10. Fighting Crime
Morality is something that rarely bubbles to the surface when playing Watch Dogs. Stealing money, blowing up city streets and occasionally mowing down pedestrians is part and parcel of being Chicago’s hottest hacker. However, there are ways to redeem your actions. Crime is still commonplace in the city and can often be prevented with a few swings of Aiden’s baton.
11. Gang Hideouts
A personal favourite of mine. Gang Hideouts are basically small portions of the city protected by a small patrol of police or thugs. Combining Aiden’s stealth and hacking prowess, players can weave their way through hideouts, making for some of the best gameplay moments in Watch Dogs.
Criminals won’t always be on-foot, waiting for Aiden to pounce. From time to time, players will have to trace convoys, stopping them before they reach their destination. Often accompanied by reinforcements, these side missions spark intense gunfights which usually have players ducking from car to car as bullets fly.
13. Looking Dapper
Though perhaps not as iconic as the Assassin’s robe and cowl, Aiden’s cap and trench-coat combo is trendy enough. For those not content with faded blacks and leathers, there is a variety of costumes that can be purchased and tucked away in your hideout.
Watch Dogs’ online multiplayer can be brutal at times, especially when playing Intrusion. When in free roam there’s always a chance that enemy fixers will attempt to hack your session and steal Notoriety. Despite the tension and tangible sense of paranoia, these intrusions can also be a source of humour.
One of Watch Dogs’ Digital Trips. Alone has players spawn into a alternate depiction of Chicago, overrun by robots. Here, players are tasked with roaming the city and activating generators while evading the merciless gaze of its new inhabitants.
Taking itself a bit less seriously, Psychedelic is a flower-powered arcade mini-game worthy of being labelled a Digital Trip. Over a series of levels, Aiden will be propelled from one bud to the next, scoring points by flying through rings and landing the centre of huge sprouting flowers.
17. Spider Tank
Yes… Spider Tank.
Another of Watch Dogs’ aptly named Digital Trips. Madness straps players into a demonic motor as they plough the fire-scorched streets of Chicago for lost souls. As in other Digital Trips players can complete specific challenges and even level up, unlocking a suite of skills to boost their performance.
With so much to explore, Watch Dogs goes well beyond it hacker noir storyline and frenetic multiplayer offering. Stay tuned for more on Ubisoft’s new-gen flagship.