Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft’s latest addition to the Watch Dogs franchise. The game takes place in the vibrant city of Chicago and whilst the map is not as expansive as GTA’s Los Santos, it definitely has its own charm to it. I played the first Watch Dogs and like the general consensus I wasn’t too impressed, yes it had some stand out features but as a whole it was very lacklustre. Fortunately Ubisoft have built on some good ideas from the first title and have created something very enjoyable in Watch Dogs 2.
The best thing about this game is undoubtedly the use of technology to solve puzzles, dispatch of your enemies or even just to wreak havoc across the streets of Chicago. I particularly enjoy the ability to use drones to access areas in which Marcus would not be able to otherwise access. There is no other game out there which give you the thrill of being able to navigate your drone through vents in a house whilst avoiding security guards before downloading and hacking in to enemy data. This only scratches the surface of the variety of technology available to you throughout the game.
The layout has very much a Grand Theft Auto feel to it, missions are often wacky and require a series of smaller missions to be completed before a big finale. Whilst this does somewhat feel as if it is in a similar style to GTA, the online game modes are where Watch Dogs 2 comes into its own. You could be going out about your business as happy as Larry only for an enemy player to join your game and begins to start hacking your “data”. On the opposite side of this, being the hacker is also great fun as you try to blend in whilst being avoided.
Now the story to Watch Dogs 2 is something I am caught in two minds about. On the one hand I have enjoyed playing through the missions, making my mark across Chicago whilst gaining new followers for DeadSec and a lot of the missions are enjoyable with varying levels of difficulty. On the other hand I feel as if the story is disjointed, what I mean by this is that I feel as if there is any substance to the story. I struggle to understand the real motive behind DeadSec’s work and don’t even get me started on the characters! Most of the characters really lack any real personality and Wrench, the guy with the mask, must only be added in for a humour aspect as he is one of the most annoying video game characters I have ever come across!
Watch Dogs 2 is a hugely fun, pick up and play game and offers a nice light-hearted change from the usual sandbox games which I have enjoyed playing. However if you are looking for something a bit more serious with a gripping storyline, I would look else where.
Buy, wait for sale or avoid: I would wait for this come to down a little in price before picking up.