A while back i told you about the much anticipated open world hacker action game Watch Dogs…well it’s been released and i’m gonna give away a PS4 copy to one of you lucky readers. You’ll get to run around the highly detailed and interactive city of Chicago using an array of gadgets and tech powers that allow you to hack pretty much everything in the environment, from traffic lights to helicopters in a bid to escape authorities, catch bad guys or just help random people.
Ya plenty of action.
So here’s the drill.
The lowdown: you play as Aiden Pearce, who’s involved in a botched heist and when someone tries to assassinate you, your 6 year old daughter ends up getting killed and now you’re pissed and out for revenge. All this takes place in the fully simulated living city of Chicago where, using your smartphone, you have real-time control over the city’s infrastructure. The city basically becomes your weapon.
Have a look at this trailer and see what you can expect.
Pretty obvious from those reviews you saw overlayed on the visuals.
And here’s my 2 cents.
Presentation: the open world, highly detailed, interactive environment set in Chicago is spot on. It’s pretty much a replica of the city and the visuals are impressive to say the least. Sunset in particular will make most gamers stand still and just enjoy the scenery. Walking through the bustling city will overload your senses. Main character is a tad bland and one dimensional but what did you expect..they killed his daughter. They make up for it though with some other entertaining supporting characters you’ll meet along the way.
Gameplay: there is a great balance between action and stealth. You’ll get to shoot your way out of situations, drive around in numerous vehicles and use the environment to your advantage. Access security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy.
Lastability: Will take you roughly 20 hours to rush through to the end but there is plenty along the way to keep you occupied in terms of side missions and general driving around and exploring. You can break in and out of prison, go play poker, try to drink another character under the table etc.
Final thoughts: while i dont like comparing games to other titles this one is best explained as a mix of Gran Theft Auto and Deus Ex. Technology meets open world realism where you get to choose how you approach each situation. I’ll give it a solid 8.5 out of 10 on the hacker scale.
Right…now one of you is gonna walk away with a copy of the game and i’ll throw in a bonus item of game merchandise as well. Something the main character wears.
In the past i’ve mainly given away Xbox 360 games so this time i’m showing some love for the PlayStation crowd. You’ll need a PS4 though if you wanna play the game. Here’s what you gotta do.
Win a PS4 copy of Watch Dogs with @MegaromGames and @lifeissavage via http://bit.ly/1peEpQo
Now get involved. Will pick a winner on Monday afternoon.