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With Watch Dogs 2 being out for two weeks now, reviews begin to pour in for the highly anticipated hacker sequel. Most reviews coming out have been fairly well, with reviewers enjoying the new tone taken on by the sequel.
Below you’ll find just a few of the many reviews out for the game. As always if you are interested in the game its a wise choice to watch a few gameplay videos to see if its your cup of tea. One thing to note is that Watch Dogs 2 has had a rocky start with online play, for some, the issues are still there and they are unable to play any sort of PVP.
Watch Dogs 2 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One, it will release on PC on November 29th.
It’s here that Ubisoft has made a clear jump from the original Watch Dogs, siphoning off the dull protagonist, grey city and questionable moral compass that made it quite a dour experience. That’s not to say Watch Dogs 2 is free of eyebrow-raising moments. Some missions, such as when you hack into Sitara’s niece’s webcam stream to teach her a lesson, seem misjudged. However, the detail in Watch Dogs 2’s world, the colour in its characters and the sheer fun you can have mucking around with its mechanics make for a great, albeit not all-time great, open-world adventure.
GameSpot- Peter Brown: 8/10
Even when playing solo, Watch Dogs 2 remains a fun, energetic game filled with possibilities. It’s easy see-through enemy AI during missions that are supposed to be challenging, which holds back the game at large, but it’s a chance to let loose, logic be damned. Watch Dogs 2’s world is a step up from the first game’s dreary rendition of Chicago, and even though Watch Dogs 2 can’t go toe-to-toe with genre heavyweights, it’s hard to walk away from its fun-loving attitude and exuberant cast.
The Telegraph- Kirk McKeand: 4/5
Despite these criticisms, the gorgeous world, snappy writing and its great characters will drag you through. I’m genuinely surprised with how much I adore Watch Dogs 2’s world. Its satire works because it is always punching up, never down. As such, Watch Dogs 2 feels like it’s making a statement. Rudyard Kipling once said, “San Francisco has only one drawback – ’tis hard to leave.” While Watch Dogs 2 isn’t as faultless as Kipling’s vision of Northern California, you’ll still want to spend tens of hours wandering this virtual recreation of the famous city and on into the Bay Area beyond.
IGN: Dan Stapleton: 8.5/10
Watch Dogs 2’s distinctive hacking and puzzle mechanics do a great job of reminding you that you’re not playing just another Grand Theft Auto clone as you tear through it’s beautiful Bay Area map. Marcus is a bit too friendly of a guy to be believable as our instrument of mayhem, but the flexible missions let you get through mostly non-violently if you’re good enough at stealth. And when it works, multiplayer is good unconventional cat-and-mouse fun, too.
Digital Trends-Phil Hornshaw :4.5/5
Even with its frustrating elements, Watch Dogs 2 is, in many ways, a step in the right direction for the ever-evolving-but-very-samey Ubisoft open-world formula. Its story and characters are goofy, funny, and obviously loved by the game’s creators. The game is full of good ideas and fun moments. However, the game’s biggest flaws also led its biggest flaws — the struggles with its combat and stealth, and many of the missions amount to the same “sneak in, interact with computer, sneak out” combination. Still, the good outweighs the bad, with Watch Dogs 2 providing lots of stellar opportunities for players to hack the planet.