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A few hours with ‘Watch Dogs’ on the PlayStation 4

Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs

First off, I know many people have already been let down by the graphics on the next-gen consoles and the PC because they claim it looks nothing like the E3 2012 demo they saw. These demos can be extremely deceiving because they are early in development (I thought Aiden Pearce sounded like Zachary Quinto until I got the game…and boy was I wrong). Ubisoft wanted to showcase the game as best as they could, so they may have gone all-out for a few minutes of gameplay only to have it decreased by the time it was released.

Critics aside, the game is gorgeous on the PS4. For a game that runs at 900p and a near perfect 30 frames per second, it sets the bar high for graphical capabilities. It looks better than Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag but maybe a touch below PS4-exclusive Infamous: Second Son. Regardless of the comparisons, the fictional version of Chicago is something to marvel at. The vivid, rich colors along with amazing lighting and shadowing will cause you to spend time looking around and pinpointing every fine detail.

In terms of actual gameplay, Watch Dogs is a breath of somewhat fresh air. It feels like the brother of Assassin’s Creed and the son of Grand Theft Auto. Since Ubisoft also makes Assassin’s Creed, it’s not surprising that it feels similar and there’s nothing wrong with being related to Grand Theft Auto because it’s not a copycat. The world is open with side missions popping up every few minutes. I have spent more time on side missions than on the actual campaign so far. And I have spent more time gaining access to the ctOS towers than both of the previous combined. Hacking towers, bridges, stoplights, and barriers will remain enjoyable because there are so many different missions to do that you’ll need every weapon in your ever-growing arsenal to keep the bad guys off of you.

After just a few hours of time spent on Watch Dogs, it’s quite clear that the graphics are great and the gameplay is similar but unique in its own hacker-friendly way. Watch Dogs is available on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.