Reviews for Watch_Dogs (NA)
Great Concept, Okay Execution.StupidMarioBros | June 25, 2014 | See all StupidMarioBros's reviews »
One piece of advice before playing: Don't expect as much as the hype let in. The original gameplay trailer in 2012 is completly misleading, as even the CGI scenes weren't as good. Its the kind of game that got overhyped like shit, as if it wasn't, it would have been called great.
This game is a free roam game like GTA with a twist: you can control everything in the city, and it makes all the small details in the city come alive. You can find little dirty secrets on everyone, change traffic lights, or explode pipes, and its really fun to do. While the concept is amazing, the game is held back by a lot of problems.
The first is the look. While the game does look very good while its raining, it just looks like a game from 2005, which since its "next gen" should be over. The game also is quite poorly optimized for the PC, so it suffers from a lot of frame rate drops and lag.
The second is the gliches/bugs. I felt as though every minute I would find a new glich by walking into tables and chairs, or just looking at the policemen try to actually follow me. It also has one HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE problem: Police cannot chase you on water. Seriously, this is just a stupid nearly game-breaking bug that makes it very easy to escape police. Some of them take immersion out, others just ruin the game in general.
All in all, a interesting mix-up of a game from Ubisoft, with some setbacks. I really hope for a sequel to fix these issues, as that game could be a big competator to GTA VI, or GTA 6.
Fun, with flawsruready12 | June 24, 2014 | See all ruready12's reviews »
This game is a really interesting experience compared to pretty much every other game released in the last 10 years. It's a mold of Grand Theft Auto and the Tom Clancy series in that it is free roam with gadget-oriented stealth that is optional for stealth fans.
The bad parts about this game are that it's immensely buggy, poorly optimized, and has an overall mediocre story that really ruins the tone of the great open-world atmosphere that goes along with it.
The gunplay and gadget usage is quite nice, however, the multiplayer is quite lackluster. It is basically the same multiplayer you would expect from any generic shooter or Tom Clancy game.
Overall, this game is pretty fun but not worth the full price, I'd wait for deep discount before buying this title.
When it works.....Zerhardt | June 2, 2014 | See all Zerhardt's reviews »
Watch Dogs on the PC suffers considerably from poor optimization as well as simply garbage coding. When not stuttering on a rig perfectly capable of max settings, crashes meet the unwary buyer.
Quality wise when compared to the videos shown last year, the game graphically looks significantly worse, no way around it. That said, it is still quite impressive, but nothing in comparison what modders have accomplished in GTA4 or even CD Project have with the Wichter series. T
When functioning appropriately, the game is a hell of a good time. The feeling of becoming a nigh digitally omnipotent over a city such as Chicago makes for a new take on the sandbox genre. The shooting while not spectacular, still offers moments of enjoyment. Driving suffers from being nearly cartoonish in execution by either being in cars suffering little to no visual damage form impact to handling like RC cars. Complaints aside the overall gameplay is still quite enjoyable.
Good Game, But Quite a Few Issues at Launch...phoenix1120 | May 31, 2014 | See all phoenix1120's reviews »
Personally, I really like the game. The bugs can be frustrating, and they including freezing, crashing, controls acting up, stuttering, etc. But what is here is extremely promising and really fun when it works properly. The gameplay is really fresh and the online multiplayer seamlessly woven into the singleplayer campaign is genius. All in all it's very good, albeit buggy. If I can do anything to reassure you it's that Ubisoft has a pretty good track record to updating their games and fixing problems, so I have no doubt they will continue this trend with Watch_Dogs. If you're curious to see some gameplay, check out my video (sort of) review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpcWpwltwDw
Good Game ,i don't understand the bad review on steamjeanarh1982 | May 31, 2014 | See all jeanarh1982's reviews »
If you expect it to be like a copy of GTA5, then look somewhere else, if you are expecting that the game needs you to know programming and other things so you can do a "real hacking" stay away! dumb people saying one button is not hacking.. its a game! it has to be easy to do some stuff!! Geez..... Graphics are not bad at all, you want photorealism in an open world?? How many really have 4 GTX Titans to be able to handle the game steady? Seriously driving is like in GTA, no complains at all. You want full realism? go play forza or gran turismo or arma 3... Geez people are just trolls thinking this game had to be 100% realistic! they never said that! No graphic problems or framerate drops at all for me... Come on if you pc is ** and u want full hd 60 fps with all ultra settings, upgrade your damn PC!
