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Watch_Dogs 2 Review Thread - Make Cyber-Love not Cyber-War

ekim

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OpenCritic average score: 84
Metacritic Meta-score: 84

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Polygon: 8/10
Watch Dogs 2 improves on its predecessor but doesn't go as far as it could have

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Gamereactor: 9/10
These little niggling things don't significantly detract from what is most certainly an improved instalment in the Watch Dogs series. At about 15-20 hours long, there is a lot of substance here; it's detailed, interesting, and, above all, fun. The art of hacking in Watch Dogs 2 produces gameplay variety that fans of the series will appreciate, and this, combined with an engaging roster of characters, a detailed world, and online that is a lot of fun, means that Watch Dogs 2 is definitely one to keep on your radar this year.

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The Verge - No Score
The first Watch Dogs used hacking as just another weapon. The sequel turns it into something much more important — and fun.

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IGN - Review in Progress - Preliminary Score 6.5
(lol)
If I had to score it now, I’d give it a 6.5 for okay, because I don’t think people should buy it right now unless they have no interest in the multiplayer portion. I do hope and expect that I’ll be able to raise that score in my final review, which will come later this week.

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Gamespot - Review in Progress
You can have a lot of fun playing Watch Dogs 2 offline, but multiplayer--when it works--shouldn't be ignored. There are emergent PVP events that allow you to hack or hunt down other players, and special missions where you and a partner can infiltrate networks and private property together.

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IBTimes: 4.5/5
I was expecting Watch Dogs 2 to be more enjoyable than its predecessor, but I didn't expect it to be so well designed and full of heart. Watch Dogs 2 isn't reinventing the open-world game and fans of Ubisoft's special brand of go-places-and-pick-things-up gameplay will feel right at home, but it's one of the best examples the genre has to offer – as long as you don't want to shoot anything.

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Jim Sterling: 9/10
Watch Dogs 2 is a great game as a rock solid action title, but being unafraid of its own nonsense is what makes it a truly pleasurable experience.
Oh, and I kind of love Wrench, DeadSEC’s masked, toaster-smashing geek. He’s just the right sort of cringe and I really want that mask.

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PlaystationLifeStyle: 8/10
While I still think that the best from Watch Dogs is still to come, Watch Dogs 2 is a solid step up from its predecessor. Getting to be a hacker is phenomenal fun, but the game tends to stumble when it becomes a sub-par third-person shooter. If you’re willing to put up with a story that doesn’t always jive with the light-hearted feel of its characters, then you’ll experience one of the most interesting open-world games in years.

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SegmentNext: 9/10
Watch Dogs 2 is the Assassins Creed 2 of this franchise.
While the first game was an imperfect attempt at a novel concept, the second one upgrades on its foundations in every way possible and presents a game that is not only a more comprehensive experience but also fun to play on repeat.

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The Sixth Axis: 9/10
Watch Dogs 2 is the perfect sequel. It takes everything that made the first game unique and original, and expands on all of it. Everything is better, from the hacking, to the story, the setting and the variety of content. Watch Dogs 2 is far from being just more of the same. An apt comparison could be the jump from the first Assassins Creed game to Assassins Creed 2. While the first was a promising yet clunky new idea, the sequel delivered on that idea and turned it into one of the most iconic series of the last decade. With Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft is well on its way to recreating that same magic.

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Press-Start: 9/10 (Review in Progress)
Watch Dogs 2 is the jump forward in the series that the game needed to succeed. Comparatively, it’s what Assassin’s Creed 2 was to the first Assassin’s Creed if not even better. Watch Dogs 2 is definitely one of the sleeper hits of the year. I was expecting to have fun with it, but I wasn’t expecting to become absolutely transfixed with the incredible style, characters and storyline. It’s a must-play game and for those that own a PlayStation 4 Pro, you should definitely pick it up just for the visual feast alone.

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God is a Geek: 9/10
Watch Dogs 2 gives you a beautifully crafted world, jam-packed with NPCs blessed with individual personalities, helping to make this fictionalised version of San Francisco feel important and alive. It’s a real shame about the framerate issues connected to the seamless online connectivity, because Watch Dogs 2 gets everything right, from the mechanics to the story to the world. Issues aside, if you’re in need of an open world game that feels like a much needed injection into a fatigued genre, Watch Dogs 2 does it effortlessly.

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ACG (Karak): Wait for Sale
Not bad at all but with some issues performance wise and also the rote gameplay I don't feel the need to ever return.

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XboxAchievements: 85/100
Watch Dogs 2 is a game that wants to take you on a whistlestop tour of San Francisco’s not-so-hidden underbelly. For a game with a central cast of disenfranchised youths, I found it oddly relatable and compelling. Every bone in my body ached for me to hate DedSec, but instead I totally fell in with them and everything they were about. Marcus Holloway is to Watch Dogs what Ezio Auditore was to Assassin’s Creed: the symbol of a new era, the mascot of a franchise that has proved it shouldn’t be judged on first impressions, that has proved it can move with the times. It’s a strong, smart game that never takes itself too seriously, and the result is pretty special.

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Gadgets 360: 9/10
With a wealth of gameplay options and a welcome degree of freedom, Watch Dogs 2 is a stellar entry in Ubisoft’s open-world hacking franchise. Minor technical and narrative concerns aside, there’s no reason for you not to check out one of the better games of this year.

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Pocket-Lint: 4/5
If you loved the original Watch Dogs then the sequel dons psychedelic shades and ups its game. But in a post-GTA V landscape that's not going to be enough for everyone in 2016.

