dumping a few hours on. Audio is top notch, though the propensity to make your hero constantly sound like he's gargling marbles is getting out of hand. The graphics are simply sublime. While they couldn't do the whole loop to exacting scale, I could easily recognize certain streets and buildings and the feeling of scale and distance were nearly perfect. The only fault I've found is some of the smash cuts during the hacking between cameras can be almost nauseating on a large high end screen, and you can easily get turned around. Theres only a handful of nits. The cops are nigh unstoppable Terminator like automata, and I died about 4 times on the opening mission doing nothing but trying to escape a police search zone and running headlong into a roadblock that you always cant see until its too late. Driving is too hocky pucky most of the time, and the amount of time you have to intervene in certain crime side missions is way too short. Overall, this is great. Tight storyline, entertaining gameplay, gorgeous audio and graphics, and engaging characters. Literally the only reasons its not 5 stars is the difficulty of evading police in even low level pursuits, the handling of vehicles, and the graphical overlay during some of the hacknig mechanics. A definite buy and a 4.5 stars edging so close to 5. Update: After some more play I ahd to bump this up to 5 stars. There's some more mechanics of combat that I hadnt really uncovered, and they add not only a layer of realism but also keep the game from being near impossible. It takes a moment for a enemy to spot you, and doing so doesnt mean they instantly alert every other guard. You're still limited to mostly luring and dropping enemies one at a time, but just because you're a master hacker doesnt mean you're Batman.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hype is either good or bad.

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    WhadayanoJoe
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    I have been excited for this game for quite a while, and was definitely looking forward to the release. I must have watched every video out there to get a true feel for the game prior to it being released. Overall, I must say that I am impressed with the game and the amount of activities inside the game. First of all, let's talk about the good points. The visuals of this game are pretty awesome. Definitely not the best, but it looks beautiful on my 60" 1080p screen. The light bounces off objects and reflects in a natural way, so I have to give the graphics team some props on this game. Also, the amount of things to do in this game is huge. I would say about every minute or so I get a notification of a potential crime, gang hangout, criminal convoy, fixer contract, online race, or cash grabs. I don't think there is any room to get bored with this game. If you somehow find a way to complete the game 100% in less than 6 months...you might have an issue or no life. That brings me to my next point; variety. The variety in this game is amazing. Just simply the fact that every vehicle drives differently gives you a different feel everytime you play. Not to mention the amount of non-story mode gameplay is almost endless. If you just want to sit back and profile people walking on the street, or challenge yourself to losing the cops...you can do it for hours on end. There is even a built in landmark mayor system, much like foursquare is. You can go to famous Chicago buildings and check in to claim donations, or leave a donation for a future visitor. Also, the multiplayer is pretty awesome. I thought it was going to be stupid, but it is actually quite fun to see if you can pull off hacking someone or finding the person that has attempted to hack you. Now, the bad. The driving in this game, while fun, kinda makes you made when trying to evade the police. Often the way you steer will cause you to crash because an overcorrection is quite easy to do...and turns...not so much. You literally need to slow the eff down at each turn to not injure civilians or damage your car. Also, the amount of controls you will need to recall in a split second are definitely overwhelming...like everytime you want to throw a grenade, first you need to open your weapon wheel, then select the grenade, then craft it, then aim, and then throw it...it's quite overwhelming...but I am sure the more you play the easier it will feel. And in some moments, you have so many options it is hard to figure out the correct one to use. Overall, this is a great game that is fun and definitely will take some time to complete. I can finally get rid of my PS3 and focus primarily on the PS4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Please Buy This Dog

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    MichaelGTDriver
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    Watch Dogs (stylized as WATCH_DOGS) is an open world action-adventure third-person shooter video game developed and published by Ubisoft. It was released worldwide on 27 May 2014 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while a Wii U version was released in November 2014. Set within a fictionalized version of Chicago, Illinois, the single-player story follows a hacker and his efforts to seek revenge after the killing of his niece. The open world design lets players freely roam Chicago, which includes the urban city, suburbs, open countryside, and the run-down neighborhoods that surround downtown. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle. Players control Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled grey hat hacker who can hack into the "ctOS", a centralized operating system which manages the hyper-connected city of Chicago, and formed after the Northeast blackout of 2003 was caused by a hacker. An online multiplayer mode is also provided in the game, allowing up to eight players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting. Development on the game began in 2009. As part of their research for the open world, the developers conducted field research around Chicago throughout development and captured footage for the design team. Development duties were shared between many of Ubisoft's studios worldwide. Following its announcement in June 2012, Watch Dogs was widely anticipated. At release, it received a polarized reception; praise was particularly directed at the game's hacking elements and mission variety. The game received criticism concerning discrepancies in graphics performance between marketing and the real game and also concerning the overall game play, plot, protagonist, and some technical issues. Watch Dogs was a commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest first day sales of a Ubisoft game, and becoming the biggest launch of a new IP ever in the United Kingdom at the time. As of 1 January 2015, the game has shipped over 10 million copies. It was followed by a sequel, Watch Dogs 2, in November 2016.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Watchdogs Pre-Owned (PS4)

