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theczech99
02-26-2013, 11:05 AM
Sounds like the next gen versions are farther along than the 360 and PS3 versions. My only question is which group does the Wii U fall into?

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/393253/watch-dogs-developed-for-next-gen-consoles-first/

Ubisoft appears to be prioritising development of the PC and next-gen versions of Watch Dogs (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/playstation-4/action/13057/watch-dogs/), which is due for release later this year.

http://cdn.medialib.computerandvideogames.com/screens/dir_2980/image_298051_thumb_wide300.jpg (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/viewer.php?mode=article&id=298051) According to a Google translation of an interview the publisher's CEO gave to Dutch site Inside Gamer (http://www.insidegamer.nl/artikel/103431/ubisoft-baas-yves-guillemot-over-de-ps4-interview), Ubisoft has been working on next-gen console titles for "two or three years". Yves Guillemot said: "Previously, we developed first games on the Xbox 360 and which were then translated into the PS3. It took a lot of time and money to make that port. Now we develop from the PC and which versions are translated into a console like the PlayStation 4."

He added of PS4 launch title Watch Dogs (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/392534/watch-dogs-confirmed-for-ps4-launch-new-gameplay-video/): "At the moment our team is working hard to release the next generation consoles and the PC. Then other teams see how they can bring to the current generation of consoles. Maybe we at E3 two different versions can show."

Guillemot also said Ubisoft is working on unannounced Vita games. "We are still a number of Vita games busy. I can not announce anything, but it's coming. The Vita is not dead for us."

Retro
02-26-2013, 11:10 AM
The Wii U is sort of feeling like the Dreamcast did. It's kind of next gen but not.

Retro
04-30-2013, 06:19 PM
Can't wait for this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-YUmYjVXf0

Major Stains
05-05-2013, 01:59 PM
Watch Dogs’ connectivity is a 'core pillar,' Ubisoft says
(http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/5/4300752/watch-dogs-connectivity-is-a-core-pillar-ubisoft-says)

Ubisoft's upcoming technology heavy open-world game Watch Dogs will be connected "in many ways," senior producer Dominic Guay said during a video interview.

According to Guay, speaking in the video above, one of the game's "core pillars is connectivity," and players will be able to use their mobile devices in some capacity.

"We wanted the player to be able to connect o Watch Dogs even through his mobile," Guay said, "Be able to play directly with people who are on their console, who are on their PlayStation 4, even if he's on the bus. Basically to be attached to our game world even when he steps out of the living room."

Guay continued to talk about the game's multiplayer aspect, which will attempt to "breach the wall" between single-player and multiplayer.

"We want the player to be surprised when he meets other players," Guay said. "We want him to be able to go from single-player to multiplayer without having to go through a lobby, to menus, to various game settings."

Watch Dogs will launch Nov. 19 in North America and Nov. 22 in UK. The game will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows PC and is a PlayStation 4 launch title.

Interesting...very interesting.

Retro
05-10-2013, 08:29 AM
Interview and gameplay. (I swear the producer Dominic Guay is like the Freach-Canadian Matt Damon.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05-5bQHvAnE

Retro
05-10-2013, 01:26 PM
Big article on Destructoid.


Watch Dogs has been on everyone's radar ever since its surprise debut at E3 last year. It's an open-world game, but what makes this one so unique is that you play as Aiden Pearce, an expert hacker who can control the connected city of Chicago right in the palm of his hands.
Anything that's electronic or connected online can be controlled with ease, and with this power Aiden will use whatever means necessary to get revenge on those that have wronged him. At the same time, Aiden becomes sort of a vigilante for the city of Chicago, and your actions will have an impact upon the game's world.
Those of you worried about story spoilers need not fear, as Ubisoft ran us through a live demo that merely consisted of exploring the open world environment to show us just how much future Chicago can offer players.


Continue reading here.... http://www.destructoid.com/exploring-the-connected-city-of-chicago-in-watch-dogs-253434.phtml

Major Stains
05-10-2013, 04:10 PM
45 minutes with the first PS4 game (http://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/45-minutes-with-the-first-playstation-4-game)

Retro
06-10-2013, 08:46 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nt78aTSnTY

Retro
10-15-2013, 11:31 AM
Watch Dogs delayed.