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We Got This Covered: 4/5
Control issues aside, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs 2, and that mostly comes down to the vibrant and lovingly crafted world that Ubisoft has on display. There’s plenty of secrets and cool moments to experience throughout San Francisco, and while an odd glitch or low-res texture might pop up here and there, it’s hard to fault Ubisoft when it comes to their ability to craft virtual cities. With an emphasis on choosing your own playstyle, and a colorful city and cast of characters, Watch Dogs 2 stands out from the crowd in a holiday season that’s packed full of shooters, but strangely devoid of open-world games.

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Stevivor: 8.5/10
And buy it you should. Watch Dogs 2 is the game that the first one should have been and is a shining example of Ubisoft’s already proven ability to respond well to feedback. It offers true freedom and creativity to play the way you want, laugh out loud moments found in scripted events and self-made fun in a virtual city that needs to be seen to be believed. Starring characters that you’ll genuinely care about the more you get to know them you’ll have no trouble finding motivation to see this one through to the end. Put this one on your Christmas list.

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USGamer : Review in Progress
Unfortunately, I have yet to finish the game's primary story and neither has our primary reviewer for this title, Jaz Rignall. In addition, Ubisoft took down the game's seamless co-op mode during the review period, due to some reported crashes. I joined a co-op mission and had a player try to hack me while the system was up and both operations were fun, but without more time spent in online, we're reticent to give the game a final score.

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GamesRadar: Review in Progress
Watch Dogs 2 builds upon the strengths of the original game, whilst polishing up aspects that lacked depth to deliver a coherent, comprehensive experience. Its diverse cast and (mostly) thought-provoking narrative trump the occasionally repetitive, maddening gunplay, and though the urban youth humour occasionally falls flat, for the most part its characters feel, talk, and react convincingly. The lengthy story mission alone offers hour after hour of combat and exploration but, unlike the original, I'm left wanting more once it's all over… and this time, for all the right reasons.
 

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Gadgets 360 - 9/10

With a wealth of gameplay options and a welcome degree of freedom, Watch Dogs 2 is a stellar entry in Ubisoft’s open-world hacking franchise. Minor technical and narrative concerns aside, there’s no reason for you not to check out one of the better games of this year.
 

GHG

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Wow good reviews so far. Will keep my eyes peeled for a deal on the PC version.
 

Karak

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My review for ACG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ZSDkbjUhk Rated it a Wait for Sale

Tested on PS4, PS4pro, Xbox and XboxS just in case:)

"Not bad at all but with some issues performance wise and also the rote gameplay I don't feel the need to ever return."

Pros
Interesting world
music
Sound
Driving(also as con...ya its odd)

Cons
Rote to the extreme
Story is all over the place
Gameplay bland
Driving(Also a pro...ya its weird)
Multi all over the place(though when it worked it was good fun)
 

GeeTeeCee

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C'mon November, stop, my wallet cannot take this.

To be honest, I was in anyway, as my only real complaint about WD1 looking back was the human charisma-void known as Aiden Pearce.
 

ISee

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So it's actually a descent game? Hmm still have to wait on pc impressions before making a decision.
 

bombshell

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Jimquisition: 9/10

http://www.thejimquisition.com/watch-dogs-2-review/


Aaaaaaaand bought ;)

Now PC or PS4.......?

PS4 Pro?

IGN said:
If I had to score it now, I’d give it a 6.5 for okay, because I don’t think people should buy it right now unless they have no interest in the multiplayer portion. I do hope and expect that I’ll be able to raise that score in my final review, which will come later this week.

Yuck, that IGN score so far concept is just bad.
 

Lucifon

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Wait what is that IGN review. Couldn't be further from what I've been experiencing over the weekend. Game is a lot of fun, I've been having a blast.

IGN scoring games in preliminary reviews is so screwed up, joke of a system.
 

Patrick Young

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I like what I'm reading!

I'm cool with waiting for the PC version. Maybe I'll finish Luigi's Mansion 2 or Gears Of War 4 after all.
 

bebop242

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Thought he was known to be critical, if not elitist

Surprised an ubi sequel got his blood running.

He mentioned he loved the first WatchDogs which was a surprise to me.

I also really enjoyed Watch Dogs for its gameplay so I've been in for this sequel since it was announced. Can't wait to dive into it tomorrow.
 

Darkstorne

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But I liked AC1 more than its sequel. :(

Same, but we probably judge it by different criteria than most.

I love AC1 for being the first game to attempt parkour, climbing on anything that sticks out by more than an inch (groundbreaking for the time), for the much greater freedom to plan routes in and out of assassination attempts, and perhaps most importantly for the political commentary (western world attacking middle east cities).

AC2 is, by most measurements, a better game, but with less ambition (polishing rather than trying something completely new), and no interesting commentary on current affairs. I get why most people prefer that.
 

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Looking good so far (not taking incomplete reviews into account).

Didn't know the PC release was delayed by 2 weeks, bit bummed by that.
 

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But I liked AC1 more than its sequel. :(

Same. It's a huge shame it's not in the collection.

This is looking good though. The biggest complaint I had with the first was that it took itself too seriously and it looks like they dealt with that issue.
 

Karak

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despite the broken multiplayer everybody already putting out scores...

But campaign-wise, people seem to like it a lot so thats great

Ya I discussed it in mine. The MP worked for a good deal of my playtime though then we had that warning. Sort of sucked. To me even though it was good it didn't elevate the title over the other issues I found though.