Watch Dogs for the PS4
Watch Dogs came out of nowhere, debuting at Ubisoft's press conference to the confusion of everyone in the crowd. What is this game? What genre is this? It's rare in this day and age to keep something under wraps like Ubisoft did with Watch Dogs; historically, most big E3 announcements are leaked before the show even begins. However, it only took a few minutes into the E3 2012 demo before new questions were asked, such as "When can I buy this?" and "When can I see more?" Now that the PlayStation 4 launch is almost upon us, we know quite a lot about what will most likely be one of the PS4's top selling games.
Watch Dogs centers around hacker Aiden Pearce, a young man who is able to hack his way into any system in the city: a city that just so happens to be run by one giant supercomputer. ATMs, cellphones, security cameras: if it's electronic, Aiden can hack it. Aiden has been called an anti-hero: someone who is only doing good because it serves his own ends, and his true motives are shrouded in mystery. While Ubisoft has kept the story tightly under wraps, we do know that it will follow the trials and tribulations of Aiden as he interacts with the many seedy individuals in Chicago.
Watch Dogs is an open-world, third-person action game set in an alternate reality Chicago in a future a bit different from ours, if you weren't able to tell by the above paragraph.
Expect to find everything you normally would in a game in this genre, including shooting, driving, side quests, a large open world map and, of course, the hacking, which will change the way you play. While the game may look like Grand Theft Auto at first glance, that is just scratching the surface of all the things Watch Dogs does differently.
In Watch Dogs, hacking is more than just a mini-game or a scripted event: it is a gameplay mechanic that is tied into every facet of the game. Need some money? Hack into an ATM to get yourself the funds you need. Cops chasing you? Hack into the security network and fire up a roadblock to stop the cops in their tracks.
The best example of the ways hacking will change how you play the game is an early demonstration of the game revealed months prior. In the demo, Aiden must gain access to an exclusive club; to do this, he uses a device that short circuits everyone's cell phones and, while they are trying to fix their phones, he sneaks into the club. Inside the club, he replicates a nearby woman's voice on his phone to draw his target to the club and, when the target is close, he then uses a device to turn a traffic signal from green to red, initiating a ten car pile-up to draw his target out of his car. None of this was scripted, so just imagine the amount of havoc you could cause with these instruments at your disposal.
Using a form of augmented reality, players will be to find optional objectives in the world by viewing information about the NPCs. Additionally, Aiden might hack into a security camera to find a crime in progress, at which point he can either play the hero or just walk away. The world in Watch Dogs is a living, breathing world in which Aiden can either be a voyeur and do nothing or use his special ability to make changes.
Who Will You Be?
Your actions will define you in Watch Dogs: commit crimes and become a felon, save civilians and become a hero. While this sort of morality system was touched on in InFamous, Watch Dogs takes it to the next level.
One example we've seen in gameplay is Aiden, as a wanted man, is attempting to buy items from a nearby store. In the middle of making his purchase, his face is emblazoned on the television as a wanted felon. At this point, the clerk slowly reaches underneath the counter and activates the security alarm, at which point Aiden must escape as quick as possible.
Again, none of this was scripted: your actions will influence the world around you in a way no other game has ever done. Had Aiden followed the path of justice, the clerk never would have sounded the alarm.
Eventually, you're going to have to fight, and while Watch Dogs doesn't do anything differently from other third-person action games, it is competent at the basics. You have a cover system, a decent aiming system, a wide variety of guns: combat is what you'd expect out of a game such as this.
In many situations of the game, Aiden can use stealth on his opponents to outright avoid gunplay, so there is something for everyone here. There are multiple ways to approach every fight and Watch Dogs lives up to its promise of providing true freedom in every aspect of the game.
Freedom extends even to movement: taking a cue from Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs features a parkour system. What this means is that fences and simple ledges won't be a problem for Aiden as he leaps and bounds over obstacles like they weren't even there.
PS4 Graphical Advantage
We already knew that Ubisoft was planning to use the expanded power of the PlayStation 4 to make this version of Watch Dogs improved over the current versions, we just didn't know how. Until now, that is.
In a developer diary on the official PlayStation blog, senior producer Dominic Guay has promised a Chicago that sports more pedestrians and more cars, creating a more lifelike city thanks to the PlayStation 4's expanded RAM and other hardware. In addition, the game will sport high-resolution textures and more realistic special effects, such as smoke and fire.
While we suspected that the PS4 version of Watch Dogs was going to be the definitive version, it's good to see some confirmation about how Watch Dogs will usher in the next generation on the PS4.
Multiplayer will play a part in Watch Dogs, though Ubisoft is still silent on the specifics. What we do know is that other players will be able to join your game and attempt to hack you via security cameras. How this ties into the main game or the extent of this mode is not yet known.
PS4 Additional Gameplay Content
Ubisoft has confirmed that the exclusive 60 minutes of additional gameplay that the PS3 version of Watch Dogs is receiving will also come to the PlayStation 4. What this content is and how it affects gameplay has yet to be revealed.
A new PlayStation 4 advertisement has revealed that the additional gameplay content is only exclusive to the PlayStation 4 for six months. While this means that the content could eventually come to the Xbox One and PC, it's not a sure bet: if you want to guarantee a playthrough of this exclusive content, get the PlayStation 4 version.
Like any big name release, Watch Dogs will include a PlayStation 4 Limited Edition retailing at $129.99. The contents of this Limited Edition include the following:
- A copy of the game in a steel case
- A copy of the soundtrack
- An authentic wearable mask that is a replica of the one Aiden wears
- A 9" statue of Aiden
- An 80 page hardcover art book
You can preorder the limited edition at Amazon today!
Preordering the game at Amazon entitles you to one copy of the Signature Shot Pack, which includes:
- An exclusive single player mission
- A biometric assault rifle
- The Black Viceroy's Outfit
The Signature Shot Pack is only available until the game releases so preorder today to guarantee a copy!
Unfortunately, Watch Dog has been delayed to Spring 2014. Ubisoft has stated that it will use the extra time to polish the game to a higher standard, as it expects the franchise to become one of the pillars of the company.
Watch Dogs was originally scheduled to be released at the PS4's launch.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 06/15/2012
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