Video Game Review – Watch Dogs

Andy Naylor reviews Watch Dogs….

watch-dogsAfter a creepy debut trailer at E3 2012, followed by one containing mind-blowing visuals, it seemed the first must-own game of the next generation of console gaming would have to be Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs. It promised to take gaming to the next level, the story, the world and everything connected seemed superb. However, there was a setback; originally scheduled as a launch day game it was pushed back 6 months. After the initial disappointment dissipated, the realisation that Ubisoft were ensuring their next franchise was released to a level of high quality, rather than to make an instant profit, oozed through the internet. After six long months of waiting, Watch Dogs is here.

The truth of the matter is that Watch Dogs could’ve been delayed for another six months and it still wouldn’t come close to the game that was promised, or that gamers had hoped for. The main thing that stood out in all the footage that we saw was how impressive the graphics looked. While that doesn’t make or break a game, we all are taken in by pretty looking things, the truth of the matter is that Watch Dogs looks incredibly average. The character models show a modest improvement, but there are other next-gen games out there with better. The world the character inhabits, despite being on a superior console than GTAV, looks no better than last year’s smash hit. In all honesty, you would forgive the average person for confusing the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game. The only noticeable difference is the superb game physics that the next-gen consoles allow.

The story is very generic, bog-standard revenge. Man has bad things happen to him, man seeks revenge on people who caused it. It’s all very predictable and dare I say boring. It fails to hold any grasp on the player’s interest; at no point will you be sat there at 2 o’clock in the morning thinking, “I must know what happens next!” The best games of this genre immerse the player in a world which they never want to leave; Watch Dogs simply doesn’t have that addictive plot running through it.

The one big strength that Watch Dogs does have is the quality of the voice acting. While lacking the star quality of something like the Mass Effect series, it does boast the odd fairly well known actor, Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica’s Chief Tyrol) being one. Despite this being a very strong point for the game, the lead character’s voice soon becomes irritating. The nasal, gravelly nature of the voice of Aiden Pierce will grate on the nerves of even the calmest individual after a while. It seems like they’ve tried to duplicate the voice of Solid Snake (voiced brilliantly by David Hayter, and now by Jack Bauer) but somehow came up short, which is a big shame considering how well the rest of the voice talent has performed.

The gameplay, again, disappoints. It is very much inspired by what Rockstar has done with the open world nature of the GTA series but everything feels a bit clunkier and slower to respond compared to it. It manages a decent enough impression but just falls short of the quality needed to match or exceed GTA V. The side missions within Watch Dogs are a particular disappointment; they never quite manage to be interesting or challenging and feel like a forced addition to bump up the playing time. What Watch Dogs really sells itself on is the ability to hack and control everything within the city to aid the player in their quest for revenge. Put simply, the whole hacking process is far too easy to be of any challenge and feels like a cheap marketing gimmick to suck in the masses to buy it.

While Watch Dogs is not a terrible game, after promising so much the level of disappointment will be very high amongst gamers. It’s very much an average game that promised the world and delivered a barren little lifeless moon instead. You’d be better off returning to the much more impressive and immersive GTA V as Watch Dogs is not the first next-gen defining game we were told it would be.

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  • guest

    Yeah that review is not at all insightful you fuckwit.

  • Ady

    Ouch! This game not only fails to deliver on its gameplay, but it also casts a shadow on the real potential of the so-called “next gen” consoles.

    • james

      And you base that in one inaccurate review? Now maybe start to think for yourself

      • WellWisher

        How do you know it’s inaccurate? In fact how can an opinion be inaccurate at all? I’ve never read anything by Andy Naylor before, but if someone who’s opinion I value damned the game it would certainly make me think twice about buying it. I imagine that’s the situation Ady is in.

        • kaos hob

          i got the game 10 days early and everything this article says is accurate this game is a watered down gta v … gta v has wayyyyy more things to do… and i have it for xb1 n it looks like a 360 game… major disapointnent

          • ROOT GUT

            Own it too. Absolute disappointment. This game is as disappointing as Titan fall was if not more so.

          • Kevin Burrell

            You’re right. I got mine friday.

          • Ali Khan

            I played the game and no way in Hell is it some “watered down gta v” unless of course you’re purely and indicatively a GTA fan boy or gal just defending the honor of the kind of open world.

            “has wayyyyy more things to do” like free falling, flying gambling. Yeah we get it. GTA is its own game but since WD’s theme relies on hacking, it makes sense as to why there a thousand things to do with that hacking in WD whereas GTA does not. I mean how does ambulance, police and other Samaritan missions even relate to the theme of GTA. I played Vice City and San Andreas of which to me the latter is still the best, but WD is an open world with a whole new experience and is relevant with the whole “either good guy or bad guy reputation” and all depending on how you implement your actions in the game. It really is a living breathing world unlike GTA. That is not GTA isn’t awesome, it’s just that WD has a lot more consequences and repercussions in its gameplay and story.

          • Hi Be

            Sorry for sounding like an ass but they ripped of Rockstar completely.Open world elements of GTA and the “good or bad” elements of Red Dead Redemption.Actions and Consequences aren’t added in Gta because we’re not the good guys…you don’t kill people for fun and act like a good guy.Whole new experience? Its far from being orginal,if only Ubisoft focused on the gameplay mechanics then it would had been good.I was looking forward to hacking but it gets really boring from doing the same thing over and over again…

          • Ali Khan

            Uh no it didn’t. You can either be a good guy or a bad guy. You can hack every computer controlled object in your surroundings. You pay the consequences for killing innocent people unlike GTA. You can go stealth or loud. GTA doesn’t have fun awesome spider tanks, cyborgs, hellish race tracks and a lot of other cool stuff that deviates it from GTA. Not saying GTA isn’t awesome. It is in its own rights.

          • Daniel

            no.. there are no consequences for being a good or bad guy. I personally mowed down hundreds of innocent civilians, cops, little babies, people’s pets and whathaveyou… yet the end credits scene told me I was a big hero who everyone adored… the morality system in this game is a joke. And you got that wrong. GTA has consequences for killing people(cops chase you).. this game doesn’t. Not only is the reputation system of the game pointless, the cops won’t come after you if you kill people. So nope.

          • Ali Khan

            “Not only is the reputation system of the game pointless, the cops won’t come after you if you kill people”

            “no.. there are no consequences for being a good or bad guy”

            “GTA has consequences for killing people(cops chase you).. this game doesn’t.”

            I’m so sorry. You must NOT BE PLAYING WATCH DOGS then. This is perhaps piece of exaggeration or trolling I have ever heard. I have the game, played it and nothing you say relates to the game AT ALL.

          • Daniel

            oh great, you’re one of those lovely people(read as an offence) who responds to people you disagree with by calling them trolls… wonderful. No it’s not trolling. Here’s why, cause I can’t be bothered with explaining it. Enlighten youself’ :

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/05/28/aiden-pearce-snooping-superhero-the-strange-moral-compass-of-watch-dogs/

          • Ali Khan

            So you actually chose to read a biased article instead of playing the game itself? That’s just sad. Play it first and then you’ll see.

          • Daniel

            Jesus shit, I played the game sweetheart… I just chose to not be bothered with a long argument with someone who’s so in love with his own misguided opinion.. Goodbye.

          • Ali Khan

            There are two problems with your comment. First, it was not an opinion, it was fact. Second, I just don’t buy that you have played the game yourself to know that the game has consequences if you try to gun down innocent people and rewards for helping them that affect your reputation system. Especially after being shown countless times online and playing for my self.

            The evidence is in the video dude. The blue line in the reputation system means you’re good and red means you’re bad. How can someone like you not see that? If your rep is in the red prominently people will report you to the police as soon as they see your face and vice versa,they will try to help you if you’re blue

            I honestly don’t know what you have been playing, but it most definitely is not Watch Dogs at all. You’re the one with the misguided nonsense.

          • Hi Be

            Try to open your eyes,I said they ripped off the consequence system of Red Dead Redemption not GTA.I have been a PC Gamer as far as I can remember,the Watch Dogs minigames are good no doubt but Gta IV PC mods are far better.I find playing as Iron Man more fun than playing as a giant spider.

            Red Dead’s consequence system is far more realistic,they send bounty hunters after you,if you kill innocent people and a witness reports it to sheriffs.If you kill the witness you stay crime free and killing innocent people changes your nature=> bad guy,if you help them like killing bandits and all you are the good guy,being a bad guy has its consequences,merchants would sell things on high prices as compared to the good guy where they will sell them for low prices.

            You never played Red Dead I assume…

          • Ali Khan

            Red Dead’s consequence system or honor system does sound similar to Watch Dogs, except the only difference is the in-game population’s reaction to our deeds in Watch Dogs sums up our character while Red Dead’s system, just the computer itself gives you stuff, whether people see you or not. To me having people around judge you for however you behave in front of their eyes, much the real world itself is far more realistic.

            You being a PC gamer getting your hands on a consoles only game intrigues me. Let me know how you manage to get your hands on it.

            Also I really like the Iron Man mod. Seems really fun. Each person to his or her liking.

          • Hi Be

            There are two systems in Red Dead, your nature(which is called honour and the other is fame).They both work together simultaneously,if you kill a famous bad guy or bring him back alive npcs will comment on you.Your nature also affects your dialogues and it has better communication than any GTA.

            I can’t sum it up in one line you know but Watch Dogs has a lot of innovative ideas but the bad part is how they are implemented,I wanted it to be competitor to Gta while its just not good enough.Physics suck balls,the gameplay is not that revolutionary,hacking is fun but it gets stale after playing a week.This game is not as revolutionary as ubisoft wants you to think.

            I own a ps3 and a gaming PC,just to get everything on it, used to own an 360 before a ps3 but it had too many issues so I got a ps3.To get the best gaming experience one must own a console and a good PC.PC for mods and stuff like that with good graphics while a console for console exclusives that don’t come to PC.There are delayed games on PC so its better to own a console than wait for the game to release,also some games don’t make it to PC at all e.g Gta V.

            Atm I played Watch Dogs on PC,I plan on getting a ps4 but not anytime soon since no good exclusives on it atm.

            The only reason you are defending watch dogs is that it might be a new experience to you as a whole,the only thing I enjoyed was hacking and it got stale really fast.It reminds me of the first AC,with all its repetitiveness.Besides Hacking everything this game does I have played it,in other games and they did it better.

            I don’t like objects glued to ground,driving is a major part of the game and it is very poorly done.Its supposed to be an AAA title but its not even close,hopefully its sequel will send ripples among the industry just like AC 2 did,I enjoyed AC IV a lot more than Watch Dogs tbh,it was unique.The shooting mechanics in this game are half done,the only thing I like in this game is how the cloth physics work.

            Like you said everyone has different tastes but this isn’t even close to Rockstar’s refined games with excellent quality with a lot of stuff to do,if Watch Dog aims to dethrone the defining open world genre King,then Ubisoft needs to work a lot on their game.Most hyped Ubisoft titles fail to deliever while the not hyped ones deliever… :/

          • Ali Khan

            “Physics suck balls,the gameplay is not that revolutionary,hacking is fun but it gets stale after playing a week.”

            Well each person to their own. I have to disagree with your physics negation. My brother’s PC is jacked to the max and Watch Dogs’ everything even the physics are breathtakingly realistic and beautiful. As of this moment, it has been more than a week since I got the game and I am not even a single bit bored of it.

            “The only reason you are defending watch dogs is that it might be a new experience”

            Wrong! I have played Vice City and San Andreas to tell you this. They’re the only GTA games that are good to me. I really love to play Red Dead Redemption though because to me that is one of “the best open world games ever”, better than GTA IMO.

            The first Assassins Creed didn’t find the spot in people’s hearts until it did with part 2 (although some of the mechanics were revised and reused), so like you said, lets see what the sequel has in store.

            To be honest, the first Uncharted, Assassins Creed were unique and innovative but were actually underrated in the eyes of people, but still, as I said, each person to his/her own.

          • Hi Be

            The first uncharted wasn’t as bad as the first Assassin Creed,it found place in the hearts of people.The first Assassin Creed had repetitive missions just like watch dogs has atm even the lore was good but it got boring real fast.

            Bro, if you think Watch Dogs physics are realistic you need to take a hike.First, the Graphics are nowhere “close’ to being realistic as they were in E3 2012 preview.No Smoke,no dynamic air that moves leaves.It looks like as the leaves are glued to the ground,mind you I do own a good enough PC to max it as well and I have been playing games because that’s the only thing I do to kill time.

            I doubt you have driven a car in real life since Watch Dog’s car handling is not realistic at all,I have never driven a tank irl but it seriously feels like driving one in Watch Dogs.Everyone has his own taste but what’s the opinion of diehard gamers or the majority of the gamers? Some are casual gamers but still,their opinion is that the driving sucked.No one really rants about Uncharted as they do about Assassin Creed.

            You know its funny that how you were commenting in other peoples comments that Gta and Watch Dogs are different and then you come up with I have played Gta VC and Sanandreas?, You serious bro? They are games which are like 10 year old which are from the ps2 era.They don’t have any of the features that the “HD Era” has,the gameplay…shooting mechanics,driving (well its similar) aren’t even comparable.So for one to say he has experienced what Watch Dogs has to offer by playing these games? Its not possible…

            As far as the first game in the series goes,you can check reviews(the critics and all).They bashed Assassin Creed its a “B-” game just like Watch Dogs,for you to compare it to Uncharted which was an “A-” game,it is just a bad comparison imo.Assassin Creed franchise only has one “A” game and that was its first sequel in the series while Uncharted has not only one but two sequels that have an “A+” rating.Not to mention that “The Last Of Us” is an “A+” title which was the first in its series so your argument that Assassin Creed failed to find a place in people’s hearts is far from accurate.It didn’t offer quality but quantity.As a gamer,I want quality over quantity(the length of the game).

