Watch Dogs wind, water & lighting PC tech demo

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[Update]This is apparently running on PS4 devkit.

The Watch_Dogs graphics controversy rages ever on – but as I’ve said before I don’t care too much for that. what I want most out of any open world game is for its world to be a believable one. A new, unofficial showcase of the PC version of the game shows that its digital Chicago certainly does seem alive.

The video comes courtesy of German site PCGamesHardware, who posted the video up. It details some of the effects you’ll see in the game, specifically relating to Wind, Water and Lighting. We’re still waiting for Earth and Fire.

The video apparently comes from the PC version, running at 1080p – and shows things like dynamic weather, sexy water, NPC’s drinking pina coladas and getting caught in the rain and the wind blowing stuff around. Mostly though, it shows a city that looks alive – which is one of the issues I have with inFamous: Second Son. It’s a “next gen” game, but it feels like you’re in less of a living city than you got with Grand Theft Auto V.

Graphical downgrade or not, Watch Dogs on the PC is looking pretty hot right now. As far as the console versions go? According to the game’s creative director, Jonathan Morin , the PS4 version is coming along nicely.

What do you think though? Is the tech impressive? Is this the game you’ve been promised, or does the “downgrade” have you thinking that the new consoles are still holding things back?


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Last Updated: April 2, 2014

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Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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