Watch Dogs Review - No Hack Job

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Watch Dogs Review - No Hack Job

Slickness and polish turns an ordinary open world game into something more special.

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TopazFusion:
This game reminds me a lot of the TV show Person of Interest.

This so much.

I love the show Person of Interest, and to see the idea of knowing a crime is going to happen before it does and being able to stop it, as well as being a vigilante and the whole cameras everywhere thing, I would say that Person of Interest and Watch Dogs do have some correlation with each other.

I couldn't find this review neither on the main page, nor in the reviews section. I had to go through metacritic to get here. What's up with that?

OT: Glad to hear it's good, I've heard some mixed signals about this one from a couple of sources. I might pick it up somewhere around tomorrow (today's evening will be pretty much reserved for the 4th episode of The Wolf Among Us).

EDIT: Nevermind, it was hidden below. Still, this is really well hidden for an AAA release.

I wish Aiden himself had a bit more personality outside of "gruff wronged man," but sadly we have an industry-wide epidemic of that stock character.

wow industry...that makes me want to buy the game so haaaaaarrrrrrd

It has to be said - a baseball cap is not iconic if yet another growling photogenic white guy is underneath it. You can't just baseball cap your way into the history books, Ubisoft!

its a way of adding charachter without actually adding charachter...everyone loves a funny hat right?

ok sarcasm aside...I'm actually surprised at the high score...I did pre-order this one (ded sec and everything) but given my shift in prioritys I decided not to bother picking it up...I don't need to own a statue of this douche, not do I need the game right now, I got other things to suck away at my bank account

see how the other reveiws pan out...

well, good to hear that its good but still not something i want now. maybe if its really cheap to get but otherwise, pass.

Wasn't expecting such a big score for this one out of you Jim. Happy to hear that it's good.

Playing it myself and being a collectible maniac/sucker for side stuff this game is pretty great. Been playing for a couple of hours and I have barely touched the main campaign (usually do that in open world games).

You know, I was really expecting this to be one of those "It's bad and you'll all agree with me in 6 months." kinda games. Everything that Jim says he likes and is good seems to be what everyone else finds boring, bland or plain terrible. He may like what he likes, but it's very confusing to have to balance the gushing praise against everything else.

LR100:
You know, I was really expecting this to be one of those "It's bad and you'll all agree with me in 6 months." kinda games. Everything that Jim says he likes and is good seems to be what everyone else finds boring, bland or plain terrible. He may like what he likes, but it's very confusing to have to balance the gushing praise against everything else.

What exactly is "everything else?" Briefly running through metacritic, the game's got an overwhelmingly positive score. "Everyone else" seems to largely number anecdotal and contained variants of users who briefly quip about something or other that they dislike to the point of hyperbole, which most of us probably wouldn't find as a compelling form of critique (unless we also planned to not play a game for the rest of our lives). Seems a bit blanketing (and untrue) considering it's been out for... half a day at the most?

OT:
Glad to hear it's good. I'll try to check it out, although I've other things to look forward to at this moment in particular. I do have friends who are definitely going to play though, so I might just bum off of them when they're done with it.

Picking up Dedsec edition after work around 15:00 or so. Can't wait! Glad to hear my pre-order was not for naught, Jim. <3

maybe someone can answer me this:
angry joes interview, the dev guy said that other players can join the campaign. jim didnt mention any of it. did i misunderstood that guy in the interview?

Your writing is always a joy to read Jim. I feel like I should be excited about this game, but I'm not. It seems to be getting pretty high praise though, I might pick it up.

From reading this review I get the impression that this is another Ubisoft game that's quite good overall, but burns itself out with the amount of stuff it throws at you. Far Cry 3 had it, and so did Assassin's Creed 4.

TopazFusion:
This game reminds me a lot of the TV show Person of Interest.

From what I've seen, it's basically is "Person of Interest The Video Game" in most respects, while the protagonist is pretty much John Reese (badass special forces guy) and Harold Finch (uber hacker) put together. If they were going to make a Person of Interest video game and have it actually be good, this is probably what it would have been like.

I am so sad that I won't be able to get this game for a week or so thanks to having to wait for the new computer I ordered to get here. The anticipation is going to kill me.

The special edition of the game in Australia and New Zealand is called the "ANZ edition" https://ebgames.com.au/xbox360-158023-WatchDogs-Xbox-360 unfortunately this is also the name of a banking institution http://www.anz.com.au/personal/ not sure if the bank will be to happy about that given the content of the game.

Per usual though, the PC port right now is terrible, at least for the majority of people it seems. Playing with my 780ti, I get horrible stutter, significant frame rate drops and screen tearing, making the game pretty much unplayable right now. Looks like I'll have to wait for a patch for a new game...again.