            Most people hate on EA,Activison and Ubisoft because of their money making greedy schemes and its a wide known opinion.The only time Ubisoft was known as a good developer was around the ps2 era when they were making Splinter Cell games but they deviated from the original gameplay in “Conviction” to please the more casual gamers and turned the original player base away.Its widely known that Desmond Miles was a lame protagonist(bad writing) and Assassin Creed 3 wasn’t as good as AC 2.

            Every ubisoft hyped game after 2011 was an unoptimized bad port,specially being a PC gamer every year they release bad AC ports so I have to wait for nvidia drivers to show up to fix their game.AC 3 was hyped but it didn’t live upto its hype, Watch Dogs was hyped and didn’t live upto its hype.The only games that were good were Far Cry 3 and Assassin Creed IV which weren’t hyped and were surprisingly good.

            Thing is,Ubisoft itself was banking into Gta V’s popularity.Its that good,one is subjected to his opinion just like you said.He can hate Gta V but majority of the gamers don’t just like one can hate Skyrim but that’s not the majority of the community.

            You can continue arguing with other people and defending Watch Dogs but this doesn’t changes the fact that besides 2 or 3 elements in the game(excluding hacking or graphics) its not even on par with a game that came out last gen(Gta V).Anyways,would you care to explain how is it breathtaking and realistic? I can assume that since you played a game like this for the first time,its breathtaking for you like I said I have been playing games on a PC for a lot of time.I am a hardcore PC gamer for life and I find this game hardly interesting,the game offers quantity not quality.I have seen a lot of these features in other games and they have done it better.I was looking for a revolutionary game that would rival Gta,I’m not asskissing Rockstar they have their faults and issues(their driving is close to realism but is not realistic) but they are near flawless(hence the reviews,one can call it overrated but neither AC or Watch Dogs are underrated,my friend).The same critics and players that praised the previews(I was impressed by the previews) are the same dudes who are bashing on it(95% of them).So you can continue to be ignorant by defending ubisoft…you should clearly see that Watch Dogs didn’t live upto to its hype.

          • Maurice Adelmon

            No it’s not ! The reputation thing is a slider bar that goes up and down with only everything bringing it down and a single type of mission bringing it up. It’s as lame as the rest of the game, in Baldur’s gate 2 (fifteen years ago) reputation was fully embedded in player choices and scenario missions, not some weird add-on.

          • Ali Khan

            I can’t take your comment seriously considering you probably haven’t played as I have to know how its reputation system truly works.

            There is no “single type of mission bringing it up”. There are plenty of side-missions and random turn-ups that positively affect your reputation considering NPCs finding it beneficial in their sight. Play the game and then we’ll talk.

        • kaos hob

          i got the game 10 days early and everything this article says is accurate this game is a watered down gta v … gta v has wayyyyy more things to do… and i have it for xb1 n it looks like a 360 game… major disapointnent

        • Falcon D. Stormvoice

          “In fact how can an opinion be inaccurate at all?”

          Pretty easily. Even a subjective opinion can have factual errors.

          • WellWisher

            Fair enough. Which parts of his opinion have factual errors?

          • Falcon D. Stormvoice

            None, that I know of. I will probably never play this game, with Diablo, Dragon Age, and Pokemon remakes on the horizon. I’m just saying it’s possible for an opinion to be accurate, which you’ve acknowledged.

            I would criticise the last paragraph, though — professional reviewers shouldn’t care how much hype there was.

        • Falcon D. Stormvoice

          “In fact how can an opinion be inaccurate at all?”

          Pretty easily. Even a subjective opinion can have factual errors.

      • Daniel

        I can confirm that this review is fairly accurate, the only thing I disagree with is that while hacking is incredibly easy and rather gimmicky, I had plenty of fun running around causing chaos. But besides that, story is a very generic standard revenge/I didn’t ask for this setup, side missions are not interesting, driving sucks balls even with a controller(seriously, it’s really bad, the only good vehicle in the game is weirdly the motorbike) , graphics are good, but nothing mind-blowing, the protagonist’s forced Batman voice is annoying as hell… basically, the review is sort of correct on it.

        • Mike Chambers

          Yeah the driving is utterly terrible. Some of the worst driving in a video game in many years. I am really enjoying playing through the main missions. I stayed up until 4 am the last few nights playing them. I think it’s a very fun story to play through, but I suspect that when I complete it… there will be no replay value at all.

          • Ali Khan

            GTA’s driving was a pinch at first for many as well, including me. But we all got past that after practice, and after practice I easily mastered WD’s driving. Packed with hacking, it is a whole different and really fun experience.

            I replay the missions over and over and they never feel the same after the last one. That kills my boredom and it’s super fun.

          • Fabrizzio Romney

            Then again the difference is that: GTA V’s driving started off being kind of a challenge, but the WD driving just genuinely sucks donkey balls.

          • Ali Khan

            Actually truth be told, it doesn’t. After a while playing around, I got used to it without even noticing. It was a challenge at first indeed, but I easily mastered it.

        • junelight

          No you can’t since the games not out yet you internet troll

          • nicky larson

            yes you can! the cracked game has been out for a few days on the internet for 360, ps3 and pc. People are playing it

          • James H

            Seriously?? A lot of early copies have already been received. There are several copies for download on various sites as well. People may not have it legit, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have it. Thousands of people have been playing this game for several days now. I’ve heard the same information pretty consistently. Disappointing : (
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          • Matt Palmer

            There are other time zones other than the United States you know. Australia and New Zealand midnight releases for instance as well as early leaked copies.

          • secher nbiw

            Sure, because games NEVER get sold before their official release.

          • wellduh

            Dude. Why don’t you try checking Youtube.

            Pretty much all of the game has been walkthrough’d, due to people getting the game shipped early/LPers getting free copies/people pirating leaked versions. Just ’cause there’s an embargo for official reviews doesn’t mean people can’t play the game.

        • ClickBaitPolice

          Well confirm it please, waiting 4 confirmation

        • Ali Khan

          It’s more than just “standard revenge” as I am progressing with the story myself on that.

          • Daniel

            the premise of the story, and the whole story arc is the “standard revenge” type. That doesn’t mean there isn’t extra fluff on top of it, but the arc in it’s entirety can easily be summarized by the definition of the “revenge” story model. I won’t spoil it describe it, since that would be spoilers.

      • andy

        Ive had a copy on xbox one since Saturday, and would have to agree with the above review.
        The game world is no wear near on par with gta v in terms of graphics, game world, detail and car mechanics. The cars drive like bricks and the game world feels lifeless. One good point is the game has some cool ideas with the hacking features and the gunplay is pretty good, overall though I would not purchase as I paid 55 pounds for my copy and in hindsight I would have purchased for no more than 30 pounds.

        • Donavon Bray

          Tell me more about the game world, game world, and the game world featured in the game world.

          • andy

            The npcs in the game are utterly lifeless, they all just walk around only responding when you start shooting shit up, even then they only run off and one of them may actually call the police, you can block thier call if your quick enough, the overall game itself is also very glitchy ……. stuff like lamppost and fencing will smash and bounce off vehicles unrealistically. npcs can get stuck on objects and I have seen a car embedded in the road only the roof showing.

          • Day one gamer

            The same thing can be said about gtav. In fact, gtav has more glitches than most games, certainly way more than this game.

          • andy

            could be forgiven with gta v tho considering the amount of detail they put into such a massive game world…. for instance go to the beach in gta v and there is people sunbathing, playing watersports et… go to the mountains there are people fishing, hunting, hiking, riding scramblers….. .
            Watch dogs everyone is just walking around with a mobile phone lol

        • andy

          Also some of the main missions are actually fairly linear or repetitive for example towards the end of act 1 there is a mission where you have to break out of a prison hacking into surveillance cameras inside and opening doors…… boring!!! followed by escaping the police, the mission prior to that was again hacking cameras to identify a target to take out followed by the rest of the gang chasing after you in cars. as seems to be the pattern with the rest of the campaign.

        • UbiDevs

          Do you want to explain how you got a legal copy of the game on Saturday?

          • Andrew

            Sorry I don’t have a legal copy… Well at least not for a few more hours but I do have a cracked pc copy… Ubisoft promised to much this time… Not as good as I expected

          • Kevin Burrell

            I have a legal copy and this person is 100% right. It’s boring and the game had been in stores way before release. You want me to explain how I got a legal copy last Friday idiot? I live in NYC and my friends work at one of the most popular game stores here. Besides, why do you have a bogus screen name?

          • andy

            It came through my letter box Saturday morning, I suppose I should have left it unopened till Tuesday but then again I suppose you guys should have ironed out all the bugs and glitches before releasing your much overhyped mediocre game

        • UbiDevs

          Do you want to explain how you got a legal copy of the game on Saturday?

        • Uzzieman

          why the hell are all of you idiots complaining?? This game is damn fun!!

        • Ali Khan

          “The game world is no wear near on par with gta v”?

          I have the game and friend, I don’t know what you’re getting at but WD towers over it in graphics in every way including, lets see, the weather, the water effects, the lighting, and quite honestly the driving (despite what GTA fan geeks have been satirically claiming from their side), gameplay mechanics accompanies with hacking, the smoke effects, the character models and the AI.

          Aside from the visuals, there is nothing in WD that makes it feel like GTA. GTA is it’s own game as is with WD.

      • Alison Jonny McLaurine

        Lol I was gonna say that nobody has really played it haha
        Get off they nuts dude. Quit being a sheep in the words of Merle TWD

        • Jimhad

          wut?

          • Falcon D. Stormvoice

            I guess he or she is ‘quoting’ the words of the character “Merle” from The Walking Dead.

          • Falcon D. Stormvoice

            I guess he or she is ‘quoting’ the words of the character “Merle” from The Walking Dead.

      • somnambulist

        just curious how much does ubisoft pay for this kinda damage control, lol

      • somnambulist

        just curious how much does ubisoft pay for this kinda damage control, lol

      • wellduh

        A lot of other people who’ve played the game can verify what he said in the interview. In general, there’s a lot of disappointment with the graphical downgrade and the cliched gameplay, when Watch_Dogs was hyped up to have hacking as an innovative mechanic.

        Lots of footage of the game has been posted on Youtube and you can Google up almost, if not all, of the cutscenes and story gameplay now. I think this review is spot on.

    • Softballumpire

      Ady the only moron is you who is hitting game on next gen when was made for 360 and ps3. how stupid are you people? that truth if your going to make review make a honest one.

    • Y.Kim

      you obviously haven’t played “Tombraider” on PS4. it’s the most beautiful game I’ve ever played (been gaming for 28 years) at 60fps.

      • Raymond Ebanks

        The most beautiful game Ive ever played has to be Infamous Second Son. If you dont have it, get it. And yes Ive played Tomb Raider :Definitive Edition. on Xbox One though.

      • Day one gamer

        The most beautiful game on PS4 is Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes.

      • Max Piene

        Bes Graphics until now is Ryse Son Of Rome, maybe it lacks with gameplay but as graphics it’s the best game the next gen gave us

        I have the 2 consoles BTW

    • Y.Kim

      you obviously haven’t played “Tombraider” on PS4. it’s the most beautiful game I’ve ever played (been gaming for 28 years) at 60fps.

    • datdude

      The game wasn’t developed for current gen only, so how is it any reflection whatsoever on what the next gen consoles are capable of? Geez….some people.

    • Day one gamer

      I would’ve believed this review had it not compared the game negatively to gtav.

    • Maurice Adelmon

      Don’t blame the console, it sucks equally on PC. Plus GTA V kind of showed it was worth investing in a next Gen for 1 title.

  • John

    Yeah what a shit review and I hoped you get sued because it’s early but mainly because it’s shit

  • bbdoa

    rub my balls and suck my dick for a legit review

  • james

    Awful! Having played my way through a good 10 hours or so, I’d say you’re a bit mental! Graphics on maxed out PC are breathtaking, control is fluid as are the game mechanics. Blowing out traffic lights to create an ambush is just awesome!

    I live the story as well. I won’t go in to much detail but prefer the main character and back story to the short stop of gta. Nice to play a good guy

    Side missions are fab. My son hasn’t even touched the main plot line yet, he’s just been sodding around the city and still says the game is fantastic.

    I get the feeling this review is a bit like those rotten tomato reviews for an awesome movie, where you get one sad sack saying how terrible it is. Wait till launch day and watch the world disagree with you.

    • taz

      They are most likely referring to the console versions that only run at a locked 30 fps so this may explain why it feels sluggish not sure.
      I am sure fluidity of movement and control would be better at 60 fps even if it is not totally needed for this sort of game .

      • Grady Fuller

        So you’re someone clearly arguing about the graphics then? The selling point on this game is the hacking experience. The overall gameplay. Not the damn graphics. People like you should be blocked from forums because there is a million of you just arguing about console graphics and shit. Love the game for the gameplay, not how it looks.

        • Jason Carr

          Frame rate =/= graphics. Frame rate influences gameplay… A higher frame rate means that a game plays better and feels more responsive.

          • fyjfjfyj

            I agree. It’s important to have good fps for, well, FPS games. Maybe that’s why they’re called FPS… hm…

          • robmoir

            hmmm… Well no actually. “FPS” in terms of graphics/display refers to frames per second. “fps games” refers to “First person shooter” games.

            Two separate things.

          • fyjfjfyj

            oh holy shit are you autistic? it’s a goddamn joke you fucking retard go get murdered.

          • Day one gamer

            Lol!