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    YamahaSC
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    This game came burdened with alot of expectations when it debuted. It was billed as the smarter, stealthier, non-lethal-ier alternative to Grand Theft Auto. Plus, it was all set in real-life* Chicago. (*Most of the buildings are only "close" to their real counterparts, but it still looks close enough to be cool). All of this sounds great! And the first few hours of the game are great! The driving wasn't so bad once you got used to it and the hacking allowed you to capture some control stations non lethally, which was lots of fun. Unfortunately, as the game went on you were essentially forced to use lethal force, because some of the missions had you going up against an army of guys in broad daylight with no shadows to sneak around in. Also, there's a hack where you can disable a helicopter temporarily, which is awesome when you're being pursued by police. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to hack a helicopter if you're driving a car or boat because of the dim-witted camera angle. So to evade a helicopter you basically have to park your car, hack the helicopter, and then get back in and drive. None of it really mattered though, because to evade even the highest-level police chase all you have to do is go to the El and ride it out of the chase area. It works every time and it kind of makes the whole idea of police chases stupid and pointless. Another major letdown was the utterly uninspiring and uninteresting story. You're basically some small-time hacker who is out for revenge for your niece getting killed. The game is fun, considering you pay the right price. There are little mini-games you can play that are genuinely fun and are a welcome escape from the main storyline. Also, the random multiplayer aspect of the game is kind of cool. You go to start a mission and all of a sudden it says "you are being hacked" and you have to find and eliminate the hacker (which is another person playing the game). It's pretty fun, but I got into the habit of just pulling out the grenade launcher and whenever I saw the hacker blowing him/her up. It made it way too easy to never get hacked, but was still more satisfying than completing story missions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Faithful to Chicago's Feel, Great Fun to Play

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    SonicAlligator
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    Set in a fictional recreation of the Windy City, Watch_Dogs puts you in command of wronged hacker Aiden Pearce on a quest for vengeance. He is helped out greatly by his smart phone which can instantly hack the city's "ctOS" network that controls everything from traffic lights, facial recognition softwares, crime prevention tools and even car alarms. The story spirals from there into webs of the underground crime syndicate and political maneuvering around the city built around a more human-scale story of those Aiden loves most. The game looks incredible. Being a Chicago native it's fun to see that while the actual recreations of items are not particularly accurate (for copyright reasons mostly) the "feel" of the places and buildings is spot-on. Anyone who's spent time here will instantly recognize the Chicago of the game world. Aside from the visuals the game plays very well too- hacking is easy and incredibly fun (no pointless hacking mini-games), reading the npc's bios via your ctOS profiler is fascinating and hilarious, and driving is tight and unique to each vehicle. A lot of comparisons will be made to Grand Theft Auto for better and for worse- the textures and graphical lighting fidelity put GTA to shame, as do the driving and shooting mechanics. Rockstar is, well, a rockstar(!) when it comes to crafting larger than life characters and game worlds so the two games differ in terms of story themes and intentions. Watch_Dogs could be the darker and more sophisticated brother to GTA's younger, funnier and raunchier game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The type of game that's taken to a different level

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    YoShY323
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    I love the game, very exciting and even though it might look like GTA its very unique. There's a lot of people walking, interacting they have jobs some have a double life where by looking at them, they have you thinking they are good people, but once you hack in to their phone, the intimacy of their house you find killers, abusers, professionals, low life. Variety of mini games just in case you wanna do something else. The story is very strong, there's a big motive to do what Aiden Pearce (main Character) is doing. in fact is so strong that while the story goes on it gets you motivated to do the next mission to stop the bad guys, I mean no one messes with your family right?. You don't just open doors and finish a mission, you hack into places get codes to open doors or Decipher puzzles to get there. Yesterday I was walking through the city you know Minding Everyone's Business since I was hacking in to their cell phones when I received an alert that someone was trying to hack into my own cell phone, oh hell no!!! why do people do that lol, luckily I was able to stop the intruder and neutralized him before he stole my data little did I know I was playing against another person online, the guy just walked in to my world, you just don't do that and walk away (he's dead now) lol. Very cool game I play for hours. Give it a try I mean we gotta get prepared for our future some how right.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not next gen, but not bad..

