Review Round-Up: Watch Dogs
Posted by Dave Letcavage
The dog is out of the bag
It's finally here. After what feels like an eternity, Watch Dogs is now available for sale worldwide.
Ever since Watch Dogs was unveiled during E3 2012, we've all been left wondering whether or not Ubisoft would be able to deliver the kind of game-changing experience suggested by the debut trailer. With a couple delays and concerning industry buzz scattered about the past two years of development, you can't blame anyone that was skeptical of expectations being met. But now that the review embargo has lifted and we're no longer in the dark, it would seem that all that worrying wasn't really necessary.
Let's have a look at what critics are saying about Watch Dogs.
"Polished to a mirror sheen, and bursting with content, Watch Dogs is a great looking game with a thriving open world and an empowering premise. It suffers from being an amalgamation of every other major Ubisoft game, to the point where it doesn't feel as fresh as it deserves to, but it's still a varied, rich, thoroughly dense experience."
"Watch Dogs isn't inspiring or revolutionary, but it's a well-rounded approach to open world gameplay. Completing the story and merely sampling the various side activities can last over thirty hours, with plenty more left to do. The focus on hacking lends to more cerebral gameplay, and the multiplayer is solid. So get out there and get hacked."
"At the end of the day, Watch Dog's story works as a basic revenge tale, and the final few missions provide some gravity to the characters. Ultimately, however, the main draw of any open-world game is the gameplay, and while not perfect, Watch Dog's hacking abilities add an engaging and unique twist to the third-person action. Ubisoft has another deserved hit on its hands, and I look forward to seeing where the new series goes next."
"One-button hacking might be overly simplistic, but it does give you abilities that make playing through Aiden’s story feel powerful and fun. Doing side missions and multiplayer as you make your way through the dark and lengthy story makes it feel like a huge adventure, and stealth options let you play smart if you prefer. Car chases aside, Watch Dogs is fundamentally very well made, and has more than enough unique ideas to make it a great and memorable open-world action game."
"Despite the fact that Watch Dogs hasn't made any meaningful impact on the genre, I found myself having a ton of fun with it. Between the deep levels of customization and the sheer breadth of content, there's no shortage of things to do. If Ubisoft can take the game's core fun factor and marry it with an actual "next-gen" experience the next time around, they'll have something truly special."
"But while I can't say who Aiden truly is, I can confidently say that Watch Dogs is a lushly produced and riotous game with an uncanny ability to push you from one task to the next, each of which is just as fun as the last."
So how does everyone feel about those reviews? Will you be buying, renting, or passing on Watch Dogs? Let us know in the comments below.