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Watch Dogs 2 – review and giveaway [PS4]
Posted by on Dec 6th, 2016

If you played Watch Dogs in 2014 then you will no doubt be excited to get your hands on a copy of Watch Dogs 2 because in short it’s pretty much better in every aspect than the original. If you havn’t played the first game then let me school you quick…you play a hacker in the San Francisco Bay area and take on the all-seeing big brother city surveillance system called ctOS that tracks and monitors citizens through the network of electronically connected things. The original game was good, but the main character was about as exciting as a plank and nobody really liked him. In Watch Dogs 2 you play as Marcus Holloway, a much cooler and more edgy lead who is angrier, grittier and swears. I liked him. And the open-world San Francisco Bay area is more diverse and dynamic than the original’s Chicago.

I have a PS4 copy of Watch Dogs 2 to give away to a lucky reader so if you’re keen then keep reading and get involved.

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That’s an in-game screenshot. Mooi.

The low-down: It’s 2016 and an advanced city operating system called ctOS 2.0 is installed in several US cities to create a safer, more efficient metropolis. You play as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker living in the San Francisco Bay Area and team up with Dedsec, a notorious group of hackers, to expose the hidden dangers of ctOS 2.0, which, in the hands of the corrupt is being wrongfully used to monitor and manipulate citizens on a massive scale. With the power of hacking and Dedsec by your side you launch the Hack of the Century, take down ctOS 2.0 and give freedom back to whom it belongs: the people.

And here’s a gameplay trailer to give you a taste of what to expect.

How sexy are those visuals of San Francisco hey. And it’s pretty much a exact replica of the city with all the landmarks in the correct locations.

My 2 cents so far.

Presentation: Outstanding. Think Grand Theft Auto, but with more tech gadgets and less violence. The visuals are awesome with the city of San Francisco faithfully reproduced from beaches, mountains, bustling neighbourhoods, Silicon Valley, the SF bridge and Standford University. All of which is free for you to explore and interact with in the dynamic open-world environment.

Gameplay: besides the obvious main missions there are plenty of side quests and things to do. You don’t even have to do anything if you don’t really want to. Just explore the city and use your superior hacking skills to mess with people by listening to their phone conversations, changing traffic lights, steal money from their bank accounts or using your drone to hack any number of electronic devices. You can also take control of all vehicles so jumping into a Ferrari and cruising through the winding roads is as rad as it sounds. Car physics are not the slickest, but hey let’s not nitpick. The one thing i didn’t think fitted with the whole hacker concept is that Marcus can use a 3D printer to create numerous kinds of guns. It just doesn’t suit the gameplay to go around blasting people. I’m sure some people will get a kick out of it though.

Lastability: it’s huge and there are so many things to do so don’t expect to get through the majority of it anytime soon. Being an open-world environment means you can choose to come and go as you please so you can easily drop a few days of play without even going near a main mission. Speaking of which…the main story line missions are also not linear and you have the freedom to approach them as you wish. Stealthy, with tech and your hacking skills or just guns blazing…your choice. And that’s without the online multiplayer option which is apparently great.

Final thoughts: Great visuals and very enjoyable city environment. Missions can get repetitive, but there is enough variety to keep most gamers entertained. Gameplay is fluid and the open world freedom is a pleasure to immerse yourself in. Gets a hacking 8 out 10.

Right…one of you that leaves a comment beneath this post is gonna walk away with a PS4 copy of the game and some other game merchandise.

To enter tell me in the comment section below why you want the game (be creative or funny or desperate you know the drill) and then head on over to SA’s top game distributor Megarom HERE and check the ‘Forthcoming’ game section then say which game you are most looking forward to.

Easy as that.

Will pick a winner next Friday 16th December.

[Competition only open to those in South Africa]

DevZA says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Its simple, who wouldn’t want to play Mr. Robot the game, right?!? Seriously this game looks awesome though. Seems all of the issues and lackluster gameplay from WD1 has been rectified in Watch Dogs 2.