Looks very nice indeed. One thing I'd like to know is how the 'old' generation console version does. I can't be bothered to get a PS4 yet and my PC is horribly out of date, so I'd like to check out the PS3 version. Does anyone know if it's any good?

GundamSentinel:
Looks very nice indeed. One thing I'd like to know is how the 'old' generation console version does. I can't be bothered to get a PS4 yet and my PC is horribly out of date, so I'd like to check out the PS3 version. Does anyone know if it's any good?

Agreed. I plan on picking up a PS3 this X-Mas (I don't play games online enough to warrant paying for XBL), so I'm hoping there will be a GOTY Edition of Watch_Dogs by then. Assuming it's not a wreck. I've heard people say that multiplat games don't fair well on the PS3. I don't know if there is any truth to it though.

AnthrSolidSnake:
Per usual though, the PC port right now is terrible, at least for the majority of people it seems. Playing with my 780ti, I get horrible stutter, significant frame rate drops and screen tearing, making the game pretty much unplayable right now. Looks like I'll have to wait for a patch for a new game...again.

Have you updated your graphics drivers? That apparently fixed most issues I had with the graphic performance. That or it was the thirty pounds of dust motes I brushed out of the cooling fans.

Yossarian1507:
I couldn't find this review neither on the main page, nor in the reviews section. I had to go through metacritic to get here. What's up with that?

*snip*

EDIT: Nevermind, it was hidden below. Still, this is really well hidden for an AAA release.

The embargo was up at 3 a.m. ET, we can autopopulate the features area and news but not the top section. That is done manually. This should be updated soon.

Sounds like I should wait for it to go on sale.

I get the praise it got in the review, and it's probably well deserved. But hearing about the mundanity and repetition sets off my particular alarm bells.

Vault101:

its a way of adding charachter without actually adding charachter...everyone loves a funny hat right?

It's not even all that funny, though. ;)

RatherDull:
4 and a half stars while having no less than 3 huge ads on one page.

Uh huh.

Like advertisements have ever stopped the Escapist from bashing something bad.

This game does look really good. So far the only game that makes me want to buy the console for it. Still gonna need at least 4 more games for that to tempt me.

I'll probably pick this up for the PC once the DLC surge is over and I can get the whole game at a reasonable price, as thus far I've been hearing mostly good things about it.

But I'm also hearing that there are issues with pop-in. I mean just look at footage while driving, seriously, that's so bad it hurts the gameplay. And that the PC port is poorly optimized and downscaled.

The way the police works is also very inconsistent, seeing as you can run down a bus stop, 3 streetlights and 5 people and no one calls the police. But pull out a gun while walking around, or steal a car, and bystanders (sometimes) call the police. The police will also fight side by side with a gang of armed thugs shooting up the streets to take you down - because apparently the police and the people carrying illegal firearms, and shooting up the streets, are bros.

Whether or not you're fine with the main character being a psychopathic criminal is more of a preferential thing, but personally I don't mind. He has to be, or the game would have to be very strict with what you're allowed to do. But I can see why some people would find that less appealing.

It's probably one of the safest games I've ever played. White Guy, Open World, steal cars. That doesn't make it bad though, even if everything I've done so far has kind of blurred together. I'm enjoying it, and it is still very pretty, even if it's not as pretty as Ubisoft advertised.

That said, fuck Criminal Convoy missions. Six cars full of baddies and you need to knock out two. Not kill, or stop, or blow up; knock out. These missions are so much more difficult than everything else in the game. I hate them.

This game looks fantastic, and is getting universal acclaim as being a pretty good game. I can't wait to hear how shit it actually is 3 months from now, when the "it sucks" bandwagon will take over. Because that seems to be the 'thing' now with big budget titles. Or, ya know, some controversy that will pop up over it because of a slice of gameplay taken out of context, a bad ending, or something buried in the depths of the code.

In all actuality, I think it looked like a decent game and this review is well worth the read. I noticed Jim talking about how wordy it was going to be, and it was a good read. It answered every single one of my questions about the title. If I had the $60, I'd probably end up making it a day one purchase. Because I don't (and I won't for a while), I'll more then likely either wait for a deep discount, or a GOTY version.

RatherDull:
4 and a half stars while having no less than 3 huge ads on one page.

Uh huh.

Oh for the love of. Please, shut up. If you're the kind of person who thinks this website would sully its reputation by having their biggest reviewer take a kickback for a good score, why do you even visit this websites review section? The last thing I would do for a website that I believed was taking a kick back is support them - you'd just be funding bad behavior. Jim has been nothing but a consumer advocate speaking out about the bullshit and abuses of the game industry - he has given no evidence in the slightest that he could be a crooked reviewer.

They had ad's on this page because it's the new biggest title, and Ubisoft PR has been hitting people hard with this game to ensure an ROI. This is a website for nerds - they wouldn't get very far having ad's for Slimjims *cough* or new tires. It ensures clicks from the Escapists end, which nets them more revenue. That's not corruption - that's the fundamentals of how advertising works. And Jim isn't the guy planning the advertising.

