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‘GTA 5’ and ‘Watch Dogs’ cheat systems compared

‘Watch Dogs’
‘Watch Dogs’
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission

A comparison has been made in regards to the cheat system of “GTA 5” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs.” According to a report from GameSpot on April 13, a fan asked Jonathan Morin if the new intellectual property will be getting any cheats. The creative director responded by saying that the development team currently has no plans to implement such a feature.

Ubisoft appears to be going in a different direction with “Watch Dogs” as opposed to what Rockstar Games did with “GTA 5.” The fifth main installment of the “Grand Theft Auto” series uses a somewhat unique system in which players will be able to activate several cheats. Doing so will disable support for achievements and trophies. The codes also can’t be used during missions.

Developers have been less incline on including cheats in recent games. Popular devices such as the “Game Genie” and “Game Shark” are also no longer relevant. Other potential reasons for the extinction of codes may include the advent of achievements, DLC, trophies as well as the increasing popularity of online multiplayer.

Open-world video games like “GTA 5” and “Watch Dogs” benefit the most from cheats. The codes provide an instant sandbox scenario for players to play around. Some cheats also give more power to the end users, giving them the opportunity to play the video game in another way.

“GTA 5” was released last year on Sept. 17 while “Watch Dogs” was originally intended to come out late last year. However, Ubisoft decided to delay the release until May 27 of 2014 on the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. One of the reasons that were cited states that the publisher wanted “Watch Dogs” to reach the same level of critical success as “GTA 5” and the rest of the games from the series. You can find a screen of the forthcoming game from the official Twitter page with the photo attached on top of the article.