Ubisoft has announced that (http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/10/15/watch-dogs-the-crew-delayed-until-at-least-april-2014)Watch Dogs (http://www.ign.com/games/watchdogs/xbox-360-135672) and (http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/10/15/watch-dogs-the-crew-delayed-until-at-least-april-2014)The Crew (http://www.ign.com/games/ubisoft-reflections-project/ps4-20000594) have been delayed. Both titles were previously set for Ubisoft’s current fiscal year (which ends on March 31, 2014) but will now be released in the following fiscal year instead. This means that the earliest date either title will be released is April 1, 2014. (http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/10/15/watch-dogs-the-crew-delayed-until-at-least-april-2014)

Retro
03-17-2014, 01:53 PM
Watch Dogs will take the average player between 35 and 40 hours to complete, according to the game's creative director.

Ubisoft's Jonathan Morin explained on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Design_Cave/statuses/444907972481658880) that most people who do some free roaming should expect to see the closing credits within that time frame, though anyone wanting to see everything will be looking at a playtime approaching triple figures. This is before taking into account the 8-player multiplayer we wrote about last week (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/03/07/watch-dogs-to-have-8-player-open-world-multiplayer).


http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/03/17/watch-dogs-takes-40-hours-to-complete-on-average

Gink
03-27-2014, 01:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9yNUOA8RAk&feature=youtu.be

Retro
04-23-2014, 11:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op6Abh_gnEQ

Retro
04-23-2014, 11:59 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXZ5ZvVIOoU


http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/04/23/watch-dogs-how-we-spent-our-first-5-hours

TheFreak75
04-23-2014, 12:13 PM
All these people got to play the game for at least 5 hours, first mission and then roam around the city, everybody so far are liking what they see, that's good news

Toxic Avenger72
04-23-2014, 04:31 PM
Can't wait for this game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSV2k7LBMQo

Spike Forehand
05-08-2014, 09:43 AM
I'm also getting a little bit pumped for this. Hoping at least a few of the PS4 MP's join me. Seems like it's impossible to get those guys interested in anything but BF4 though.

This weekend I'll poke around the WD site and see if there's a forum we can do some recruiting on.

REMEC87
05-08-2014, 09:56 AM
I'm also getting a little bit pumped for this. Hoping at least a few of the PS4 MP's join me. Seems like it's impossible to get those guys interested in anything but BF4 though.

This weekend I'll poke around the WD site and see if there's a forum we can do some recruiting on.

I'm looking for a new poison and I may get this. Release date?

Spike Forehand
05-08-2014, 10:28 AM
I'm looking for a new poison and I may get this. Release date?

May 27.

Retro
05-08-2014, 10:29 AM
Definitely getting this and mostly likely on PS4.

Retro
05-13-2014, 11:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz3WbLUkZzE

johnnyh1976
05-24-2014, 06:18 PM
Anyone getting this one? I've made the jump from PS3 to XBOne and this one seemed pretty cool plus EB games had a promo on so I basically got it for no extra $$ due to my trade in.

I like the idea it is in a real city and the whole hacking/manipulating the city looks cool.

Thoughts?

FeelinKorny
05-24-2014, 07:56 PM
I have interest. Concept sounds awesome. Massive potential. But the more gameplay I see of the game the less excited I get. I think its going to be a solid game but nothing to write home about. I'm going to beat wolfenstein first and then see about picking this up.

FeelinKorny
05-25-2014, 06:39 AM
Somehow after watching Conan review this game, it seems more fun to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE6OnFKxdi4&feature=youtu.be

Spike Forehand
05-25-2014, 10:30 AM
Been watching a lot of videos of this game, and I really like what I'm seeing. Seems to combine a lot of cool stuff that I like:

- Open World gameplay like RDR, FC3
- Sneak capabilities, or guns blazing to fit the mood
- Very cool arcade-ish mini games like this one:

http://youtu.be/XoKU4hm0N8E
- Modern day (relatively) setting.

(FWIW I'm just not a fan of futuristic games like Halo or Killzone. Can't really put my finger on why. Maybe it's cause I'm an engineer and I find the physics on so many of those games to be so lol that it ruins it.

