watch-dogs-2
Metacritic (PC): 75/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 81/100
Metacritic (PS): 82/100
Release: Nov 2016
Reviewed on: PS4

Watch Dogs 2

Site Score
8.0
Good: Multiple paths to objectives – Strong unique characters and story
Bad: Few too many technical issues
User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
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Building on the elements of the original Watch Dogs 2 continues the Ubisoft action-adventure franchise across PS4, Xbox One and PC. Explore the fictionalised Bay Area through the eyes of Marcus Holloway, a hacker who joins the ranks of the group DedSec who aim to fight against the advanced surveillance system of the city known as ctOS.

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With this theme in mind players are directed in Watch Dogs 2 to use stealth to overcome objectives which usually have several means of achieving success. Many of the games key missions feel right out of a stealth game as players put in all the necessary pieces in place before springing their stealth trap on the unsuspecting of which hacking of course plays a key role.

Other gameplay sees players exploring on foot, taking over various cars, getting into shootouts and avoiding the police. All of these are supported with the ability to hack for information which increases throughout the game as players acquire more skill and cash. Hacking an item generally gives players multiple choices on what to do with it which is the foundation of the gameplay variety.

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A strong shift in particular from the previous game is the move to more remote means of completing your task with a quadcopter and remote controlled car at centre stage. Putting everything into practice the story of Marcus revolves around increasing his follower count to allow for more large scale hacking attempts and overall assistance of DedSec’s goals.

With vast improvements in characters, story development, hacking and driving the second take on the Watch Dogs formula is a pleasing experience that ticks all the vital boxes in the open world genre.

Summary:

  • Hack and explore the Bay Area.
  • Use remote controlled vehicles to reach your objectives.
  • Focus on stealth and hacking to complete missions.
  • Improve your skills as you follow along the main story.
  • Available across Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Watch Dogs 2, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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