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Watch_Dogs is an open-world game set in the city of Chicago, USA. It starts as Aiden Pearce, the main protagonist, and his associate, Damien Brenks, hack into the Merlaut Hotel. However, the job doesn’t go according to plan and someone orders a hit on Aiden. His car gets shot at while he is driving with his niece and nephew sitting in the back seat, resulting in his young niece’s death. The game takes place one year after those events, as Aiden searches for the people responsible for his loss.

In Watch_Dogs, a program called ctOS (Central Operating System) controls the infrastructure of Chicago; traffic lights, surveillance cameras, ATMs, bridges, cellphones, the L-Train, etc. It also stores information about each person who lives in the city and uses this data for crime prevention, among other things. In the game, players can use Aiden's cellphone to hack the city, acquire information about Chicago residents, order cars and play various mini-games known as "digital trips".

The game is also full of side missions such as fixer contracts, convoys, human trafficking investigations, privacy invasions, etc. Successfully completing these missions will grant players skill points to spend on their hacking skills, shooting skills or driving skills. As the game progresses, unlocking those skills can help a lot to escape the cops or give the player more options on how to handle certain missions.

Watch_Dogs also features some online modes such as online hacking, invasion, online tailing and online races.


Watch_Dogs Windows You can intercept important text messages
Watch_Dogs Windows Busy city centre road during night
Watch_Dogs Windows You can steal money from passers-by using your phone
Watch_Dogs Windows Waiting for crime to happen – only then you can intervene

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Mouse n Joypad Xbox One Jun 02, 2014 93 out of 100 93
TrueAchievements Xbox One Jun 06, 2014 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows May 28, 2014 85 out of 100 85 Xbox One May 30, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Meristation Wii U Nov 26, 2014 7.8 out of 10 78
Gaming Age Wii U Dec 10, 2014 B 75 Xbox One May 30, 2014 73 out of 100 73
PCGamesN Windows Jun 04, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Nivelul2 Windows Jun 10, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Giant Bomb Xbox One May 27, 2014 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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