"This is one of the few open-world games besides Assassin’s Creed and Infamous: Second Son based on an actual location and that alone is exciting."
After 2 years of waiting we are closing in on Ubisoft’s newest open-world game Watch Dogs and I for one and more than happy to finally see that day. Ever since Watch Dogs debuted at E3 in 2012 hundreds maybe thousands of gamers, including myself, have been patiently awaiting its arrival. This article is merely going to be on why I am excited for the game. First off, it’s an open-world game which means at some point they will let me loose in the world to do as I please. This is one of the few open-world games besides Assassin’s Creed and Infamous: Second Son based on an actual location and that alone is exciting. Watch Dogs takes place in Chicago where the city’s technology is controlled by a supercomputer know as CtOS, short for Central Operating System. CtOS also stores all of the city’s residents and their activities. I’ve never been to Chicago but I know that I’m going to have a blast just walking and cruising around the blocks; it might be the closest to actually visiting the city I’ll ever get.
"The premise for Watch Dogs sounds interesting and with the game being supposedly 30-40 hours I expect it to deliver."
My second reason is the narrative. In Watch Dogs you get to play as Aiden Pierce who is a skilled hacker and vigilante out for revenge on the people who’ve murdered his family. When it comes to open-world games I tend to dismiss the whole story portion because I find myself in such a big area where I can do whatever I want, but when Grand Theft Auto V was released I was actually minimizing my time spent wreaking havoc as I became invested in its story and that was the first time an open-world game had that effect on me. The premise for Watch Dogs sounds interesting and with the game being supposedly 30-40 hours I expect it to deliver. I trust Ubisoft as their other two open-world franchises, Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed, have not let me down.
My final reason of excitement lies in the gameplay mechanics. On the outside Watch Dogs looks to be Ubisoft’s GTA clone: guns, vehicles, missions, side-activities, an open-world, you name it. But this game easily sets itself apart from Rockstar’s offering once the whole hacking mechanic comes into play. Eventually, Aiden gets his hands on a smartphone that allows him to hack into various pieces of CtOS controlled technology like cameras, ATMs, computers, and more. Gameplay videos have shown Aiden walking down the streets of Chicago and every civilian he passed would have their information such as their name, occupation, illnesses, and behavior appear on screen. I’m excited to see what will show up for the NPCs and how many will have the same information but on different people. That won’t bother me at all as I’m sure it’s a lot of work to put a system like that in the game. In some cases a civilian may have a potential threat or potential victim percentage as part of their information, meaning the civilian will be dangerous or is possibly going to be put in harm’s way.
"Do I follow the person in an effort to stop a theft from happening or do I just shrug it off and go on with whatever I was doing beforehand?"
This is where Watch Dog’s reputation system is implemented. Do I follow the person in an effort to stop a theft from happening or do I just shrug it off and go on with whatever I was doing beforehand? In games with a morality system I typically play as the hero type on my first playthrough. By being a hero the citizens would praise me, while on the other side of the spectrum killing civilians and being reckless would portray me as a threat. Because Aiden has the ability to hack giving him a wide variety of skills like stealing a civilian’s PIN number and collecting money from ATM machines, causing a malfunction with traffic lights or starting a blackout in the area he is in. Honestly I’m more excited to have the police chase me until I get bored than to have them bombarded by civilian car wrecks caused by an outage. Hopefully there will be more hacking abilities for Aiden when the game finally releases. If there are remote controlled vehicles I can see Aiden being able to hack from a distance for strategic distraction.
Watch Dogs has had my attention since E3 and even after being delayed at the last minute I still have the utmost faith that the game will be magnificent. Watch Dogs is currently the only game I am anticipating this year and I look at my poster every day simply saying to myself “soon.” The game is hitting all the right notes with me when it comes to its world presentation, the story and of course its gameplay. The city of Chicago will soon be mine to hack when Watch Dogs is released May 27.
Article by: Symmion Moore
Article by: Symmion Moore