To say Watch Dogs is an anticipated game is to do it something of a disservice. The game was announced at 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the glimpses of gameplay Ubisoft has shown since have only heightened expectations for the game. It has just launched on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, and will arrive on the Wii U sometime this fall. So now that the game is out, does Watch Dogs live up to the hype?
According to most critics, it’s not perfect, but it’s a very good game all the same. As of this writing, Metacritic scores it at 81 out of 100, with 44 critics weighing in. USgamer, the site that liked it the most, gave it 5 stars out of 5, saying: “Phenomenal. No other word for it.” On the low end of the scale is Eurogamer, which gave the game a 7 out of 10, saying, “It certainly entertains, but mostly through borrowed concepts.”
Watch Dogs takes place in a near-futuristic Chicago, where many aspects of the city’s infrastructure are controlled by an operating system called ctOS. That’s what allows protagonist Aiden Pearce, a hacker, to break into the system and create disorder for the sake of his clients’ ends. At the start of the game, Pearce stumbles upon a major secret, and those wishing to protect that secret kill his niece to keep him quiet. This kicks things off, as Pearce sets out to right the wrongs and make those responsible pay.