Watch Dogs is a fantastic, enjoyable open world game that will not easily bore you. With plenty of different activities and missions, everything is unique enough that you can find something that you enjoy doing. I’m comfortable saying that Watch Dogs has over 100 hours of gameplay, between campaign, side missions, and mini games, online, city games and collectibles. With a collectible list that gives you something to work towards, skill upgrades to build the Aiden Pearce that you want. And the ability to play either stealthily, using your hacking skills to avoid combat; Or running and gunning, taking on hordes of enemies, Watch Dogs offers something for everybody.
Yes. 6/5. I know that I can’t really do this, but I feel like giving Watch Dogs a 5/5 on gameplay would be understating things. Every portion of this game is enjoyable, which is good because of how much time you will spend in the ctOS controlled city of Chicago. Everything from the main campaign missions, to the side missions, to the collectibles (for the most part) and even just wondering around the city learning every citizen’s deepest, darkest secrets, you will be having a blast. The collectibles are, for the most part, much more than just run around looking for things. Collectibles can lead to investigations or even give you an inside peak into other people’s homes when they think no one else is around. This may sound kind of odd, but Ubisoft did a great job in throwing in some shout outs to different areas of the internet, if you’re smart enough to catch them. The side missions add diversity to the game, so it’s much more than just running around hacking into computers. On one side mission, you may be tailing someone trying to steal information, or you could be chasing down a car; then the next time, you could infiltrate a gang hideout, or intervening in a crime about to be committed. In short, there is almost an endless amount of things you could do in Watch Dogs, all which differ enough from each other that you wouldn’t feel as if you are doing the same, repetitive missions over and over again. The game also controls really well, whether you are driving, in combat, or running around. With the exception of the controls in some cases seeming backwards; every once in a while I’d find myself climbing a barrier instead of taking cover. Furthermore, the way the implemented online play is tremendous. Being able to go into someone else world, and try and tail them without being noticed, or hack their device before being found. As well as the knowledge that someone could do the same to you at anytime.
Summery: Everything you can do in both single player, and online is fun. This game controls well and everything from shooting, to driving just FEELS good.
The Campaign is much more interesting than I had expected. A lot of times with open world games, the story seems almost secondary to free roam, but in this case I’d say it’s very much neck and neck. The story starts off as a very generic revenge story. The main character, Aiden Pearce, is attempting to track down the people responsible for killing his family. So it starts off as a very cookie-cutter story, but everything quickly gets much more intense. Aiden uncovers things he’s not supposed to, stumbles upon some very interesting legends, and winds up on the wrong side of some bad people. It’s not easy to explain why this campaign is so intriguing without getting into spoiler territory, but I will say it is more than I had expected from this game. And with a great cast of “heroes” and “villains” that you will grow to love and hate, the campaign is well worth your time.
Watch Dogs isn’t going to blow you away with its graphics or anything, but that’s not to say the game doesn’t look good. The graphics are what you would expect from of game of this magnitude on the Xbox One; it looks good, but not great. That being said, the city itself and some of the little things make this very nice to look at. The skyline looks very similar to the real Chicago skyline, and the entire city was very well replicated. Driving through Watch Dogs looks like you’re driving through the real Chicago, the detail is fantastic. Also; the little things. The attention to detail in many aspects of Watch Dogs is great, and not just the city, but the physics and the weather. These may be strange things to notice; but one noticeable touch that adds to the realism and the immersion of the world is the weather affects. For example, after a rain storm, which are apparently super common in Chicago, once the rain stops you could still see water flowing through the streets against the curbs. Also, I mentioned the physics. The movement of clothes on both Aiden and the civilians looks very realistic. It all moves the way your brain would expect and is easy on the eyes, and not many visual glitches is also nice to see. These, plus many other little things make Watch Dogs look very pretty and realistic.
Voice acting, in my opinion, is a critical part of any game that can either turn away an audience, or pull them in. And this does the latter. Not just from the main characters either, walking around the city and listening to other people gossip shows just how deep the voice talent for Watch Dogs is. There isn’t anything super special about the sound affects; driving, shooting, hacking all sounds like what we’ve come to expect in video games, which isn’t a bad thing. The cars sound powerful, the guns sound heavy; it sounds like what you want an open world game to sound like. Which is a bit ambiguous of a claim, but that’s really the best way to put it.
Although it isn’t considered “audio” per se, I have to mention how great the writing is for every part of this game. You are able to hack into other people’s phones and hear a conversation take place, or read texts going back and forth, and the majority of the time these are good for a nice chuckle. And again, walking around the city listening to people, you’ll hear heated arguments, freestyling, and just general funny gossip.
All in all, this game doesn’t do anything unique with audio, and doesn’t do anything wrong either. Great voice acting coupled with amazing writing leads to no complaints about the audio of the game.
This is NOT an easy completion. I feel the need to stress that right away, the achievements are good, but time consuming. I wouldn’t consider any of the achievements to be overly difficult, but it will take plenty of time to perfect. That being said, it will also be very fun to complete. With the exception of the 100 city hotspots, all of the achievements are fun to do and aren’t unreasonable. By that I mean, you have to collect burner phones, but there are only 8. And you have to complete a certain amount of each side mission, but none of them are too much. But as I stated earlier, these side missions are enjoyable, and make you think, and plan, and strategize. In total there is a lot of things you have to do, but without an overwhelming number of anything (except the city hotspots). Because of this, you won’t get too bored of doing one kind of mission over and over again for achievements.
In summary, not an easy completion, but it should be an enjoyable one.
Watch Dogs is a must buy if you enjoy open world games. With arguably more than 100 hours of gameplay before the planned DLC, you will get your money’s worth.
EDIT: I just started doing reviews so I apologize if this isn't very well done. That being said, it's understandable if you vote negatively on it, but if you could I would appreciate you saying why it's bad so I can improve for next time. Thanks!