Watch Dogs is an upcoming action-adventure title that has players take on the role of vigilante Aiden Pierce, an expert hacker battling corruption in a futuristic Chicago.
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Playing as Aiden, you can opt to be a good guy or a bad guy, though the ramifications of either choice weren't exactly made clear during the presentation. One thing was made apparent, though, namely that if you earn a bad reputation with the common folk, they may report you on sight, forcing you to flee the police because, according to the presenter, "they will take you down." This sounds like it's no GTA, where you'll deliberately start a police chase, but there wasn't actually anything shown of just how effective the police force is in Watch Dogs, so it may still prove to be a good time.
If you want to boost your reputation with the civilians of the city, you can utilize the fact that ctOS is using cameras around the city in concert with facial and pattern recognition software to predict crimes, as well as potential victims. Interfacing with ctOS allows you to spot these potential victims, escort them safely to wherever they may be going, and interrupt crimes in progress, saving the victim, and earning you credibility with the people. If you can make the people like you enough, they may even turn a blind eye while you steal a car in the course of your heroic business.