Tony Wade says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

me wants, you haz. Thank you. *8)

Looti says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

PS4 on takealot – R5,999
Make up dinner with the Mrs – R650
Beers for game night – R150

Not being able to afford any games to play on your new PS4 – Priceless

There are some things that money can’t buy, and for those things I need it given to me… by you…. or just Watch Dogs 2 will suffice.

Oh, and Tomb Raider duh. Cause, fan boy!


Eddy says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I’m currently studying ethical hacking and I think it would inspire me to use the knowledge I’m about to gain for good, because the game will show me all the bad it can be used for and what the consequences would be if caught.

Naaah, I just really enjoyed the first game and the second one looks amazing!!

I am studying ethical hacking though, if that’s a plus? So I could become more involved with the in game character when necessary.

I just really want this game so bad and clearly I’d say anything to get it. I also like watching dogs on the internet.

I’d just like to play the game because it’s been compared to GTA which I’m not really a fan of, but this seems like a far more sophisticated version of GTA.

I will really enjoy switching the traffic lights. I also recently had a baby and cannot afford to buy the game, so it would be highly appreciated. Yes my son was planned, but I didn’t expect the game to be as pricy as it is.

Eddy says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I’m looking forward to Ghost Recon Wildlands

Keegan says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I’m looking forward to For Honor which is being released on the 14th Feb 2017.

Lourens (Krans) says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Here I am, 9:37 on a Wednesday morning, banging my head on the table as I can’t think of any creative ideas to comment to win Watch Dogs 2 but then I realised I do have an ace up my sleeve: Pure Desperation.

I DO own a PS4 but what I don’t own in Watch Dogs 2, which coincidentally is also the thing I can’t afford right now.

C’mon, after a rough 2016, throw a Krans a bone…and with a bone I mean, a PS4 copy of Watch Dogs 2. I’ll tweet the shit out of it too, so er’body will know where I won it.

See…I do a pretty good ‘desperate’ 😛

McFancypants says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Why do I want the game? Well, it’s a combination of things, really. FOMO being one of them, a love for gaming the other and then there’s the classic Christmas prezzie blues (sob story, I’m buying for others…but ain’t got cash to buy for myself) – true story.

Also, despite the first being widely criticized for being not all as what was advertised originally at E3, I quite enjoyed it. Sure, Aiden was a bit drab, but given the fact that it was a revenge story at its core, it would’ve been weird if he was upbeat and cracked jokes and what not. So yeah…Watch_Dogs and I have history and I’d like to build on that relationship by winning Watch_Dogs 2. Please help a brother build and maintain this relationship with…a…game (okay, now it’s getting weird) 😀

And as for which game I’m most looking forward to…why, good sir, that’ll be Ghost Recon Wildlands…pip, pip, jolly good, and all that pish posh.

Andre says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Takealot offered a deal on Watch Dogs 2, marked down from R999 to R969. As amazing a saving as that is, I’d much rather win it from you.

Ghost Recon Wildlands looks noice, too.

Nic says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I played the first one and got so immersed into it no one saw me for months and now this one looks even better. I was going to buy it until i broke my ankle this past weekend by falling in a pothole during a running race in JHB CBD and had to fork out large amounts of cash. Now I’m sitting at home with nothing to do (I do have work to do during the week though) and I’d really really really love to get into this game. Plllllleeeeaaase pretty please give it to me??? :) Imagine if I could hack everything just from my phone while sitting at home with my broken ankle – so much fun would be had. :)

Obviously Ghost Recon Wildlands is a must have game, it just looks so damn awesome!

Luke.S says:
December 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I want the game because I like to watch dogs rather than watch cats. (sorry for the bad pun, I couldn’t help myself)

On a serious note, I love the setting of the game in the colorful and vibrant city of San Francisco. The game play seems great and the visuals look amazing in my opinion. I never bought the first Watch Dogs because I thought of it as being rather bad. But I regret that decision now and would love to get my sticky little fingers on this new gem!

Its also holidays now and I have nothing to do and no new games to play sooo…..please find it in your heart to make me the winner of this giveaway. By the way I have never won any giveaway before and it would be very cool if this was the first one that I have won.

And I am very excited for the game For Honor. I love ancient history so playing as soldiers from different time periods through out history makes me keen to buy it.

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