Watch Dogs blew people away from the moment it was first announced, and now Ubisoft’s open world action-adventure game is almost here for most players-it will be released on May 27 for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. A Wii U version of the game is also planned, but it was delayed and is tentatively expected to come out before the end of the year. With the release date so close, you might be looking for more information to decide if you want to buy it or not, or maybe you’ve already preordered and just want to get into the right mindset. Whatever the case may be, let’s take a closer look at Watch Dogs.
Although it has a completely open world environment, it’s set in a single city-a futuristic, somewhat-dystopian Chicago. The developers have pointed out that it isn’t the biggest open world game on the market, but they want it to be the deepest. To support that, they’ve said there are so many possible interactions and reactions from the NPCs, you shouldn’t be able to see anything repeated. Instead, as you play through the game, it will be as though you’re in a real, dynamic city populated by living people. The depth and richness of the world will be best experienced on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, although for the most part, all versions of the game are the same.
Although it’s an action-adventure game with third-person shooter elements, parkour moves, and stealth mechanics, what really sets it apart from other games is the emphasis on hacking. Hacking is the core element of Watch Dogs, and the developers even worked with anti-virus companies to make sure it’s realistic. This futuristic Chicago is all run on a single computer operating system, known as CtOS (Central Operating System). Therefore, vigilante protagonist Aiden Pearce, an adept hacker, can take control of all sorts of things. Hack into cell phones to hear conversations, hack into traffic lights to cause a little chaos, and more. You can solve crimes, earn money, play a wide variety of mini-games, and all sorts of things as you proceed through the game. In fact, the post-game content is so extensive that you can keep playing the game forever after the campaign, if you choose to do so.
For that matter, there are a number of multiplayer modes, as well. From races and decryption competition, to invasions where you enter another player’s game and tail them, there’s a lot for you to do with Watch Dogs online. Decryption and free-roam multiplayer won’t be available in the PS3/Xbox 360 versions, however.
So, are you ready to jump into a world where everything is connected and information is one of the most valuable commodities available? If you’d like a little help along the way, don’t worry. There will be Watch Dogs cheats at your disposal. We’ve already seen some Easter eggs appear, little references to some of Ubisoft’s other games, and we expect to see more. Combat hints are likely, as are multiplayer tips, and with the wide number of options the gameplay makes available, there should be guides on how to use different hacking techniques to overcome situations in new ways. And who knows-maybe you’ll find more pieces of the popular conspiracy theory that Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed are set in the same universe.
Hacking, multiplayer, and conspiracy theories-we’re just a few days away from seeing how it all turns out.