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Watch Dogs 2 review
Meh
by Oakley

The first time I tried to play this, I thought the controls were very stiff and I didn't like how playing it felt, so I gave it a pass after 30 minutes. Then I decided to give it a proper chance and I enjoy it. It takes a moment to get used to the feel of the game and when you do, it's pretty fun and immersive. The gameplay feels like a huge improvement from the first, especially the hacking. I like that the aesthetics and tone are better suited to what the gameplay is about. However, it's still the typical Ubisoft open-world game and the humor is severely unfunny to me. Corporations can't utilize meme culture or anti-establishment sentiments without coming off as try-hard. Every time a joke was told, I thought "I was meant to laugh there, but I feel like my face turned to stone." There are points that *almost* got a chuckle, but either the timing or delivery was off and it's very dated. I know I'm a bit late experiencing this game in 2020, but I know for a fact that rage faces weren't relevant anymore in 2016. The bad humor made the characters less likable when I really wanted to connect with them, but I ended up not caring about the story at all and skipped quite a few cut scenes. Also, the music choice is lackluster, there are only a few new songs I liked and the rest were from artists that I already enjoy. I ended up sticking to the classical music station for a majority of the game and it had way too small of a selection.

Edit: I wish the hacking puzzles were expanded on because they were fun but way too easy. It had moments that made me feel like a badass, but it is very shallow. There was a weird glitch during the climax cutscene of confronting Dushan where the classical radio station started with an ad and then continued playing Vivaldi's Concert No. 2, it overpowered all of the dialogue. I could still hear the music that was meant to be played and Vivaldi would have been a more appropriate choice with the right editing. It was the only moment during the game's story that made me laugh and it was a total mistake. Yahtzee Crowshaw compared this to the film Hackers, which was a pretty apt comparison. I'd much rather watch Hackers again, as bad as that movie is, it's still memorable. I couldn't say the same for Watch Dogs 2, it had so much potential to be a great game, but it's just an alright one and done that lacks a difficulty curve.
«Buggy as hell»

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Watch Dogs 2 is the sequel for the highly anticipated, but ultimately mixed first game. Developed by the same company, Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs 2 was aimed to be bigger and better than the first, fixing whatever issue people had with it. And ultimately I feel it achieved that.

Watch Dogs 2 takes place not long after the first game, which introduced us to hacker group Dedsec, Blume, and ctOS. In this game we follow Dedsec, and their quest to take down Blume and expose them to the world. In terms of story and characters I'd say this game surpasses the first. While not as serious as the first game, it still has plenty of thrilling moments. It's funny, trendy, and overall I ton of fun. The characters are a lot more unique and charming, I found Marcus to be a lot better of a protagonist than Aiden.

The game takes place in San Francisco, featuring a beautiful open world map, much larger than the first game. There's still plenty of mini games, side missions, and races to have fun with aside from the story. One of my favorite things though is how much more detail was put into the side missions. It's all less repetitive, and more fun to complete, making it more worth it to stray from the main story.

Mechanically the game is vastly improved as well. The driving is so much better, so is the shooting mechanics. The ability to use a taser in this game is one of my favorite parts, it makes more sense to not go on a killing spree if you're caught all the time. The graphics are a lot better as well, especially compared to the original promise of the first game.

Overall this game is just a better improvement in all aspects. It's still not a phenomenal game, but it's engaging, fun, and leaves a lot to be excited about for the third installment.

Rating: 7/10
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«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»
Good game, quite fun to play it with friends.
«Better with friends»
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At the End of the Review, there's a Pro/Contra list for anyone too lazy to Read. ALLGEMEINES Watch _ Dogs 2 is the Successor to the more controversial Watch _ Dogs, which had clear Weaknesses. Personally, I've already been able to do something with Watch _ Dogs, but I can also understand anyone who didn't like it at all. Using the Steam Reviews, one can guess that Watch _ Dogs 2 has been made significantly better. I, too, see it that way. Watch _ Dogs 2 stars as Marcus Holloway, a Member of the Hacker Group "DedSec," which is already known from Watch _ Dogs. One of the Reasons why Watch _ Dogs 2 is much more popular than the first Part is, in my Opinion, Because you have completely omitted this whole Ubisoft formula (Climb the Tower to uncover the Area, DLCs, DLCs and even more DLCs, Downgrades). There are still DLCs and I will definitely buy them, but nothing that includes in any Form elementary story Elements or crass new gameplay Mechanics. STORY The Story is simple as in the first WD but generally well spiced up by the many Possibilities to complete a Mission. The Story partly follows on from the first Part, here and there there is a nice Easteregg (among others). Blume and some other Companies continue to be the Counterparties. NEBENMISSIONS IN Addition to the Main Story, there are of Course also side missions, these are sometimes better, sometimes worse. Some Side Missions just want you to go to anyone and hack something briefly, so depending on the Distance to the Destination an effort of 2 – 5 Minutes. Others, on the other Hand, offer great Real-world references and some Gameplay, which would have gone through loosely as a Main Mission. An Example of a good Side Mission: In the Mission "UBISTOLEN" you hack into the local Ubisoft Office to create a Trailer that was originally planned for an E3. The Reference alone is fun, but the Trailer itself is also very cool. GAMEPLAY The Gameplay also works 110% times better than in the first WD. One has v. A. A lot more Ways to hack, that is, HOW you want to hack (start police or Aisle on jmd., distract him, remotely control a Car to run over someone etc.), the Mission Areas are wide open and you have the free Choice of how you want to approach something. You can stealthen missions, bite through with Ballery (not recommended, Marcus is not a Bullet Sponge), but you can also play by Drone or similar from afar through most missions, so you don't even have to enter the Terrain. By the Way, the graphics also look much nicer than in its Predecessor, which is probably because everything is much more colorful now. For me, the only Shortcoming in Gameplay remains vehicle physics. This was much better compared to the first Part, but there is still air up. DESIGN/STIL's Interaction with the Open World is great (each NPC has its own profile, i.e. occupation and hobby/details about the past, Income, etc.), besides, the Dialogues of the NPCs, which just happen unscripted, contribute well to the Feeling. The Open World is also much nicer than the gloomy Chicago from the first WD. Here you now have a colorful San Francisco, which not only looks good, but also allows many more Gimmicks in the Open World than in the first Part. The Whole thing is now, of course, more "Hipster/Generation Facebook" moderately reared, but not exaggerated, so you choked into Stranger, the Characters are even pretty cool. FAZIT All in all, Watch _ Dogs 2 is more than successful. Most Of the errors from Part 1 have been eradicated and everything is very handsome. By the Way, trostarring In the Open World via Hacking is also a lot of Fun! The Multiplayer is made nice and meant, but not worth mentioning. I hope for a Watch _ Dogs 3 that also eradicates the last Weaknesses of Watch _ Dogs (Vehicle Physics, etc.). PRO/CONTRA PRO:-Story (Nothing special, but not bad either)-Characters (Different Personalities; Partly Interesting Backstory)-Gameplay (Clearly Better Than in WD 1; More Ways to Hack and Cash ...)-Open World (Nothing more to Say)-Side Missions (Often very short (2-5 Minutes), But partly also very good (See Example in the Review) CONTRA:-Vehicle Physics (Better than in the first Part, Nevertheless not the Optimum)-Side missions (Often very short (2-5 Minutes), partly but also very good) NETRAL: I did not know w o I should pack the Multiplayer. -Multiplayer (Nothing Special; penetrating other players into their own Game can be deactivated if Necessary. Coop missions are nice, but not necessary.)
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The game is pretty good well it isn't God of War but it's good. The story wasn't the best, but I liked the hacking in this game.
«Sit back and relax»
«That ending!»