Still vivid in my memory, how the Watch Dogs two years ago a game that the end result does not match the expectations of many people. Although not fully considered bad, but the hype and excessive marketing efforts have implications not good for the game. It certainly affects the expectations of the next sequel Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs 2 appears as Ubisoft efforts to prove to the world that they can make open-world game that is more attractive than ever before. With the theme of rebellion against the system, Watch Dogs 2 present more radical than its predecessor game theme.
Efforts were quite brave of Ubisoft Montreal team has advantages and disadvantages, and I hope this can give separate consideration before diving into the action of the hacker group hipster in Watch Dogs 2.
Watch Dogs 2 theme passable contrast compared to the first Watch Dogs. Gone was the vigilante with a strong theme of revenge and vigilantism. Instead, Watch Dogs 2 presents the theme of rebellion by a herd of young people who are affiliated with group hacker collective DedSec.
This theme provides its own color for the interaction of the world are you doing in Watch Dogs 2. Ability to hack you are no longer just used to beat a particular group, you are also invited against greedy companies who use technology in their interests alone.
Ubisoft Montreal packing uprising appealing manner through a handful of parodies of well-known technology companies that we encounter in the real world. You’ll see Google named Nudle parodies, spoofs Facebook are replaced Invite, SF Drive as a parody of service Uber, and others.
Through a unique combination of themes and earlier, Watch Dogs 2 position themselves into open-world game in the middle of the boundary between the presentation of realistic and virtual world, but do not want to get too impressed serious in the eyes of the players.
The impression did not want to be seen this too seriously you can see from trinkets appearance of the characters you meet along the way the game’s story. Display protagonists and supporting cast that hipster and adults do not seem to make people less interested in playing Watch Dogs 2.
But if you give this game a chance, slowly you will love the new face of Watch Dogs. So you can even expect this kind of themes you can find in the next sequel.
In Watch Dogs 2 you play as Marcus Holloway aka Retr0, figure clever hacker recruited as new members DedSec branch of San Francisco. As the main character, Marcus Holloway frankly far more interesting than Aiden Pearce, the protagonist of the game Watch Dogs before.
Marcus is described as a person who often spontaneous jokes to the situation around him. Besides equipped higher mobility through his parkour abilities, Marcus also has two radio-controlled devices that greatly assist the process of hacking.
Marcus nature as a black figure also gives the impression than the charismatic figure of Aiden Pearce cold. Chirped sentence one-liner or profanity out of his mouth sounded natural, so remind me to figure CJ and Franklin of Grand Theft Auto.
Marcus charisma as a figure of black protagonist unfortunately not utilized well by Ubisoft. There is no strong background story for him in Watch Dogs 2. Unlike Aiden, you did not know the other side of Marcus’s life, family, and strong reasons that caused it to plunge into the world of the hackers.
Motivation uprising in Watch Dogs 2 relatively shallow. What do flock DedSec in this game is none other than Robin Hood-style action heroes in the modern world which aims to find new followers to equally revolting against the system.
Insurgency in Watch Dogs 2 is not explained by the narrative story of a continuous and interesting. Besides cutscene in some parts feels ugly, the division structure of the mission in this game is too random to be followed even though it has the same thread.
In addition, other things that are a little wedge is the depiction DedSec as a youth group of hackers “rogue” whose hobby is nothing more than do anarchists and anti kill. Ironically, the structure of the mission in a kind of open-world game Watch Dogs often positioned us in a situation that requires murderers.
Every cutscene in the game describes them like a radical group that can be accepted among the public, no matter how much damage and casualties are falling. Seeing the faces of the hackers dialogue, smiling innocently without sin after the killing of people make the story Watch Dogs 2 less consistent.
Another shortcoming again, the figure antagonist that you face in this game is equally hollow of his storyline with DedSec uprising. Figure CTO Blume Corporation named Dušan Nemec are you opposed to no more than sticker in the story Watch Dogs 2 messy. Nemec only serve as decoration for the enemy has a face to fight Marcus. No more and no less.
In short, the storyline in Watch Dogs 2 too forced. Some of them even ended with the hanging groove granted. My advice, when you buy a Watch Dogs 2, do not expect excessively on the plot. Just enjoy this game from the game alone.
Review open-world game would not be complete if it does not talk about how spacious and nice the world in it. Here I admit Ubisoft Montreal has done his job very well. Their ability to make open-world game really delivered well through the Watch Dogs 2.
The existence of objects around the player is one plus for me. When I use a radio-controlled car or mini drone aircraft to drive around looking for a gap in a mission, there are a lot of interesting objects that can be seen here and there.
Controlling the drone radio control cars and this gives a new perspective to look at the world around. If I get into the camera settings to the first viewpoint, I can see a very detailed world, as if the protagonist into a dwarf adventure in the city of San Francisco.
The world is so detailed is certainly not complete unless it contains a variety of NPC were passing through the streets of San Francisco. Watch Dogs Just like before, you can observe the activities of people around you, looking at background profiles of each, such as criminal records, employment, and receipts.
Most of the people in the world Watch Dogs 2 holds the smartphone access of vulnerable hacked by the player. Through the ability to hack Marcus, you can steal his money, distract, him unconscious stung smartphone battery, or get them caught by the police.
One of the other interesting things in the environment Watch Dogs 2 is the existence of an armed gang factions can attack each other mutually. Do not just be an ornament in the story, the existence of this NPC enough to help us in the completion of several missions, especially the mission that puts the gunbattle.
The ability to hack this one being a kind of a way to exploit Watch Dogs 2 to be getting easier. In a mission that forced Marcus to kill people, I just need to hide in a safe place and use drones to drive around looking for the target of the attack. Simply sit down and enjoy a fierce gunbattle occurred in the field.
Outside the presence of a special NPC earlier, the overall environment that I browse in San Francisco version of Watch Dogs 2 is sufficient to satisfy the desire to wander.
Although not as big as the world of Grand Theft Auto Online, but there are just so many interesting things to do in Watch Dogs 2, ranging from visiting a clothing store to dress Marcus, steal important items to unlock skill tree is new, the race of drones, driving the “Uber” kart racing, looking for the hidden missions, or simply find a favorite spot to Selfie.
The good news again, all locations this game you can see on the map without opening one by one as in the previous iteration. So you are free to explore the city of San Francisco as you please. Download /buy Watch Dogs 2 at Xbox Store