• Watch Dogs
78
Based on 29 scores, 30 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    17
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    2

TheVerge said:

The game provides unique and inventive tools to play with, though it doesn’t really push you to use them in interesting ways. It wants to be a game about hacking, but most of the time it's yet another third-person action game. At any time, you can press X to hack. But it’s easier to just fire a gun instead.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Joystiq on 80

Somewhere, in its vague, fantastical version of hacking, there's a lesson about the power and the naughty temptations that lurk in our networked, selfie-loving world. And I think that lesson is ... the lesson is ... that it's good to be a wizard!

By GameSpot on 80

This version of Chicago is crawling with a hyperbolic number of degenerates, and I didn't mind squashing pyromaniacs and slavers under my tires as I plowed through the streets chasing after a hacker, hip-hop beats blasting from the radio. After all, the struggling mothers and homeless beggars wandering Chicago deserve some peace of mind, and doling out some street justice is a good first step.

By Polygon on 80

It leans heavily on noir stereotypes - the sexualized female source of info, the character macguffins, the muddy morality and lack of easy choices. It leans so heavily on those noir stereotypes that it becomes achingly predictable - and picks up the genre’s sexism to boot.

By The Verge on

The game provides unique and inventive tools to play with, though it doesn’t really push you to use them in interesting ways. It wants to be a game about hacking, but most of the time it's yet another third-person action game. At any time, you can press X to hack. But it’s easier to just fire a gun instead.

By IGN on 84

Car chases aside, Watch Dogs is fundamentally very well made, and has more than enough unique ideas to make it a great and memorable open-world action game.

By EuroGamer on 70

It's good, and yet that always feels like a criticism when a game comes weighed down by this much hype. You won't regret the time you spend in Aiden Pearce's world, but nor will it be saved as a precious memory when you reboot.

By Edge Online on 80

Watch Dogs was so well received at E3 2012 not for its looks, but what it promised: a truly new way to play open-world games in which the concept of agency extends beyond choosing where to go and what to do next. And whether you’re on foot, behind the wheel or in combat, Watch Dogs delivers on that promise. Rarely has a single button done so much, and so well.

By Destructoid on 80

Between the deep levels of customization and the sheer breadth of content, there's no shortage of things to do. If Ubisoft can take the game's core fun factor and marry it with an actual "next-gen" experience the next time around, they'll have something truly special.

By GamesRadar on 80

The story is unlikely to keep you logged in, and the missions will often feel annoyingly familiar, but if you connect with and really explore this high-tech world, there are plenty of virtual--and emotional--rewards to harvest.

By GiantBomb on 60

It turns out that the old stuff still works, and the strong-but-standard mission design kept me entertained, most of the time. It's rough around the edges, though, so if you don't settle for anything less than the best, you'll probably be disappointed.

By Forbes on 80

Aiden Pearce should have been that something, but instead, he’s just a character meant to sell cool looking hats in collector’s editions. Perhaps that can be rectified in a sequel, but for now, Pearce is pretty big issue, and so is his propensity to kill people in boring, cover-based shooter-y ways.

By PCGamer on 87

When it deviates from the familiar, however, it really soars: hacking the city of Chicago and all its cameras, utilities, and communications is freeing and fun, and invading the games of unsuspecting players is an unusual and welcome thrill.

By TrustedReviews on 80

Yet, beyond the eye-candy and the sheer amount of stuff on offer, it doesn’t do enough to raise the bar. We can heartily recommend it and encourage you to play it, but if you’re looking for the game to define a generation, your search might go on a little longer.

By GameTrailers on 89

The focus on hacking lends to more cerebral gameplay, and the multiplayer is solid. So get out there and get hacked.

By WCCF Tech on 80

Watch Dogs is a beautiful singleplayer experience with a lackluster multiplayer twist. The game is fun and has a lot of things to do for a free roam, but it just lacks as a title which delivers it all. People will want to just stick to Grand Theft Auto V on May 27th and stay in Los Santos just a little bit longer.

By Metro UK on 70

A highly enjoyable GTA clone but one that doesn’t quite have the panache of Rockstar’s best or the inspiration to make the most of its otherwise enjoyable gameplay concepts.

By IncGamers on 60

I’m damning it a little harder than I’d like to – because, for all its flaws, hacking through Chicago is still a reasonably entertaining experience – but Watch Dogs gets old fairly quickly and it’s bound to disappoint anyone who even remotely bought into the impossible hype.

By The New Zealand Hearld on 80

Either way, thanks to its simplified hacking abilities, Watch Dogs right now feels fresh, endlessly exciting and a hell of a lot of fun. Perhaps trackpants, pizza boxes and all-night hackfests isn't such a bad life after all.

By The Digital Spy on 80

Despite its pacing issues, Watch Dogs manages to tell a worthwhile story that's backed up by some novel new ideas in both single and multiplayer.

By Ars Technica on 80

In the middle of an especially tense mission, it's pretty easy to forget about those ridiculous in-game motivations and simply have fun playing a super-powered techno-hacker with a magic cell phone. These are the moments we'll remember from Watch Dogs, even while trying to forget its ridiculous narrative.