Watch Dogs Review (PS4)
Watch Dogs is something that everyone has been looking forward to since it was first announced. It’s obvious that many people have pre-ordered the game already in the hopes of it being as awesome as we all thought it was, and thankfully, you can relax.
Let’s kick it off with the story for this open-world action-adventure. Players take control of Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker and due to some incompetence from him and his partner; he ends up getting implicated in something which leads to the death of his niece. Pearce then seeks to bring justice to the killers through means of information warfare. This involves the player hacking, controlling and out-smarting their enemies rather than just gunning them down. The city runs off one central operating system, the ctOS. Pearce is able to hack into the system and manipulate things the way he wants to. You are able to gain access to bank accounts, surveillance cameras, personal details on other citizens and a whole bunch of other information that make hacking a solid and integral part of the game, especially against enemies. However, gunning down enemies is a perfectly viable option as the game has some really solid mechanics in that department.
Talking more about the game though I think all of the fundamental mechanics are really there. The driving, while a bit arcade-like is definitely manageable. I found the physics to be a bit off but at least the damage model seems rather accurate. It‘s a bit strange when driving though because it feels like the city almost loses a little life and when comparing walking on the street with driving around in the car, there is just less hustle and bustle. The world is really alive though which is a great aspect that Ubisoft has been able to get just right. However, Chicago seems to have a load of scumbags in it because it seems like every second person has done something heinously wrong and is under some sort of huge pressure because they have something hidden away. Perhaps it’s Ubisoft’s way of telling the world that nobody is perfect and that’s okay.
The game does quite well in its soundtrack and with an added multiplayer, should be something worth playing again. In terms of soundtrack, the game has a somber, yet fitting orchestra to it and has well-voiced characters to boot. The game is obviously very high quality and Ubisoft has done it justice but perhaps may have slightly missed the hype train in some aspects.
Overall it seems that Ubisoft has taken quite a known open-world formula and put its own spin on things. The hacking in the game is just so much fun; you could sit and do it all day. In fact, I did mostly sit and do it all day. I was able to find a number of interesting people and take many a dollar from them by infiltrating their bank accounts. The game is perhaps let down a little bit by the driving mechanics and having the next-gen version not running fully up to scratch may disappoint some gamers. Interestingly though, you will soon forget about all the negatives when you get lost in the world of hacking.
Score: 85 / 100