Watch Dogs - Overview video

What if our smartphone apps could do more than just let us send birds through pipe-filled obstacle courses?

That's the fantastical premise behind Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's new open-world franchise, in which a smartphone can be a device of tremendous power, rather than a platform for downloadable fart pianos. Protagonist Aiden Pearce can use his cell to raise drawbridges, jack into cameras or — our personal favorite — activate grenades hanging on an enemy's belt. Hey, future grenade manufacturers? Why are your grenades internet-enabled? It kind of seems like you were just asking for it.

In today's Overview, Chris Plante and I go full-blown Swordfish on some lowly grunts as we hack and blast our way through Watch Dogs. We also give a moose a stern lecture about his distasteful sense of humor, apropos of absolutely nothing.

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