Watch Dogs 2 (Series) Review

Like    

Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @AntHaigh, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Watch Dogs 2 is a futuristic adventure game where you explore a city and use technology to foil your enemies. It's the second game in the series and set in a fictionalised San Francisco Bay Area. You explore the city on foot or in vehicles that you can acquire by various means.

You play hacker Marcus Holloway, who works with the hacking group DedSec. Unlike your lone role in the first game, here you are part of a vigilante movement aiming to overthrow the government surveillance. You do this by subverting the city's surveillance systems using smart devices to Hack buildings and other infrastructure. At the same time you have to ensure you are not discovered or identified. You can tackle missions in various different ways. Each completed assignment increases your follower count and offers new opportunities to develop your characters power and skills.

Again, like the first game you are using the environment and technology to achieve your aims. While you do this you have to take care to swing the public consciousness in the direction you want. At the start of the game your DedSec group is seen as dangerous vigilantes, but as you progress they are accepted as an important protest to the government.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/11/2016

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 40 hours to complete. The main story will take in the region of 25 hours to complete, going up to 40+ hours if you take on all the side missions.
 
Players: You can play this with 4 players online. There's a cooperative multiplayer mode where you interact with other players, explore the open world and complete missions together. While doing this you can communicate via the preset emote system. There are also other specific multiplayer modes that offer different ways to play from one-versus-one competitive missions, bounty hunting, 2 versus 2 short battle missions and four players head-to-head races.

CostsCosts

Watch Dogs 2 usually costs £49.99 to £84.99. 

Watch Dogs 2

Xbox One £54.99
PS4 £49.99

Watch Dogs 2: Deluxe Edition

Xbox One £62.99
PS4 £62.99

Watch Dogs 2: Gold Edition

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You can get access to outfits and missions.
  • Watch Dogs 2 T-Bone Content Bundle
  • Watch Dogs 2 - No Compromise
  • Watch Dogs 2 - Protocol Pistol Pack
  • Watch Dogs 2 - Chameleon Copter Pack
  • Watch Dogs 2 - Punk Rock Pack

You can purchase special editions of the game that include extras:
Watch Dogs 2 - Deluxe Edition includes The Deluxe Pack: 2 personalisation packs.
Watch Dogs 2 - Gold Edition includes The Deluxe Pack: 2 personalisation packs, The Season Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18 due to the frequent use of sexual expletives, sexual activity with visible genitals and the motiveless killing of innocent human characters. Frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word, the use of firearms and vehicles to shoot or run down innocent characters. There is an instance of a semi-clothed female standing in front of a male character who is naked and reclined against a wall. Her hand, which covers his genitals, slowly moves up and down, she then moves her hand away which exposes his penis. References to illegal drugs cocaine, weed, pot. A scene in the game touches on the topic of an American police officer shooting an unarmed black suspect.

ESRB MATURE 17+ because of Violence, Bad Language, Sex.


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.


Content devider

Games Like Watch Dogs 2

Our experts have hand-picked the following similar games for you. These offer a similar way to play to Watch Dogs 2 or are games with a similar theme or topic. These are good alternative games to Watch Dogs 2, or are a younger rated alternative for players not ready for PEGI 18 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games.

Content devider


Image of the cover of the hardback edition of the Taming Gaming book  by Andy Robertson List of logos of the supporters of the Family Video Game Database  Playability Initiative  AskAboutGames  Parent Zone  Game Well Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.

The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Discord | Contact | Help