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    smileonempty
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    Watchdogs was probably the most hyped game in the history of hyping games. In development for over 5 years, presented to the public for three of those, it was hard for the PR machine not to hype the game. The problem with that is it grew too big for its own shoes, and when it finally released to the public many saw it as a let down. Personally, I was not disappointed in this game in the slightest. Yes, they graphically downgraded it compared to previous versions shown at E3 2 years ago, but the game is far from ugly. While it is lacking that next gen feel, the graphics are not a disappointment unless you really just want something to complain about. The rain effects are very impressive, there are moments when the day/night cycle can be jaw droppingly beautiful, the cars are modeled beautifully, and the character models are very well done. There are occasionally framerate dips after mission completion, but nothing game breaking. Sound quality could have been better, some cars sound excellent, some you can barely hear. The chatter from NPCs on the streets of Chicago is well written with splashes of humor everywhere, though the audio does suffer if you're the type to play with a headset, the voice-overs don't sound like they are blended into the game audio very well, its more like 2 separate audio feeds overlaid on one another, but again, a minor complaint there. The gameplay is solid, hacking CTOS objects never gets old, shooting mechanics are tight, missions are fun and do a good job of keeping things fresh, the side missions are varied and interesting, even the mini games and digital trips are worth going back for. Many people complain about the driving mechanics, but honestly they aren't that bad. It takes a second to get used to, but once you stop trying to go around every corner at maximum acceleration you'll enjoy it much more. I liked the game initially, but it wasn't until I put the camera in the cockpit and drove around the map for 2 hours that i really appreciated just how well built the game is. It may not be the full next gen experience we were "promised," but Watchdogs does not disappoint. Try it for yourself, I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Less than the hype, better than the blowback

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    LifeintheMoonlight
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    TL;DR: Many say it doesn't hold up to the hype, and that may be true, but I'm having way more fun than a lot of reviews said I would. I usually wait a few weeks before purchasing a new game. Like many, I don't have the disposable income to throw at any game that tickles my fancy, and want to hear what the world at large has to say for newer titles (sans favorite franchises ALA Far Cry). I watched the development of Watch Dogs from the beginning, and fell into the old trap of setting my bar too high far too soon. I haven't awaited a game this eagerly since GTA V was announced. Then the release, followed by the inevitable backlash. "It's derivative sans the hacking aspect; hacking gets boring quickly and isn't as well implemented as it should be; I wanted a smarter game and got GTA with smartphones; etcetera". The reviews were a big let down. I really, really wanted to pick this up out the gate and delve into a deep and satisfying new world. Everything I heard seemed to point to a big old "meh". And yet there was a nice gift card about to expire, and nothing else I was particularly interested in out, so I took the plunge. And I'm glad I did. Watch Dogs is much more rewarding than I was expecting, based on big name reviews. All of the characters, big and small, NPC and pivotal, are alive and well acted (though I admit Aiden really is another gruff-voiced-white-vengeance. It's been hard to get attached to him). Hacking can be a bit derivative, but it's never stopped me from enjoying it. Watch Dogs feels a lot to me like Sleeping Dogs, in so much that I find both incredibly entertaining (enough that I bought Sleeping twice after switching consoles), with just the right amount of an arcade feel to keep it from trying to hit the uncanny valley, but largely ignored or put down by those who just don't fit into that smaller ratio of realism-to-ridiculous antics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Foundation for an Even Better Game

