By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 17, 2014 06.17.14
A Watch Dogs mod created by Guru3D forum user The Worse gives the Windows PC version of the game a makeover akin to its original appearance at E3 2012. The video above demonstrates the game's E3 appearance vs. what it looks like on PCs today. With the mod, many of the game's original E3 assets have been restored and reflections, lighting, lens flares and weather effects are altered. According to The Worse's post, the modder started searching for fixes to the game's stuttering problems after its launch. "After searching so much for the unpacker I found it, started playing with it and after a long time of testing I ended up getting the E3 Bloom from 2012 working," the post reads. The full list of features, some of which have not yet been implemented, are available in The Worse's...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 16, 2014 06.16.14
The latest entry in the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series from media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian examines how female characters are used as objects or background decorations. Dubbed "Women as Background Decoration: Part 1," the video highlights games such as BioShock Infinite, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2 and Watch Dogs. According to Sarkeesian, the trope is defined by women who are used to "infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds." "These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male characters," the video's description reads. "Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture, but they are frequently programmed as minimally...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jun 06, 2014 06.06.14
Watch Dogs players have the opportunity to spy on someone using a method that may hit a little too close to home for gamers — Ubisoft's open-world title features the ability to infiltrate an NPC's living room using a device that apes Microsoft's Kinect camera. The Easter egg, spotted by Eurogamer, shows a young, swear-spouting young man being observed by protagonist Aiden Pearce through his "Kinekt" peripheral while playing what appears to be a particularly grueling game. The video above outlines where to find this NPC and how to get him. Early last year, after the announcement of the Xbox One and its required Kinect camera, consumers began raising question of users' privacy in relation to the peripheral. Users were concerned about having an always-on camera in their living room,...
By Owen S. Good on Jun 01, 2014 06.01.14
Watch Dogs? Or Grand Theft Auto? Can't make up your mind which open-world game to play? Why not have both? YouTuber RavenswestR1 cooked up this virtuoso re-creation of Watch Dogs' launch trailer in Grand Theft Auto 4, nailing every shot and camera angle perfectly. This is something of a hobby of his, as he's done the Need for Speed movie's trailer, and the trailer for the film The Other Guys in GTA 4 as well. For comparison, the original trailer Ubisoft released on May 22 is below.
By Owen S. Good on May 31, 2014 05.31.14
This video contains NSFW language. In Watch Dogs, the player hacks into all sorts of devices in a central network to dig up information and cause havoc. He can also hack into one of those tacky singing fishes that everyone had in their basement last decade. YouTube's Watch Dogs Central dug this up a week ago, and they show you how to get to the Singing Trout, take it over, and make it start chanting a profane gangsta rap song about life as a fish in Chicago — to which no bystander pays attention, of course. Watch Dogs launched on Tuesday, quickly becoming Ubisoft's highest-selling title at launch ever. Polygon scored it an 8, saying "as a hybrid open-world stealth-action game, it's in a class by itself."
By Emily Gera on May 30, 2014 05.30.14
Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck spoke out against Ubisoft's latest release Watch Dogs via the independent Libertarian news network The Blaze earlier this week, claiming the game teaches players how to hack in real life. "The idea here is they are teaching you to hack and then become the ultimate voyeur in other people's lives, including their bedrooms, by hacking into their phones and everything," Beck said during a segment on violence in video games. Beck noted earlier on in the show that game series' Call of Duty had been said to teach the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks how to shoot to kill. "This game is teaching you to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our...
By Chris Plante on May 29, 2014 05.29.14
Take for example, an unscripted sequence where I managed to trap a convoy in an intersection by hacking the traffic lights and security pylons, then detonate an entire block with improvised explosive devices, then escape by triggering a blackout of the entire Chicago neighborhood. I felt like a super... well, supervillain, but you get the point. Of course, most of the abilities described above aren't immediately available. You'll need to unlock them. Here's a quick video guide to enjoying Watch Dogs. If that's not enough Watch Dogs video, be sure to check out some of our other stories. We have a ton of them, like... A Watch Dogs car chase The first 30 minutes of Watch Dogs gameplay Everything you need to know about Watch Dogs in under 3 minutes
By Griffin McElroy on May 28, 2014 05.28.14
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.
By Russ Frushtick on May 28, 2014 05.28.14
We lined up the PC, PS4 and PS3 versions of Watch Dogs to see how they stack up against one another. The differences are pretty striking, especially when it comes to going from last gen to current gen. (Here's a download link if you'd like to see the raw file.) In case you're curious about how the two current gen consoles stack up, here's our comparison video of the Xbox One vs. the PS4.
By Owen S. Good on May 24, 2014 05.24.14
Watch Dogs isn't on shelves yet, but this week Conan O'Brien was provided a copy for the "Clueless Gamer" segment of his show. The game's higher concepts of privacy, information security and government control may not seem like fertile ground for joke-making, but the late night host finds a way. "You can see what security cameras see on an average day when nothing's happening," O'Brien deadpans, when shown the ability to hack into the central network of an alternate-future Chicago. O'Brien's show, in January, acknowledged that the Clueless Gamer segments receive payment from publishers to feature the games. The show considers them "strictly comedy sketches" that fall outside the requirements of promotional disclosure. "These are not reviews, they are comedy bits," a spokesperson said...