We've documented 14 accessibility features for Watch Dogs. Strongest in Reading and Controls but also has features in Difficulty, Getting Started, Visual and Audio to reduce unintended barriers. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to control a population, as well as the ability to use these and other systems to your advantage. This makes it an unusual game in that you are not often directly shooting or attacking people, but using the environment to get the job done.
Release Date: 27/05/2014
Out Now: PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Players: 1 (8 online)
Genres: Action, Role-Play (Collecting, Communication, Narrative, Stealth and Stealth)
Accessibility: 14 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Costs: Purchase cost
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Controls in Watch Dogs which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Can play with the following:
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
Can play with the following:
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
Can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.
Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Can remap mouse and keyboard key bindings, on systems that support these controls.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Watch Dogs which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play.
Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.
Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing, without having to restart the level you are on. This enables you to quickly adjust the game to suit your needs and see the difference immediately.
We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in Watch Dogs which deals with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.
These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.
View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play. This clearly displays the mappings of actions to buttons/keys/mouse/keyboard without having to leave the game. This includes games that always display buttons to press during play.
If you want to play Watch Dogs, but it doesn't offer the Getting Started accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Getting Started accessibility:
We've documented 5 accessibility features for Reading in Watch Dogs which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. This doesn't include subtitles as required reading if they are fully voiced.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) would appreciate.
High Contrast Text: Text colour contrasts to the background or can be adjusted to be. The text in menus, instructions and other information is presented in high contrast with a solid background.
All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.
Speaker Indicator, their Tone and Environment Sounds: Captions indicate who is speaking (or there is only ever one person speaking) and their tone, game sound and music. This can also be indicated visually in the game with character icons or character expressions with text in speech bubbles next to the person speaking. Environmental sounds are provided as extra text within the subtitles.
Some Dialogue is Voice Acted: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted. This reduces the pressure on reading all the dialogue text, although not everything is provided audibly.
If you want to play Watch Dogs, but it doesn't offer the Reading accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Reading accessibility:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Watch Dogs which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces. The following games are similar to Watch Dogs, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Visual in Watch Dogs which deals with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.
If you want to play Watch Dogs, but it doesn't offer the Visual accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Visual accessibility:
We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Watch Dogs which deals with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.
If you want to play Watch Dogs, but it doesn't offer the Audio accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Audio accessibility:
We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Communication in Watch Dogs which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction. The following games are similar to Watch Dogs, and offer accessibility features for Communication:
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.
Accessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Anthony Haigh and Andy Robertson
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