Most times, a publisher giving away a game for free is cause for excitement. Other times...well, Ubisoft is giving away copies of Watch Dogs this week—the original, not the far superior sequel. If you have a Uplay account and didn’t buy it already, you can head over here and grab it free.
If you somehow missed out on the Watch Dogs hypein 2014, it’s sort of the movie Hackers if Hackers were incredibly boring and tedious. Here’s my description of the story, courtesy of 2014:
“Aiden Pearce and his self-righteous quest for revenge (tinged every once in a while with ‘Oh no, what have I done?’) is the most boring story since Assassin’s Creed III’s tale of Connor, who was on a quest for vengeance after some other MacGuffin left his mother dead.
Along the way, relationships will be betrayed and secrets revealed and plot twists unveiled with all the hitting power of a foam baseball bat, as most ‘twists’ are telegraphed hours ahead of time. Characters you’re never given a reason to care about have things happen to them. Occasionally you’ll forget a character’s name. Sometimes bad things happen and the sad music starts playing.”
To be honest I just looked at my review of Watch Dogs and was surprised I scored it a 3.5 out of 5. I guess it’s the most inoffensive score for the most inoffensive, mediocre, bland game in recent memory, though if you asked me to reevaluate it in 2017 I’d probably drop it a few rungs. In 2014 it at least had some interesting systems (seamless drop-in multiplayer) and excellent graphics. In 2017 it has...uh, Aiden Pearce. And a pretty nice open-world recreation of Chicago.
So yeah, on that stunning recommendation, feel free to head over to Uplay and secure your copy ASAP. The promotion ends next Monday, November 13, at which point you’ll have to say (in your best sarcastic voice) “Oh no, I forgot to get that copy of Watch Dogs! What ever will I do?”