        • wellduh

          The gameplay sucks then.

          Driving is broken, AI is lifeless, open world gameplay feels empty, minigames are dull, and the “hacking” mechanic is all redressed actions swiped from previous video games. There’s very little innovation to be found in WD.

        • Sylfreak

          Wait, you don’t think framerate effects gameplay?

        • Иван Ермаков

          It was marketed as next gen game that looks astonishing. You’re either a liar or an idiot. Oh btw, gameplay sucks too.

          • Grady Fuller

            The game play clearly does not suck otherwise it wouldn’t have sold as well as it did and people still wouldn’t be playing it. The game also doesn’t look bad. We are still at the early stages of this generations life cycle and games are still being made for last generation as well. We won’t reach it’s full potential until games are designed specifically for current gen. Once again, it doesn’t look bad and the game play is far from bad. You’re just a troll

          • Иван Ермаков

            The game play clearly does not suck otherwise it wouldn’t have sold as well as it did

            Ooh… Second option, clearly.

    • Reviewer

      Thanks for your opinion. It is genuinely refreshing to read a well thought out counter argument to my opinion. While we don’t agree on the game, we can both agree that a review is a subjective experience and everyone will have a different opinion.

      • Daniel

        it does seem to me, like you’ve already decided, dear Reviewer that you like this game.. even though it seems to me that you haven’t played it… which is weird I think we both can agree..

      • james

        You like it so much you tried and failed to ban me? Twat!

        • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

          Unless you’re posting from multiple user names, no one tried to ban you.

          Edit – And checking the IP addresses of these comments, I see you’re onto your third or fourth username by now. Pretty said that. How old are you?

          • james

            Then why does it say I’m banned when I post from my other Internet IP?

          • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

            We’ve banned five ip addresses for posting abusive and homophobic language. I guess if you’ve been posting from multiple ips and usernames that might explain it. If not then I’ve no idea.

          • knobhead

            I’ve not posted abuse or homophobic language but my house IP is banned

          • Day one gamer

            Kinda ironic that the gta games are full of abusive language (I’ve never heard as much immature f words in any game before), homophobia, and negative themes all over (as if the game was made by insecure 13 year old social misfits), yet you still managed to like it. Just saying.

          • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

            There’s a difference between games being full of it and immature idiots throwing insults at each other on a message board.

    • Gunnar Guinnip

      Omg you are SO right. I like the game because I like to play a good guy, hack, and the multiplayer is fantastic! I think GTA 5 is crap because people say there is a BIG open world. But the truth is, there is just a tiny city and the rest is complete deserted crap, and the only slightly fun thing about it is the vehicles. But other than that it’s just meaningless crime.

    • twg23

      Also having played it I can completely disagree with your opinion. What ruined this game the most for me was the driving. It is sooo bad. This is something that should have been flawless for an open world game. Not a huge issue for me but the graphics are completely the opposite of what we saw years ago when the game was announced.

      • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

        I disagree,respectfully ofcourse.The driving part was made from the people that made driver game series.IMO its the best out of all the open world games.and ive played all of them.

    • Andrew

      I don’t believe that it’s terrible I just don’t think it’s as good as it was hyped to be but really is anything ever as good as advertised

  • santhosh kumar

    the game is awesome

  • santhosh kumar

    dont read this review this game is great it easily scores more than 8.5 this guy is insane

    • Gunnar Guinnip

      I think GTA 5 should get a 8.0 and watch dogs should get a 10/ 10

      • Mike Chambers

        Wow, a 10/10? Have you actually played it? I’ve give it an 8.5/10 and GTA V gets a very average 7/10 from me.

        • Eli Winter

          If ur giving this a higher rating than gta v than what do u think most review sites like ign will give it when they gave gta v a perfect score?

        • Ricardo J Varona

          Driving sucks in Watch Dogs unfortunately. :( GTA V is a thousand times more polished.

  • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

    We are not ones to censor comments, but this is a place to discuss the game or debate / disagree with the review in an amicable fashion. It’s not a playground for 13 year old boys to throw around homophobic rants whilst simultaneously begging for sexual favours. Disagree by all means, but keep the comments civil, or they’ll just end up deleted and your account banned.

    • knobhead

      How can you ban accounts that can post as guest?

      • Dante’s homie

        lol this website blows..please ban me pussy

      • Dante’s homie

        lol this website blows..please ban me pussy

        • twg23

          Whoa you are so hardcore. Bedtime!!!

        • twg23

          Whoa you are so hardcore. Bedtime!!!

    • HOT

      Well, since I;’m a guest… You’re reviewer is a mentally retarded GTA fanboy that likes to kiss ass.

      • HOT

        sorry i meant “your”

    • Spare Unicorn

      Everyone’s banging on about the homos. I say fuck everything. Fuck ‘Flickering Myth’. What are you, the Cyber Poilice? More like a homo

  • Toby Kirkby

    lol, you ave not played it have you hahahaha, call this a ‘review’, wow

    Much fail, Many CEO whoring

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      Are you suggesting we’re pimping out chief executive officers?

    • sam

      people have been playing this game since last tuesday. its been out for a long while in video game standards.

  • santhosh kumar

    the game is good the man who does the review is a gta fan boy

  • Cuthbert McDinklesville

    The story looks incredibly boring. I think gamers are growing tired of ‘cinematic spectacles’. I’d rather playing something that’s fun.

    • taz

      Yeah i tend to agree, You can still go back and play the original Deus ex and still get far more enjoyment than modern games seem to have nowadays.

    • James

      Story is awesome! Exciting!

    • Mike

      Buy a Wii U so and get Mario Kart Friday

    • Falcon D. Stormvoice

      1. You don’t judge stories based off of how they “look” — you experience the story all the way through, and then decide. Stories aren’t book covers that you can figure out at a glance, they unfold over time.

      3. Tired of cinematic experiences? The Last of Us says ‘hello’. We aren’t going back to the days of Tetris, cinematic games are not going anywhere, and neither are color televisions.

      • Day one gamer

        1. I’m guessing by what he’s saying is that from what he’s experienced of the story so far, it was boring. If only the second half or the fourth quarter of a story is exciting, it doesn’t mean the whole story is.

        2. ?

        3. Only time will tell.

    • Falcon D. Stormvoice

      1. You don’t judge stories based off of how they “look” — you experience the story all the way through, and then decide. Stories aren’t book covers that you can figure out at a glance, they unfold over time.

      3. Tired of cinematic experiences? The Last of Us says ‘hello’. We aren’t going back to the days of Tetris, cinematic games are not going anywhere, and neither are color televisions.

  • taz

    i am holding off until i upgrade my PC next year in any case. It will probably be less than $20 us by then so it would certainly be worth a shot for that price. No doubt all exclusive dlc will be on every platform by then and worth next to nothing in a steam sale as well.

  • Rixsta

    Completed the campaign, awesome game, great story, side missions are fun, love this game, even though I’ve done the main story Im still playing it, loads to do still, graphics on the PS4 are really good, no where near bland, they only look bland on youtube videos, toby hit it on the head, they guy hasn’t played the game, this is nothing more than click bate, I’d say you have broken the embargo but then again, you can’t call this a review…

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      If you’ve played the game, then what makes you think Andy hasn’t? We don’t do fake reviews. Simple as that. And we haven’t broken any embargo, as we’ve never signed an embargo.

      • spidey271

        Even if he has this is very poorly written

        • HolyFranchiseBatman!

          How so? Because it doesn’t match your opinion?

          • spidey271

            No I haven’t played the game. For starters he keeps comparing this to gta v and secondly he barely talks anything about the game except the graphics and a bit of the voice acting no detail whatsoever

          • Reviewer

            If you are going to make an open world game, while being chased by law enforcement, you are always going to be compared to the top dog of that genre. It gives people a measuring stick on which to judge the game.

          • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

            Watch dogs is nothing like gta.

          • Daniel

            it is incredibly easy to compare it to GTA since it takes so many elements from that game. It’s fair game.

          • Day one gamer

            There are opinions, and there are facts. A professional review should consist mostly of facts, and the reviewer should make it clear when he/she present their personal opinion.

      • knobhead

        No buy you do, do bad and inaccurate reviews! ;)

      • maccswe

        Never heard of your site before, saw the link on reddit..

        But can you even call this one a review? All you write about is the graphics. It’s like you played a 5 minute demo of the game, and that’s it.

        Seriously where is the info about the side missions, main missions, what you can do in the game etc. Well screw that, let’s fill half of the “review” with how delayed the game is, then add some GTA V and some graphic complaints.

        Back to the drawing board, this was a really bad “review”.

        • ClickBaitPolice

          I agree, i ended up here via >click>NeoGaf.

          As much as i respect the fact that times are tuff and you gotta do what you gotta do to survive However one should also respect my opinion = obviously Click Bait is obviously Click Bait > im just a messenger

  • zain

    can You tell me what console you reviewed the game on and whether or not it matters if you play it on PS3 or PS4.

    • Rixsta

      I have played it on both (and PC), there is a big difference between last and current gen, don’t listen to this rubbish, it looks great on PS4, PS3 is showing it’s age, the draw distance is terrible and some parts look like PS2 graphics. I own a game store (you can follow me on gamespot)
      PS4 is equal to PC on high settings with medium texture, its just a little sharper on PC and more shiny. How you can compare the graphics to GTA is beyond me, oh dear, please wait for some proper reviews…

      • Reviewer

        Said the non-biased person who makes a living selling games and “oh by the way you can buy this game from me here…”

        • Kyle Barton

          How very professional of you to make such a comment mr reviewer.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      It’s reviewed on a PS4.

  • spidey271

    very poor review sorry but its the truth

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      I’m sure manage without you.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      Fair enough, but for someone so outraged about a negative review of a game you’re yet to play, you’re sure hanging around a while.

      • Arcendus

        I’m certain this site is familiar with the concept of click-baiting, so the fact than someone who disagrees has much to say shouldn’t require explanation. His tendency conforms to the ultimate goal of this article, so rather than critique his activity here you should be celebrating that one extra click and that X number of minutes spent visiting this site. Horray for you, “HolyFranchiseBatman!”

  • spidey271

    nothing about this game was even talked about except the graphics and the voice acting wtf.

  • Francis Jairam

    Okay since he mentioned GTA this is not a great review. By Tomorrow (May 27th) all of the gaming sites like IGN, GameSpot, CVG, Polygon, GameTrailers, etc will give their honest review. Since Ubisoft warned about the false reviews before the game came out.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      So you’re suggesting this is a dishonest and false review? We’ve been around for over 5 years, never once posted a false review. Why would we do so now? If any of the reviews tomorrow aren’t 100% positive are you going to accuse them of dishonesty too, just because they don’t match your expectations for the game?

      • Rixsta

        Ok saying Andy hasn’t played the game was probably a stupid comment but the way it is written would make you think he watched the PS4 game play on you tube, then sat down and wrote this, that’s just how it comes across, it’s not even because it’s negative, not everyone is going to like it, that’s normal but I’m finding it hard to understand how he came to some of these conclusions..

        1, Watch Dogs looks incredibly average, average? that’s unfair,it’s better than average, still average for a next gen console I’ll take, your not going to get the full bells and whistles you got for Infamous, there is much more going on in the city, much heavier on the system and being a multi platform game compared to an exclusive makes a big difference.(as an example) That being said, explosions and over all quality are really good and the animation is superb (that was never mentioned)

        I’ve played this game on Ultra settings and its very close to E3 2012, in some respects the same, it was obvious that we all knew it was on a high end PC back then considering next gen hadn’t even being announced, same goes for the specs so I don’t see his point here at all..Then he goes on to say…. it looks no better than GTAV, you would forgive the average person for confusing the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game. The only noticeable difference is the superb game physics that the next-gen consoles allow.

        The difference is very noticeable, you’d have to be blind, or only of seen it on you tube to say that, even my 7 year old I took with me could tell the difference…

        2,The story is very generic ? this is coming from a guy that mentions GTA four times, give me this story over the now very tied GTA anyday, I really enjoyed the story, it was funny, well written, did Andy actually complete the campaign?,

        3,The gameplay, again, disappoints. It is very much inspired by what Rockstar has done with the open world nature of the GTA series but everything feels a bit clunkier and slower to respond compared to it….I almost fell over when I read this, haha, the gameplay is way better than you make out, if of course you take the time to learn how to combine the hacking, escaping from cops and shooting, when you get that flowing, its very rewarding

        4, The side missions within Watch Dogs are a particular disappointment; they never quite manage to be interesting……what?, they are really enjoyable, lots of interesting and LOL moments to be found, hell, even the side missions you find just profiling can lead to some funny moments, makes me wonder how many side missions he did…

        5, Put simply, the whole hacking process is far too easy to be of any challenge….your missing the point again, it’s meant to be a press of a button, especially when driving and hacking blockers, changing lights ect, if it was a challenge, it would slow up the game play, same can be said when hacking and shooting, it has to flow quickly together, which it does and works very well…

        6, You’d be better off returning to the much more impressive and immersive GTA V…..what a way to end a review, I don’t care how you dress it up, its a badly written lazy review, GTA V gets more and more targeted for 15 year old boys, full of sex and drugs, with each release, the more stupid I felt playing them, immersive it certainly is not.

        The bar was set too high for watch dogs, I agree, but even so, it’s a very good, nice looking and entertaining fun game and deserves a lot more than a half thought out review after six years of hard work that went into it.

        • maccswe

          Flickeringmyth should fire Andy and give you the job instead! Well written!

        • banned

          ^what he said! Better review

        • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

          I have played the game as well and yes I too believe it is amazing.A very poor review indeed.

