Excerpt: If there's one lesson to be taken from the launch of Ubisoft's ambitious open-world action game Watch_Dogs , it's probably that games can still be over-hyped for way too long, and it can really hurt the reception of it. After two years of mostly-impressive showings at conventions and trailers, the game launched alongside with a mountain of gamers' expectations that they simply couldn't live up to.
Excerpt: , it's probably that games can still be over-hyped for way too long, and it can really hurt the reception of it. After two years of mostly-impressive showings at conventions and trailers, the game launched alongside with a mountain of gamers' expectations that they simply couldn't live up to.
Excerpt: Conceptually brilliant but mechanically safe, Watch Dogs fails to spark the imagination in any meaningful way, making it yet another sandbox game in a crowded market. By attempting to appeal to everyone, Ubisoft has effectively made a game for no one, leaving you with an experience that is unremarkable in almost every way.
Conclusion: Although reluctant to make comparisons with the Grand Theft Auto series, the fact that Watch Dogs doesn’t quite match the same free roaming open-world standard quickly becomes an obvious elephant in the room. Ubisoft Montreal should certainly be applauded for trying something new within the bounds of the genre - hacking in Watch Dogs is genuinely innovative, despite the threat of gimmickry - however, Watch Dogs has ultimately failed to live up to its hype.
Excerpt: For two years, there's been no escaping Watch Dogs . Ever since it made it's surprising debut at E3, the game has been one of the most hyped and debated titles in recent memory. After delays, hype and its fair share of controversy, does Watch Dogs live up to all of it? Unfortunately that answer isn't as clear as it should be, it's insistence on having something for everyone often get's in its way and as a result the game stumbles with strange AI, a problematic camera and...
Excerpt: When it debuted, Watch Dogs surprised with its promise of great visuals, the intriguing ability to hack into personal data and city infrastructure, and a mysterious take on multiplayer. Now after two years of exposure, it's finally time to see if Ubisoft's new open-world drama can live up to its lofty vision. Chicago sets the stage as a "smart city" connected and monitored under a digital umbrella known as ctOS, leading to troubling privacy concerns.
Summary: My rig, running an OC 4770K and a 4GB GTX 770 is maxing around 40 FPS while looking at the ground, during normal activity like walking and running I average 30 FPS, but this is all on “Ultra” and max anti-aliasing. I cannot imagine the consoles doing even this well on the equivalent of “High” of course they all have the graphics turned considerably lower and nothing like anti-aliasing.
Excerpt: But who watches the watchdogs? For an uncanny meta-description, Watch Dogs should have been called Ubisoft: The Game . Bits and pieces of the lead publisher's other high-profile franchises— Far Cry , Assassin's Creed , Driver San Francisco , Splinter Cell —can be found inserted throughout the hacking paradise of fictional modern-day Chicago, the world of Watch Dogs controlled by one central operating system called the ctOS.