posted by Thanatos522 (DENNIS PORT, MA) Jun 3, 2014
Member since Feb 2011
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
First off the game plays a lot like any other open-world game. I.E. Shooting and driving are more of how you will end up playing other than any other way.
The story is some pretty hollow tripe and I will admit that the beginning kind of looked like it could turn in a good direction but it starts to spew out some weak cliche stuff very early too.
The actual game play like I said is more of a GTA clone than anything really original, but it feels like it's hamstringing you into using the hacking mechanics more than they are useful for.
You cannot shoot and drive at the same time so you have to really just chase them until you have an opportunity to activate some sort of block or traffic light which doesn't happen as quickly as I would like. And every enemy car acts like its 10 tons when you ram it and it pushes you anywhere it wants. Cops have all that plus they are always faster.
And the bottom line on the hacking is that you may only really use it on one out of six bad guys if you feel like constantly moving forward instead of playing Splinter Cell with the game. The stealth and hacking feel so laborious when you have a silenced pistol from the absolute outset of the game and it apparently makes no sound what so ever, oh and there's bullet time, yeah.
So you can either slo-mo pop out of cover and drill guys or ping-pong between city building wall cameras for minutes waiting for guys to walk by random steam pipes.
Its fun when it works and to thin out a bunch of guys before you engage but when your forced to do it, it slows the game down because there are some strict ways that 70% of missions play out.
There is skill and progression but it is filled with a good amount of unfulfilling upgrades and hacks that never come into use for as cool as they sound. You check it out like "That's going to be a game changing Hack. Now I'm really going to be the BA hacker!" and it never happens.
Bottom line GTA clone with bad driving and a semi fun gimmick.
posted by DBURROWN (NORTH CHARLESTON, SC) May 27, 2014
Member since May 2014
gamers (43%) found this review helpful
i only had this game for about 4 hours in im already loving it its so realistic gameplay is cool with the hacking driving could be better but graphics are gorgeous its fun to play my first review ever! but go get it i promise u wont be disapointed!
I will start by saying the obvious, Watch_Dogs is overhyped. Underline, circle, and highlight that last part. Watch_Dogs feels as bland as white bread toast, from its extremely troop-y, and uninspired story, to your open-world. Watch_Dogs main mechanic, hacking can get old, and repative fast, since you will start having similar situations where the hacking must be used, and firstly hilarious NPC info turns into bland, and repative sayings. Watch_Dogs (on the XB360 at least) dabbles in false marketing. Remember Watch_Dogs at E3? Well the game looks nothing like that, the game looks like it was released in 2009, the textures can be very undetiled, and lifeless. This, for me at least, is no issue, but, others might think differently.
It is important to note that Watch_Dogs still offers a lot of open-world fun, from exploring Chicago and stopping crimes, to fighting off seemingly endless streams of police. Watch_Dogs is still a fun & rewarding game.
Watch_Dogs gets a 6.4/10 for it's fun, and thrilling gameplay, but, its extremely bland and cheesey other features. It is worth a pick-up if you find under $15-$20.