          • Rixsta

            Yeah all these opinions are based on you tube videos without playing it, pretty funny really..

        • Day one gamer

          Well said. If I could give you 6 likes, I would’ve.

      • Day one gamer

        So what you’re saying is that reviews that are not 100% positive are the same as reviews that are mostly negative?

    • Daniel

      IGN, Gamespot…. honest reviews?… seriously, while I wouldn’t call them liars, you’re giving them waay too much credit… and the review isn’t fake, I had roughly the same experience, though I will add that I’ve had fun with some of the elements in it.

    • beavermatic

      What ubi soft meant was wait for “paid” reviews…

      • Day one gamer

        You can pay a reviewer to say positive things about your game, but you can also pay a reviewer to say negative things about a game you fear might topple your own.

  • ZeroGroundBlast

    I’ll wait until the other sites like Gametrailers, IGN, etc post their reviews before I make a decision. I’ve never heard of Flickering Myth, to be honest, so I don’t know how their reviews stack up to everyone elses. I need a larger sample size to make a decision, and the sample size needs to come from places I know.

    • Daniel

      IGN, Gametrailers… seriously? They’re not the most reliable of reviewers. Try TotalBiscuit or Angry Joe or the Escapist.

      But I’ll also throw my little opinion into the ring: the game is decent, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a must-own, I’d rate it a 7.5-8. Imagine it as Assassin’s Creed + GTA mashup. Everything in this game, except the hacking, can be found in those two games. But the hacking bit is fun. Make of that what you will.

      • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

        Nah man I disagree.The gameplay of watch dogs is much better than both assassins creed and gta.I was being chased by some enemies and I saw a train approaching.i used my phone to hack it and it stopped.i ran to the train doors and immediately after getting inside I hacked it again to make the train move.The doors closed,i got away and I felt like such a BOSS.

        • Daniel

          which is what i’ve said, everything *except* hacking…

          • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

            yeah but what I mean to say it when you combine hacking in it,it becomes much more than the sum of it parts.Plus the stealth and action combat is awesome.every encounter is fun.

          • Donutz

            After 10 minutes of actual game play (not the introduction) you have seen everything there is to see. The hacking could have been way better, like using the cameras as an extra screen at the top/bottom of your TV/desktop so you could walk while having it hacked to see if someone comes around the corner or something like that. The side missions are way to repetitive and the story really doesn’t suck you into Aidan’s life. Also the customization of the character could have been way more expanded. Every car of each class drives exactly the same. NPCs still make dumb decisions and yeah.. the game is really not worth it’s 60/70 bucks.

  • turtleboy81

    Why would you compare it to gta so much. It appears to me this game doesn’t try to be anything like gta except for the open world concept. I think if you are to judge the game you should do so on it’s own merits not how it compares to gta. That or use other examples gta isn’t the only open world game and it makes me discount your opinion some.

    • Eli Winter

      True and even saying it’s like gta v or almost as good isn’t saying the game sucks. I mean gta v got a perfect score from many review sites so saying it’s like one of the best games rated out there isn’t necessarily a bad thing

    • Day one gamer

      The open world concept existed way before gta. Just saying.

  • ColinM

    What is with everybody saying that this is a false review because he compared it to GTA?.Firstly, both games are open world and similar, just because one is more content on murder and what not then it can’t be compared? GTA V is/was and always will be a terrible game, as will Watch Dogs. Both Rockstar & Ubisoft promised features that were not originally in the game and will not be in the game for a very long time; if ever without reworking the core game.

    The majority of the people here are attempting to hate or flame this review because they want to protect the concept they have for the hopes they hold; this game is nothing but a ton of scripted events on a very plain and generic story. What makes it even worse is how any “parkour” type game developed by Ubisoft is completely packed with bugs such as the Assassins Creed series, or the modern versions of Splinter Cell, even Far Cry games.

    For what it’s worth, this review is quite good, a review I done on another website is pretty much the same; this game is nothing short of a disappointment.

    • TheDeathStarsKeyFob

      I think everyones problem is it’s just so obvious he’s not played it – no mention of how the controls work or any details on gameplay, no comments on campaigns or the open world multi player.
      Basically it just reads like he’s read hater comments and pasted them together.

      I’ll wait until the real reviews tomorrow, I’m not saying the game will be good or bad, but I’ll just wait for proper reporting.

      • ColinM

        Fair enough, but don’t expect much; don’t expect to have your hopes raised either by reviews because there will be a lot of reviews that share a little info like this one here.

        As for the campaign, it has some cool cut scenes and special effects, but it’s just your average revenge plot; Guy does something and pays the price, spends rest of his days bringing down the main criminal; some funny heartfelt moments to make you remember that even though it is a video game, that the AI can be programmed to replicate humans with a scripted sense of humor; and the typical happy ending.

  • ipitydafool

    Pretty sad and obvious the reviewer hasnt played the game. Very sad indeed. Just click bait. Won’t be visiting this website again.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      If you’re foolish enough to think we post fake reviews then we’d not want you back here, so that works out well for both of us.

      • Jeff Montgomery

        Wow ^^

      • Jeff Montgomery

        Wow ^^

  • TheDeathStarsKeyFob

    He’s played this game about as much as I’ve sprayed a naked Jennifer Lawrence blue!

    So generic and vague, it’s just to get people clicking. No mention of gameplay or controls, no mention of how the openworld multi player works within the campaign.

    Sad.

  • Rob

    This is exactly what I’ve been expecting from this game,I’m not sure why everyone is so hyped for it. I admit it looked great in 2012 but has gone downhill since. This is a fair review and I never understand why people feel the need to defend a game like this before they play it. Anyone that actually expected this game to live up to the original hype obviously hasn’t been gaming long.

    • Rixsta

      I’ve been lucky enough to play this on PS3, PS4 and a high end PC through my line of work, it’s not gone downhill since 2012, if anything, it’s got better, I’ve played this on Ultra settings, it looks beautiful. A fair review?,it’s not even a full review, geez the previews were better than this, it’s easy to defend the game having played through the whole campaign, spent many hours free roaming and side missions, you say you don’t understand why people need to defend a game before playing, I could say, I don’t understand why people are so negative about the game before playing it either…

  • West OfMee

    damn not kool.

  • James

    This is possibly one of the worst reviews I’ve ever read. Not because I disagree with what you’re saying, it’s just an awful review. If you wish continue game reviewing in the future I suggest you take some time out to learn the trade a bit more.

    • Lc32489

      I agree I wish the review would have gone a little more in depth on while he didn’t like the side missions. Also what about the digital trips in the game and I have heard you can play poker and chess where is the talk about the other side content in the game. Also it being to easy to hack sounds like a nitpick to me. Ubisoft made it clear already that they did not want the feature to be a pain to pull off cause the game is bout using the hacking to complete objective not to learn how to hack. Maybe it’s just me but that sounds like a nitpick guess I will just have to find out for myself tomorrow.

      • kevin

        Yeah my friend who lives in Europe got watch dogs early yesterday and he sais it was amazing and that there’s so much side content to tackle. He also said the hacking was awesome

        • Lc32489

          That’s good to hear thanks for the heads up.

  • PeaceIncreased

    I think the attack on the graphics was a little harsh. If we look back at initial Xbox 360 graphics and compare them to the graphics of GTA V there is a massive difference and this was only brought about by years of developing understanding of the capability of the hardware. I know we expected to see a massive improvement but after such a short time after the release, seems a little unfair to me. I do say this without playing the game but I am very much looking forward to doing so!

    • Rixsta

      It was unfair because he is comparing graphics to a high end PC back in 2012 with the now current gen PS4, you can’t do that, a console can never match a high end PC, that’s just common sense, now if the original footage was on PS4 and then downgraded, that would be a different story, which is how it comes over in the review, I never understood the logic in it, it just shouts amateur, the list goes on and on tbh..

      • Day one gamer

        I have to disagree with your saying that a console can never match a high end PC, and I don’t understand why you consider it a common sense. Whether a console can out-perform, let alone match, a high end PC is dependant on how powerful the said console was designed to be.

        The SNES’ FX chip could draw polygons in a 3D environment which was something new for a home product, all computer games developers were impressed by its capabilities. When the N64 came out, it had so many features that weren’t on PCs before. When the Dreamcast was released, it was compared favorably to high end arcade games, which were on a much higher level than both consoles and PCs. And it seems that everyone pretends to forget the PS2′s power leap, which was unheard of before. It was compared to multi-thousand dollar professional workstations, products not for the home domain, and it took quite a while before high end PCs could catch up.

        The current gen consoles on the other hand were developed with more emphasis on economy than ever before, therefore their lower than expected power. For the first time in a very long time (not counting the Wii), they’re sold for a profit. If they were sold with a loss, like it has always been, they would’ve been much more powerful than they are now (the PS3 was sold with a several hundred dollars loss.)
        But it seems everyone, or at least PC fanboys, pretend that PCs have always been more powerful.

  • beavermatic

    Yeah I’ve been playing it on pc. It sucks. So much hype.. so little wow.

    With all the marketing and preordering.. this may go down as the biggest flop ever. I’m expecting more reviews like this as this was my general opinion of the game as well.

    • Rixsta

      Ahh the leaked version with a back door virus and half the texture files missing, yeah it sucks, wow..

      • beavermatic

        Yes it does. Despite the mining virus which I knew about before installing it and removed prior to unpacking, the game just lacks anything it was promising. It’s a let down. Simple as that… and no texture pack is going to make it any better.

        Get over yourself.

        Accept that, quit being a raging fanboy, cancel your preorder and save your money.

        That is my best advice.

        • Rixsta

          Im no fanboy and you obviously haven’t read my posts, you don’t like the game, I do, nothing wrong with opinions, Get over yourself?… this coming from a guy that downloads pirate games, great for the gaming industry, well done.

          • beavermatic

            I pre-ordered it just like everyone else.

            Is it wrong to want to try before you buy? With so many crap games with review embargos… how do i know that if im spending $60 that it will be any different than just takimg that cash and flushing it down the toilet?

            Despite all the framerate issues (and that’s running it on sli’d 780ti’s with today’s 337.88 nvidia drivers)… it just feels subpar and lacking. Really bland. And it kind of feels old.

            Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

          • Roger Joseph

            I had to Login to say how Stupid that sounds, “Is it wrong to want to try before you buy?” YES, it’s actually illegal. Do you try your girlfriend before you meet her and ask her out. When you go to a restaurant, do you go to the back and sample all the food before ordering because “how do i know that if im spending $60″. Please everyone give this guy a prize for being idiot of the year. We can all chip in and buy him the other half of his common sense. You pay for what you get, you’re not entitled to try something before you buy. No one owes you anything, if you want it buy it. “Garbage Review”, I am not attacking you reviewer you might be a great person or amazing writer for other things but this review only covers 5-10% of anything relevant to the game. And mostly covers things we already knew or can be found online. “I” could have written this review back in December. I will see your post WDogs review if there is one.

          • beavermatic

            Jackass.

            You test drive a car before you buy it. At any restraunt worth a shit, you eat before you pay.

            Hell… you can try a woman out before you commit to anything. I know plenty of people that do.

            I’m not disagreeing that software piracy is bad… but I’m not agreeing to just blatantly waste money on something before you know it’s worth a shit.

            If they were so sure it was going to be a megahit… then why no demo? Why a review embargo?

            Because they want your money before you find out its crap. That’s it. End of story.

          • Roger Joseph

            “At any restraunt worth a shit, you eat before you pay.”; And you consider that trying your food ? Do you then get to walk out without paying if you don’t like it. Do you even know the meaning of the words you’re using. Don’t tell me you were trying out songs with Napster too. Only keeping the ones you liked. Same for the movies you own, those you are going to buy after you’ve tried them. If you don’t like some thing don’t buy it. If you buy it you assume all risk of the experience. I don’t like paying the insurance on my car or like paying for my mortgage but i do it. Paying for something does not mean you have to like it, why is gaming any different. You pay to experience the game, if it sucks give it to a friend or gamestop and don’t buy anything from that publisher.

          • james

            Runs awesome on my 760. You’re doing it wrong

          • twg23

            I agree with beavermatic and I have it on ps4.

  • Nick Evans

    So basically the reviewer claims that there are no differences between the PS3 and PS4 versions minus some superior physics on the next gen machine. So the fact that the PS4 version is being rendered at 1080p and the PS3 version is not makes no difference at all on how clear everything looks in comparison? The better lighting and aliasing does nothing too? It must be some sort of magic..

    • Rixsta

      PS4 is 900p Nick…

      • Nick Evans

        my apologies. And what’s the PS3 – is it even native 720?

        • Rixsta

          Nick, I have no idea, never looked into it, sorry…

      • Roger Joseph

        900p upscaled to 1080p, similar to the Xbox one 720p upscaled to 1080p. You will notice last gen and this Gen all games run in 1080p in the connection to the TV it gets upscaled before being displayed. The benefit is the more data you have on hand before the upscaler the better the picture once it’s “blown up”.

  • Jimhad

    The tutorial was not bad, bit too linear for my liking, but the reviewer has a point.
    Feels like something is missing and is a disappointment to this ‘next gen’ bandwagon everyone is riding.

  • Gunnar Guinnip

    The game hasn’t even come out yet, besides this is a one person opinion. I think we should wait until an IGN review comes in. Then we will all know. Besides even if it’s not as good as GTA5 that’s still not going too stop people from buying it. And it already broke the pre sale record. So like it or not, at this rate, it will be getting more sales than any other game in history, including GTA5.

    • twg23

      LOL IGN….