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    deeman37
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    After months of waiting, and we finally have Watch_Dogs. Was the wait worthwhile? Overall, yes, but for those of you looking for a ground-breaking entry into the open-world shooter genre, you may be a little disappointed. While Watch_Dogs gives you the abilty to do things using stealth and through a huge amount of hacking options (i.e. press a button to close a gate, explode a pipe, etc.), at the end of the day a lot of missions and activities become normal shoot-fests. In addition, while the game highlights some very relevant social commentary, it adds little to the argument, and oftentimes provides a confusing tone (successfully taking down criminals using the very system that is meant to be the central concern is actually kind of ironic). The Good: - Huge open world - graphically, this is a beautiful and well-detailed game. - You can get lost in side quests and activities; there is a lot of variety here. - Gameplay is very solid - shooting, running, and hacking become very comfortable. Driving is aiming for a little bit of realism but can be difficult at times. - I actually appreciated the lack of sarcastic humor and silly ads all the time -- the more-serious tone made this game more "real" to me when compared with my time playing GTA V. The Bad: - Not as ground-breaking as we were led to believe pre-release, but the foundation is here for a really good franchise. - The cops are relentless, to the point of lack of realism. You can't just lose police by out-running them, but have to use obstacles to disable them, which I find very unrealistic. Not to mention that it makes no sense that an officer would risk the lives of bystanders acting like a reckless bounty-hunter. Overall, great game and I look forward to what comes next.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun but not perfect Also: NOT FOR CHILDREN

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    MrConsumer
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    Eagerly anticipated this game and couldn't wait to play it. Although the game is fun and the hacking aspect is unique, if you've played any Grand Theft Auto game, there is nothing groundbreaking here. The graphics are decent but far from the best the PS4 has to offer. Gameplay is smooth with no hiccups or slowdown at all. The campaign is pretty decent and engaging although some of the acting is a little wooden. The multiplayer is mixed in with the single player and offers an interesting twist as you'll occasionally get invites from or even get hacked by other players. The side missions were fun at first but quickly became dull and boring because they are entirely too repetitive. You literally do the same thing over and over. After the umpteenth time beating the clock with vehicles or knocking down a gang member, I finally ditched the side missions altogether which greatly diminishes the single player replay value. A word of caution, this game is definitely not for kids. It may seem like a no-brainer thing to say but I'm always surprised by the number of parents who buy these games for their children thinking it's "just a video game" and that it may have a little violence or other mild adult content. Well, this game has tons of profanity, violence galore and very graphic adult intimate acts (I originally used the three-letter "S" word but my review was flagged for "inappropriate language", so I had to change it up a bit). There is even a model of a guy openly using the bathroom against a tree or building. He and his weak bladder will occasionally pay a visit during gameplay. If you're considering buying this for anyone under at the age of 17, you've been warned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game for new gen consoles

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    As a person who does his best to remove hype from the equation, I found this to be a great game. Most people want to compare this to Grand Theft Auto (another open-world game), but to me it feels more like Assassin's Creed, which makes sense since Ubisoft Montreal made both AC and Watch_Dogs. The story is interesting enough to drive the gameplay. Admittedly, the main character isn't the strongest lead but the concepts behind the story are very intriguing and make you think about the pros and cons of having a social and connected world. There are a variety of weapons and missions that will keep you entertained for many hours. Hacking and stealth can be fun and will feel rewarding. Gunplay is also very solid should you prefer the "go loud" route. The voice acting and the overall audio quality is very great. Fast travel is very quick and convenient. Hacking can sometimes feel boring at times since it's mostly press and hold Square to do a hack. Sequences where you must non-lethally takedown an enemy can be annoying since you usually end up in a foot chase and don't run much faster than the fleeing enemy. Some of the side missions can feel repetitive if you do them all at once, so I'd recommend doing a few in between story missions to keep things fresh and to level up. Vehicle controls could be much better. Slightly worse than GTA but Sleeping Dogs probably had the best driving in an open-world game. Overall I'd recommend that people do not read too much into hype nor bother reading what Internet dwellers say about the game. Don't go in expecting GTA. At what price you decide to buy is up to you, but it's a very solid, fun game that is worth a shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is similar to GTA, which is a good thing

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    Battyman
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    After playing this game for a couple of days, the game does seem to have a striking resemblance to GTA. You are given a very open city to traverse, which is open from the beginning (although some hacking features are not available until you hack into the network). You are also given the standard issue of weapons to inflict damage on the environment and on your enemies. You have pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles; everything you need to wreak havoc. However, the difference is that in this game, you also have a silent but deadly weapon in your pocket at all times. That weapon is your smartphone, and it is used to hack into the environment to spy on your enemies, hack into computer networks, and cause the surroundings to either help in your escape, or to slow down or incapacitate your enemies. This feature will make most players shift their playing style into something more strategic. Rather than going guns blazing into a mercenary occupied building like in GTA, you can take your time and map out the building and its occupants by hacking into a camera. Once you have that, you can decide the best course of action in reaching your objective, either by sneaking past all the enemies whose locations you already know about, or by incapacitating them either with the environment or with your personal weapons. You can even do a combination of the two. While the game does have certain faults, like police who are frustratingly difficult to evade, overall this game is worth a play if you have played most of the other open world games out there. More or less, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Last Gen Disappointment

