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As Aiden Pearce, you can hack into this entire system and make Chicago your ultimate weapon in you quest for vengeance. But what happens when your personal quest collides with an entire city?

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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Ubisoft Montreal
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Minimum Requirements
  • Supported OS: Windows Vista SP2 64bit, Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Video Card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 (see supported list)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible Sound Card
  • This product supports 64-bit operating systems ONLY
Recommended Requirements
  • Processor: Core i7 3770 @ 3.5Ghz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0Ghz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: 2048 VRAM DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 or higher (see supported list)
  • Sound Card: Surround Sound 5.1 capable sound card
  • Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
    • nVidia GeForce GTX460 or better, GT500, GT600, GT700 series;
    • AMD Radeon HD5850 or better, HD6000, HD7000, R7 and R9 series
    • Intel® Iris™ Pro HD 5200

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Reviews for Watch_Dogs

Expectations may not match, but neither did enjoyment and disappointment

Watch Dogs is a bit of an odd game. It received an extensive amount of hype when it was revealed, some amazing visuals accompanied it, and then it simply fell back and flat onto its face when people got the game in their hands and wondered "what happened to those amazing visuals we saw?". Well I'll tell you what happened to them, Jimmy. They disappeared, but not forever. This is the PC. Mods exist out there. Now that this has been covered, let's get to the big point of it. Watch Dogs is an open world video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal, and takes place in the city of Chicago, IL. You take control of the character Aiden Pierce and roam the city by foot, or by vehicle under the guise of "The Vigilante". You can cause mayhem, you can save those innocent civilians or find out their most disturbing secrets. Your main weapons in this game are a baton, guns.... And a cell phone. Your cell phone allows you to hack a variety of objects from street lights to industrial machinery to even detonating remote explosives on some enemies. You can use these tools to progress in the game, stop the police from chasing after you and escape and just for fun. So, what's up with Watch Dogs? The story focuses around Aiden, his past and the inevitable future you create as you progress in the game. He wants revenge. He wants to find out who caused his life to go upside down. And he really wants to find the person responsible for hurting his niece; his family. You try to kill others, others try to kill you, you come into contact with other hackers, and you build a team to help fight the forces of the evil and corruption that govern your grief. Watch Dogs has a lot of issues with repetitive gameplay, missions, and an overall a fairly uneventful story. Sure, I'm giving this game as 70, but I write all this? Well, that isn't the whole story. While it has these issues, the game its self focuses largely on being a vigilante. Nobody knows who you are, and you can play the game in stealth for the far majority of missions. And in stealth gameplay, it has a lot of merit and enjoyment in picking enemies off one by one. You can effectively choose your play style, and the game will allow you plenty of ways to make your entrance and to finish enemies off. One key issue the game has is with driving. All vehicles feel the same while driving, and while it does decrease the immersive feeling of playing the video game, it does feel more like a video game. If you are an avid fan of variety, Watch Dogs may not be suitable to hit the nail for you here. The game does have a variety of PvP invasion options which can help make the game less streamlined, but as a personal preference it is largely a waste of time and doesn't really add much to the game its self. One final aspect of the game to look at is its downloadable content (DLC). While the DLC includes horde mode and an additional story mode for one of the characters, it's largely not worth it to buy the season pass for them. I would like to highlight the worth in the additional story DLC. Including new ways to twist the mechanics of Watch Dogs, it helps differentiate the gameplay from the main game, and offers a little bit of variety that Watch Dogs needs. In conclusion, Watch Dogs has some major issues in repetitive gameplay, lack of variety in driving vehicles and how they drive; but how it functions as a whole is a mostly solid package. It's not the greatest thing out there, but it certainly isn't the worst. Whether or not it's worth the price is another matter entirely, but if you can grab it for cheap, you won't be totally disappointed. I would only recommend this game if you are intrigued by the hacking mechanics and the various play styles available to you. Otherwise, this game probably wouldn't be worth your time.

A game without story but with great ideas behind it!