  • Adam Acuo

    Ouch is right! Waiting for this to drop down to the $40 mark on Steam before I consider it – it’s just not a full price day one launch type of game for me. Will be interesting to see how the embargoed sites rate it – Ubisoft has been tossing the money and the favors out to them and that has to have an impact.

    • MaverickReturns

      They’ve been offering a lot of things, but most have turned those things down… either way, I’m waiting for Angry Joe or TB to give a review on this before considering.

  • Tubey84

    This is a major release and one where any website that breaks embargo will generate a lot of views fairly quickly and thus gain a lot of attention. So you’ve chosen to break that embargo (whether you signed up to it or not, all “serious” review sites are respecting it knowing you basically make yourself a pariah if you don’t). But you know what, fair enough, that’s your choice, good luck to you.

    What I don’t understand however is that you choose to make a major decision like that, then release a really, really poor review – not in terms of your opinion of the game, but in terms of structure and content. Amazingly, you haven’t chosen to review the game – instead, you’ve cobbled together pre-existing info that could be ascertained from a YouTube gameplay clip. You’re talking in generals, using phrases like “decent enough”, “average” etc. to stay vague. You critique the hacking system, but don’t give any examples as to why it’s poor or gimmicky. You give absolutely no personal experiences of gameplay in any of the above.

    I’m not going to go as far as to say you haven’t played it, as you may have done, and I’m not a fan boy for this game, just a mildly interested observer. And I don’t think it’s an overly negative review just to get attention, although I must admit I’m astounded by the lack of focus on anything positive whatsoever. But what I will say is that you’ve opened the door wide for criticism. Whoever your editor is, if you’re reading this, I’d really be annoyed if I were you if a reviewer came to me with a six paragraph snoozefest of vagaries when reviewing the biggest AAA title of the new generation of consoles and the most hyped game in the last three years. It reeks of amateurism and people aren’t going to take what you say seriously if you haven’t had the foresight to put together a comprehensive opinion.

    • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

      We haven’t been informed of any embargo by Ubisoft, haven’t signed one, have no reason to adhere to one. What other sites do is their business. When we are subject to embargoes for releases, we stick to them.

      • Tubey84

        I understand that, but I think most sites are at the very least passively aware of it and are choosing to informally stick to it. As I said, I have no problems whatsoever with you doing it, as I believe people SHOULD have access to reviews prior to release, especially if the games publishers are using a pre-order model. My issue is solely regarding the quality of the review itself – for example, the reason I clicked this is due to a passive interest as I’m buying this game for my younger brother who has bought into the hype. I’m old enough to have seen hyped up blockbuster titles fall on their backsides since ET for the Atari, so not surprised or one bit upset by the negative nature of the review.

        But the review itself doesn’t do what I as a reader wanted it to do – I wanted the in-depth opinion of someone who has played the game extensively and then detailed what he’s done and his thoughts about the experience. I don’t think this has been achieved here, and I don’t like saying that as I respect that you’ve taken the time to do it, but I just felt like giving a bit of even-handed feedback on it while I had a spare hour! :)

        • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

          That’s fair opinion and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

          • KingRell25

            You guys a very vague group of ppl huh.

      • Spare Unicorn

        Shhh. You are not the Cool One.

    • Day one gamer

      What I find astounding is the last part where the reviewer encourages readers to “[return] to the much more impressive and immersive GTA V [rather than play WD].” It’s one thing to compare two similar games, it’s another to encourage playing another game rather than the one in review. I find this a bit suspicious.

  • yudhistir

    I havent played the game yet, but if a Review has another games name more than once, then it is clear that the Review is not to be trusted as all it is doing is Comparing the Game and NOT Reviewing what the Game really is. That said, I know GTA is amazing and Rockstar is Great, but Ubisoft aint no pushover, they have delivered more varied and more successful games than Rockstar, Ubisoft delivers Quality and Variety and is NOT Afraid to give gamers something New by taking risks, Compared to Ubisoft Rockstar is a coward because Rockstar pretty much has only 1 game, GTA, revised over and over again, Oops, now even I started Comparing, My Bad

    • Lc32489

      I agree with most of what you said bout the review comparing WD to GTA but I have to disagree that they haven’t tried something new they did publish LA Noire which is a really different idea and a cool game and I don’t know of another game like Red dead Redemption. So they have tried new although it would be nice to add to those franchises rather than another GTA. Not knocking GTA it’s a great franchise but they do have more to work with.

      • Day one gamer

        “I don’t know of another game like Red dead Redemption.” Gun.

  • Mike Chambers

    I actually disagree to some extent. I’ve been playing the PC version for the last 3 days, and while it clearly falls short of the hype that surrounded it… I’ve been having a BLAST playing through the missions. As you say, I’m not dying to know what happens next story-wise, but the missions themselves are usually so damn fun and creative that I just can’t stop. The side missions do suck though.

    • Lc32489

      I haven’t played watch dogs yet so i can’t say whether I agree or disagree with this review I’m also getting it on ps3 not ps4 anyway. However I have to say I though I was the only one who was not all that impressed with GTA V glad to know I’m not. I will admit as far as the main missions go I though the gameplay was much improved from gta iv but the game lacked the proper side content to me. I wasn’t crazy bout the bike riding the races were no challenge and tennis is not really my idea of side content while I do agree it was nice idea. I played through the story and traded it in. Oh and maybe it was just me but I did not like the flying mechanics for helicopters. I nearly broke my controller on one mission it was required. Maybe if it comes out with more content on the ps4 or X1 or even the pc I will try again.

      Still thanks for pointing out that the missions are can be fun and creative in watch dogs really like hearing that. The story sounded average to me from the story trailer so the gameplay is what I am getting it for anyway.

    • ROOT GUT

      You wouldn’t be a shill would you? OR fat guy on you tube?

  • Craig Osborne

    Nothing in this “review” really even goes into detail and reads more like someone who watched a bunch of trailers (and there are quite a few for WD).

  • kordy6

    the reason the other sites are not breaking the embargo is because ubisoft does not want all the terrible scores for this game out before release
    i picked up game 3 hours ago and its an absolute disgrace.
    on ps4, crap graphics and clunky gameplay
    ubisoft over promised and seriously under delivered
    i am a very very dissapointed gamer right now.
    the graphics when driving are ps2 quality graphics

  • http://z13.invisionfree.com/XboxLeague/index.php Zeraphim24

    I wish i didn’t get my hopes so high about this game, but the delay basically killed the hype for me anyway. :P Can someone atleast tell me all the positive things about this game so i can decide whether to get this game or not? Thanks.

    • Rixsta

      I wrote a small mini review somewhere in the comments, like 3 hours ago, it’s my personal opinion so bare that in mind…I’m actually shocked at the negative comments it has had, there is a real hate for the game, I really enjoyed my time with it. Someone compared the PS4 version when driving to PS2 graphics, madness..

  • Mike

    So this game would be better if it were GTA V? What about a comparison to saints row or infamous or dead rising.? Your pitting it against the heavyweight champion of sandbox open world games, which I expected it to be inferior to GTA. How were you surprised?

  • Patrick

    Well no surprises here. If you (can stand) listening to Creative Director Jonathan Morin’s voice you can thank him for the annoying voice they put on the main character.

  • DJKrispyK

    Glad I never got too overly hyped about the game. I do plan on buying it though just so I have a game to play on my Xbox One. I had to go back to 360 since I can only take so much Battlefield at once. Hopefully this can satisfy until the next wave of next gen titles come out.

  • javabean

    I’d hate to see what you would do talking to the voice actor IRL. Smh, let’s get angry about one aspect of the game and let it ruin everything about it. You want an overhyped game that didn’t deliver in any way, look at titanfall.

    • tallPudding

      I still like titanfall… lol :P but this review is just… not good. That’s my opinion and I’m stickin to it!

    • Nathan O

      Sometimes I wish that Titanfall was a multiplat game so it could be recognized for what it is. The most refreshing and innovative FPS made to date. The only thing that holds this game back are the SonyDrones who work their ass off to undersell it when they likely haven’t played.

  • Bryan

    I think the reviews tomorrow will net 7.6-8.9 honestly. However all of these early reviews are super vague. I’d be less shocked to come to one and review the whole plot laid out just for fun of it. Your review may be correct, but for posting it I imagine you are trying to help inform future consumers about their purchase. It failed. I could have typed this up and haven’t played a second of the game.

    • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

      That’s what I feel is exactly what happened. completely vague review that could have been written with out playing a second of the game. sit there and compare it to a game they feel reminds them of watch dogs, which is gta. such a pathetic attempt at 5 minutes of fame. pure clickbait garbage.

  • Rixsta

    A lot of the reviews have already been typed up and will be posted midnight or just after

  • Kyle Ottenbreit

    This review is garbage. Respectable gaming websites (ign, gamespot) have not even released their reviews yet as the embargo is not lifted until midnight. Until then, enjoying read this nonsense if you must

    • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

      Maybe you should wait for those other reviews. You’re talking like you know they’re all going to be glowing. Or are you just that desperate for this game to be good that you’re willing to make a fool out of yourself disagreeing with a review of a game you haven’t even played?

      • Kyle Ottenbreit

        I’ll wait for respectable professional websites who follow embargos to review a game. If they say the game is worth playing then I will play it. If they say it’s no good, then I won’t. However, what I certainly will not do is trust the opinion of a website who posts reviews whenever they want, does not follow embargos and has a moderator who feels it neccessary to personally attack who making perfectly accurate comments.

        • http://flickeringmyth.blogspot.com Flickering Myth

          Like we’ve said countless times already, we don’t have to follow the embargo, because we weren’t sent a review copy of the game, so did not agree to any embargo, or even know there was one. So we haven’t broken anything. Ask Ubisoft, if you don’t believe me.

          Your comment isn’t perfectly accurate, it’s based on pure speculation that you think the game is going to be good and therefore this review is “garbage” and “nonsense”. If you’re going to leave comments like that, you’re going to get the same in return.

          And frankly, I couldn’t care less whether you play the game or not, that’s your business. If you do, I hope you like it. But all you have to do is glance over the comments here to see we’re not the only ones disappointed by the game, and that’s just something you’re going to have to accept.

      • Kyle Ottenbreit

        I don’t imagine this website will be receiving early release games any more if you continue to release reviews before they are authorized

    • Jose Barajas

      This review does bring up good points. I’ve only watched a couple hours of lets plays on youtube and everything the review says is accurate. Except I would disagree about the voice acting, I think it’s pretty bad. But it really isn’t the next gen experience that was promised at E3. While it does look good on pc with maxed out settings, it still looks bright and average. The original E3 gameplay made the game look dark and dingy and was just awesome. But the gameplay is quite average as well. The stealth is broken. You can easily just crouch and walk behind guards and slip right by. All the open world stuff you can do looks like GTA did it better. The driving physics make no sense. Your cars are like tanks. You can run into cars head on and there will be barely any damage, yet if you’re in a police chase and they ram you just twice, your car will be smoking and look like it’s about to blow up. Makes no sense.

      And again, the voice acting is pretty bad. Aiden’s character sounds like he’s definitely channeling solid snake. His grimacing nasally voice gets annoying after a while because that’s all he sounds like, no matter what’s going on, there’s no other range besides that raspy nasally voice. And he basically narrates the game and what he has to do in third person, it just doesn’t make sense. Why would someone talk to themselves as much he does, it’s so annoying. From the simplest things to the end of the missions he’s like “Hmm, seems like I have to hack this box to the open door…. Good, Now that that’s open, let’s try and hack into this system. Alright I got it, now I just have find this guy and interrogate him. You better get going Aiden.”

      Speaking of the hacking, it’s all a gimmick. You can hack pretty much everything and it begs the question, why is any city set up all to one grid? You can literally hack anything with the press of a button and it makes me think, why are these guys just fucking with city infrastructure when, as smart and capable as they seem to be in the game, they could easily do much more damage nationally and globally than be in stupid hacking wars with random hackers around the city. I guess maybe this question will be answered by the end of the game but just after watching the few hours I did, I became bored and I do not care at all to finish

      • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

        You’re a moron.

        • Jose Barajas

          watch the videos man and if you are entertained by this gameplay, then you probably bought the nextgen consoles when they came out and have had nothing to play since

  • Jose Barajas

    The graphics maxed out on pc do look awesome, but it wasn’t the next gen experience like what was shown at E3, they just simply look good. Other than that, this game looks incredibly average, like the reviewer said. I’ve seen about a couple hours of a lets play and it already looks boring. If a game can’t grab me with a few hours, it never will. The voice acting is horrible. It sounds like a cheesy written script with people acting so nonchalant and charismatic for no reason. It just doesn’t match the game. That asian dude who is Aiden’s partner is someone from a shitty B list action movie. And I definitely agree they tried to make Aiden like Solid Snake, thank you for pointing that out because I knew I knew his vocal style somewhereand I couldn’t pinpoint it. Now all I can see is a Snake wannabe.

    I hate how he talks to himself all the fucking time. He often refers to himself in the third person as well. I mean the dialogue gets bad enough during conversations, especially when you’re driving in a car crashing into things and causing a ruckus, the dialogue keeps going. At least in GTAV the dialogue stops for a few seconds if you crash into something and the character involved will acknowledge it. In watch dogs, the conversations keep going on as calmly as possible.

    The hacking isn’t special and makes no sense. The more I see it in gameplay, the more I question why downtown Chicago’s infrastructure is setup to the same operating system. I understand the point of the game and it being in the near future that having everything controlled electronically is a possible scenario, but the way this game makes hacking seem so easy that with a press a button you can seriously fuck shit up, why isn’t the world in trouble? It seems someone with the skill set of Aiden could seriously damage national banks and fuck things up around the world, and I know he doesn’t because that’s not what his character is, and maybe the end boss is really turns into Aiden trying to stop a global threat after he gets revenge, but come on. These hackers seem to be capable of much more than messing with traffic lights and blowing up electrical boxes.

