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Watch Dogs Legion Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @AntHaigh and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Watch Dogs: Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.

In addition to the exploration and technology hacking of the first games, Legion lets you play as multiple people with unique skills and backgrounds. If a character dies, they are lost permanently with a new Permadeath setting.

You use these characters to explore on foot with parkour moves, in vehicles you steal, or through the city's underground system. Each mission can be tackled in different ways. An open-combat approach would use weapons. A stealth approach would use the environment to avoid detection. A hacking approach would use technology to subdue enemies.

Combat includes a mixture of gun fights - involving lethal and non-lethal fire-arms - and hand-to-hand combat moves, with enemies making use of different methods depending on how the player acts against them in combat (i.e. a guard hit with a punch will use melee attacks). Players can be pursued by enemies when escaping, including hostile drones, but can lose them by utilizing hack-able environmental objects (i.e. vents) and avoiding line of sight with pursuers.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Accessibilty Features: 49

Developer: @Ubisoft

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 18 hours and 22 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play this with 4 players online. Four-player cooperative multiplayer will also be included, allowing players to team up to complete missions or explore London together. This is cooperative so players share progression between single-player and multiplayer modes.

CostsCosts

Watch Dogs Legion usually costs £59.99 to £99.99. 

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion: Gold Edition

Xbox One £84.99
PS5 £84.99
PS4 £84.99

Watch Dogs: Legion: Standard Edition

PS4 £59.99

Watch Dogs: Legion: Ultimate Edition

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
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 or PlayStation 5. You can purchase cosmetic items and new episodic missions:
  • Watch Dogs: Legion - Season Pass - Major expansion with two episodes, and new content, four heroes with unique abilities, a Dedsec car skin and immediate access to the Original Watch Dogs Complete edition!
  • Watch Dogs: Legion - 2500 WD Credits Pack
  • Watch Dogs: Legion - 1100 WD Credits Pack
  • Watch Dogs: Legion - 500 WD Credits Pack

you can purchase Watch Dogs Legion in different ways:
  • Watch Dogs: Legion Gold Edition - Includes season pass.
  • Watch Dogs: Legion Ultimate Edition - Includes the season pass, four-week VIP status, the Urban Jungle Pack with another three unique characters, masks.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 18+ due to depictions of extreme violence to humans and use of strong language. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. There are depictions of motiveless killings of multiple innocent human characters. The player can freely explore the streets of London and attack innocent civilians by shooting, clubbing, stabbing or running them over.

The majority of civilians will try to flee the violence, although a few retaliate and chase down the player along with the police forces. The reactions to the violence are realistic in nature, with characters screaming in pain and then limply falling to the floor where their bodies remain. Impacts result in loss of blood.

The game also contains depictions of violence towards captive human-like characters. A number of characters can be restrained using handcuffs, either by the player or by other non-playable characters. When the victims are restrained, they can be beaten and killed. The characters sometimes beg for mercy in these situations and cry out in pain. If they are killed, their bodies limply fall to the ground.

There are visual and verbal references to human trafficking. Victims are seen being physically and verbally abused by their captors. There is also a depiction of an underground 'market', in which people's organs are harvested and sold.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol. Players explore an open-world environment while hacking electronic devices, using stealth to infiltrate/obtain information, and engaging in combat with enemies. Players use melee weapons (e.g., pipes, crowbars) and firearms (e.g., pistols, machine guns, assault rifles) to kill enemies; combat can be frenetic, highlighted by realistic gunfire, slow-motion effects, cries of pain, and blood-splatter. Cut-scenes depict further instances of violence: a man shot in the head; a crime lord beaten to death by several people; a character stabbed in the neck with a scalpel. During the course of the game, players can encounter a human-organ harvesting operation where corpses are depicted lying on tables/slabs amid bloodstained rags, surgical instruments, and severed hands or feet. The game contains some sexual material: red light districts with sex shops advertising nude dancers and sex toys; missions/storylines referencing prostitution.


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

You can opt to toggle or hold button for climbing, sprinting, aiming and melee. There's look and aim assist and other options to adjust sensitivity of controls. There is also aim lock and a simpler puzzles option.

You can adjust the reticule size, style and colour. You can turn on or off every item in the head up display.
 
Our Watch Dogs Legion Accessibilty Review details 49 accessibility features:

Difficulty

Difficulty Options: Select Difficulty
Adjust After Setting: Adjustable Anytime
Assistance: View Control Mapping
Assistance: Assistance When Stuck
Assistance: Assistance With Controls
Assistance: Tutorials

Reading

Reading Level: Moderate Reading
Text Visibility: Large Clear Text
Text Visibility: High Contrast Text
Subtitles: Large Clear Subtitles
Subtitles: Any spoken content has subtitles
Captions: Speaker Indicator
Captions: Speaker Indicator, their Tone and Environment Sounds
Voiced: Some Dialogue is Voiced
Voiced: All Dialogue is Voiced
Voiced: Menus are Voiced

Navigation

Clarity: Large Clear Navigation
Head-Up Display: Head-Up Display Navigation
Head-Up Display: Adjust Head-Up Display

Controls

Gamepad: Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks
Mouse And Keyboard: Mouse and Keys
Mouse And Keyboard: Mouse and Controller
Remap Controls: Select Preset Controller Mappings
Remap Controls: Remap Buttons
Remap Controls: Remap Mouse and Keyboard
Remap Controls: Remap Game Menu Access
Remap Controls: Invert X/Y Axis
Button Combinations: Holding Down Buttons Optional
Button Combinations: Rapid Pressing Optional
Controller Vibration: Vibration Optional
Sensitivity: Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity
Sensitivity: Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity, Deadzones and Thresholds

Image

Visibility: Outline Interactive Elements
Visual Distractions: No Screen Shake
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio Cues for Visual Events
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio Depiction of Event Location
Motion sickness friendly: Motion sickness friendly
Colour Options: Colourblind friendly
Colour Options: Colour adjustments
Violence: Turn Off Blood

Audio

Adjustable Audio: Balance Audio Levels
Adjustable Audio: Customise Audio Levels
Audio Events: Visual Cues for Audio Events
Audio Events: Visual Depiction of Directional Audio

Communication

Player-to-Player Communication: Preset Chat
Player-to-Player Communication: Text Chat
Player-to-Player Communication: Voice Chat
Convert Text to Voice: Text to Voice
Convert Voice to Text: Voice to Text

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