Watch Dogs

watch dogs eds reviewProduct Classification: Games

Title: Watch Dogs

Release Date: 2013

Genre: Action-Adventure, Open World and Stealth

Rating: PG-15

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platform: Xbox360, PS3 and PC

Mode: Single-Player, Multiplayer and Cooperative

Media: Optical Disc and Download

Languages: English (International)

The first time we heard about the ‘Watch Dogs’ video game was at the Ubisoft E3 Media Release Event in 2012. This game is based on an open-world framework with hints of urban survival techniques. The game requires tactical stealth as well as the ability to control the action. The release will cover the full spectrum in terms of platforms including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. A trailer has helpfully been made available as a precursor to the real thing. Unfortunately the game is not being released on Wii as confirmed by Tony Key, the Ubisoft Marketing Vice President. Apparently they have other titles that are going to be focused on the Wii module. Therefore they did not want to disrupt that creative process by adding ‘Watch Dogs’ to the list.

Watch Dogs Overview

The game is full of evocative scenery have been set in Windy City. Apparently this is a highly imaginative take on real life Chicago with more than a few similarities. However there are other cities from which a data network has been created such that it covers all the people with electronic devices. Of course this raises privacy issues given the fact that there is a data cluster that is ripe for exploitation by unsavory elements. It is here that the players are given a role because they are allowed to take control of Aiden Pearce, a hacker who is known to use interconnected information networks for purposes of cementing his position as a technomancer.

Aiden’s hacking abilities allow him to find his enemies and get rid of them using nothing more than jamming technology. This disables their cell phones and can lead to life threatening accidents depending on the disposal methods that the hacker opts for. The cynical ones have said that ‘Watch Dogs’ is very similar to the famous ‘Assassin’s Creed’ except for the fact that this time they use hacking as the modus operandi. There are suggestions that Aiden is actually a vigilante who wants to punish a digital artist who got away with murder.

The capabilities of the hacker who is controlled by the player will progressively increase when they use the right moves. At the higher levels, it is possible to have greater control over the cities. This is an interesting take on the concept of hacking, possibly one of the modern evils which does not seem very important until you are a victim. Nevertheless credit has to be given to the makers of ‘Watch Dogs’ for making it an interesting foray into a subject that is normally associated with the geekiest amongst us.

The conception of ‘Watch Dogs’ is very sophisticated because it relies on skills and stealth. At the same time there are really interesting themes about revenge and morality. Aiden gives the players a chance to really get in on the action. Therefore this game has the potential to challenge your gaming credentials and abilities. It is great to note that the similarities with the ‘Assassins Creed’ do not detract from the basic authenticity of ‘Watch Dogs’. It is definitely one of those gaming products that you should consider buying in 2013.

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I am a bit of a ‘junkie’ when it comes to any electronics. Everything that’s new and old. Having been around the stuff all my life since our family has had a shop for three generations. I aim to make each review informative and entertaining. Any thoughts – please make a comment. Anything you want me to review, please send me an email or comment below.

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