    This game gradually makes less and less sense as you go on

  • Jesse

    What disappointed me the most about this game is the entire look. the physics engine, the graphics, the character models, everything looks last gen… it was made for 360 & Ps3 and then moderately upscalle and moderatly improved where cost effective for X1 & Ps4… this is not a Next Gen game, it’s a nice last gen title which got upgraded slightly… in fact, the Tomb Raider game that came out early in the year looked better then this thing does. it looks NOTHING or plays NOTHING like the 2013 e3 trailer showed it to look.

  • thezen

    Wow did not have any positives about the game. I guess open-world, choose the way you play is not for this reviewer. Surprisingly COD does the same thing year after year and gets high grades over and over. Sadly, the gaming industry has turned into nothing more than a Hollywood carbon-copy. If you pay we will say whatever you want and fear consumes most to speak what is really on their minds as opposed to saying things to shake up the pot.

  • William Kinkaid

    Andy while I’m not the biggest fan of early reviews whether there was an embargo or not … You made some really good and valid points. Good job on the review.

  • Nicky Larson

    I have to disagree also with this review. I’ve been playing for about 10 hours so far and the negatives are as follows:
    The worst thing about the game is the handling of the cars. It is not good, it’s tricky not to swerve around all over the place. The side missions can be a bit repetitive after a while and not worth doing once you’ve unlocked the upgrades from doing them. The track list is ok although no where near as good as gta v and there aren’t many songs.

    Some of the mini games are cool, I find them better than the mini games in gta v. The hacking is easy but a lot of fun. I like the combat and character movements better than in GTA V as well, running/jumping/taking cover/hacking all feels very fluid and the game has brilliant rag-doll physics and car crash physics. Explosions look great. The enemy A.I is also good as far as I can tell (minus a couple of buggy moments I experienced). The game is fairly easy although that’s not much of a bother as the gameplay is fun and I like the fact that you die easily when you get shot, so can’t just run and gun your way through stages. You still have to think and plan.
    I’ve got it maxed out on PC and I have to say that graphically, this is the first time I’ve felt like I’m playing a next gen game. The graphics are miles ahead of gta v from a technical point of view. Textures, lighting, water and polygons are all very pretty. I was worried that it was going to be downgraded, but it does not seem to be, although for some reason I think the quality of his face has been slightly downgraded from what we saw at e3? I’ve heard people say that it looked better at night and not so good during the day. I have to disagree though I think it still looks very good during the day even though the rain at night looks amazing. I think we all agree GTa V is unbeatable when it comes to art direction, although watch dogs does an incredibly good job at it. the city is packed with detail and brought to life with stuff to see and do all over the place. A lot of random people all doing their own thing with their own voices and dialog. This is where most games like this (besides gta v) fail and watch dogs is the first game to successfully bring a city to life like this with the right feel and atmosphere. Much more so than saint row 4. Although the map isn’t as big as gta v and does not have any rural areas or country side, the city itself has so much going for it and so much variety that it didn’t bother me at all. Every part of the city felt different depending on where I was. I think that pretty much covers it all. So far from what I’ve played I’d give it a 9/10, this score could still go up or down depending on how good the main story missions are as I’ve stuck mostly to doing the side missions and mini games. I’m still near the beginning of main story line even though I’ve put in 10 hours.

  • Propat

    This was just a long rant that is sucking GTA 5′s dick, i’m sorry but this review is shit!

    • Frank Black

      This review is a lot less shit than the so called game called Watchdogs. Should rename it Watchturds, that’s how shit it is. I had more fun reading this review than I did playing 2 hours of this broken game.

  • SGT-AJV

    I don’t care what anyone says, I’m getting mine tomorrow, and sure as hell my first few hours will be spent sitting on a bench In the game, Just changing the traffic lights causing accidents.

  • http://Ign.com/ Tactica1

    I think I will wait for the professionals to weigh in.

  • Carlo

    Seems pretty valid to me. I myself have absolutely zero interest in playing a ‘hacker’. What a foolish basis for a game. Of all the idea’s to invest millions of dollars into, this seems like a total waste of human resources, labor, and energy. All but a scant few games thus far have anything remotely close to what I’d been lead to expect for so called ‘next gen’. This is just another example of the let down I’ve come to expect, and because I expect it I’m no longer let down by the ‘look’ of any of the new games…including this one, which I have zero interest in purchasing due to it’s core theme. As far as how the article suggests that the game kind of forces you to be always online…it seems that this is a model that is popping up more and more frequently . I myself don’t play games in online mode, and much prefer solo play for a handful of reasons.

    As far as how the article suggests the game to be lackluster in terms of making you ‘feel’ connected enough to develop the sensation of a ‘vested interest’ in character and story, well, no surprise there, very few game manage to succeed at that, only once in a few years does a game come along that does that for me. That’s the way its always been, for me at least, and I’ve been playing for 20 years now. But I wish them success with the game. I appreciate those who at least attempt to do something new…even if I myself have no interest in their version of ‘new’.

    • Guest

      In my opinion you are foolish for basing everything that you said on what you have read and seen. You call the basis foolish, and you go so far as to say that it is a total waste of human resources when you haven not even played the game. You feel that you may not enjoy the game based on its core theme, but do not be so ignorant and to support what this article says when you yourself do not even have anything to base your opinion on but assumptions. That alone is foolish.

      • Carlo

        If you notice I also said that I hope the game does well, at least well enough to recoup the investment. You have your opinion, I have mine. I in fact did play the game for bit on my neighbors console. I’m a pc gamer myself, but two of my neighbors are console guys. I myself found the handheld hacking device to be a poor / cheap gimmick. In my op, if yur into ‘hacking’, then go and learn how to do it for real. Again, in my op, to center a game around a magic device that allows you to be some kind of ‘god’ is a cheap gimmick.

        A heck of a lot of energy, time, and resources went into this AAA title, and to me, I think they might have accomplished a superior game IF they had devised a more gripping or more complex means to ‘hacking’. As far as the graphics go, they’re a let down compared to what they showed us was going to be the case. But like I said, this tactic seems to be on the rise lately, so it really didn’t surprise me.

        The basis for my opinion, is my own experience playing games. Granted, I may be somewhat particular compared to many, but hey, if I’m asked to shell out $60 plus for a game, I damned well have the right to be picky. On the other hand, if a company asks me for $35, and the game is sub-par, then it doesn’t sting the same. So the way I see it is this : Ok, ask me for $60 for your game, but DO WHAT IT TAKES at YOUR end to give me a product that MEETS YOUR hype. Only a few games come along which are really well done and which I find myself playing for literally hundreds of hours. This is not one of those games. Not even close. I stand by what I said.

  • twg23

    a 10 out of 10 I really hope you are joking.

    • Softballumpire

      every has a right to there opinion and review rather you agree or not.

    • Falcon D. Stormvoice

      So you hope that there’s one less good game in the world? Sounds like a very sad person.

    • Falcon D. Stormvoice

      So you hope that there’s one less good game in the world? Sounds like a very sad person.

      • twg23

        No I have already been playing this and it is very far from a 10.

      • twg23

        No I have already been playing this and it is very far from a 10.

        • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

          well yes,because right now I have unlocked most of the skills and im having super fun doing all kinds of things.this game is a solid 9-10 in my opinion.one of the best open world experience definitely.

          • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

            The reviews are online.I told you guys that its a solid 9-10 in my opinion and I think most of the reviewers agree with me.Blacking out an entire city makes me feel like such a badass.

        • Falcon D. Stormvoice

          It’s got a 10/10 review elsewhere.

          • HolyFranchiseBatman!

            Where?

          • Falcon D. Stormvoice

            USgamer.

          • twg23

            LOL out of over 80….

          • Falcon D. Stormvoice

            Most of which are also quite high. The game is good, maybe it’s just not your thing.

  • Haytham Kenway

    After playing this game for 12 hours I can agree with everything this review said. Aiden’s voice becomes very annoying after a short while, the city is completely lifeless with nothing to do but the same side missions again and again. The hacking becomes boring after a while and the gunplay is really clunky compared to games such as GTA The driving is what buried the game is what buried the game in the coffin for me. It is the worst driving I have ever had to experience in open world games.

  • Matt Jolly

    Reading this review I was thinking ‘oh oh’ but then looking at the comments I now have no idea whether to get this game or not, aye, cheers! :P

  • Softballumpire

    this guy can make any game sound boring. I mean the game was freaking made for 360/ps3 common wake the hell up. and anyone a moron to believe those graphics shouldn’t be buying video games in first place

  • secher nbiw

    The more I hear about this, the more disappointed I am.

  • No

    This review didn’t teach me anything about the game. The only thing I learned from this review was that GTA V is good.

  • Joyce Chu

    To me, this review is irrelevant & hasn’t informed me with anything I don’t already know. It all comes down to Rockstar vs Ubisoft. It just boggles my mind that people were actually thinking WD would have a remote chance of matching GTA5′s quality, scale, detail, fine tuned game mechanics with impeccable precision, immersion, replay value, state of the art emphasis on money & all the little yet crucial elements people apparently don’t see. Mark my words, when the “real” reviews are in, there won’t be any higher scores than GTA 5, no multiple GOTY awards like GTA 5 & definitely no record breaking sales like GTA 5 so in comparison, this game will fail.

  • Rixsta

    That’s me done here, troll fest, full of haters, frickin asshats….

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    From what i have seen I expected higher. i had my doubts seems like MK8 is the best game on May 2014.

    • Volfos

      Is it weird I view them both as June games because that is when the bulky first surges of their actually being played seems likely to happen?

      I saw ‘first surges’ because Open World games tend to have non-retro activity life-spans for a single consumer of 3-5 years and Mario Kart tend to have it at 5-8.

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        I see what are you saying and most right but take note Mario Kart comes on handhelds too. Great game I am picking up my copy watch dogs now can’t wait. Hope it is good.

        • Volfos

          I’d still be more likely to play multi-player on the console and use my Super-3DS-U version as a way to avoid boredom, though I’m open to the possibility that I’m the exception.

  • barnwaz

    I think the need to keep comparing this game to GTA is completely unnecessary. Why can’t a game just be reviewed as it’s own game. Why do you need to compare it to another. All it does is just make you seen very one sided.

    • mattc2310

      Right?… Totally fair to compare a brand new IP to one of the most popular games of all time.. :/

    • mattc2310

      Right?… Totally fair to compare a brand new IP to one of the most popular games of all time.. :/

      • barnwaz

        Yeah, but honestly this game still has unique things that GTA doesn’t. So I’m buying it regardless.

        • Frank Black

          One of this games unique features that gta doesn’t have is getting stuck in walls and having to reset.

  • Arcendus

    Maybe this article is honest, who knows. Whether they “signed” the embargo or not the fact remains they broke the embargo (after all, I never signed anything saying “I won’t run around the streets naked” but there is a rule saying I can’t do that). Clearly, based on that, along with their being around for a supposed 5 years (I’ve never heard of this place before now [nice work on the click-baiting]), Flickering Myth simply has no integrity. I don’t say that because I hope this article is wrong, or because I refuse to believe anything I disagree with for good reason or no reason at all, but because they posted this article and broke the very simple embargo. I’m sure their excuse is something along the lines of “we didn’t assign a value to the score so technically we didn’t break it” but that reeks of desperation. In any case, this article caught my attention, yes, but I will be making a conscious effort to ignore their articles from now on and I would recommend you all do the same.

    • h33

      It is the same as any other type of NDA it doesn’t apply if you haven’t signed it and any site with any real integrity wouldn’t in the first place. Once someone agreed to the terms to get it early then their prime concern is making sure they don’t annoy the Publisher or they won’t get the same privilege next time. That is why the metacritic average is 70 and the highest rated publisher is EA. They are all liars the mainstream Western journalists. (The same cannot be said about the Japanese).

    • h33

      It is the same as any other type of NDA it doesn’t apply if you haven’t signed it and any site with any real integrity wouldn’t in the first place. Once someone agreed to the terms to get it early then their prime concern is making sure they don’t annoy the Publisher or they won’t get the same privilege next time. That is why the metacritic average is 70 and the highest rated publisher is EA. They are all liars the mainstream Western journalists. (The same cannot be said about the Japanese).

    • Volfos

      Speaking as someone hoping to break into indie game design soon (got an android project in Unity)… it makes me SICK that large companies use any such “embargo” to out-right ban early reviews. If you want to safe-guard unlock-able features for something like Smash Bros then it barely passes my moral inspection (unlockables aren’t the whole game); but for games like Watch_Dogs and Sonic Lost World its PURELY to ensure that they don’t get cancelled pre-orders for a game they fucked up.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      Why don’t you ask Ubisoft if we’ve broken an embargo? They’ll tell you the same thing – we haven’t. You’re only subject to an embargo if Ubisoft has supplied a copy of the game, which they haven’t. So, get over it – we didn’t break any embargo, and if this was click bait it would need a title along the lines of “WATCH DOGS IS RUBBISH!” It doesn’t. If the review was glowing, you’d not be accusing us of click baiting. In other words, you haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about.

  • Mike

    HAHA why are you comparing to GTA? This is a completely different game. Terrible review. (If you call it that)

    • Terrorantula

      Completely different? What is Watch Dogs not an open world game that follows the same structure and tries to gimmick real life? To me they look very similar… in fact if someone said to me “I like GTA V, what game would you recommend that I get?” I’d say Watch Dogs…

      Hardly like comparing the game to Mario Kart or something.

