Who could imagine that one could have the power over a city from one little device, well that’s the world we live in right now with everything controlled by computer chips. This is the paranoia most feared for years and technically we are in that age. It can be from your android or I-devices to get into the grid and just wreak havoc, but what if you wanted to make a difference and try to help those in need? Will you be okay with that notion even though your privacy is invaded? For Aiden Pearce is on the hunt for redemption for his niece he lost almost a year ago, because of his deeds, he put his family in danger. The problem is that they are still in danger and as long as the faceless voice is still out there, he can’t rest until justice is served. Welcome all to this review of Watch Dogs, this will have two portions of a video and written. Please enjoy.
Sandbox titles are usually tough to do a video review for because there is so much going on to make sure you get it all in a certain amount of time, but I did miss a few things. Let’s continue with the combat, because I failed to mention the one thing Ubisoft is famous for giving us in certain titles and that is the Focus meter. If you go into your skill tree, there will be an option after you unlock a certain mission to use “Focus” which is an adrenaline ability to slow down time for a few seconds. This gives you an advantage in a fire fight, besides it is all about tactics, so if you are not all about jumping into combat, use your craft items when needed.
The in game music is all real worlds licensing, which I found amazing because it was like I had my real world phone in the game. You have Nas – One Mic, Howlin Wolf – Howlin For My Darlin, Alice Cooper – Dangerous Tonight (the only rock song it seems.) and many more. The playlist can be edited as well as walking around snatching other music from pedestrians, which in a way is promoting pirating music, but you didn’t hear that from me. But seriously this is a fun feature to give you a more real world feel while in the virtual world.
All of your abilities revolve around your skill tree, so pick wisely which you would like to build up second. I say second because the hacking abilities should be first priority from the start. But, it is still your choice and that is the great thing about playing a sandbox is to make those choices without a linear design. Your allies are very important, but questionable. I mean that comes with the territory of being a hacker I guess, because you are always looking over your shoulder and wondering who will screw you over in the end. Either way, depending on if you are going to rush through the story or take your time, there will be a lot of replay value to be had. So, please venture off and do what you do best.
I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you all that are going to the midnight launch enjoy your copy. For those that are currently playing, please share your thoughts below and tell us what skill set you are working on. If you have the means please post your greatest moments on our Facebook page so I can post them up in our album. Stay frosty hackers!
After some consideration going through the game a second time. I really sat down with Watch Dogs and my score quickly dropped. Dialogue, the ending and the contradiction of our hero really got to me.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer
Genre: Action Adventure, Open World
Platforms: Nintendo WiiU, PC, Ps3, Ps4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360
ESRB: M for Mature Audiences
KKEnt Verdict: 3.5 out of 5