I anticipate playing the shit out of this game come Tuesday.

johnnyh1976
05-25-2014, 12:07 PM
I anticipate playing the shit out of this game come Tuesday.


Me too....gonna be a long ass day at work on Wednesday.....thank jeebus for coffee!!!

I was on the fence about it but EB games had a good promotion on for trade so I traded in and got this for free basically. I like the concept and am just getting into open world 3rd person games.

REMEC87
05-26-2014, 03:25 PM
I'm interested but I want a solid review on it first....

TheFreak75
05-26-2014, 04:29 PM
Pre-ordered mine, can't wait to pick it up tomorrow

Retro
05-26-2014, 05:37 PM
Didn't pre-order but I'll be picking up a copy tomorrow.

FeelinKorny
05-26-2014, 06:18 PM
Im starting to think I should of held off on Wolfenstein and waiting a few days for this. Maybe I can get lucky and beat it wolf real quick then trade straight up on craigslist.

Retro
05-27-2014, 03:14 PM
4 hours in and this game is a blast. With open world games I always tend to stick with the main story and plug through it as the side stuff adds little value to me personally regarding the main story.

This game however, I have found myself just walking around and going after side missions. Definitely a game I will get lost in and have me looking at the clock and wondering how time went by so fast.

HardlyCapable13
05-27-2014, 07:57 PM
Been playing around 4 hours and I'm with ya Retro. I haven't completed one story mission since you're let loose in the city. Keep getting side tracked.

Loving the game so far. Tons to see and do.

EPIC50CAL
05-27-2014, 09:04 PM
I cant get into any online matches it just keep searching for players

johnnyh1976
05-27-2014, 10:11 PM
I only got a couple of hours in and did some of the main story parts. I'm impressed. I can also see me doing some of the side missions as well. I've always been very linear in games so getting lost in open world games has really become very fun....play the game how you want.....I like it.

I saw a lot of mixed reviews and some negative remarks, all of which are from people that try to compare it side by side to GTA. I'm looking forward to getting lost in this one for sure.

Cheers!!

HardlyCapable13
05-27-2014, 11:59 PM
The Chicago of Watch Dogs is a blast to explore, and much larger and more diverse than I anticipated. There is a ton to do in this game, but side missions so far seem to be pretty repetitive (though I'm still having a blast). I put in around 6 hours today and only ended up doing one campaign mission. All the other time was spent exploring and completing side work.

So far I'd say a great job by Ubi. Looking forward to progressing through the story and maybe seeing what online is all about.

Spike Forehand
05-28-2014, 05:17 AM
I definitely am digging this game, but I find all the controls and options of things to do a little overwhelming. Which is partially a good thing and part bad.

I think what Infamous Second Son did really well was teach you to use all your powers. Here it seems like you're kind of tossed in. I did the first couple of missions up to infiltrating the first guarded CTOS building. I'm trying to sneak into it, and man is that tough. I seem to die instantly from just a couple of bullets. I'm also only like 1 for 5 in evading police capture.

I'm gonna have to lower difficulty I think (playing on hard).

TonkaToys
05-28-2014, 07:12 AM
Anyone recording any game play so the rest of us poor "watch dogs-free" souls to vicariously enjoy your adventures?

antagonizer
05-28-2014, 08:24 AM
Tmartn has a one hour play he posted.

HardlyCapable13
05-28-2014, 08:54 AM
I definitely am digging this game, but I find all the controls and options of things to do a little overwhelming. Which is partially a good thing and part bad.

I think what Infamous Second Son did really well was teach you to use all your powers. Here it seems like you're kind of tossed in. I did the first couple of missions up to infiltrating the first guarded CTOS building. I'm trying to sneak into it, and man is that tough. I seem to die instantly from just a couple of bullets. I'm also only like 1 for 5 in evading police capture.

I'm gonna have to lower difficulty I think (playing on hard).

Snuck through that whole thing without being spotted. Went from cover to cover distracting guards and taking them out one by one with headshots from my silenced pistol. Use the cameras to spot guards and look for paths/distraction opportunities.

I do agree, however, that it seems to make you figure crap out on your own. I still have no idea about crafting.

SouthtownSlayer
05-28-2014, 12:30 PM
I definitely am digging this game, but I find all the controls and options of things to do a little overwhelming. Which is partially a good thing and part bad.

