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Watch Dogs details blowout

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Multiplayer isn’t for everyone, there are plenty of gamers who prefer to play on their own. However, it doesn’t always have to be head to head combat to engage multiple players. Watch Dogs seems to have a ton of single player content, as well as some innovative multiplayer for those who are so inclined.

Watch Dog’s single player

According to those at recent press events, Watch Dogs contains 39 main mission, as well as 93 side missions and 53 investigations. Even if you don’t hunt down the 192 collectibles or play the six mini games, that’s 185 mission-like experiences. We don’t have an estimated gameplay length, but that’s an insanely rich environment.

That said, it sounds as though the open-world elements may actually overshadow the main missions. With missions that follow the traditional “follow person a to point b” or “kill everyone in x amount of time”, the open world abilities to hack and explore sound more alive and vibrant. Perhaps this is part of the problem with a game that is straddling old and new generations – the game design is still based on older concepts that are simply spruced up to look pretty.

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Speaking of looks, the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game are identical, according to animation director Colin Graham. Players will see a bigger difference based on their TVs rather than consoles:

The Xbox One version is good. I check it on the floor a lot. Animation-wise it’s identical, absolutely identical. I know people talk about that a lot… But I can’t tell the difference when I go on the floor. I have to look at the consoles because the TVs make a bigger difference in terms of what you see on somebody’s machine. Is it calibrated correctly? Is it the resolution of the TV? Which kind of TV is it? I actually can’t tell the difference on those two [consoles]. As far as I can see they’re identical.

Watch Dog’s multiplayer

First of all, for the video watching inclined, here is a really cool nine-minute video showing off the different types of multiplayer in the game:

For those who don’t watch videos, we get a detailed explanation of the Hacking multiplayer experience. Much like Dark Souls, players can be “invaded” in the form of a hacker. Another player tries to hack you, resulting in a game of cat and mouse as you try to track down the invader. It’s not as easy as you might imagine, and the video shows an ingenious use of a taco truck. Both players can gain notoriety and earn points to spend on skills. Additionally, the multiplayer seems to be integrated seamlessly into the single player experience; it doesn’t force you into a new environment, but simply adds to the existing experience.

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Next up is the companion app, ctOS. This allows a player controlling the world (and all its hackables and police force) to take on a player in game. This is the mobile integration we’ve been hearing about, allowing players to continue the Watch Dogs experience on the go, or from bed. I’m not sure that this will get much use – it seems like the main game is a lot more compelling, but it certainly adds an extra component. Like with all the multiplayer modes, this one will also add points for the skill tree.

Decryption Combat is the team-based form of multiplayer as two teams go head to head trying to steal files and take a given location. It looks much more cliched as far as multiplayer goes, but I guess those who really want to play with others, instead of just invading anonymously, will enjoy this opportunity.

I will have to give the Hacking a whirl when I get my hands on this game. It is reminding me of Dark Souls but in a less nerve-wracking way. It looks like fun stalking another player in their world, hacking their information. I’m not normally one for multiplayer in these types of games, but this sounds too cool to pass up.

Last Updated: April 24, 2014


  1. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    April 24, 2014 at 11:09

    I am excited for Watch Dogs again… I am close to hitting that pre-order button!


  2. Jonah Cash

    April 24, 2014 at 11:18

    As long as the single player campaign is good I really don’t care about the multiplayer part!! But I will give it a whirl if it is there….


  3. Rock789

    April 24, 2014 at 11:31

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this. But until I’ve completed the SP, I couldn’t give a toss about the MP – will definitely switch that option OFF until I’ve completed the SP (don’t want some psychopath to stalk me while I’m in the middle of an SP mission)!


    • Jonah Cash

      April 24, 2014 at 11:40

      Yes this!!! Can imagine Hammer Steyn and Ricne sitting outside my apartment waiting for me… *shudders


      • Rock789

        April 24, 2014 at 11:43

        Dude, you have no idea! And that’s just in real life… o_O


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 24, 2014 at 11:48

      You mean interrupting you while you’re busy doing that right? 😉


      • Wincethis

        April 24, 2014 at 11:49



  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 24, 2014 at 11:49

    See, now that sounds like fun. The Dark Souls-type mechanic is really cool.


  5. Hammersteyn

    April 24, 2014 at 11:53

    Stopped reading at multiplayer. Promises of seamless integration, companion apps and other functions that never worked or is bugged or gets exploited as soon as the servers come online.
    The single player sounds like it’s really worth the price of a AAA title. For the first time I feel hyped.


    • MakeItLegal

      April 24, 2014 at 13:49

      Let’s hope it’s not , rinse and repeat missions …..

      Companion apps send up a red flag straight away ( rockstar Gta V ) lost saves , this not working that not working

      I for one hope , the sp works , and te multiplayer works with In a month or 2

      Wana pre order but I am Gana hear first what the master race about installing and working etc etc


  6. Tytanium Hyena

    April 24, 2014 at 12:13

    You just know its gonna be good.


  7. Double-O-Six and a half

    April 24, 2014 at 12:36

    Hack the planet…!


  8. Marigold

    April 24, 2014 at 13:07

    Don’t care about multiplayer, but it reminds me of sleeping dogs so very keen to play it


  9. MakeItLegal

    April 24, 2014 at 13:47

    I might just pay full price for this game

    Will skip any companion apps ( rockstar ifruit sealed that for me )

    My only concern is the specs , I herd some one say cause the recommended specs say i7 over say a good i5 like the i5 4670k , that that could read as poor optimization ( similar to cryis 1 if my elite brothers are to be believed ) so I wonder if I should wait 3 months ( for the first 2 or 3 patches and a GeForce driver update or two ….

    Just thinking , that a proper i5 would handle anything by today’s standards

    Anybody else’s thoughts on there final recommend specs ?


  10. CommanderRicky

    April 24, 2014 at 13:52

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