Watch Dogs - PlayStation 4

ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood, Intense violence, Nudity, Strong language, Strong sexual content, Use of alcohol
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2016 out of 2205)

Product Details


  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 05/27/2014

Synopsis


All it takes is the swipe of a finger. We connect with friends. We buy the latest gadgets and gear. We find out what's happening in the world. But with that same simple swipe, we cast an increasingly expansive shadow. With each connection, we leave a digital trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it's not just people. Today, all major cities are networked. Urban infrastructures are monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.

In Watch Dogs, this system is called the Central Operating System (CTOS) — and it controls almost every piece of the city's technology and holds key information on all of the city's residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you'll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city's network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy... and more.

Features


Hack the City — Control the city's infrastructure, in real time, with Aiden's cell phone.

Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights, stop a train and then board it to evade the authorities, narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge — anything connected to the city's CTOS can become your weapon.

Seamless Multiplayer Experience — Discover a new level of interaction, cooperation and confrontation between players thanks to a brand-new multiplayer game system that links the single- and multiplayer modes into one seamless experience.

This means no menus, no loading screens, just instant open-world multiplayer action.

Stay Connected With A New Way To Play — Go beyond the console with a ground-breaking, real-time, companion game.

This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from the home console.

The Watch Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time.

Street Justice — Create your own way to attack. Take down enemies by delivering devastating blows with your baton, or use a combination of shooting and hacking to gain advantage in a situation.

Overall, you will have access to more than 30 weapons that rival any shooter.

High-Octane Driving — Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles bursting with horsepower to explore the massive city while completing missions.

Driver

Ubisoft Montreal partnered with Ubisoft Reflections, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning series to develop each vehicle with state-of-the-art physics and handling.

Everything is Under Control — Experience the advanced processing and graphics capabilities of Disrupt, the all-new game engine dedicated to Watch Dogs.

The engine delivers stunning visuals and an incredibly realistic experience, and gives you the power to affect the story, the city and the life of the population with your choices, creating a ripple effect throughout the city.

Dynamic Navigation — Watch Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city's CTOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target.



Overall customer rating

4.3
92%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4 stars

    Posted
    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.

    Posted
    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

    Posted
    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


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