I think what Infamous Second Son did really well was teach you to use all your powers. Here it seems like you're kind of tossed in. I did the first couple of missions up to infiltrating the first guarded CTOS building. I'm trying to sneak into it, and man is that tough. I seem to die instantly from just a couple of bullets. I'm also only like 1 for 5 in evading police capture.

I'm gonna have to lower difficulty I think (playing on hard).

I have to agree with you on the controls
My Son: "Dad your getting old and your old reflexes can't hang"
Me: "Son, I don't need need to be young or have fast reflexes to ground your sorry punk ass!"

Retro
05-28-2014, 01:31 PM
I find the controls pretty easy. I love try to evade police and other factions. Nothing like running the lights, looking back and triggering the light change to see all or most my pursuers crash into a pile up.

Also love spotting the bad guys with grenades and remotely triggering them. Setting traps in this game is just awesome. Especially once you start crafting the IED and proximity IED.

Spike Forehand
05-29-2014, 06:56 AM
I find the controls pretty easy. I love try to evade police and other factions. Nothing like running the lights, looking back and triggering the light change to see all or most my pursuers crash into a pile up.

.

Getting much better after some more time in the game and by lowering difficulty to Normal, but I'm still not good at triggering the lights or blockers after I drive over them. Unless there's an alternate control mapping scheme, it's really awkward to be pressing X to look back and then hold the square down long enough to activate it, all while driving forward.

Anybody have tips for this? Is there a way to change control mapping? Would be great if like L3 or something else was "look back". X is a weird spot for it IMO.

HardlyCapable13
05-29-2014, 07:35 AM
Getting much better after some more time in the game and by lowering difficulty to Normal, but I'm still not good at triggering the lights or blockers after I drive over them. Unless there's an alternate control mapping scheme, it's really awkward to be pressing X to look back and then hold the square down long enough to activate it, all while driving forward.

Anybody have tips for this? Is there a way to change control mapping? Would be great if like L3 or something else was "look back". X is a weird spot for it IMO.

I usually hold the hacking button just before passing them so it starts to register, then activates just after you pass.

Spike Forehand
05-29-2014, 10:55 AM
I usually hold the hacking button just before passing them so it starts to register, then activates just after you pass.

Yeah - that's what I was trying. Seems like I'm always a little early or a little late. (That's what she said).

Retro
05-29-2014, 11:34 AM
As soon as I hit an intersection I'll put the middle part of my thumb over the x button and the top of my thumb over the □ button.

Spike Forehand
05-29-2014, 11:57 AM
As soon as I hit an intersection I'll put the middle part of my thumb over the x button and the top of my thumb over the □ button.

I'll have to try that maneuver. (That's not what she said, unfortunately.)

HardlyCapable13
05-29-2014, 12:17 PM
Yeah - that's what I was trying. Seems like I'm always a little early or a little late. (That's what she said).


I'll have to try that maneuver. (That's not what she said, unfortunately.)

Hmmm, someone is having some issues between the sheets...

Borlaxx
05-29-2014, 03:01 PM
Does anybody know anyone who has tried the PS3 or 360 version? I'm wondering how they compare, and if there is any difference other than worse textures and framerate. I doubt I will get it on my PS3 as it sounds like it is worth waiting until I get a next gen system.

HardlyCapable13
05-29-2014, 03:14 PM
Does anybody know anyone who has tried the PS3 or 360 version? I'm wondering how they compare, and if there is any difference other than worse textures and framerate. I doubt I will get it on my PS3 as it sounds like it is worth waiting until I get a next gen system.

I'm sure the difference isn't really that great. In my opinion GTAV had better visuals compared to WD on X1/PS4.

I believe LS was playing it on the 360 though.

LandShark
05-29-2014, 03:30 PM
Ive enjoyed what little ive played WD. Good looking game that think I will like more than GTAv, I just couldn't get into the thuglife crap. lol

Snowblind
05-29-2014, 05:01 PM
Just fired this up today and can really see my self getting lost in this game. Just did the first mission and like this a little better than gta. Anyone try downloading the app or try online yet?

Spike Forehand
05-29-2014, 05:41 PM
Does anybody know anyone who has tried the PS3 or 360 version? I'm wondering how they compare, and if there is any difference other than worse textures and framerate. I doubt I will get it on my PS3 as it sounds like it is worth waiting until I get a next gen system.