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    George555
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    I love open world sandbox games it's all I play. I watched the first preview of this game at E3 2012 and was excited, I watched it at E3 2013 and still was very excited. The game is a disappointment. The graphics are totally last gen. There is nothing Next Generation about this game as promised by Ubisoft at the E3 presentations. There are side quests that become monotonous, boring, and repetitive. The online play servers are a mess right now, it was tweeted by Ubisoft Uplay would be getting maintenance to resolve online play issues. The game tries to much to be a GTA game. They dump you into the middle of a SP game with no real back story to the Campaign. Your just some guy with abilities to hack the city's OS. with a flash back to what happened to Aiden's family. That still is very bleak to say the least. The MP as I said is a mess, I've tried numerous times to play and invade other's games. You cant invade anyone specifically. You can only invade random people's game. This was another misrepresentation by Ubisoft as featured in a MP trailer by Ubisoft. So dont make the mistake thinking you'll be able to select a friend and invade his game, you cant. Also at this time as mentioned the MP is messed up, they are also having problems with people loosing save files The game is a decent open world game, but there is nothing that is mind blowing again as presented and overly hyped at the previous E3s. If you're looking for a sandbox game this is a fun game just dont get over excited and think you're getting a next gen game.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good game for the genre, lots to do

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    Pros: Stunning Graphics, Gunplay, Driving, Smartphone, Chases, Online Cat and Mouse Cons: Weak Voice Acting, Convoluted Story, Seemingly Empty Karma System With No Noticeable Repercussions This game is arguably one of the most anticipated titles for the next gen consoles, and I have to say it looks stunning on the PS4. However, the game should look good since it was developed with next gen in mind. As with every game, the most important aspect is how it plays, not how it looks. Luckily, it plays at least as well as it looks. The driving mechanics are very good, the cover system is useful, the combat is realistic and exciting, and I have barely touched the online aspect of the game, but what I have done has been satisfying. My first impression of the game was GTA with a magic smartphone that does almost anything you can think. After playing for a while, I've realized that the game has so much more to offer than that. The only downside I have found is that the game's story is far reaching and inconsistent. Incident A leads to B leads to F leads to... I forgot why I am doing this current mission. Compounding this problem, the game's lead characters (and thus the story) are hindered by weak writing and voice acting. Secondary characters, on the other hand, are exceptional, which makes me wonder what happened in the development that allowed Ubisoft to overlook this glaring inconsistency in the game. Overall, the story detracts from an otherwise great game, which is why I'd give it a 4.5 out of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The freedom...

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    utimagus20
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    I've only managed to get to the 8th mission in act 1, but the amount of freedom you have when approaching mission is very refreshing. The AI seems to be set to "curious cat" mode, which is fun and kinda strange at the same time. Not sure how many people I know who would see an explosion that kills a friend and investigate the explosion first. Then get electrocuted due to an electrical box getting over loaded. So far my only complaint is that I feel like I should be able to jump, but at most you can scale some obstacles. Combat, unless you make use of the hacking, is pretty cover based. The AI seems to work together pretty well to try to flank you. They seem to have the Splinter Cell Blacklist AI in that they keep engaging the last location you are known to be. Which can be pretty hilarious if you hid under fork lifts load. Had some guards come over and investigate only to have the forklift lowered onto them by myself. Overall the game seems to beg you to embark on some crazy shenanigans. Like raising a bridge to get away from the police Dukes of Hazard style. Side note, my wife works in Chicago from time to time. I was driving around and she screamed "STOP! Go left." She then mumbled some stuff about how the road curves around a hotel and had me look right. Turns out the devs modeled the office building she works in and the hotel she stays in while working there. So that was a pleasant surprise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Ambitious and Fun Sandbox Game