Watch dogs had many bugs when released but the problem is now solved. The games runs smoothly now, but to play at ultra settings a 300$ graphics cars is needed. Having to hack peoples phones and steal their money and other personal data is something new, but they didn't put this trick to good use in the main story and so its useless. The handling of the weapons is pretty good thankfully, but the experience of driving a car in watch dogs is awful and frustrating. The best part of Watch Dogs is the mechanism of FOCUS which actually decelerates the flow of time and makes it easier for the player to aim better the targets and choose hacking tools. Overall, some parts felt new and the next Watch Dogs 2 game should focus on those things in order to become a better game.

Expceted something great,recieved something good

Watch Dogs was an unoptimized and ugly game , but now with support from mods it's just a bit unoptimized.The game it's a lot better than it's release , got some patches and did the trick although I cannot recommend it if your pc might be a slowone due to the fact that it's still unstable.The game with mods looks absolutely gorgeous and without them not so much. The story starts quite interesting and it continues to become interesting but at some point all that it is becomes save your sister which I really didn't expected at first anyway dedsec and their dialogue makes up to it and how could I forget ? The dialogue logs are a great way to learn backstory of some characters and why did Chicago got an implementation of CTos in the first place.Overall the story it's an interesting one , kind of gets repetitive but the ending and the dialogue logs are a great way to distinguish yourself with. The gameplay it's ok , but could've ended to be phenomenal if they kept the hacking structure of E3 , instead of that we get press one button to hack and some puzzles which might sounds weird and it is , but at least they got a easier way to do every kind of hack because as I said E3 structure could've become really hard to control and Ubisoft games are easy games.You can get through combat really easy if you stay stealth , shoot the enemy in the head using a silencer and use grenade launcher when enemies are in their vehicles.There are to say..not too many but definitely not few weapons either I cannot say the same for cars which some are really poor designed and some got a really cool design but there are few cars in the game.Some side missions are interesting at first but when you must do the same thing over and over the missions kind of becomes dull , the ones from the dlc including "bad blood" are really well done and differs. Overall the game it's a great to decent game and I really recommend getting it on sale along with the dlc which for sure it's great , Raymond being more interesting than Aiden with more charisma ,anyway Aiden it really felt the vigilante type of person which I think Ubisoft nailed it. P.S: Don't get too harsh with Aiden , if you understand him , he really became that silent type because of his backstory and traumas.By me it's a great developed character.

A good game to prepare you for Watch Dogs 2

With the up and coming release of Watchdogs 2, I thought it was fitting to make a review to urge people to buy and play this game before buying and playing Watchdogs 2. Watchdogs is a very GTA ish style game, allowing for more fun and freedom that most games. With an open world in which you can go from taking down gang hideouts to playing board games to buying new clothes for your character, there is a great deal of opportunity to be found. Of course, the main thing that separates this game from your average open world game is the ability to hack. Using your cellphone, you can hack anything from lifts, to cars, to street lights, and even road blocks that allow you to almost instantly kill pursuers in their cars. This game might not be very new, but seeing as how Watch Dogs 2 isn't out yet, it will give you a good feel for the game and will give you some much needed experience. Especially with with this game only being $30, it's a good spend and well worth the money. If you like this game, you will have the sequel to look forward to, and if you wanted to pre-order Watch Dogs 2, you can buy the pre-order right off of GMG. Once again, well worth the money, and the time.

An amazing experience and a great first entry in the franchise

Don't let critics fool you with this game. They will criticize the story, protagonist, and the visual downgrade the game suffered, but it is a masterpiece. Watch_Dogs is one of the most original and engaging IPs to be created in a very long time. You are Aiden Pierce. A middle-aged man who is a professional hacker-turned vigilante. Your goal? To avenge your niece who was killed in a tragic car accident meant to be your grave. It's a passionate story. An emotional one. While Aiden Pierce may seem cold and detached, he's actually a character I can relate a lot to. The city of Chicago is beautiful with plenty of unique locations to explore. The hacking in this game is amazing and brings all new opportunities to gameplay. The online multiplayer and free roam are a blast with friends and it's fun to hack others or get hacked. Even racing cars with hacking as part of the experience is really unique and fun. I love this game. I know a lot of folks were disappointed, but it maintained my level of expectations. I was disappointed by the visual downgrade, but thankfully the E3 2012 demo files were still in the game folder and restoring much of that visual fidelity was possible. I can't wait for Watch_Dogs 2 this December and I'd highly recommend this game to anyone who's interested in the franchise.

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