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Watch Dogs gameplay: Our first 30 minutes in the game

Chris Plante co-founded Polygon in 2012 and is now editor-in-chief. He co-hosts The Besties, is a board member of the Frida Cinema, and created NYU’s first games journalism course.

Watch Dogs will be available in stores on May 27, but we captured footage of the first 30 minutes for you to watch today.

The footage includes a tutorial, taking our hero through an alternate-reality Chicago stadium in which the baseball team actually wins championships. It also introduces many of the game's themes: surveillance, revenge, the theft of privacy. There are some particularly interesting moments to watch, like later in the footage, in which short descriptors are used to label non-playable characters. In this mode, called Profiler, we've seen a number of interesting labels: smoker, pole-dancing student, religious conservative, person undergoing hormone therapy, recent carjacking victim, anger management attendee, person who tithes 10 percent of his salary, homosexual. In a crowded area, the labels flow one after the other. Free of context, it's jarring to see one person's sexuality be comparable to another person's clove for children's cartoons.

The footage was pulled from a copy we purchased for the PlayStation 4. We'll have more videos from the game soon, so keep your eyes here.

And let us know your impressions of the intro in the comments.

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