FWIW, here's the IGM comparison video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZjfR9YrWFw

I'm never sure how accurate these comparison videos really are.

I would worry that on the older consoles they might drop out some of the cool capabilities that will make you wish you just waited till you got a next gen console to buy it. I haven't heard, though, that the game is any different.

Retro
05-29-2014, 05:43 PM
IGN just did a review for the PS3 version, although the majority is lifted from the X1/PS4 review. It did say that the PS3 version suffers some "significant" performance issues. Whatever that means.

Borlaxx
05-29-2014, 05:50 PM
I think I will just wait. One more game to look forward to on next gen. Now that my wife finished nursing school and will be basically doubling our household income we should finally have the money to get one.

Spike Forehand
05-29-2014, 06:35 PM
Hmmm, someone is having some issues between the sheets...

Hey - you shouldn't throw stones in your glass house. You're the one with the gamertag "HardlyCapable". :ar15::brick:

HardlyCapable13
05-29-2014, 07:31 PM
You're the one with the gamertag "HardlyCapable". :ar15::brick:

Touché

Spike Forehand
05-30-2014, 11:12 AM
Now that I've played three nights, I can pretty much say this game is really good.

Last night I:

- Used Retro's technique for road traps - worked like a champ once you get timing right

- Finally did some crafting and started liberally using grenades, lures, and IED's. Fun, fun, fun.

- Did a couple of story missions and both a gang hideout and convoy side mission. Both took a couple of tries on Normal, which is how I like difficulty set. I generally try to go in sneaky and go guns blazing only as necessary (which is usually). I'm not afraid to restart a mission if I'm not happy with how it's going, but one tip. If you "restart mission" it puts you all the way back at the beginning, but if you just stand up and let them kill you it'll let you restart at the last checkpoint.

- Played a few matches of multiplayer decryption. This was great when you had decent teammates, but sucked if you get in a game with wanna-be gangster dickhead kids. Kind of like COD in other words. Would love to run this with a squad of MP's vs. randoms - I think we could destroy them - but I'm not at all sure if you can squad up. I've only seen public games and private games. I doubt we have enough MP's to do a worthwhile fully private game, but if you see me on and wanna try it hit me up.

- Did one of the multiplayer missions where you have to tail a guy without being spotted. The dude I had to tail jumped in a car and drove off. I had to chase him down, and I can't for the life of me figure out how you can do that without being spotted. Anyone else play that yet?

Toxic Avenger72
06-08-2014, 09:34 PM
well, hell's bells. I got bit the the 90% loading screen bug (which means that my saved game probably got corrupted). Uninstalled, re-installed 2X. no help. Had all of the cfos towers opened, all hotspots and all music opened (except for those 3 that you get during certain parts of the game), and almost 45% progression into the game. Needless to say, i'm a little pissed.

tweety
06-19-2014, 02:01 PM
Anybody have any input on this game? Thinking I would buy this for the WiiU.

Borlaxx
06-19-2014, 02:05 PM
Havent played it myself, but other MPs seemed to like it although there were some complaints about tedious missions like in Assassin's Creed - another Ubi game.

I'm interested to see how they use the gamepad. Seems like a natural fit for hacking, but we will see.

Mutt
06-19-2014, 02:24 PM
Anybody have any input on this game? Thinking I would buy this for the WiiU.

I have a friend that played it at work and he says that the game is good, but the plot is atrocious and as Borlaxx said it's much like Assassin's Creed 3 for mission based and crossed with GTA from what I've been told. I'm curious if what the multiplayer is like?

Spike Forehand
06-19-2014, 05:41 PM
I'm about 25% done and kind of lost interest and haven't touched it in a week or so as I've been playing Hardline and War Thunder.

The story is pretty bad and the main character is totally a dud, but the city and gameplay is good. Virtually no weird glitches or anything. Some people don't like the driving, but I think it's fine and just as good as GTA driving.

The multiplayer could use a little more variety. There are only a four modes - two hacking related 1v1 which is meh, one 4 vs 4 which is like team deathmatch/capture the flag which is good, and one arcade-ish racing mode which is fun. Will be interesting to see what they do there with DLC.


