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Watch Dogs Legion Preview – London’s Calling once again

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Like most Ubisoft games, Watch Dogs was better in the idea phase of its life cycle than it was in the execution of it. Touching on the fears of an out of control surveillance state and giving you access to a smartphone that had an impossibly decent battery life, what Watch Dogs had going for it was an interesting premise, a new take on controlling the environment and a lead character who was a bit of a dull twat.

Fast forward a few years, and old man Aiden Pearce was gone, replaced instead with a hip and fresh new gang of hacktivists on a crusade. Here’s the problem though: Some people preferred playing as Aiden, others enjoyed pretending to be young again and going “how do you do fellow kids” as they stuck it to the man.

What was the perfect solution then? To open up the idea of identity more than ever before, slap you into a London at the height of Big Brother paranoia and leave you to bash the fash in your own distinct manner. Through the miracle of whatever the hell dark pact Ubisoft struck to get get this right, Gavin’s been playing preview builds of Watch Dogs Legion without having to ever leave the safety of his bomb shelter, and after spending some good time in the not so United Kingdom both physically and digitally, he’s been left wanting more of the comfort junk food that Ubisoft has on its menu.

I grilled him a bit about the game below, which you can listen to below, or alternatively, I’ve grabbed some of his choice quotes about what his experience and transcribed them below:

Dazza: How has the game felt when you played as different characters? You seem to have a blast playing as the football hooligan.

Gazza: The characters they have, they are pretty cool. All the ones I have so far in my team, they really have their own personalities, their own actions. They seem really in-depth which has been really good. Getting the football fan decked out in all his Union Jack gear and then going and beating up old ladies is what I do for a living on the weekend. It’s nice to experience it in-game.

Dazza: Anything bugging you right now about Watch Dogs Legion?

Gazza: At the moment the only real complaint I’ve come across is the UI for your side missions and your main missions. It all gets a bit overwhelming. I’m meant to be recruiting six people and I’ve got all these side missions and I can’t see what I’m actually meant to be doing all the time, so I get a bit lost.

Dazza: How does the game feel? Would anyone who has played a sandbox in the last ten years feel at home here?

Gazza: Starting off yeah, everything works exactly as you’d expect it to. I’ve got a whole bunch of different equipment and abilities, and that I start losing track of very quickly. Your general driving around and interacting, it all just works fine. It’s got some nice, I wouldn’t say parkour, but vaulting abilities and hiding behind concrete blocks when fighting.

Watch Dogs Legion pays a visit to cruel Britannia on October on 29 October for so many platforms.

Last Updated: October 12, 2020


  1. Iskape

    October 12, 2020 at 12:56

    I am curious to see how this plays out once more people have the game. A couple of Youtubers have early copies, but I am hoping this will not be a case of rinse and repeat with the difference being how the characters look, because then the game will get repetitive very quickly!!!


  2. MechMachine

    October 12, 2020 at 13:06

    Well, Whatever they are paying you worked. I`m intrigued…And Gavin Sounds Like an old Dude. 🙂


    • Banana Jim

      October 12, 2020 at 14:17

      It makes you wonder when do you get that old man voice? Does it happen over time, or do you just wake up one morning in your late 40s and you sound like a grandpa.


    • The D

      October 12, 2020 at 13:35

      Oh, he totally is 🙂


    • Gavin Mannion

      October 13, 2020 at 06:30

      I feel old that’s for sure….42 for anyone who cares


      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        October 13, 2020 at 15:36

        42, the magic number


  3. Morne Nell

    October 12, 2020 at 13:36

    I played watchdogs 1 and 2 and actually completed the games and all the DLC content. I enjoyed 1 more than 2 because the story was better I know some people did not enjoy it. Watchdogs 2 was enjoyable in terms of what you can / Can’t do but the story just suck.

    I hope that this one can breach the gap between a good story and enjoyable world. It is definitely not comparable to Assassin creed, AC is much more focus on the combat aspect


    • Banana Jim

      October 12, 2020 at 14:17

      Watchdogs 1 had the better story, although Watchdog 2’s charm lay with the interesting gameplay, the setting and the strangely interesting villain. The characters of the second game were really annoying, though. It’s become a bit of a hallmark of Ubisoft, that their characters are these annoying hipster types, and in the second game they oozed millennial cringe..


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