    • Terrorantula

      Completely different? What is Watch Dogs not an open world game that follows the same structure and tries to gimmick real life? To me they look very similar… in fact if someone said to me “I like GTA V, what game would you recommend that I get?” I’d say Watch Dogs…

      Hardly like comparing the game to Mario Kart or something.

  • Craig Muldoon

    Much of the negative talk seems to be in relation to buyers remorse for the next gen consoles and what they think they were promised. The PC version will hopefully be a good experience and it won’t have some crazy ‘next-gen’ expectation attached to it. I have no problem with the ‘revenge’ storyline, it is regularly used but often still enjoyable if you let it. Maybe comparing this to GTAV will be relevant when it is actually released for the PC.

  • Craig Muldoon

    Much of the negative talk seems to be in relation to buyers remorse for the next gen consoles and what they think they were promised. The PC version will hopefully be a good experience and it won’t have some crazy ‘next-gen’ expectation attached to it. I have no problem with the ‘revenge’ storyline, it is regularly used but often still enjoyable if you let it. Maybe comparing this to GTAV will be relevant when it is actually released for the PC.

  • SC0TTYD00

    Hmm, this doesn’t surprise me. I heard this from people who had play tested the game. I also thought it was suspicious that they banned all reviews until release day. They did a similar thing with Ryse of Rome (Good graphics, but average game). I will read more reviews and get more opinions.

  • SC0TTYD00

    Hmm, this doesn’t surprise me. I heard this from people who had play tested the game. I also thought it was suspicious that they banned all reviews until release day. They did a similar thing with Ryse of Rome (Good graphics, but average game). I will read more reviews and get more opinions.

  • Ryumoau

    It looks like this game will only be a redbox rental for me.

  • Ryumoau

    It looks like this game will only be a redbox rental for me.

  • kaos hob

    you cant even customize the cars… this games is terrible … n the soundtrack sucks… ur better off pkaying gta v anyday

  • kaos hob

    you cant even customize the cars… this games is terrible … n the soundtrack sucks… ur better off pkaying gta v anyday

  • Kurt

    So many internet hipsters who want to be different by calling GTA 5 average.

  • Kurt

    So many internet hipsters who want to be different by calling GTA 5 average.

  • Tbob

    Played this yesterday on PC, was not impressed, I agree 100% with the review.

  • Tbob

    Played this yesterday on PC, was not impressed, I agree 100% with the review.

  • pie

    On the PS4, it plays really well, with an amazing and large world filled with people THAT ARE NOT ROBOTS. GTA V is a good game, but (in my opinion), Watch Dogs is better.

    • AC

      After finishing GTAV 2 days ago (second time round), and playing Watch dogs a good 10 hours so far. Watch Dogs is not even close to GTAV

  • Joshua

    That’s your own opinion, I myself have seen youtubers play the game and I think it looks pretty good but that’s just my opinion the game could be good or bad it depends on the person. The best reviewer to trust is yourself.

  • Frank

    I think it was trying to hard to be like another GTA Game, I think we should leave open world games to the pro’s at Rockstar. I was having so much high expectation for this game and it seems like it failed, good thing i didn’t buy it yet but i will also check the official reviews at IGN to see what they say.

  • Josh Geary

    I have the Watch Dogs Limited Edited for Playstation 4 and the Watch Dogs Collectors Edition Official Game Guide pre-ordered and I also plan on getting the Season Pass. So that will be over $170 put into this game for everything. Is it worth it? Is the game really not that good? How is the replay value and multiplayer?

    • ROOT GUT

      I’ve played this for 3 days now on my PC rig. I don’t really know how GTA5 looks as its not out on PC but Watch Dogs is BORING. The entire mechanic of “Hacking” feels like a CHORE – not some challenging game mechanic. Hacking through Security Cameras and sneaking around in cover is laborious, become tedious after the first 15 minutes, and the gameplay is unsettling. Walking around, looking at every person, seeing the money the make a year, what they do for a living, and some DIRT on their private life is not pleasurable but off putting. NO WAY anyone over the age of 18 plays this game for fun after forcing themselves through the first play through. This is a failed rip off of GTA 4 – I’m sure it doesn’t touch the last gen console release of the fifth. This game sucks and it will fail/ Should cost $20 and be a online DLC one time indy purchase.

      • Josh Geary

        Thanks for the honest review. I’ll probably still get the game because there aren’t many titles out for the PlayStation 4 at the moment. Hopefully the game is somewhat descent and fun. Again, thanks and good day to you!

    • don

      lol you spent 170 on this.. and for ps4. Man you got ripped

      • Josh Geary

        Is the game really that bad?!

    • Frank Black

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

      They saw you coming mate, you deserve to be mugged.

    • Frank Black

      Sorry mate, I can’t stop laughing at how much of a sucker you are, you got trolled by Ubisoft.

  • ClickBaitPolice

    Effective Click Bait = me i am here

  • threadysparrow .

    you are a faggot and I want you to blow me

  • ROOT GUT

    I’ve played this for 3 days now on my PC rig. I don’t really know how GTA5 looks as its not out on PC but Watch Dogs is BORING. The entire mechanic of “Hacking” feels like a CHORE – not some challenging game mechanic. Hacking through Security Cameras and sneaking around in cover is laborious, become tedious after the first 15 minutes, and the game play is unsettling. Walking around, looking at every person, seeing the money the make a year, what they do for a living, and some DIRT on their private life is not pleasurable but off putting. NO WAY anyone over gthe age of 18 plays this game for fun after forcing themselves through the first play through. This is a failed rip off of GTA 4 – I’m sure it doesn’t touch the last gen console release of the fifth. This game sucks and it will fail/ Should cost $20 and be a online DLC one time indy purchase.

  • gabe newell

    lol no hat market ok lame

  • ROOT GUT

    I’ve played this for 3 days now on my PC rig. I don’t really know how GTA5 looks as its not out on PC but Watch Dogs is BORING. The entire mechanic of “Hacking” feels like a CHORE – not some challenging game mechanic. Hacking through Security Cameras and sneaking around in cover is laborious, become tedious after the first 15 minutes, and the gameplay is unsettling. Walking around, looking at every person, seeing the money the make a year, what they do for a living, and some DIRT on their private life is not pleasurable but off putting. NO WAY anyone over the age of 18 plays this game for fun after forcing themselves through the first play through. This is a failed rip off of GTA 4 – I’m sure it doesn’t touch the last gen console release of the fifth. This game sucks and it will fail/ Should cost $20 and be a online DLC one time indy purchase.

  • yo

    Who remembers the hacking in some of the ratchet and clank games. They were fun!

  • Pakesso

    So, Ubisoft should have taken another 2 or 3 years to finish this game? You’re all comparing this game to a game that took 5 years and what, over $500,000,000 to make? Seriously…

  • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

    This entire review Is so vague, it could have been written by someone who hasn’t played one minute of this this game. All they did was make comparisons to a game known to be the same type of game with gta 5… and say some random stupid crap.

    This entire article amounts to nothing more than a pathetic unknown website looking for 5 minutes of fame while the embargo is still up. nothing but pathetic click bait. have fun with your one and only article that will have more than 5 comments. morons.

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      Well, all you need to do is click that little community button at the top of this Disqus box and you’ll see we have plenty of articles with more than five comments. Moron.

    • Frank Black

      Buthhurt fanboy

  • travis

    so glad I didn’t buy into the hype

  • Hates bad writers.

    Finally, people willing to call the game out on it’s shit. All hail integrity.

  • John Doe

    This game doesn’t hold a candle to Gta 4 let alone 5 , overhyped , arcade style driving with almost zero psysics. the hype train finally crashed

  • Joe

    Gta 5 is better in every way.
    Watch Dogs gets old very fast. The gameplay is smooth and the hacking feature is nice but it lacks that feel to it that the Gta 5 world has. The hacking feature made us believe that we had endless possibilities in this game but really it is very limited in what you can use it for. Driving does feel very awkward also and the upgrade system in this is nothing special. The story is very boring. You never feel any sort of attachment to the main player which is where they should of focused on more. Buy Murdered Soul Suspect when it comes out. I bet it will be 10 times more engaging than this.

  • Brandon Davis

    is it time for gta vi yet

  • Simon Roberts

    After that E3 trailer i pre ordered a GAME, glad i never picked up!

  • Needle_tip

    Average game? It has a score of 85 on metacritic now…

    • HolyFranchiseBatman!

      So I guess that means this isn’t the only review that thinks Grand Theft Auto V is a much better game?

    • Joyce Chu

      GTA 5 has 97

  • Gerald Witt

    Lel. I am looking forward to playing this, but seriously, you are such an obvious shill. Who do you work for?

    • shanrehman_91@hotmail.com

      I don’t work for anybody my friend.I am just a 19 year old medical student from Pakistan:).

      • Spare Unicorn

        Reported. Racism.

      • Frank Black

        So the taxpayer bought this game for you then.

  • napoleon berroya

    You know what this reviews are the Problems here, whoever write this article is an incomepetent writer, btw STOP demoting Good Games like this.

    • Frank Black

      So he’s a bad writer because he expects a game of t least substantial quality?

  • Jack gooner

    I got the game a few days ago thanks to the torrent and was disappointed, it was a good game, but not near as good as it was supposed to be. But I’m pissed off by a bunch of people in the comments bad mouthing the review who have not even played the game. I got 25% way through in about 6 hours and despite the great story, I feel non-nonplussed by it all.

  • i’m always right

    All hype, no substance. Why are any of you retards surprised? That’s all any AAA game is these days. The corrupt and lazy devs put together a stunning video rendered on pc’s that cost around $10k and then use the old bait and switch tactic. Far Cry 3 did the same shit. Look it up and quit feeding the trolling game companies.

  • Jebby Deringer

    Ubisoft Montreal hasn’t made any good games but they have a great marketing team. All their games are hyped up, usually get good reviews, and the average gamer eats them up. The truth is though most of their games are repetitive and feel like a game in the way slot machines do. I like games that I can get lost in and not constantly reminded of the mechanics. Far Cry 3 for example became completely predictable after about 30 minutes of play. There were no surprises. All the missions played out exactly the same, all the random loot was predictable etc. They could have made the game 30 minutes long and you would have seen it all but instead they took 30 minutes of game play and extended it for hours. This is Ubisoft’s shtick.

  • moshe natanielov

    I own watch dogs for the ps4, I can honestly say everything in this article is 100% on point the game fell flat. The graphics down graded the gameplay nothing special, the hacking is very dull after the first hour and u get more done with your guns. The story makes no sense and feels rushed. Above all the graphics are crap crap crap on the ps4 ac4 graphics were a billion times better

  • Mathias Chartier

    I think that it would be fairly unreasonable to refer to as extremes. I think the hype was too high and people are doing what reviewers do… its either 5 stars or 1… But in truth i have played this game early, even if the graphics are indeed not what the trailer showed it is not bad, certainly not as bad as what people might refer to. Granted, i played on PC, and i found the graphics quite alright, there were impressive shadders and lighting effects, the water and rain was beautiful and the models were better than most games out there and i was not able to max them. If there was one thing that i could say that was bad is how poorly optimized it is, but that can come with patches and drivers updates

    Point being, it’s not as bad as the reviewers that were disappointed by it want to make you believe. They all say that its horrible and just bog standard because it didn’t meet the ultra high expectations, but nowadays what game does? When GTAV came out, I personally found it rather… okay. It had so many issues. This, i haven’t found any bug yet, it played superb even if i had to down the graphics a bit. I have had fun and it kept me relatively engaged. The story is not mass effect level but at the same time, its solid enough that it keeps you wondering and curious. This is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, its a good game… but its not an excellent game. If i were to grade it, it would be 8/10.

  • http://markcorder.com/ Mark Corder

    I received a free copy of this game for buying an EVGA vid-card and waited about two weeks for the launch-date, which was today (5-27-14). I’ve played it for about four hours now, and all I can really say is … “meh”. (** Note that I’m playing the PC version.)

    Yeah, it’s a basic vendetta game with the “hacker” twist, and that does somewhat raise it above the average FPS shooter – but I’m afraid that so far I find it more Frustrating than Fulfilling. I am not a noob at this stuff – I’ve been playing PC games since “Zork”, and after a few hours to get the hang of them, I can usually at least hold my own if not be an Ace. But there’s a major difference between “challenging” and “frustrating” – Challenging will keep me playing – Frustration will make me quit…

    … like I just did (for a while – I’m not giving up yet!), but I shut the game down so I could search for “Watch Dogs Driving Sucks Balls”, and I wound up here. Yes, I can confirm THAT! Arcade-driving is nothing new to me either – I can tear up a game like Need4Speed with just a keyboard – but the driving mechanics of this game are so sloppy that you can’t drive half-a-block without smashing into nearly everything in sight. So can’t you adjust this to suit you? Apparently not … it looks like you can spend some of you XP to improve your driving skills. But why? If your character is a thirty-ish male (who may have military training), why would he have to learn to drive? I understand that you may improve your skills in this area, but shouldn’t your character be able to AT LEAST drive “normally” – and not like Nick Nolte with a gut full of Jack Daniels?

    That’s what’s killing it for me – the whole driving SNAFU. I find the rest of it kinda cool (in a paranoid way … like “Enemy of the State”), but I almost hesitate to drive anything in the game because I know it’s going to be this rollerskating-in-an-ice-rink demolition derby trip, but it can’t be avoided in some parts of the game.

    I expect there to be patches to this game released soon, because obviously I’m not the only one who finds this aspect of it frustrating. And with no Quick Save option, when you get FIVE-SECONDS from finishing a level but blow-it somehow and have to go all the way back to the start – and listen to the same dialog over-and-over-and-over … it’s just Frustrating and NOT FUN!

