Watch Dogs 2
Goodbye Aiden Pearce and Chicago, hello Marcus Holloway and California! Explore San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley as our new protagonist battles to rid the world of the corrupt ctOS 2.0 system using his impressive hacker skill set. Alongside hacker group DedSec, take control of traffic lights, cell phones, cars and much more to bring about change (with a healthy dose of chaos).
November 15, 2016
Watch Dogs added a new element to the open world model by given players the power to hack different kinds of technology in order to take down their foes. Watch Dogs 2 offers much the same, with minor improvements helping to make the game feel significantly larger and a whole lot more enjoyable.
Watch Dogs 2 takes place in three of the biggest cities in Northern California. You’ll travel through Oakland, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, with each territory offering a unique experience.
For those of you that are familiar with these cities, you might just come across a few locales and landmarks that you already recognise. From the sunlit views of the San Fran Bay area, to the gloomy Oakland streets, the amount of detail that went into developing such a realistic setting is astounding.
Introducing Marcus Holloway
The environment draws players into the Watch Dogs 2 universe, but it’s the compelling characters that will engross you in the story and ultimately keep you there.
This time around, we won’t be following the brooding Aiden Pearce. Instead, you will take control of Marcus Holloway, a much more relatable and entertaining character, who Ubisoft Montreal deemed to be a better figure to guide us around California.
As Marcus, you’re recruited by a group of hacktivist revolutionaries, DedSec, due to your exceptional hacking abilities. It’s your choice to determine how far he goes to expose the corruption in the world and help to bring justice to those who deserve it.
Hacking: A Crucial Tool
Hacking is back in full force in Watch Dogs 2. Just like the previous title, hacking will be a crucial tool in your quest to rid the city of the evil ctOS 2.0 (Central Operating System), which wrongfully blamed you for a crime that you didn’t commit.
While a central element of the original game, gamers and critics felt that the hacking mechanics weren’t quite as fleshed out and entertaining as many had hoped prior to release. However, Ubisoft have made significant improvements to ensure that Watch Dogs 2 provides a hacking experience that is sure to delight fans.
A Full Arsenal
This time around, Marcus has the skill set to hack just about anything – traffic lights, cell phones or barricades. It seems that nothing is off limits. Likewise, he is also capable of carrying out mass cyber-attacks within a large area, which proves to be the perfect distraction.
Likewise, you will also be able to take remote control of vehicles, as well as drones, which are the perfect tool for surveillance and scouting enemies. You have a large arsenal of equipment at your disposal, providing a number of ways to approach and complete each and every mission effectively.
For many, the original Watch Dogs game was a letdown, but it seems that Ubisoft have learnt a lot from their original title. Plenty of improvements have been made on every level. The scale of the Watch Dogs 2 universe is significantly larger than its predecessor and the hacking mechanisms are better than ever, providing plenty of reason to, at the very least, give the Watch Dogs series another chance.