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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @AntHaigh and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

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.

It's set within a fictional version of Chicago in 2013. The single-player story follows the story of hacker and vigilante Aiden Pearce and his quest for revenge after the killing of his niece. Using stealth and combat you hack electronic devices to complete missions using equipment and devices to reach different areas without being seen. System hacking requires you to solve logic puzzles under a time restraint.

These hacks and other exploits grant you real-time control of the city’s infrastructure, enabling you to trap enemies by manipulating the traffic lights, stopping trains to board and evade authorities or chase down robbers who have mugged someone. In the online multiplayer mode you team up with up to eight players to engage in cooperative and competitive gameplay.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 27/05/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 20 hours and 45 hours to complete. Approximately 20 hours to complete the main story, going up to 45+ hours to complete the story with all the Extra side missions
 
Players: You can play this with 8 players online. You can play with up to seven others. Together you complete hacking contracts and engage in races. There is an open online play mode where two teams of four are tasked with acquiring and holding data, although this is not included in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 18+ contains frequent moderate violence, strong language and scenes of gambling. Violence consists of you using a variety of vehicles and weapons against your chosen targets, including multiple innocent civilians. Language is frequent and includes the word ‘*!@?*’. Players are able to gamble in-game currency on poker matches and slot machines. The game also features scenes of a sexual nature, though no genitalia are visible, scenes depicting detailed use of illegal drugs, though these are nor glamorised in any way, and online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.

ESRB Mature 17+ contains Intense Violence, Strong Language, Sexual Content, Blood and Gore.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


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