  • greg178

    Received the game early for review. Completely disappointed
    and feel nothing but mislead. Long story cut very short, the review will not be
    published via our print, online and social mediums.

    For the reviewers who have scored this high, you have simply
    sold your soul.

  • LeeMinnie01

    While I agree that Watch_Dogs doesn’t live up to the hype Ubisoft themselves started, I don’t think it’s as bad as you make it sound.

    Bad points:

    Driving sucks – that’s true. It feels as if Aiden’s always drunk when he”s behind the wheel. Controller sensitivity differs from time to time even though you haven’t adjusted it.
    The environment doesn’t render as fast as you want it to, especially when you’re driving around town (for the PS3, at least. Any news about this on next-gen?)
    I can’t fckn punch people!!!!! All I can really do is either shoot at them, bump into them or jump at them. Aiden’s not a very violent person.
    (If they fixed these a tad bit, I’d pick Watch_Dogs over GTAV)

    Good points:

    The side missions are actually enjoyable! I haven’t played any of the main story missions yet and I’m having a blast just running around town and hacking people. Playing AR games, doing fixer contract missions, etc. I really enjoy listening to people’s conversations and tailing them, but that may just be. I’m a prier, after all.
    Graphics can be stunning at some parts (I can’t be the only one that enjoys the time lapse when you go to sleep?) but is okay most of the time, it’s not up to par with Uncharted 2/3 or GTA V but it’s perfect for the feel Watch_Dogs wants to have.
    HACKS, HACKS and HACKS! With the amount of things you could hack, car chases become enjoyable (besides the bad driving mechanics). Basically when someone’s chasing me I just hack every traffic light I pass through. Blockers are my favorite, tho ;)

    Imo, if GTAV and Watch_Dogs had a child, it’d be the best game ever.

  • Crusty

    I have never in all my years of gaming felt the need to post comment in a forum but this waste of disc space has left me a bitter man. If I could turn back time and save myself a hundred dollars I would, I cannot do that so even if I save one person the grief of feeling ripped off !! this post will of done its duty.
    The promises of next gen graphics and taking gaming to the next level sucked me right in and after playing my first few hours last night has spat me out feeling dazed and confused.
    I would consider selling the game but I have morals, and the possibility of the purchaser coming back and burning my house down is very realistic.
    This mislead chump inserted the gaming disc last night, hands are trembling, I cant believe it the game of the year is here !! 30 min goes by, its going to get better I say, it needs a bit more time to get going, 60 min rocks up………… I should of been filming my face but I can guarantee it looked like a dogs arse after a bad pork chop.
    Disappointed with the graphics ? yes. Feeling like I was playing GTA the original? (birds eye view) yes.
    Graphically this is not the same game I saw many months ago on an official gameplay release, this was the dreamcast version, hold up! the commodore 64 version that someone accidently put on an xbox one disc.
    I’m heading home soon, on the way I will buy a box of tissues, Im going to play this game again but this time I will be better prepared. Are the next Gen consoles here? yes, is this a next gen game no no no it isn’t.

  • David

    Not going to lie, the game is poo. Jumped on it yesterday for a few minutes, died and wasn’t tempted to in any way to start again. I gave the pad back to my brother and went upstairs :’) I was already in a cop chase when I took the pad, thinking. Right, driving! now this is something I’m good at in games. Everything I saw I crashed into, I’d see a car way ahead giving me enough time to think about how I am going to get around it and i’d somehow still hit it. After a few bumps the car totalled and I had to get out facing a horde of police officers that managed to swarm around me in a matter of seconds, despite getting quite far ahead of them. Bullets hit me from all directions and I died. That part didn’t bother me though, it was just that I couldn’t even get close to out of the way in a car. The mechanics are awful! I will say, however. This is the first game of its kind that Ubisoft have made, they don’t usually make open world games with cars, they make Assassins Creed and things like that. The combat system is most likely down to a T which I will explore later today but just like the GTA series (which has loads of experience in this Genre) they started out pretty bad. I mean. Come on, GTA 3 was shite, remember that? Vice City was shite but it had bikes then San Andreas blew us all away! Then GTA 4 was quite the downgrade with better graphics and GTA V was a polished version of that. I had a sneaky feeling this game wouldn’t be as good as it was made out to be, I guess there’s no excuse for the car mechanics given that all gaming companies should know what sort of gaming mechanics gamers are looking for these days and honestly, Watchdogs has driving that everyone doesn’t want. It’s almost like they took a list of what everyone wants in a driving game and another of what everyone don’t want and just titled them wrong before sending them out :’) I honestly can’t see how the driving actually passed when the game went through testing phase.

  • mrh112

    The game was a pile of s**t, not in itself but purely due to the hype built up around it. In honesty I rate it about 7/10 but due to the massive over hype and “fake” trailers I give it 5/10.

    -The graphics are last gen at best, not the “next gen” we were promised.
    -The “hacking” (the supposed highlight of the game) becomes 3rd priority later in the game with the crappy driving mechanics, sorry, immensely crappy driving mechanics taking the lead then the mediocre combat system.
    -Missions are repetitive and boring, its basically easy puzzle solving for 90% of the game with the remaining 10% filled with boring and soon forgotten bad guys.
    -Characters have no depth at all, the main character looks like a dog in headlights and has some kind of batman voice going on (doesn’t match the character at all), remaining characters are so cliched its painful to play.

    Probably “cool” if your a 13 year old kid and just like meaningless violence but for those who want a plot avoid this.

    Overall a good time waster but not a serious AAA title.

  • Jack

    PC Gamer here and I tend to agree with this review. It’s not a bad game per say, but it’s very average. A lot of the characters a paint by numbers sterotypes, the hacking elements are cool but limited (like maybe a dozen things).

    I was expecting a game where a lot of the interaction with the city and the people were important, but the little sentence of text (She buys comic books. He got skin cancer. She just got a promotion) just adds nothing to the game.

    I was hoping for a “Minority Report” type vibe. Follow civilians in game, detect crime, prevent it. Instead you have random scripted events that are always the same and generally have nothing to do with what your doing.

    The game is average. It does some things well but really, wait until it’s in the bargain bin and get it there. It’s no GTA.

  • Maurice Adelmon

    I got it today and MAN DOES IT SUCK.

    The hacking is one button (Q) repetitive and boring, Deux ex had better hacking years ago, the driving is beyond all laws of physics, if you’re used to GTA driving (IV or V) you WILL be disappointed in the cars, the shooting is clunky and slow and impractical.

    In short there isn’t a single aspect of gameplay that’s good.

    That being said, beautiful graphics, great acting (if you can call it that) by characters and interesting scenario that moves at a brisk pace.

    Its like Deus Ex and GTA had a child, only he’s retarded, poor boy.

  • Spare Unicorn

    Everyone’s banging on about the homos. I say fuck everything. Fuck ‘Flickering Myth’. What are you, the Cyber Poilice? More like a homo.

  • 5hifty

    I found the game defiantly lacking. It was too easy, the story was contrived, and every reference to ‘hacking’ had be clawing my eyes out. I don’t think I was ever challenged by the game. I found a lot of the time completing missions and expecting the ‘hard bit’ to be next, but it never happened. I only used some of the ‘hacking’ ability right towards the end of the story simply to see what they would do. 99% of the time I found my self just walking through the mission with a pistol shooting each person in the head as they appeared and never felt like this wasn’t the optimum route. I felt that my character was the cause of all the problems in the story, and that if I simply stopped doing what I was doing, everything would be find, but instead the story pushed me along into killing more and more people, while claiming that I was doing the right thing. I never once purchased any weapons, cars, hacking equipment or ammunition and never found myself lacking anything. I also forgot to buy any upgrades until I was about 80% complete, and still didn’t feel it necessary to purchase them as I was still powering through the game without them. During the final mission I actually let my self get shot in the cut-scene in the hopes that that was an option, feeling that of anyone that I was killing, it was my character that deserved to die. Sadly it turned out that that wasn’t an option. Finally the entire story line dealing with Defalt hacking the secure bunker felt… shoehorned. Wouldn’t any amateur hacker have the computer that you stored sensitive data on NOT connected to a network? Seems like hacking 101 to me. Finally, is the morality system actually representative of anything at all? I ran down hundreds of people, killed everyone, shot anyone that called the cops (and a lot of people out of boredom) and never once got any ‘badder’ then anarchist, and at the end of the game, my character claimed I was the good guy…

  • Hi Be

    You haven’t played Red Dead, wikia doesn’t proves anything,most of the time wikia has incomplete information,you can’t judge two games if you haven’t played them.

    Are you blind? Wind doesn’t blows at all(no leaf blowing at all,like I said don’t show a ubisoft video show it on your brother’s PC), there are no umbrellas on the side desks either,seems like they have been remapped it to make it run better(less detail).It looks better on two Gtx 680′s(high end 2 year old) than even on a Titan,even running on a SLI Titan it doesn’t runs this good.The fact that you think that PC Ultra is similar to E3 2012 is interesting because you could be a little color blind but that’s just me or probably you Brother owns an AMD because it doesn’t has “Physx”.

    Second,you clearly haven’t seen the video,these are not glitches this is bad physics.*Cops don’t follow you if you are in water*Even Gta 4 had that feature,even Sanandreas did.*You can’t climb a gate while on a back of a truck*,this- obviously not a glitch.*landing on the back of a bobcat using a motorcycle(it glitches on the back and explodes).*If you call the police they start shooting at you instead of helping you*.*You die from jumping small heights*.*Objects are glued to ground,if a car touches them they break*,obviously go study Newton’s laws since you no nothing about physics.Its not breathtaking,its straight up crap.Not to mention the car handling which is obvious.These aren’t glitches,this is an unfinished gamed basically.

    Even if you talk about glitches,Skyrim had a lot of them and it was far more enjoyable than Watch Dogs and even had more replay value but for them to promise a “true next gen experience” and that “two months are enough in Los Santos are enough,come visit Chicago”,it certainly means its good enough while it isn’t.

    I’m not ranting about graphics only,the gameplay isn’t extraordinary that’s my problem.I don’t say the game’s good,it is but it isn’t to that extent that I was hyped for.Its a B- game(above average,its fun but I thought it could get better).

    Minecraft is a revolutionary game,it is innovative and new,bottom line is its enjoyable and it follows a different time but thing is you aren’t much of a gamer,reread my previous posts(not this one).I was clearly referencing third person shooters not games other genre’s since they are out of context.I compared them to the third person genre because that’s what Watch Dogs is.

    Don’t talk about gameplay here because Watch Dogs doesn’t deliver either gameplay wise or graphics wise.Battlefield 4,Crysis 3 and Dead Space are all “C+” games with a lot of problems so they aren’t comparable.Thing is that Ubisoft “PROMISED” to deliver something and they didn’t,like I said its a good game but not a AAA title I was expecting.The fact that you are comparing a 2D game to a 3D one is even more amusing and yes I do play 2D games on a smartphone but that’s only when I’m free away from home.

    Thing is I’m not patient as you,angry rants now and then but they clearly have a legit and solid argument unlike yours.Thing is you might be patient and all but arguing with no knowledge about other games and using wikis and youtube to prove your point*no real supporting evidence really*(Red Dead has two consequence systems,Honor and Fame just to help you a little) proves that you are either desperate to prove your point or just plain stupid.You might be smart irl but you don’t get this,I do get your point.What you are saying is not discouraging but the lacking of knowledge(about games) makes your argument very weak.

    • Ali Khan

      WOW! It’s like if you don’t get me to say anything bad about WD, you’ll never stop and now you’re just ranting nonsense yourself.

      “Are you blind? Wind doesn’t blows at all(no leaf blowing at all”, even after I should you a video as evidence? Serious case of denial

      You know what, we’re done! Go believe what you want because now you’re just flat out embarrassing yourself to no end.

      Have fun being stubborn. Good day and goodbye.

      • Hi Be

        Why are you using my own words against me in putting up an argument?

        You were the idiot that brought up stop spreading lies about Watch Dogs and when i prove you wrong,you bring up that I am discouraging you to play Watch Dogs while the fact is all over this thread you have been trying to protect Ubisoft’s lies and when someone steps up to prove it,you can’t even put up an Argument.

        You don’t know what leaf blowing means really,clearly you need to rewatch E3 because the tree’s don’t move like in the E3 2012 trailer nor does blood spills that dynamically as in that trailer.

        You were the one that embarassed himself here,not me.Thing is its because of guys like you that humanity as a whole is a disgrace.I might be a bad mouth but your stupidy and *trying to be more mature than you are thing* isn’t working,stop being a hipster and finish going to school.

        You carry a muslim nametag but this kind of stupidy is the only thing is why most non-muslim dudes hate them(no offence but seriously…),*quotes himself* stop being a hipster and get educated.

        *Everyone’s wrong and has their own opinion*that’s the best you could do put up an argument? so 90% of gaming critics,the masses are wrong except you and your opinion.Just wait till the end of the year and lets see how many Game of the Year Awards Watch Dogs gets,it won’t be even 1/4 of Gta V or Gta IV awards…Watch Dogs is not a AAA title nor revolutionary(my point),yours (it is).Flawed theory and again I proved you wrong,Graphics are dumbed down with bad not breathtaking Physics.

        God Bless you my friend,
        I’m done talking to an illiterate dude whose trying so hard to prove his point and when he can’t keep up he changes the subjects.

        One can only pray that you would become smart one day…

        • Ali Khan

          OK Have a nice day! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. PEACE!!!

  • Frank Black

    Another shitty game….