RatherDull:
4 and a half stars while having no less than 3 huge ads on one page.

Uh huh.

It's JIM! C'mon among the few people you can trust for NOT shelling out a bought review he's one of them. It's not like what's his name with the 5-stars for that game that nobody can remember....

GumbaMasta:

AnthrSolidSnake:
Per usual though, the PC port right now is terrible, at least for the majority of people it seems. Playing with my 780ti, I get horrible stutter, significant frame rate drops and screen tearing, making the game pretty much unplayable right now. Looks like I'll have to wait for a patch for a new game...again.

Have you updated your graphics drivers? That apparently fixed most issues I had with the graphic performance. That or it was the thirty pounds of dust motes I brushed out of the cooling fans.

I updated the drivers before I even downloaded the game. Still have the problems.The only solutions I've had were to either lock the FPS to 30, or play in borderless, the latter of which only sort of fixes the problem.

Kerethos:
I'll probably pick this up for the PC once the DLC surge is over and I can get the whole game at a reasonable price, as thus far I've been hearing mostly good things about it.

But I'm also hearing that there are issues with pop-in. I mean just look at footage while driving, seriously, that's so bad it hurts the gameplay. And that the PC port is poorly optimized and downscaled.

The way the police works is also very inconsistent, seeing as you can run down a bus stop, 3 streetlights and 5 people and no one calls the police. But pull out a gun while walking around, or steal a car, and bystanders (sometimes) call the police. The police will also fight side by side with a gang of armed thugs shooting up the streets to take you down - because apparently the police and the people carrying illegal firearms, and shooting up the streets, are bros.

Whether or not you're fine with the main character being a psychopathic criminal is more of a preferential thing, but personally I don't mind. He has to be, or the game would have to be very strict with what you're allowed to do. But I can see why some people would find that less appealing.

You watched that WTF Is...? too, huh?

The AMD lock-out by Ubi and nVidia is seriously riding the monopoly line too.
Might wait until it's on a deep discount sale, because $75 for a hobbled POS that punishes me for wanting good value for money is disgusting.

RatherDull:
4 and a half stars while having no less than 3 huge ads on one page.

Uh huh.

I swear, every time there's a positive review of a game on this site, there's always a post like this in the comments thread.

So, taking good parts from a whole bunch of successful franchises actually works this time around. We'll have to see what the landscape looks like a month down the road since Titanfall was another super hyped game that people bought, but after a month so many people were done. Sure plenty of people still play it, but it isn't the revolution EA wanted it to be. Sounds like Watch_Dogs has a lot going for it though. I'm going to pick it up later today.

Open world games never really strike my fancy for more then a few hours. (Skyrim? <10 hours, quit, never looked back. Fallout 3? Finished main campaign, reaction was "meh", never played again.)

Assassin's Creed was more unique, but I got tired of it after sequelidous set in.

Now, we have an Ass-Creed Grand-Theft would-be spiritual successor that works in basically the same way but in a different setting with no hidden blades. The hacking aspect changes little in my opinion and it bores me just looking at it.

I'm going to pass on this.

IceForce:

RatherDull:
4 and a half stars while having no less than 3 huge ads on one page.

Uh huh.

I swear, every time there's a positive review of a game on this site, there's always a post like this in the comments thread.

To be fair, after the doritogate incident, i think people have a right to be a tad cynical. This is too much but I think this cynicism may pay off with other sites

OT-I'm a PC gamer and while the game looks fun and seems to hvae a lot of content for me, A) I'm going to be playing Wildstar soon so I probably shouldn't pay money for Watch_Dogs yet, and B) if the PC version is as bad as I heard combined with all the DLC, I will wait

Jeah.. bought it, found out neither Uplay nor the game itself works and now i'm currently writing a ticket to the Steam Support to trade in the game for steam-money or another game i want.
Because they clearly sold me a product which is not working at all. Double so, since AMD cards are not supported at all - without a single lable providing information about that.

Meh, got proven right once again: Stay away from Ubisoft. The only company i consider worse than EA.
Back to Transistor it is.

How long does his phone's battery last?

I imagine this game is pretty decent for the consoles.

Admittedly, it falls a bit short of the hype, but, for a PC game?

Really kinda poor. Port is abysmal, game is struggling to run on higher end rigs, despite really not being a particularly amazing looking game.

A lot of minor immersion elements are missing.

Kinda feels inferior to GTA IV in almost all "Open World" aspects.

Which is a little disappointing from a "Next Gen" title.

4.5 is perhaps a little bit generous.

I'll tell you what, Jim.

If I give you a Nexus 7, preloaded with literally all the furry porn I can find, will you lower the score to 4.0?

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