Don't buy this.thealbertjen | May 28, 2014 | See all thealbertjen's reviews »
No, seriously, it may look amazing, it may sound amazing, but this game isn't worth it. Uplay is a disastrous content management system, and it's mandatory that you update and use it. It's unwieldy, untested, and worse than Steam at its inception (Half-Life 2 era-ish).
If you aren't bothered by Uplay, then read on...
WatchDogs is an interesting distraction. That's really all it feels like. I don't feel attached to any of the characters besides the amusing fixer, I don't feel any connection with the story (it's rote, and predictable), and the gameplay is marred by a myriad of bugs, so it's really difficult to enjoy it. I have heard of the issues people have when running AMD/ATI parts with this game, as Ubisoft worked pretty exclusively with NVIDIA. There are stories of crashes and just not even being able to start up the game. This isn't limited to those with AMD/ATI. I am running a GTX 780 on a 4th Gen i5 and I'm getting at least a crash every half an hour to an hour I try to play this game. Drivers are up to date, rig runs fine with every other game. I would love to keep playing this game, but really, there's no way to if I'm to crash out to desktop in between missions. It's bad enough that the game functions off of an archaic checkpoint system (die on a mission, start the whole mission over, regardless of how far you got). For example, I start a checkpoint race mission. I make it through half the checkpoints before gloriously depositing my mission car in a body of water, forcing me to restart the mission. No problem, I'll own up to not being able to handle poor driving physics properly. I race through the city, hacking things, opening indestructible gates, etc. At checkpoint 23 or 24, the game decides that this is a great time to crash. WatchDogs crashes to desktop. Uplay crashes not a split second after due to an "unrecoverable error. Now, this was a side mission, not a story one. Imagine having to do a story mission 4 times through because the game crashes at random times throughout the hour long mission. It's a miracle I managed to even get as far as I have.
This is unacceptable, and Ubisoft seems to think it's still fine forcing Uplay and shitty programming onto people. It's not, and I already was tempted to avoid this game, but made the poor decision of buying it.
DON'T MAKE MY MISTAKE. SAVE YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE.
The game get's a 25/100 because when I do get to play, I find it hilariously fun to hack explosives and blow people up with my phone.
Over hypedMrBongoGT | May 28, 2014 | See all MrBongoGT's reviews »
While it isn't a bad game, it is over hyped. Hacking is a cool concept, but for me, it gets extremely boring and repetitive very quick into the game. The driving could be better but it isn't horrible. Trying to elude authorities is a pain on some missions.
Honestly the entire game feels like sleeping dogs but its been a while since I played it so I'm going off memories.
I haven't tried much of the multiplayer but I have been invaded a few times and I actually quite enjoy it. One of the modes reminds me of AC's multiplayer (slight similarities in some modes) just to throw out a comparison.
I encountered a few uplay problems early on but only lasted about an hour for me. You'd think they'd be ready for what I believe they said is their most pre-ordered game but guess again.
PS: I have yet to encounter any bugs but I have read and seen videos of people running into them, such as falling through the ground. I fell threw the ground in AC4 and still loved the game but it only happened once so I cant really compare the two.
The good, The Meh, and The not so ugly.hoopscoop3000 | May 28, 2014 | See all hoopscoop3000's reviews »
Wow! I really have enjoyed this game so much. It's fast, fun, and fluid with great driving and an interesting environment. This game did have some performance issues on my PC which is a pretty hefty rig. The game is absolutely stunning a true marvel on the eyes. I do feel that this game was overhyped and I'm feeling a little underwhelmed in terms of the story and the sub-par shooting. Also, why is Aiden such an inconsistent character? It really makes no sense. Either way, the game is fun...
Okay, here is my real review of Watch Dogsjsnarey | May 27, 2014 | See all jsnarey's reviews »
Okay, so I pre-ordered this game, and this is the first game I have ever pre-ordered. I was really looking forward to this game based off of all the trailers, videos, and hands on I have watched on the internet. I am really enjoying this game it has some really decent graphics and it seems to be well done and put together. I would rate this game 100 however, it is lacking in some areas. I was a little disappointed with the Physics when driving, some small objects stop you right in your tracks, a little unrealistic. It is easy to evade police and its easier to do rampage than stealthy to accomplish missions. I am also a little disappointed with the AI, they made it look like each AI would have its own personality. However its a lot like GTA V. In comparison to GTA V, it is a much smaller world but still fun to explore. I am looking forward to exploring a lot more.