Mix of AC and GTA is pretty accurate, but I find it easier to play than AC - which I hate the controls for (except for the ship battles in AC4 - which were great).

GTA was probably a better game, but this is still worth playing and I have high hopes if they do a Watch Dogs 2 that it'll be much improved.

HardlyCapable13
07-01-2014, 02:43 PM
Ubisoft has unveiled that three new single-player missions will come to Watch Dogs tomorrow as DLC for all platforms.

The three new missions for Aiden Pearce will also reward players with perks, weapons, and outfits, starting with the Palace single-player objective. With police planning a raid on an Internet mogul's mansion — who has valuable info on Dedsec and Pearce, among thousands of others — players must infiltrate the palace and wipe his hard drive. Oh, and taking out the mogul is also apparently advised.

The other two missions are called Signature Shot and Breakthrough. The former has players trying to steal a biometrics weapon, which only works with the first person to imprint their palm on the handle. The latter mission has Pearce tasked with taking out everyone at a secret gathering in a Chicago club.

The new weaponry available for Pearce is the aforementioned biometric rifle as well as an auto-6 pistol. New perks and bonuses include the Dedsec battery boost, Blume weapon boost, a driving master boost, and ATM hack boost.

According to Ubisoft, Watch Dogs season pass holders already got access to this content one week early, while the DLC becomes available tomorrow for everyone else. The season pass is still available for $20 USD.


source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/01/new-content-coming-to-watch-dogs?abthid=53b3005ae0b6ae587200001e

HardlyCapable13
07-29-2014, 04:04 PM
Hmmm, new city revealed for a future Watch Dogs game via twitter?

http://assets1.ignimgs.com/2014/07/29/watchdogstweet1jpg-0d2257.jpg

Retro
07-29-2014, 04:08 PM
Hmmm, new city revealed for a future Watch Dogs game via twitter?

http://assets1.ignimgs.com/2014/07/29/watchdogstweet1jpg-0d2257.jpg

Or perhaps a proper expansion???

HardlyCapable13
07-29-2014, 04:42 PM
Or perhaps a proper expansion???

That would be nice but I doubt it.

Spike Forehand
08-28-2014, 10:16 PM
Couple of vids I made:


http://youtu.be/gYKWOsj4J6A


http://youtu.be/Quvr2KW1E7s

Im still not done the campaign - it's good but not totally compelling. I've been enjoying the side missions now that I got all the guns and stuff and plenty of cash.

Retro
09-05-2014, 09:23 AM
Out Sept. 30th (or the 23rd for season pass holders)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4K0LdVsokY

Retro
09-15-2014, 12:49 PM
Say what you will about Ubisoft, but they've got a knack for trying something a little different for their DLC offerings. After the incredibly successful launch of Watch Dogs back in May, it seemed like they've been biding their time with the release of some smaller DLC packs to one of their best-selling new titles. With so much content packed in Watch Dogs, I was curious to see how a single-player campaign DLC can stack up.

But now, it seems Ubisoft felt that four months was enough for players to explore the city of Chicago as Aiden Pearce. With a new playable character, a new set of tools, and new missions to dive into; players can see the streets of Chicago through a fresh perspective, and can even bring a friend along for the ride.


Set a few months after the end of the main campaign, players take on the role of Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney, a fellow hacker who helped Aiden Pearce during his fight against Blume Corporation. As he tries to tie-up loose ends before leaving Chicago for good, T-Bone encounters an old acquaintance that needs his help -- not wanting to leave him hanging, he must once again take on the Blume Corporation, while trying to cover his tracks and get out of the game in one piece.
First and foremost, anyone expecting a Blood Dragon style addition to the main game will be disappointed. Bad Blood serves as an epilogue to the main story of Watch Dogs, tying up loose ends and showing what became of the main characters after Aiden Pearce succeeded in getting his revenge. Don't expect a tongue-in-cheek and self-aware title here, this is still Watch Dogs. With that said, Bad Blood seems to have a lot more fun with the material, opting to go with more of a punk take on the computer hacker, rather than a brooding and oh so serious anti-hero. T-Bone is a really fun character to play as -- he'll offer witty banter and show sass to the other characters, all the while using bizarre gadgets and tricks to take down the competition. Basically, he's the exact opposite of Aiden.
Speaking with Project Manager David Thériault and Senior Game Designer Aurélien Chiron, the developers at Ubisoft wanted to keep the core of the Watch Dogs experience the same, while at the same time adding a shift in tone and new gameplay tweaks. "It's great to come back and show something new for fans," said Thériault. "We feel it will bring a lot of freshness and newness to the franchise."

