Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's play for the Grand Theft Auto crowd. This sounds like cynical speculation, but really it's business. Grand Theft Auto 5 is approaching $2 billion in sales, and its inevitable release on PC and next-generation consoles hasn't even been announced. Every AAA publisher wants those sales.
As far as Grand Theft Auto inspired games go, Watch Dogs differentiates itself in some fascinating, sometimes ambitious ways. The ability to hack objects changes how the player engages with the virtual world, allowing interaction with citizens without unholstering a gun.
What's surprising, though, is how much GTA's cynical spirit found its way into Watch Dogs. The two games are similar — just not in the way you might have guessed.
- Polygon Daily Off-Topic: What Are Feelings? (Friday, Nov. 28)
- Anime, Cartoons, Comics! Plight Vol. 3, no. 3: Like Tokusatsu, But Not
- Pokémon Discussions - Trumpets in the Distance
- Raven's Reviews: New Nintendo 3DS
- Polygon Daily Off-Topic: Happy Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 27)
- Clans of Polygon: What's going on in Destiny? (November)
- The AC beheading picture: How about giving it a rest already?
- Polygon Daily Off-Topic: Let's Dance (Wednesday, Nov. 26)
- What is the greatest boss battle of all time?
- Far Cry 4 Awful performance on my PC