posted by Generias (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) May 28, 2014
Member since Jun 2012
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Watch Dogs is a great game, if you can get past the loading screens, and I mean that both figuratively and literally. I like the game, but it loads so much, so often, for so long, it's pitiful. One moment I'm driving on a high speed chase, barreling through the city, and then the game seemingly freezes because... Why? I'm driving a motorcycle, about to go through a barrier, with plans to slow time, look back, and activate a barrier to stop a cop car so I can make my grand escape. But I'm on a road, and bam, frozen, or so I think until I see the loading icon.
Why did it load? It's an open world, so it occasionally needs to slow down and render for a few seconds, or minutes, or half an hour, or a day and a half to add and render a pedestrian five miles from where I am. Death and failure come at a painful cost, because if you fail, it's back to a loading screen for a couple of minutes.
I'm sure this issue is fixed in the other versions, but the 360, at least, needs some work. Maybe break the island up into sections and load them individually instead of all at once. I had to stop the game twice, and the second time, I put it out in the mail.
On the plus side, my first attempt lasted about four hours of driving around, stopping gangs, and doing occasional story missions when I'm not powering up my hacking abilities. But I finally unlocked Blackout, and boom, I'm suddenly stuck with the loading screen of Damocles.
The shooting was good, for what few shooting parts I went through.
The stealth was my bread and butter. In the tradition of modern games, you don't get a lot of health, or visible hit points, so if you get into a firefight, duck behind cover or you're dead in just a few short moments.
The hacks, awesome, I used them all the time, to stop the police, and steal money from bank accounts. You'll use them often.
All in all, a great game potential-wise. But the loading screens killed my experience.
Great concept with the hacking mechanic, but driving (which was about 50% of the game) felt like trying to drive a yacht in an ice rink .... Lets leave the open world driving part to RockStar, they know how to do it right.
You know, I was reading some reviews before Watch Dogs came in the mail and I disagree fully from those bad reviews. This is a game that you will love or hate I guess. I had no problem steering vehicles and there is so much to do in the open world it's cool. It might be somewhat similar to GTA, but what's wrong with that? I love GTA series and I love this!