Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4) review
Ubisoft lets you hack the future
- Detailed game world
- Solid narrative and characters
- Responsive controls
- Not as ambitious as it could be
- Unexciting car chases
- Graphics could be nicer
Watch Dogs does not revolutionise the adventure genre, but it is a well crafted and enjoyable title.
Price$ 89.00 (AUD)
Not content with letting people explore the past with the Assassin’s Creed series, Ubisoft has created another open-world adventure set in the future with Watch Dogs. New there are motorised vehicles and gadgets to interact with, and the parkour gameplay from Assassin’s Creed has been replaced with a more conventional open world adventure like Grand Theft Auto V.
The world of tomorrow
The story of Watch Dogs takes place in the city of Chicago in the near future. You play as Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who carries out the occasional cybercrime.
One of Aiden’s hacking jobs goes wrong and he has to deal with the consequences. His niece accidentally gets involved and is killed in the crossfire as a result.
Aiden blames himself for the incident and decides to get revenge by becoming a cyber vigilante. In a world populated by devices and cameras, Aiden’s ability to hack technology is the most useful tool in carrying out his vengeance.
Using Aiden’s mobile phone, you are able to control in-game objects, such as cameras and doors. Aiden can also access a limitless amount of information from the people around him, which can then be used to exploit enemies and the authorities.
Hacker in control
When you begin the game, it seems the possibilities of interaction are limitless. You can access the digital information about any citizen in the city, as well as overhear their personal conversations.
While the hacking mechanic in the game is innovative, Watch Dogs is still a third-person adventure reliant on gunplay and vehicle controls. Once you realise there are limitations to this digital representation of Chicago, you’ll promptly return to running and shooting, as you do in other games.
The gunplay in Watch Dogs works well and the controls are responsive during battles, though you do have the option to sneak around without needing to resort to any violence. The vehicle controls are not as responsive, with the cars turning a bit sluggishly around corners and high speeds.
In addition to navigating the game world, the purpose of vehicles is to get out of tense situations with the Chicago Police Department. Unfortunately, the police car AI is not very intelligent, so escaping a pursuit is often more of a chore than a challenge.
Room to innovate
Watch Dogs wowed crowds when it first appeared at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference in 2012, sporting impressive graphics, smart gameplay and an immersive world. The final product has nice visuals on PlayStation 4, though it does not look as impressive as that original E3 demo or new games such as Infamous: Second Son.
Having already established a popular franchise with Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft likely wanted Watch Dogs to reinvigorate the adventure genre through the inclusion of hacking. The final game is not as innovative as it could have been, but it is still a fun experience.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 2 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
- 3 Huawei GR5 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Absolver celebrates 250K sales with new masks
- First Look: The Evil Within 2
- Fullbright Founders To Headline Melbourne International Games Week 2017
- MSI GE73 7RF VR Raider Gaming Laptop: Full, in-depth review
- Sony ghillie up with new Call of Duty bundle
PCW Evaluation Team
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
- LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- First Look: The Evil Within 2
- Huawei Y5 (2017)
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - Online PokerNSW
- CCLevel 2-3 Desktop SupportWA
- FTNV1 Cleared Software Engineer - Defence Projects - North Ryde areaNSW
- TPProject Support OfficerNSW
- FTSolutions Architect (Enterprise Infrastructure)ACT
- CC.NET DeveloperNSW
- TPPMO Manager - Responsible LendingNSW
- CCMitel Contact Centre SpecialistWA
- FTAgile CoachOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - Testing/Technical WritingOther
- CCSenior IT Business AnalystVIC
- CCSolutions Architect - SharepointVIC
- CCDevOps ConsultantQLD
- FTWindows EngineerACT
- CCTRIM Support OfficerACT
- TPPHP DeveloperWA
- CCData & Reporting AnalystVIC
- FTUX Designer | Mid Level | Initial 6 Month ContractOther
- CCFilenet Developer - BrisbaneVIC
- TPSharepoint AdministratorQLD
- FTCustomer Support OfficerSA
- FTSenior Network Operations EngineerSA
- CCSite Acquisition CoordinatorNSW
- TPChange ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Tech Business AnalystNSW