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Watch Dogs - The Review (Xbox One - PS4)
A 7 out of 10. Why?
Some games need a decent multiplayer to sometimes save a dull story. Watch Dogs on the other hand is the complete opposite. The campaign saves the multiplayer as the free roam hacking world of Chicago is dull and boring. It just doesn't grab me to the point where I think 'who needs sleep? i need to play this'.
If You're going to buy this game, buy it. I'd say it'd be worth the money for the campaign aspect of the game, but Ubisoft created a load of hype for this game and really didn't deliver. First it was a launch title at E3 in 2013 which was held back, and weeks before launch we saw cinematic trailers of Aiden running and hacking his way through what looked like a living, breathing beautiful adaptation of Chicago. Whereas in reality, it leaves you wanting more from a decent game with huge potential.
The expectation, could it live up to the hype?
The answer is simply, no. In its own way it's a fantastic game, graphically decent although seemed toned down compared to the 'console footage' we saw at E3 in 2013 and 2012. The gameplay trailer below shows Watch Dogs at the E3 convention in 2013, where we thought that next-gen consoles could be maybe the best thing invented since the electric toothbrush. Although fair play to Ubisoft as their Chicago offers a huge diverse world for players to operate in.
Your character is a shady looking, troubled middle aged man who cared about family but also gets involved in criminal activity through hacking which as you gathered puts his family in danger. There's a nice big cut scene for you to enjoy at the start of the game to explain all this.
Watch dogs for me should of been the bench mark. I was expecting a Grand Theft Auto approach to how open world gameplay is explored. Even though this game is not graphically lacking in any way, some textures and surroundings look blurry and poor. The detail on this game is outstanding when it comes to AI, like never before every pedestrian and random character has its own tiny background, for example a woman singing on the street could have committed credit card fraud and the guy standing outside the coffee shop looking shady is a registered sex offender. I'd say one in every four random AI is hackable, by that I mean it gives you the opportunity to take from bank accounts or read text messages or phone calls.
The campaign aspect of Watch Dogs is set out in a straight forward way, there are no choices of doing one part before the other unlike GTA or Saints Row. One thing I can say though is the story and characters in the game are gripping and the troubles that Aiden Pearce has to go through make you feel involved in the game and his life. Unfortunately, the story doesn't offer the depth and time consuming missions as the game it's compared to GTA V.
Take it to the vets. Watch Dogs is dying.
E3 2014 offered us many many surprises which I'll talk about in my next hub. There was one surprise which was expected but was unlikely to happen was that of rockstar doing anything at E3 like usual. This year, during Sonys fantastic conference at E3 there was a trailer shown. It was what we've all been waiting for Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen. At this point, if I was on the Watch Dogs development team i'd of thrown in the towel. There's only going to be one game on the lips of every gamer this year and it definitely isn't Watchdogs
False Promises? WatchDogs at E3 2013
Average. Stone cold average.