There are only a few games that can keep a player interested even before they are published and I think it is safe to say that Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is one of those games. Now that the latest E3 has offered some new bits of information and a series of beautiful new trailers about the game, it is time take a look at what we already know about Watch Dogs.
Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.
You’re a hacker in a city that is fully interconnected. The player character uses his smartphone and similar devices to hack into the city’s infrastructure. Basically, you manipulate the city and cause a great deal of havoc, e.g. through traffic lights on a heavy traffic street or fiddling with drawbridges. Anything that is connected to Chicago’s city-sized computer network known as The Central Operating System (CtOS) is a tool of destruction.
Now, the storyline of Watch Dogs is – of course – built around the concept of information warfare, data being interconnected and our dependency of technology. Our digital footprint is everywhere even today. Watch Dogs reminds us that there is no denying the fact that we’re becoming more and more dependent upon devices that technology provides us.
Real life incidents come with human drama
Realism also plays a part of Watch Dog’s whole gameplay experience. Real life incidents come with human drama and Watch Dogs is supposed to let you feel the gravity of each situation you’re playing. Thus realism is not about great graphics and weather but the fact that everything you do in the game has consequences in people’s lives. When you do something drastic, media will talk about it and that will influence how the population perceives you and your actions. Such behavioral patterns should also make the world feel even more alive.
Aidan Pierce and his tools
Meet Aidan Pierce, the protagonist of Watch Dogs. Not much is known about the background of the character but according to the trailers and what we have seen, he is a wizard in hacking advanced technology and uses that to deliver his own brand of justice.
What you perhaps didn’t know is the fact that Aidan can’t hack into any device he sees, but there are means to make his tools more powerful. This is where CtOS control centers come into play. Hack into a control center and you have access to anything CtOS can see within that area of the city. Only then, the devices are fully under Aidan’s command. The ctOS is not a tool built only for Aidan. The police are also using it as a part of their core strategies and war against crime in Chicago.
Watch Dogs lets you have access to over 30 traditional weapons
Now, hacking is not the only way you can take control of the streets. To truly be able to control the streets of such hostile environment, you need guns. So in addition to your mobile device, Watch Dogs lets you have access to over 30 traditional weapons as well. This is good because imagining Aidan throwing his phone against the opponents would just be silly.
Anyway, moving in Watch Dog’s Chicago can also be done with various vehicles as the game has more than 65 differently behaving vehicles to choose from. And of course, when you’re not moving you can also move above the rooftops, using the environment to your benefit. We’ve seen Ubisoft doing splendid job when it comes to movement of roofs (Assassin’s Creed), so the developers should be no strangers how to get this part done right.
We at Bag of Games have seen many different kind of open-world games. Some have been good, some have tried hard but failed. By giving new layers of depth to an city-roaming game such as this, Ubisoft just might holding on to an another hopefully successful franchise which will give future players countless fun hours to roam. Needless to say, the setting itself is enough to keep us interested.
Other things to expect
One interesting fact we’ve learned is that Watch Dogs will have mini-games. Since Aidan can hack into peoples phones, he also has access to the games those phones might have. This means you can hack into someone’s phone and play the games himself. Now don’t you just hate when someone else ranks up #1 in your mobile phone?
Companion app will be accessible on smartphones and tablets
And there will be a multiplayer component in the game, but Ubisoft has currently kept it mainly under the radar. However, one way of interact with other players is the companion app which will be accessible on smartphones and tablets and through those they can access some elements of the game. This means that you can hinder the player controlling Aidan by using the companion app to hack the CtOS by calling in police helicopters or activating hindrances on the road such as spike blockers.
In a game such as this, I’m actually quite intrigued to see how the final product will pull this off.
The game has been in development for three years and the developers at Ubisoft are working hard to deliver a new kind of experience that will allow gamers interact with the game world. The game will be released November 19th in North America and it will be heading also for the next gen consoles such as Xbox one and PS4.
Now I’ll let you enjoy these beautiful trailers: