All in all, Watch Dogs 2 represents a huge leap forward for Ubisoft's open-world strategy. It's been a long time since I've been truly immersed in these types of games--honestly I haven't felt this impressed since GTA V--and I can say that the sequel competently stands toe-to-toe with the open-world juggernaut that is Grand Theft Auto.
Ubisoft has taken the formula and done something unique, mixing in their own explosive ingredients for a blast of flavor that could very well transform the open-world genre moving forward.
At it's core, the game is quite a delicious recipe made up of many well-known ingredients: one part Assassin's Creed parkour and stealth action, two parts GTA V-grade living, breathing world, one part puzzle and strategy, and finally a helping of
vibrant, vivacious style with a dash of chaos thrown in the mix.
Watch Dogs 2 puts player enjoyment ahead of everything else, with the incredibly dynamic world and realistic cityscapes and buildings coming at a very close second. Even losing disastrously in this game isn't frustrating: you're not punished for your failures, nor are you even really punished for your misdeeds.
In a way, the game feels like a sandbox sim that's based on an arcade-style sentiment that puts gameplay first and specific realism second, ensuring you'll have a blast no matter what you do.
At it's heart, though, Watch Dogs 2 feels alive.
Ubisoft has fashioned all kinds of interesting ways for players to hack the world, giving us a bunch of nifty gadgets and know-how to do as we please. The world itself is extremely vivid and colorful, with a new kind of NPC and hilarious--if not sometimes eye-rolling--characters that bring a much-needed spark to the drab franchise.
Ubisoft's hacktivist sequel is a massive and sprawling adventure that will keep you entertained for weeks--if not months--on end, especially if you lose yourself in the beautiful environments.
The game has something for everyone: explosive action for the shooter fan, complete stealth for the ninja operative, and havoc-inducing hacking for the joker who likes to watch the world burn. Although it's all about fun, Watch Dogs 2 has something deeper hidden away in its depths, and you'll want to take a break from total chaos to take a closer look.
Should you buy Watch Dogs 2?
If you even have a passing interest in open-world games, then yes, you should. If you loved GTA V and are looking for something new and fresh, absolutely give the game a try: Ubisoft isn't messing around this time, and the game absolutely shines with dedication.
+ Vibrant visual style
+ Impressive graphics
+ Amazing living, breathing open-world filled with dynamic moments
+ Impeccable city detail, buildings and environments are stunning and quite realistic
+ Incredible NPC interactions make characters feel real
+ Much more emphasis on stealth and strategy
+ Seamless co-op is hilarious and fun
+ New weather effects like atmospheric fog/shadows
+ High-tech themes give a semi-dystopic view of our probable future
+ Dank memes
- PS4 graphics aren't the best, screenshots look pixelated
- Driving can be hit or miss, auto-centering camera makes driving much harder than need be
- Snap-on cover system can be finicky at times
- Missions can be quite difficult, often resulting to trial and error
- Small immersion interruptions; cars/NPCs disappear, etc
Product Summary Breakdown
|Open World (NPCs, Environments, etc)||97%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: Ubisoft is at the top of the game with Watch Dogs 2: incredibly authentic worlds with immersive NPCs mingle with a colorful style and chaotically fun gameplay. This sequel is a true open-world gem that propels the franchise--and the genre--to new heights.
PRICING: You can find Watch Dogs 2 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: Watch Dogs 2 retails for $50 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: Watch Dogs 2 retails for £32 at Amazon UK.
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