Watch Dogs from Ubisoft, after much delay, finally became available to gamers everywhere on May 27th 2014. Watch Dogs places the player in the shoes of Aiden Pierce in the technology ran city of Chicago. Aiden Pierce is a hacker graced with a high tech phone that allows him to hack into almost anything running on electricity throughout the city. With this much power given to the player, does it make for a good game?
Story & Characters
Watch Dogs starts off with Aiden Pierce hacking into a system with the help of Damien Brinks when suddenly things start to go sour. Aiden decides to abort the mission and just get away with the money stolen through hacking. Damien however insists on going on and eventually gets shutdown. Not too long after this scenario Aiden’s family is brought into play and the story blooms from that point on.
Aiden’s character at times can get a bit dull. The majority of the time he is talking just seems very emotionless even on scenes where you would not think it would be too hard to have emotion.
Throughout the game you are introduced to multiple characters that helps Aiden through his quest to find out who is responsible for the attacks on his family. Such characters include Jordi Chin, a hired gun, whom Aiden doesn’t hesitate to call when in need of another gun. Clara Lille and Raymond ‘T-Bone’ Kenney, master hackers than helps Aiden in hacking ventures that he cannot accomplish himself. Aside from Aiden’s bland voice acting the other supporting roles help make up a solid and interesting story.
The gameplay of this game is what kept me wanting more. The game starts you off by allowing you to hack simple things such as traffic lights, steam pressure pipes on the sides of buildings, certain civilians’ bank accounts, and allows you to profile anyone you may pass by on the streets of Chicago. After completing side missions and main quest you are given experience points which allows you to hack into parking garages, disrupt helicopters that may be chasing you when escaping enemies, activate car blockers that are embedded into the streets, activate street spikes, and more. I also enjoy that Aiden is not a bullet sponge. If you are not careful and tactful with your shooting and hacking this game can be a bit tough.
The Digital Trips and other alternate reality games are also a bit fun. There is one digital trip where you are placed in a robot infested Chicago and you have to fight through or sneak by many enemies to restore the power to the area you are in. Upon restoring power the area is immediately cleared of the invading robots. The alternate reality games takes me back to Heavy Rain where you could use the investigators glasses and play games. One of the games here allow you to shoot digital aliens in a wave survival type game.
As much as I am not of fan of multiplayer in most games, I must say, that I am impressed by the multiplayer presented in this game. It is introduced first in one of the main missions where you must hack one of the civilians that is in the area without them seeing you. After this mission you are opened up to the rest of the world trying to hack you and the opportunity for you to hack them. I had to have spent about a good 5 hours hacking others as soon as this mode became available. There is a certain thrill I got from hacking others and watching them run around like crazy trying to find me. It was a good amount of time when the hacking meter was at 98% and the guy would just run past the car I was crouched in.
Even though Aiden can be a bit dull the rest of the game can keep you pretty entertained for a bit, especially if you are looking for something to play on your PS4 or XBOne. The story is not by any means a must play adventure but the game play is notable enough for anyone to at least give it a try. I would say wait for it would be about $30 or $40 bucks before picking it up. Ubisoft put a lot of effort into it and it shows, at times, so whenever you need a time killer go pick it up.