Watch Dogs (Series) Review

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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @AntHaigh and Andy Robertson.

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Developer: @Ubisoft

 

TipsTips

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

System Settings

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.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @AntHaigh


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