Much like Aiden, T-Bone possesses the tools to hack into Chicago's computer network to manipulate the city's installations to his whim. He'll have to use these tricks, along with some heavy firepower and cunning to overcome the many enemies that are out to get him and his allies. Unlike the other hacker, T-Bone has got some unique tricks up his sleeve. The veteran hacker can bring his customized R/C car Eugene out into the field, which has a taser and access to the same hacking abilities. Eugene can enter smalls spaces and avoid the sights of guards to complete tasks too difficult by traditional means.
Of course, since the game is still set in Chicago, many players will likely feel at home when starting Bad Blood. However, the developers hope to switch things up by adding in a few surprises. "While it is still set in Chicago, we added in a lot of new locations that the player hasn't seen in Watch Dogs," said Aurélien while discussing the new content. "In these new locations, we play with the space much more. In terms of tools, you can use Eugene, which allows you to sneak past enemies and in tight spaces to accomplish goals."
In order to spice up the side-content, the developers opted to create a brand new series of side-missions called Street Sweep. After a certain point in the game's story, T-Bone will make contact with an ally in the Chicago Police Department who has a whole stack full of case files that need solving. In addition to the existing side content, these new missions allow T-Bone to level up, acquire currency to upgrade his gear and buy new costumes, and help clean the streets of Chicago to boost his reputation. Think Person of Interest, but with a main character that wields a giant wretch and an all-purpose smartphone as his weapons of choice.
"We wanted to add more variety to the side-content, and we wanted to add more objectives to the types of missions and places, and with Street Sweep we now have endless missions available for players," said Aurélien while elaborating on the new Street Sweep missions. "The goal was to never have two missions that are the same, they are all generated but they are never the same. With the Street Sweep, players can enjoy the side-missions as much as they want."

Moreover, the Street Sweep missions can also be played in Watch Dogs' brand new co-op mode. Much like the existing online mode, players can seamlessly enter or have another player join their game where you can take down gangs and rival hackers. The co-op play offers an interesting change of pace from the existing multiplayer mode. Instead of being constantly cautious of anyone entering your game, you can now have a buddy with you helping out. It makes you wonder why they didn't include something like this in the first place.
With that said, and being totally honest, I didn't really see much difference between the Street Sweeps and regular side-missions. Especially since they're in mostly the same urban and outdoor environments in and around Chicago. The added story for the Street Sweep, with the female police detective and T-Bone brought some charm to the missions, but I found myself mostly doing the same shoot or hack X while avoiding everyone else missions. It felt repetitive, but the solid shooting mechanics and combined with the hacking gameplay still kept things entertaining. Granted this was still pretty early on in the game. So perhaps once you progress further, we'll hopefully see just how much different things can get -- I really do like the idea of a randomized mission system.
But in any case, I rather enjoyed myself with Watch Dogs: Bad Blood. While it seems to be sticking very closely with the same formula from the main game, for better or worse, I found T-Bone to be much more of an interesting character to play as than Pearce. Perhaps it's because he's got a serious set of dreadlocks and a heavy melee weapon, which definitely sets himself apart from Aiden. I feel the change in tone, making it a little more fun and cool, can do a lot to set itself apart from the main campaign. T-Bone was a fun character to play as, and I'm looking forward to going back in seeing where his trek through Chicago will take him.
Bad Blood will be available for Season Pass holders on September 23, a full week earlier before it will be available for all on September 30 -- with the release of the Wii U version coming sometime later.


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Spike Forehand
09-15-2014, 05:20 PM
I really liked the campaign by the end of it. Thought it picked up and got really good in parts 4 and 5. So - I'll probably definitely get this DLC, but not until after I'm done playing Destiny for a while longer.

Retro
09-15-2014, 08:23 PM
I love this game. Played through it twice now. Actually stayed up until 3am last night to finish off play through #2.