Ubisoft have definitely learned from past mistakes and Watch Dogs 2 is a perfect example of that; it combines the best game-play elements from some of the greatest games Ubisoft has to offer.  Playing stealthy feels like Splinter Cell, playing tactical feels like Rainbow Six, their is a bit of parkour in their a la Asassin’s Creed and the open world is incredibly immersive.

In Watch Dogs 2, we play as Marcus Holloway. Our very first task is to hack ctOS 2.0’s servers. The system labeled us as high risk for criminal activity, even though we didn’t commit the robbery we are accused of. We get in, we remove our criminal records, but then we decide to do something more, something that struck me like very cool and original: we erase our entire profile and make a new one. This is how we create our own avatar in Watch Dogs 2. Oh, and we place a backdoor in the system for future purposes. This “test” proved us worthy of hacker group DedSec’s attention, and now we act as one of its core members as they attempt to take down the entire system.

Watch Dogs 2
Watch Dogs 2

The story may not be anything new or revolutionary. It is based on a group of rebels who want to take down evil and high-powered corporations. But it works, because it tries a different approach. We are not super heroes. We don’t have super powers. We don’t have access to high tech weapons or vehicles. Instead, we are super geeks. We know how to hack pretty much everything in the ultra-connected city of San Francisco where the Internet of Things boom provides connectivity capabilities to pretty much every single device. On top of that, Ubisoft Montreal goes a long way to tell a good tale, in a good way. The story is full of colorful, identifiable and interesting characters. Each one has joined DedSec for a reason; every character has been wronged or hurt in some way. Each one is interesting, well developed, and has something to say. Each one specializes in something and you get to care about them. They’re unheard and marginalized minorities. And each of them have the knowledge to make a change with a smartphone or a computer.

Watch Dogs 2 is also bigger and better. It doesn’t do much to the original mechanics, but the little changes just work. Every action, every side quest, every little task feels like you are becoming better and more important. The game floods you with resources for new vehicles, outfits and equipment. The futuristic city of San Francisco feels like a huge playground, where every single device is there just for you to mess with. You are constantly earning research points, which in turn help you to improve your skills to hack more and better. You are constantly acquiring more followers, which is some sort of progress bar that gives you the power and reputation to confront and tackle Blume and ctOS 2.0. You are constantly growing, your organization is always getting bigger and better, and it feels like the recreated San Francisco is an awesome place to toy around with.

 

Watch Dogs 2 also features, like most games from Ubisoft, tons of additional things to do in the city. The map is constantly alerting you of new events and things to collect or do. There is a viciously amount of little side missions or opportunities to pick up a little extra reward on your way to and from missions. Hacking abilities have been further expanded, allowing you to mix and match play styles to become an aggressor, trickster, or ghost. In the end, though, you can do whatever you want. You can restart missions and challenges to try different approaches and that won’t cripple your progression. You can also get anywhere you need via several methods, thanks to an immediately available on-demand app and already-unlocked fast travel options.

And that takes us to the very best thing of Watch Dogs 2: The User Interface and how we interact with our avatar. In the era of Big Data, we have a ridiculous amount of information available for us, and it only goes bigger as we unlock new apps in our smartphone. Nudle Maps always has a mini-map in the lower left corner, giving you a good look at the area. Bringing up information on people gives you a crisp, clear window. Hacking offers a menu with easily recognizable icons, so you always know what your button presses will do. Your phone has all the apps perfectly organized, so you can do what you need to. You can easily identify every objective or item in an area. It’s a well laid-out game.

Although their is plenty to sing about, Watch Dogs 2 still has its flaws.  Driving and riding just doesn’t feel right, it’s tad bit floaty and can get tedious at high speeds.  The parkour is very limited and some simple jumps and manoeuvres are missing to create a fluid experience, and finally the checkpoint system and mission markers can be frustrating and misleading.

Watch Dogs 2 definitely takes massive strides to improve from its predecessor, and it has proved itself to be a good contender to dethrone Grand Theft Auto series in the coming years.  It has charm, style and is incredibly fun to play.  You wont be wasting your schmeckles on this beauty, definitely worth it.

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