Watch_Dogs 2 Review

Reviewed by: Aaron
Developed by:  Ubisoft
Published by:  Ubisoft
Platform reviewed: PC
Price (USD): $59.99

  Ah, technology- what a great invention that we have so many uses for. Whether it be surfing the web, checking our emails, or even watching videos it sure has its conveniences. But what about the side that isn’t so safe?  Well, that is where Watch Dogs 2 comes in.

To start off, Watch_Dogs 2 is a game that takes place in the heart of the Silicon Valley, where a big group of tech companies exists. One day a group of people known as Blume Industries decided “what if we could make people’s lives even more convenient in this city by having every little bit of their information accessible over the web and then make predictions based on this?” Sounds good on paper, right? Well, what if the big company took advantage of this and started exploiting the people based on their personal data? Well, that is where CTOS 2.0 comes in.

The game starts off with you playing as a man named Marcus, who is trying to hack into the CTOS system because he was flagged as a threat to society even though he never did anything wrong. But little did he know- after that night his life was about to change for good. While he was hacking into CTOS to change his profile, a little hacker group known as DeadSec was watching him and helping him to some regard, but after Marcus hacks in, DeadSec said he passed their little test and then Marcus joins their hacker group to try and change the face of San Francisco for the better.

Now onto the gameplay. For starters, Watch_Dogs is unique about the way that it represents itself. Because San Francisco is now a smart city, the world is your playground. You can hack almost anything in the city. Whether you choose to take control of a forklift and lift up cars or maybe hacking gas pipelines to make them explode while you’re escaping from the cops, there are many ways that you can upgrade the kind of hacking you want. There are three different kinds of hacking:

  • Aggressor: A guns blazing style of hacking that allows you to cause phones and other gadgets to explode.
  • Ghost: More of a stealth approach to your abilities
  • Trickster: Distracting people by making phones ring, or even calling an APB on them.

That being said, it is possible to get every upgrade in the game with a bit of exploring. While exploring, you can run into other players and help them or try to kill them. It is all up to you- the multiplayer does not disrupt anything in your experience other than the invasions (which you can turn off at any point in time).  It is comparable to GTA online but with a more techy approach.

While Watch_dogs 2 is very unique, there are a few areas where the game falls short. A lot of the side missions in the game just feel like you are doing the same thing over and over. Go to A, Hack B. Steal/Kill C and mission complete. While there are some extra story elements in these side missions, it can still be an issue. Knowing all of this, the missions can be very entertaining with commentary of Marcus and the gang.

Pros Cons
Very vast open world to explore Side missions become bland and boring, but back story and characters make up for this
Main story and gameplay are fresh and new experiences

Rating: 9/10 icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640icons-1293736_640

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