posted by Generias (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) May 28, 2014
Member since Jun 2012
gamers (40%) found this review helpful
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.
When playing as Aiden Pierce, you get an in depth look at what it is like to be a professional hacker. You can hack almost everything, and it is such a joy to look at. Mix this with the excellent gunplay and stealth, and this is one of the most engaging games I have played. The graphics are good, but next gen consoles are superior in the visuals. The story is average, but it will keep you wanting more. Once you get into the open world, Watch Dogs offers plenty to do in the state of Chicago. Online mode is somewhat challenging, but fun once you give it a try. Overall, Watch Dogs delivers a fun experience to anyone who wants to hack like a pro. 8/10