Watch Dogs, the latest contender of Ubisoft in the open world-action adventure genre pledges to break new grounds with its artistic fusion of Splinter Cell?s stealth mechanics and Assassins Creed?s sophisticated engine.
The Windy City of Chicago is now under the vigilant eye of a surveillance network known as CTOS (Central Operating System) following the Northeast Blackout incident in 2003 that nearly crippled the metropolitan region. In the hopes of controlling the mutinous situation, the local government hastily implements the CTOS Scheme. CTOS works like a digital umbrella that closely monitors its denizen?s activity and interaction through omnipresent cameras strewn all over the city. It also operates traffic grids and other infrastructure. Over time, Blume, the architect behind the ingenious and lucrative technology amplifies its scope, embracing multiple cities in the United States.
In October 2012, Aiden Pearce and Damien Brenks orchestrate an electronic heist, siphoning bank accounts in the Merlaut Hotel haphazardly. Things take a turn for the worse when a mysterious hacker pervades provoking Damien to track him down, exposing their location in the process. Aiden is forced to abandon the mission despite his partner?s plea. Following the botched job, Aiden becomes a mark man and a vigilante while Damien gets maimed. To complicate matters, Aiden?s niece: Lena gets entangled in the mishap, costing her life. Fueled by rage and his desire to seek redemption, he embarks on a perilous journey for justice.
The game has a multifaceted interface, allowing players to explore and complete objectives in style. Jaw-dropping sequences in the game include activating steam pipes, spike strips or blockers to send adversaries into obscurity. Disable helicopters, manipulate traffic grids and train circuits to elude foes. Control cameras to expose enemy position and remotely rig nearby machineries. These are untapped elements in a sandbox game that Ubisoft has shrewdly employed in Watch Dogs. In addition, the game has a fluid cover system, enabling players to move with ease during frenetic gunfights. Watchdogs has a solid stealth and combat mechanics that perfectly complement its non-linear layout. Astounding character development scheme, the skill tree effortlessly engross players to fully exploit Aiden?s potential. Excellent use of parkour elements, stellar voice-acting, a multitude of missions to complete plus a gratifying romp of digital trips/augment reality games. Most importantly, you can drain off funds at will, purchase cars, clothing and ammunition using these resources.
The driving physics in the game need serious tuning; handling cars can be dicey at times. Enemies are insensible to looming danger. Serviceable graphics, the worst I?ve seen in years. Character models are bland and unappealing. Aiden?s personality is dull and tepid; no wonder he?s overshadowed by impudent casts. Lastly, the game has its fair share of bugs and glitches like inoperable ATM machines and malfunctioning car alarms.
Overall, the game delivers an invigorating experience, something that sandbox games direly need. I award the game 4 out of 5 stars.
A must have for GTA and Saint?s Row enthusiasts.?
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