Watch Dogs - DedSec Edition (PS4)
- Play as Aiden Pearce, a hacker on the hunt for those who harmed his family
- Hack and take control of the city's infrastructure and use it to your advantage
- Access security cameras, download personal information, control transportation
- Interact with and confront other players in seamless multiplayer activities
- DedSec Edition features figurine, artwork, soundtrack, collectibles, and more
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Platform: PlayStation 4 | Edition: DedSec Edition
All it takes is the swipe of a finger. We connect with friends. We buy the latest gadgets and gear. We find out what’s happening in the world. But with that same simple swipe, we cast an increasingly expansive shadow. With each connection, we leave a digital trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it’s not just people. Today, all major cities are networked. Urban infrastructures are monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.
PlayStation 4 players will receive four exclusive additional missions centred on a faction fighting for freedom in the digital age. As vigilante Aiden Pearce, players can help them get their revenge against a Chicago tech mogul who did them wrong. Upon completion of the extra missions, players will unlock an exclusive suit for Aiden Pearce.
Welcome to Chicago
In Watch_Dogs, this system is called the Central Operating System (CTOS) – and it controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents.
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you'll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.
Hack the city
Watch_Dogs takes place in a fully simulated living city where, using your smartphone, you have real-time control over the city’s infrastructure. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s CTOS can become your weapon.
Living in inner city Chicago where violence is best answered by violence, you have the skills to take the fight to the streets. Take down enemies by delivering devastating blows with your baton, or experience a shoot-out like never before with a physics simulation that rivals anything in the shooter category. Use a combination of shooting and hacking to gain advantage in any given situation. The streets are designed for you to create your own plan of attack.
High octane driving
Ubisoft Montreal has partnered with studios such as Ubisoft Reflections, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning Driver series to bring you a game bursting with horsepower. Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles, each with state of the art physics and handling, and explore the massive city while completing missions.
Everything is under control
Disrupt, the all-new game engine dedicated to Watch_Dogs, uses advanced processing and graphics to deliver a stunning visual and an incredibly realistic experience. Disrupt gives you the power to affect the story, the city and the life of the population with your choices creating a ripple effect throughout the city.
Seamless multiplayer experience
Discover new levels of interaction, cooperation and confrontation between players thanks to a brand new multiplayer game system that links the single and multiplayer modes into one seamless experience. That means no menus, no loading screens, just instant open world multiplayer action.
Stay connected with a new way to play
Take your experience beyond the console with a groundbreaking, real-time, companion game. This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from their home console. The Watch_Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time.
Watch_Dogs DEDSEC Edition contains:
- A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine
- DEDSEC Collector box
- Watch_Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game
- Original soundtrack of the game
- Watch_Dogs map of Chicago
- Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality
- Set of 3 exclusive badges
- 3 single payer missions: almost 60 minutes of additional gameplay
- Palace Pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.
- Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
- INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.
- ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank
- Signature Shot: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person who holds the gun.
- Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to hold the weapon.
- Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission):
- BLACK VICEROYS GANG COLOURS OUTFIT
- BIOMETRIC ASSAULT RIFLE
- Breakthrough Pack: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.
- Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
- VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.
Top customer reviews
A lot of people have criticised the car handling in the game but I actually thought it was pretty good! It's slightly more realistic in a way but still fun enough to let you get some fun over steer moments going. Whilst the focus is on hacking the gunplay and cover aspects are all good too. Some of the side missions are actually great little diversions and the multiplayers works really well in this respect too. Every now and again your game world is "invaded" by another player who might be trying to hack you. Of course there's racing etc as well if you want it.
Musically the game is dreadful in my view. I almost always turn the radio off as soon as I get in a car. There are no DJ's and only the occasional news broadcasts. This totally lacks the humour and character you get in a GTA or Saints Row.
Ubisoft probably has a new series here. Hopefully though they'll learn from the shortcomings in this game and create something far superior next time around. There's plenty of good stuff here but it just falls short of greatness.
I've been hoping for something to come along and fill the GTA void for a long time now (Assassins Creed nearly managed it, but got tedious). This is it. I haven't even started the first mission yet, as the city is so expansive and with his trusty smartphone, there are a ton of things for Aiden to do. My only issues so far is evading police - you have to be in the right place at the right time to use the city to your advantage, and usually when I find myself in the right place they're right behind me. I was also surprised to find that once my wanted level dies down and my heat level vanishes, this doesn't mean I'm in the clear.Got out of my car and the chase was on again. But that's something I'll figure out in time, I'm not gonna mark it down for that. Also, I read somewhere that you can't be caught hacking a phone. Well, I was!! Guy turned round and called 911! It's only happened once, right enough. But now, I always make sure I'm a decent distance away.
Visually stunning and addictive. Worth every penny.
Edit: Taking a star off. Why? Because nowhere on the product page did it state that to use the augmented reality cards, I need either an ipad or an iphone. I have a smartphone and a kindle, neither of which allow me to download the app I need to use them. I know it seems petty to mark it down for that, but I feel that paying customers should be told what they are and aren't getting - especially if it's something they were looking forward to.
Another edit: The glitches are driving me crazy. The only way I can free myself is by blowing something up nearby (which usually results in dying) or fast travelling to my hideout, meaning I have to go all the way back to that area if there's something I had intended to do. And why do I end up in a police chase when I've done nothing wrong? That's just time consuming and stupid.
Final thoughts - impressed overall, but far too much driving (which is a nuisance at high speed) and there is an element of repetition. The ability to fail missions by doing nothing wrong is disappointing, as is Aiden dying by tripping over his own shoelace (note: NEVER think to yourself 'that wall doesn't look too high').
First of all, the stuff that comes with the DedSec edition is quality stuff. The statue is both spectacularly detailed and feels nice, the map didn't tear like most maps I get with most games. The steel box is nice and the art book is definitely nice to look at.
The game itself is definitely worth purchasing. It's fun, involving and addictive. Once you get a hang of hacking as you go you can cause plenty of havok be it fleeing from the cops, or "baddies" who have been sent to kill you. Being able to manipulate the city of Chicago adds a much needed breathe of fresh air into sandbox/city roaming games.
Aiden's character (so far) is well written, and I have personally found it easy to feel for him. The voice acting is top notch, and the visuals are beautiful.
The online, from what I've experienced, is also smooth and enjoyable. It adds another optional challenge to people as you try and hack other people, race against them and a number of other activities.
Of course, one of my favourite aspects of the game, is the ability to stop crimes before, during or after they happen. It adds a nice distraction to the story, similar to True Crime, but it doesn't feel tedious as you don't feel like you need to complete these tasks. In fact, some like the convoys and strongholds can be done at any time, at your leisure.
Of course all of this is my own personal opinion on the game, so try not to be too upset about this if you disliked the game. (:
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