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    StokedRider
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    As I first started playing Watch Dogs, I was blown away by what I experienced. First mission starts, it's stealth, and not only is the stealth really fun, the mood and setting totally sell the mission and opening of the game. Once you get out, you're introduced to the open world that Watch Dogs offers, and it's quite beautiful the first time you see it. Both the driving and gun combat are incredibly solid, but I'm more of a stealth guy when it comes to games, and Watch Dogs has delivered on that front. There's also a lot to see and do in the world, including hacking conversations, into bank accounts, seeing personal information of civilians, tons of side content, etc. It just offers so much. I must say that I'm also really enjoying the soundtrack. It has a lot more recent music recorded after 2000 like Spitalfield and Alkaline Trio, to name a few. In addition to all of the single player offerings, Watch Dogs has a very fun online component, and it's an absolute hoot. Granted, I haven't played all that much of it yet, but what I have played I have thoroughly enjoyed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great open world game, but not perfect

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    worldpattern
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    I've only scratched the surface of this game, but there's already a lot to love about it. Online hacking is really fun and scary at the same time. You get a rush when you're hacking another player, but you feel instant panic as soon as you find out someone is hacking you. Chicago is represented fairly well, though I've been there many times and notice everything that's wrong about Ubisoft's interpretation all the time. As a game, it holds up just fine, but it's not like really being there. I gave 4/5 stars just because the graphics are a real letdown from what we saw at E3 the past couple years. They just don't look any better than PS3/Xbox360 quality most of the time. The city definitely looks better at night, but that's because the darkness hides so many of the flaws. The close up character animations are just flat out bad, though. They look terrible in cutscenes, which is disappointing. That said, the game really is more about the freedom of being able to manipulate the city and the people in it, and that is a ton of fun. Digital Trips are really a great highlight of the game and a nice break from just running around the city with a phone and a gun all the time. All in all, this looks like it will be a fun game to play for a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An interesting twist to a familiar genre

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    dingo23
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    I've had about 5 hours so far with this game and I really like it, more than I thought I would originally. The hacking concept may seem gimmicky at first, but it does give you some interesting options on how to play. Being able to avoid cops by drawing a bridge or blowing a steam pipe in the road is awesome. Using your phone to set up cover or blow up switches near an unsuspecting enemy is surprisingly satisfying. And there are many other things just like that in the game. I would say that's pretty much what separates this game from other similar games like GTA. Otherwise, it feels very much the same. The graphics are pretty good, but I felt like they could've been better. Reminded me of GTA4 for PC. The story is dark and there's a bit of mystery to the plot, which fits really well with the game's premise of technology overreaching its intended use. One component of the game that surprised me is the online multiplayer. There are different modes, some new, and some old. The new ones involve invading someone else's game and trying to hack them or vice versa (like the Dark Souls games). The old ones include racing other players with your car. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this new series and I hope the next one will be even better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Game

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    DanDerRooPS3
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    There were a lot of rumors going around about Watch Dogs about how the game was going to be awful and the release delay was a sure sign of failure. Well the time finally came and Watch Dogs is everything anyone could have hoped for. The graphics are top notch, especially on the PS4. Watch Dogs gives you so much detail and smooth graphics, you're basically overwhelmed with detail. I love the hacking, even though it's over-simplified, and the creepy way to hack into almost every Chicago citizen's personal life. The gameplay itself is awesome. The story and side missions are deep. Maybe not as deep as GTA 5, but it offers a more "realistic" abilities. It is similar to GTA 5 but Watch Dogs offers a twist to about everything GTA has to offer. This makes Watch Dogs a unique play to an already well-established genre. A lot has been made about the online functionality and to be honest, I haven't even bothered with the online features thus far. The game itself is deep enough to keep me entertained. Watch Dogs is a must for anyone that even remotely likes open world games. Get it for PS4 or XboxOne and you won't be disappointed. We'll all kind of stand by to see how the online functions stand up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game

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    DMills1553
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    There was a lot of hype going in to this game, so I think some people's expectations were a little too high, but this really is a very good game. The first comparison is obviously that it's a lot like GTA. I don't see that as a bad thing. GTA was awesome and this just takes it in a little different direction. The world is smaller but pretty dense, compared to GTA and you're not having to eat and sleep to keep going. You don't lose your arsenal when you die, and every so often you do have to go buy ammo and supplies. There are a ton of side missions, which I focused on at first, only doing part of the story line. I like the reputation meter. If you go on random killing sprees of civilians they're more likely to call the cops on you; likewise, if you stop crime and drive a little more carefully, they'll leave you alone. Killing cops also really hurts your rep...you're encouraged to outrun them and use the hacks to get away. This was a very welcomed change for all the first person shooters. Only the second game I've bought for my PS4 in 6 months and I would definitely consider it worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend