The gaming world is abuzz with the impending release of Watch Dogs, a futuristic open-world action-adventure game featuring a nonlinear free-roam sandbox style world, similar to the Grand Theft Auto series. Watch Dogs also offers an ambitious single player (and multi-player) mode that provides an estimated 35-40 hours of game-play.
The game is set in a fictionalized, hyper-connected version of Chicago, managed through a centralised system called ctOS, developed by the fictional Blume Corporation. The single-player version of the game follows the narrative told through the character Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled ‘grey hat hacker’ who has the ability to hack into the ctOS. This grants Pearce access to a multitude of electronic systems either to obtain and control information or to interact with these systems to his advantage.
Watch Dog’s massive gaming environment is highly interactive, and is in part the reason why sales of this game are expected to skyrocket (based on significant pre-orders already in place). Set to release on May 27, Watch Dogs will be available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 (a Wii U port is in development, to be released at a later date). Of course, to experience the full effect of the incredible visuals this game offers, one would have to play the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions. No doubt this game pushes the graphical limitations of the PS3 and 360, even with the downgraded visuals.
Here are a few more screenshots of Ubisoft’s ambitious new game, and a 14 minute video featuring live game-play.
Warning, the following video may contain spoilers.