Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Platform: PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
Watch Dogs is a strikingly vivid experience that combines many familiar gaming sentiments (GTA‘s open-world action and Splinter Cell‘s stealth-based evasion) with a conspiracy-based plot that’s decidedly Orwellian in nature.
Ubisoft’s newest release delivers a very distinct pre-1984 techno-stealth adventure wherein players are submerged into a world that’s just beginning to build the omnipresent authority of Big Brother. The theme of the game is unnerving but poignant, spinning a tale that mirrors our culture’s fears of privacy invasion by depicting a war virtual rights and freedoms.
Set in a stunning recreation of “smart” Chicago, gamers take the role of a hacktivist vigilante with a personal vendetta for revenge as he cuts a swath through the crime and chaos that assimilates among the powers that be. Armed with an expansive webwork of connections, wits, guns and a trusty smartphone, players bring a sort of Batman-esque justice to the city while uncovering an ominous geo-political plot.