Watch Dogs: Hacker’s Paradise

Aug 16 2014, 13:14 IST
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Ubisoft Montreal's Watch Dogs has been on every hardcore gamer’s list since almost 2012. Ubisoft Montreal's Watch Dogs has been on every hardcore gamer’s list since almost 2012.
SummaryThe much awaited open-world game Watch Dogs, developed by Ubisoft Montreal, despite poor visuals makes for a mixed bag with its decent game play

The much awaited open-world game Watch Dogs, developed by Ubisoft Montreal, despite poor visuals makes for a mixed bag with its decent game play

Ubisoft Montreal's Watch Dogs has been on every hardcore gamer’s list since almost 2012. The demo launch sparked a lot of excitement among gaming enthusiasts. With the game's launch on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms, the much anticipated title almost matches all the hype created around it. But it fails to rise above the level of expectations one had from it. The anti-hero game explores the life of Aiden Pearce, a tech-savvy hacker who wants to look out for the individual or group of people responsible for the death of his niece.

As the story progresses, several conspiracies unfold as the protagonist begins to understand and discover the powers of the Blume Corporation. The company's CtOS (the central operating system of Chicago) is the interconnected operating system that the city of Chicago runs on. Thanks to Pearce's hacking skills, the protagonist takes over the CtOS and runs Chicago.

The trump card for any player in this game is technology; which is exhibited as you unlock a variety of hacks to eliminate the villains. Activating guard posts, overloading steam pipes and tripping traffic lights can take down vehicles with a single hit (what's best is that the game signals the right time to get it activated). Although it all works well, the player has to find them in the environment in order to use them. As a result, you end up roaming around different blocks and by-lanes, in the hope of coming across an already unlocked item which can be used on your enemies. The on-foot gameplay is engaging and well designed. It becomes increasingly interesting as you start unlocking new abilities. Hacking items makes the combat easier, since it allows the player to easily hop between camera feeds to get the layout of the environment, tag enemies and activate traps. The incredibly powerful shooting mechanics make full-scale firefights enjoyable, but it is the stealth-minded approach of the game that really helps it shine. But having said that, the gameplay of Watch Dogs still has a lot of issues. It looks like the developer is forcing you to play the game their way. Each mission has a tendency to end with protracted car chases. The tailing missions are frustratingly slow and over-armoured enemies that require multiple magazines worth of

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