Watch Dogs on PS3 – The DVDfever Review


Watch Dogs places you on the scene as Aiden Pearce, a hacker who someone wants dead because they killed your niece.

That’s the basic premise in this title which does one of the most difficult things in gaming – taking on the mighty Grand Theft Auto and making a damn good job of it with lots to do and oodles of vehicles to drive. Sure, I don’t think anything can beat GTA overall, as there’s always so much packed into it, but what we have here makes a superb fist of giving us another open-world game in a city full of main missions and side missions (the latter such as Cash Run and Fixer Contract, both of which can be seen in video form on page 2) in which you fully want to get involved.

As well as doing some of the basics including taking cover to move around a room in order to avoid baddies, as well as crafting a lure and then throwing it to distract someone’s attention so you can sneak past – which is basically like throwing a stone to do the same thing, what Watch Dogs does different is allowing you to hack into CCTV cameras and changing from one to the next, effortlessly like Tarzan swinging from one vine to the next – as long as it’s in view of the current one – in order to see enemies you otherwise wouldn’t be able to, and access panels to open doors and explode explodable items, of which there are rather a lot for the baddies to walk past, which is a bit unfortunate for them.

In fact, my favourite thing to do is injure or kill the bad guys by accessing the cameras, finding those who have explosives strapped about their person and then setting them off. Often, they’ll die, but once, one guy threw his away just in time, and inadvertently at me!!! 🙁

Watch Dogs – Act I levels (720p HD)

When it comes to the graphics, Watch Dogs shows there’s still a hell of a lot of life left in the PS3, so it’s a great shame that developers of some new games don’t produce a version on either there or the Xbox 360, relying solely on PCs and the ‘next gen’ consoles. It’s like the ‘current gen’ of consoles are starting to be abandoned.

There are lots of side missions to complete including the ‘cash run’ (collecting coins in an 8-bit video game stylee) and 40 Fixer contracts (basically, chasing after bad guys)

Also, PS3 and PS4 players will also get an exclusive 60 minutes of gameplay comprising of four additional missions centred on a faction fighting for freedom in the digital age. As Aiden Pearce, you can help them get 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. I wonder if he’ll do a song like Mr Burns did in the Simpsons when he wore a new vest?

Note that, in addition, there is an online multiplayer mode, for up to eight players taking part in both co-operative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting. However, I’m just a single-player kind of guy, so haven’t played the multi-player.

Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the game.

Watch Dogs – general dicking around (720p HD)


Some negative points now, and one thing that is massively disappointing is that you can’t replay levels. I like to record gaming footage – and there’s a number of links on here – but if I can only show my first gameplay footage then I’m going to look like a complete bell-end as I don’t know what I’m doing at that point. Ubisoft have really dropped the ball on this one!

Also, you can’t even have more than one save game file, and manage them from there – which would at least have allowed you some sort of flexibility. What on earth were they thinking of??

Also, I initially wanted to change the control set-up because I kept accidentally hitting L2 when I want to run, thus pulling a gun and annoying everyone. Unfortunately, if you do reverse the controls, then this also affects the driving and you have to drive with the accelerate/brake controls reversed… which is even more of a pain. So I reverted back, reluctantly.

And another time, I forgot where the weapons wheel control was and jumped out of a moving car instead. There are just too many controls sometimes….

Now if they could fix the save games/replay levels problem with a patch, that’d be just dandy, thankyou.

Watch Dogs – Cash Run (720p HD)

Watch Dogs – Fixer Contract (720p HD)

Important info:

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Players: single player: 1; multiplayer: 8
  • HDTV options: 720p
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 sound: Yes
  • Subtitles in English


    Director: Kun Chang
    Writers: Li C Kuo and Kevin Shortt
    Music: Brian Reitzell

    Aiden Pearce: Noam Jenkins
    Bedbug: R Charles Wilkerson
    Charlotte Gardner: Holly O’Brien
    Clara Lille: Isabelle Blais
    Nicolas Crispin: Julian Casey
    Damien Brenks: Daniel Kash
    Joe DeMarco: Trevor Hayes
    Delford ‘IRAQ’ Wade: Jerod Haynes
    Jackson Pearce: Nicholas Bode
    Jordi Chin: Aaron Douglas
    Lena Pearce: Teale Bishopric
    Maurice Vega: Christopher Jacot
    Nikki Pearce: Anna Hopkins
    Donna ‘Poppy’ Dean: Oluniké Adeliyi
    Dermot ‘Lucky’ Quinn: Myron Natwick
    Rabbit: Brian J Smith
    Rose Washington: Mylène Dinh-Robic
    Mayor Donovan Rushmore: Michel Perron
    Raymond ‘T-Bone’ Kenney: John Tench
    Tobias Frewer: Billy MacLellan
    Yolanda Mendez: Ellen David


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