Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.
Chicago’s overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city’s technology and information – including key data on all of the city’s residents.
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy and more.
Watch_Dogs takes place in a fully simulated living city. Using Aiden’s smartphone, you have real-time control over the city’s infrastructure. 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 ctOS can become your weapon.
There’s been a lot of hype around Watch Dogs since it was first announced and now we finally got a chance to see what Watch Dogs has to offer. But before we start our review please know that Watch Dogs is not to be considered a direct competitor of Grand Theft Auto 5. These two titles are far from each other and GTAV is still one of the best open world games today.
The graphics in Watch Dogs is beautiful and reminds us of playing Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag in current times. The gameplay runs smooth when Aiden is on foot but during driving scenes is where the game lacks. While walking through the streets of Chicago the main character Aiden looks awesome and so does the surroundings, but there seems to be a night and day dynamic between Aiden on foot and Aiden driving through the city. The driving mechanics is where Watch Dogs suffers, the cars feel very bland and the damage physics is not that impressive. But on a side note the driving improves a little when upgrading your character skills. There are a lot of interesting characters in the city of Chicago when walking through the streets. The dialogue is amazing and you will hardly hear the same thing twice from the random people you run into on foot. There’s a lot of things you will notice on foot like characters getting into disputes over a car accident or if Aiden pose a threat to them by pulling a gun on them. One thing we did notice is that you can’t physically harm or hit pedestrians.
Combat and shooting in Watch Dogs is a lot of fun. The cover system is nice and will allow you to gain the upper hand in getting rid of your enemies. The AI is very intelligent and will flank you by splitting up and searching the area thoroughly to find you. Hacking will definitely help you out when engaging with the enemies, and this is what makes Watch Dogs such a fun game to play. The hacking mechanics is a lot of fun and once you become comfortable with it you will get that feeling of control, confidence and power in Watch Dogs.
The main story in Watch Dogs is great and so are the side missions. There’s a lot to do in the side mission and there’s a lot of them if you decide to step away from the main story. Where Watch Dogs suffer is in the driving mechanics, which would have made Watch Dogs an almost perfect game. Overall Watch Dogs is a great game and we would definitely recommend you pick it up and add it to your collection. Hopefully over the next few months to come there will be patches to improve the troubles that holds Watch Dogs back from being superb game in the open world genres.
Watch Dogs releases on May 27th 2014, on the PC, XBox One, PS4, XBox 360, PS3 & Wii U.