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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 and former thug, 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.
Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.
HACK THE CITY
Watch_Dogs takes place in a fully simulated living city where, using your 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 city’s CTOS can become your weapon.
Living in inner city Chicago where violence is best answered by violence, you have the skills to take the fight to the streets. Take down enemies by delivering devastating blows with your baton, or experience a shoot-out like never before with a physics simulation that rivals anything in the shooter category. Use a combination of shooting and hacking to gain advantage in any given situation. The streets are designed for you to create your own plan of attack. Overall, you will have access to more than 30 traditional weapons.
HIGH OCTANE DRIVING
Ubisoft Montreal has partnered with studios such as Ubisoft Reflections, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning Driver series to bring you a game bursting with horsepower. Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles, each with state of the art physics and handling, and explore the massive city while completing missions.
EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL
Disrupt, the all-new game engine dedicated to Watch Dogs, uses advanced processing and graphics to deliver a stunning visual and an incredibly realistic experience. Disrupt 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.
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 buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target.
SEAMLESS MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE
Discover new levels 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. That means no menus, no loading screens, just instant open world multiplayer action.
STAY CONNECTED WITH A NEW WAY TO PLAY
Take your experience beyond the console with a groundbreaking, real-time, companion game. This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from their home console. The Watch_Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time.
Better than its given credit.Simao20 | Feb. 11, 2015 | See all Simao20's reviews »
A few years ago when Watch Dogs was first revealed it left a great impression upon gamers with how beautiful the game looks as well as the unique play style. Unfortunately people refused to settle for anything less then what was shown at that years E3 because Watch Dogs is a very good game. The game itself is beautiful with a great recreation of Chicago . The game play is very similar to recent Grant Theft Auto games with cover mechanics and the revamped shooting style they've incorporated from games like Max Payne 3. While the shooting itself isn't as refined as those, its still a way you're going to want to use to get through missions and it does a well enough job. The main draw about the game is being able to hack virtually everything you can. You can get away from enemies by setting up traffic jams through stop lights being set to green or taking out an entire city block with a power outage all from Aiden's phone. The story has many good moments, it can be funny but simply its just a fun game overall . I think fans were left too sour because it wasn't what they thought it'd be and refused to get out of that mind set. The game will easily give you at least 20 hours of gameplay and there is replay-ability being a good guy or a bad guy. Its worth getting , highly recommend getting it
Not as good as anticipated.Kaboom3000 | Jan. 24, 2015 | See all Kaboom3000's reviews »
WatchDogs was expected to be a great AAA title. But the hype made this game a disappointment. Graphics were said to be exceptional and fantastic but this was a major let down. Performance was horrible. You would need two SLI titans too get above 50 fps. There were constant fps drops that made the game hard too play.
Gameplay is mediocre at best. Gunplay is fun and exciting but hacking feels too neglected and driving feels like your'e in a brick on ice. Hacking was supposed to be the main aspect of the game. You are this super hacker that can at a touch of a button can do anything. But there is not much you can do in the game. The story isn't great either. Aiden has no emotion at all and you just don't become invested in the story. There is no character development and the farther you get into the game you just want to finish it and get it over with as fast as you can. I think the hype killed this game the most. If this wasn't too hyped up it would've been a game that just flew by and hardly anyone noticed.
OK at bestjack_49 | Nov. 29, 2014 | See all jack_49's reviews »
This game starts off great, it feels fresh and new it fun and easy going and quickly allows you to go through the paces, upgrading, and stealing crap, mugging dudes for their sports cars etc. All is fun until you realize oh crap this game lags like hell and looks super crappy compared to those E3 vids. It gets old quick and soon you feel like you have to keep doing all these dumb side missions that end up just getting annoying. Its basically like putting a new coat of paint on an old car and forgetting the clear-coat. New paint doesn't make your car newer, and without clear coat that paint will soon start to rust. In the same way, this game is an old game (GTA) with a new coat of paint (slight upgraded graphics and few mechanics) but without the clear coat (Boring story, polished graphics not what was promised, bugs, bugs, lag, poor PC performance, oh did I mention bugs?) this game really gets rusty quick.
Fantastic Game despite the hateKveni | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all Kveni's reviews »
I know that people are all freaking out about this game being "So Terrible" and "Unplayable" but my computer plays this game WITH the enhanced graphics mod AND other gameplay enhancing mods at a steady 50-60 fps, so I know that this game is like inside and outside. The Story of this game is great, for once, and I really enjoyed playing through this game. The weaponry, vehicles, perks, and abilities that you can learn throughout the game is massively extensive, and keeps you wanting to play. The graphics are phenomenal, despite the little Ubisoft setback, which wasn't all that bad, people just like to freak out about the smallest things these days. Hacking is totally one of the coolest things introduced into a video game, especially on the online free roam mode, and speaking of multiplayer, that's absolutely addicting as well. The entire game FEELS great, smooth, and new. This game would've been a LOT more popular if it hadn't been for the tiny little graphics change that Ubisoft made, which utterly infuriated the little perfectionists out there who literally destroy a game because it was 100% of what was promised. No game is like that. This is a fantastic game, and I recommend it 100% to anybody that like Open world, Third Person Shooters, or intense Online multiplayer.
The next great AAA franchiseheerox328 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all heerox328's reviews »
Watch_Dogs is hands-down the next big AAA franchise of the year. While Ubisoft admittedly butchered the PC port visually and in terms of performance, the game still shines regardless.
The story is spectacular. The voice acting is superb. The gameplay is refreshing and new really putting the power of the city into the player's hands. If Ubisoft nurtures this franchise properly, it could be a major competitor to GTA in the coming years.
Multiplayer is also excellent with seamless invasions from other players attempting to hack your game. There are also a variety of different game types, races, and free roam that truly offer some form of entertainment for everybody.
You can also mod the game, apply FX, and you'll be able to return Watch_Dogs to its 2012 E3 visuals, of which are absolutely stunning and spectacular. Don't let the negative reviews fool you.
Many are judging the game based on Ubisoft's failures and not actually considering the quality and merits of the title itself. Watch_Dogs is an amazing game and I would recommend it to anyone. Pick it up as as soon as you can.