Watch Dogs Is Worth Watching Out ForJune 28, 2012
With the gameplay demo at E3, Watch Dogs stunned viewers with its impeccable graphics and environmental design, full of subtle touches which blurred the line between reality and video game, creating a world not far off from our own. To break it down, Watch Dogs resembles Grand Theft Auto, but with hacking; other comparisons include Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Ubisoft’s own Assassin’s Creed and Hitman series.
Inspired by the escalating paranoia about surveillance, Watch Dogs takes place in the modern United States in an alternate adaptation of Chicago. Protagonist Aiden Pierce has the capabilities to hack into the city’s devices and control a situation. Any device linked to the city’s central operating system can be controlled, which creates a list of things Pierce can do. As seen in the demo, Pierce carried out phone hacking, listening in to conversations to gain valuable information, and manipulated the traffic lights in order to meticulously design a car pile-up. Stealth is a major component of this game, seeming inconspicuous as you hack. In the demo, Pierce catches on to the fact that his presence is noted, and takes off running into a full-blown chase before they have time to nab him.
The graphics in Watch Dogs showcase exceptionally authentic details. The movement of Pierce’s coat in the wind and his strikingly accurate shadow make it feel as if this world is just a blip away from ours. With the continuous increase in technology exploration and design, it is not unbelievable to see a world like this twenty years from now with citizens frightened of government surveillance and an age where information technology has become the mainframe of everything that operates.
Watch Dogs received several Best of E3 awards at E3 2012, including Best of Show. With its exceptional gameplay and stunning graphics, Watch Dogs stole the spotlight. Ubisoft confirmed via Twitter feed that the game will be released in 2013 and will be available on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.