Watch Dogs was one of this summer’s biggest releases. Despite the game’s delay, its blend of hacking abilities within a Grand Theft Auto-esque world attracted plenty of hype.
In Watch Dogs you play as Aidan Pearce, with your primary weapon being his smartphone. It certainly is an interesting concept, but is it an experience worthy of fetching or one that needs to be shutdown?
Personally I wasn’t a fan of Watch Dogs at all. It has been my worst purchase on the PlayStation 4 so far, which may sound harsh. I fell for the hype (which is something I don’t usually do) and bought the game on release day. However, I suddenly realised that the game didn’t match any of my gameplay expectations I had for it. The hacking felt a little useless, and the game didn’t look great either in my opinion. I quickly traded it in, and haven’t thought about giving it a second chance.
Jim, who reviewed the game for TSA (scoring it an 8/10), was a lot more positive than me about Watch Dogs saying the game depicts a “fresh and strikingly innovative concept that goes hand in hand with the game’s open world structure”. With that being said he wasn’t overly keen on the single player campaign. Although it had “an interesting story” it is “one that arguably sags in the middle”, with the villains doing “little to stir your emotions”.
Jim was a fan, however, of the “superb gunplay”, saying “snapping from cover to cover is quick” thanks to neat parkour movement, and also “mowing down enemies is just as fluid and precise”. In contrast to my thoughts of Watch Dogs visuals Jim felt the game looked “pretty stunning”, going on to say “there may be a few blemishes here and there yet it carries that “next-gen” look and sports it well”.
Watch Dogs was probably never going to be the ground-breaking “next-gen” experience many had envisioned back in 2012. It’s hardly run-of-the-mill but at the same time only makes a few genuine attempts to break the mould. However, in these areas – such as the online multiplayer – there are genuine glimmers of innovation worthy of merit, and if you look anywhere else, players will still find an open-world game backed by a unique premise and solid core gameplay.
Ubisoft has certainly upped its game in the past several years, with Watch Dogs being yet another display of both the publisher’s ingenuity and willingness to take risks, all for the benefit of players.
Now it’s over to you. Let us know what you thought of Watch Dogs in the comments below. Remember to give the game either a Buy It, Sale It, Plus It or Avoid It rating. Be sure to get your WeView down by Sunday evening to be included in next Monday’s verdict article.