Watch Dogs 2 Offers Unique Gaming Experience in Dystopian Hacker World
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With a unique atmosphere created by interesting and intuitive game features, Watch Dogs 2 is one of the best games I have played.
Since its release on Nov. 29, I have already logged nearly five hours on the PC version of the game.
The premise behind this amazing game is that the player is a hacker famous in the community for his home defense attacks. The main character, Marcus Holloway, fights against the corrupt organization Blume.
Blume controls the city of LA through their next generation movement ctOS, which stands for ‘Central Operating System’. The program collects data on all of the people within LA, and essentially controls the city through access to traffic lights, manholes and other city objects.
The ctOS also makes the supposed “big data” that hackers, such as Holloway, hate. In order to take on Blume, Holloway joins the hacker squad Dedsec, and through this squad the player is able to complete multiple side missions (I have only been doing side missions, so I have 0% story progress but five hours logged) and progress through the main story with his partners in justice.
The plot is not the best I have seen (my favorite still being the plot of Halo: Reach or Witcher 3) but it gives substance to the game, and gives life to the actions and decisions of the player.
Speaking of which, Watch Dogs 2 has several very unique game features that truly make it stand out. First is the unique multiplayer experience. While playing the main storyline, or even adventuring around the map, the player will randomly get a notification that allows them to enter a multiplayer event in which they connect their world to another player’s world and try to hack each other without being found. This feature keeps the player always on their toes, as their interaction with the virtual world is constantly changing.
The defining feature of Watch Dogs 2 is the overarching focus on hacking. The player can hack cars in order to make them turn randomly or explode parts of the road to keep Blume off their trail. Players can also hack npcs (non-player characters). Each npc has a unique identity with an age and personality trait.
Through these two simple game features, the game is able to set itself apart from the games that have the same free world rpg features, such as Grand Theft Auto and Skyrim. Watch Dogs 2 is truly able to achieve a unique and powerful gameplay.
I would have to say Watch Dogs 2 is one of the best games I’ve played, and it still gives me a strong feeling of wanting to play more even though I have already logged five hours on it (which in the gaming world is not long at all). Nevertheless, I hope if you do get the chance to play this game, you will experience the same feeling of euphoria I had.