Watch Dogs, A midst The Hype
Watch Dogs is finally here! After what seemed like an infinite amount of hype and discussions about graphics, gameplay, and hacking caused Watch Dogs to be one of the largest launches in the history of Ubisoft. Now everyone is wondering does it live up to the hype. Before I go into this I want to begin by saying that Watch Dogs is a great game. The delay in its release was well worth it. It is polished all across the board from its amazing graphics, addicting gameplay, and innovative online elements.
Watch Dogs is a solid open world experience in the same vein as the Grand Theft Auto Franchise. However, instead of having a mafia or thug life theme you play a hacker named Aiden Peirce. Not trying to cross any major lines Aiden went a little too far during a hacking job and a hit was put out on his family. After his niece was killed during an attempt on his life he has made it his duty to protect his family and find her killer by becoming a “Vigilante.”
There was so much talk before the release about this game about graphics and resolution and all the fanboys blew up the internet about which version is going to play and look superior. However, Watch Dogs is proof that gameplay and content is actually what makes a game great and not just what its resolution and frame-rate numbers are. Besides the campaign there are so many things to do in Ubisoft’s version of Chicago. There are numerous side quests that can keep you busy for hours and prevent you from blowing through the campaign. I have never been one for mini-games, but I found myself really enjoying them as well. The Campaign story is also really well done. Aiden Pierce as a character comes off as a kind hearted tough guy who is looking out for his family and his city. He reminded me off Bruce Wayne with much less of a chip on his shoulder. However, if you don’t want to be a good guy and want to embrace the dark-side of the force instead the built in reputation system allows for you to do this by killing off enemies instead of neutralizing them, killing civilians and police officers alike, and much more.
The online missions are excellent and happen seamlessly while playing through the normal gameplay. Even though certain online missions such as the racing game remove you from campaign mode, once you are done racing or quit the mission you continue the game at the exact place that the race left off. Hacking missions allow it to hack other players as well while the normal campaign is occurring.
This seemless online gameplay is excellent, however this is one of Watch Dogs only truly innovative features. Watch Dogs deserves the notoriety that has received since it was announced at E3. It is an excellent addition to the Ubisoft family and has spawned an excellent new franchise to take over for the cash-cow that is Assassin’s Creed that is planned to be concluded with their next title. Not that Watch_Dogs isn’t without a few flaws, but what mainly lacks is innovation. This title, when it was announced, was supposed to be one of the most innovative titles for the next-gen systems. Bringing a unique open world that was destined to spawn a whole new genre of games. The hype among fans and publishers about this title was unbelievable. However, very little was ever revealed about the gameplay mechanics or the story. For countless months all that was ever talked about when Watch Dogs was concerned was graphics, resolution, and how great Chicago looked. However, after everyone finally got their hands on the game it became apparent that this game was a GTA clone with a hacking theme. It’s not that everyone doesn’t love GTA nor can it be said that Watch Dogs wasn’t completed upon release or well done, however, it can’t be helped to feel that gamers were intentionally mislead to help increase sales.
With that said, after spending countless hours with Watch Dogs there is no denying that it is truly a great game. Even though the Campaign can be completed within 12 to 15 hours from the moment the game begins countless hours of gameplay is possible. Combined with the online missions this proves to be one of the most addicting game for Console and PC gamers alike.