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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

Great game. Don't know why people didn't like it more.

This game was awesome. Very unique, but still a big open world game. I haven't played many games through the entire campaign. But I did finish this one. Even then there was a ton of content left to explore. The only annoying part was when you drive across town to get to the next mission only to be denied entering it because somebody has entered your game and is hacking you. Luckily, it was never very hard to find the hackers. Although when I hacked others I probably had 90% success rate. Great if you can do it close to a train line and run up onto it before hacking. Great game I would have played much more if my xbox hadn't lost my save data. Then somebody stole it. Anyways, wish I could have played more. Excited for Watch Dogs 2 (writing this on release day).

Fairly nice game

This game is fairly nice and open world game lovers should play it. First thing is this game is innovative, has kind of good story. Driving system is bad in game but gameplay based on hacks is pretty cool. Combat is good too.Not the best of open world games but its pretty satisfying for me. Graphics is good not as good as E3 trailer. But still a nice game to play. Graphics- 8.5/10 gameplay-8/10 story- 8/10 game mechanics-7/10

Great premise, yet overhyped

Watch dogs is in earnest a game about hackers. Logically you'd think that: "Hey, this sounds pretty awesome!", well I hate to disappoint people, but in my honest opinion it wasn't that great. Everything to me felt strained and shallow and the most important part of a game about hackers, hacking itself felt really linear. The story was your classic run-on-the-mill fight against an oppresive government, that by now has been worn really thin. The gameplay itself was quite solid, as in I thought it was rather seamless and I never ran into any bugs. Overall if you are a fan of this genre you can try it, but would recommend getting it on sale, not worth it at full price.

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.

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