Posts Tagged ‘Watch_Dogs’

Ubisoft’s Annual Uplay Spring Sale Now On

My calendar tells me we’re now over halfway through April. The Met Office tells me astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere started on March 20. Yet the weatherman told me yesterday that I can expect highs of a whopping nine degrees centigrade here in Glasgow this weekend. I’d swear it was still winter had the annual Uplay Spring Sale not kicked off this week, with big discounts on the likes of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege and Far Cry 4, among others. Which others, you say? Find out after the drop.

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Have You Played… Watch_Dogs?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I’d forgive you if you haven’t. My review of Watch underscore Dogs found plenty of reasons to criticise the game, from its action to its mission and level design and its piss poor characters. But then I kept playing it, because the multiplayer was really good.

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Watch This Space: Watch Dogs 2 May Be In The Works

In news that surprises exactly no one, a sequel to Watch Dogs [official website] appears to be in the works. This comes according to some poor guy’s LinkedIn page that’s been sniffed out by VideoGamer.com.

Julien Risse is a senior gameplay designer at Ubisoft, whose past credits include the original Watch Dogs and its DLC Bad Blood, but the stand out oddity is his mention of an unannounced sequel for the series. He’s since deleted it from his credits but it lives on forever in screencap form. Somewhere, with knuckles between teeth, Julien Risse silently screams.

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Grand Theft Aiden: The #WatchDogsIV Mod

That's one way to stop someone phoning in your crimes.

I’m eternally surprised by what modders manage to do with Grand Theft Auto IV, especially as Rockstar never released official mod tools. Modders needed to build tools before they could build mods, a bit like Minecraft–only you end up with high-fidelity murder rather than a monolithic phallus.

The latest wonder rising from GTA 4 borrows an awful lot from another open-world murder simulator: Watch Dogs. Mass-murderer-with-a-heart-of-gold Aiden Pearce is now hacking Liberty City with his magical telephone, popping barriers out the ground, riding trains, spying through cameras, screwing with traffic lights, and generally hacking the planet. It’s a remarkable feat.

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Watch Dogs’ Multiplayer Is Great, Broken, Great

I wrote a long list of reasons why I didn’t like Watch_Dogs very much, and then at the end wrote briefly with caveats about why I liked its multiplayer mode. I thought that would be the end of it, but then a couple of times a week ever since – and it’s been a month now – I boot the game back up to have another couple hours of hacking into other people’s games. How am I going to explain this, I keep thinking. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I’ll try.

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Ubisoft Explains Hidden Watch_Dogs E3 2012 Graphics

portentous manfront

Good thing: Watch_Dogs on PC can look nearly as good as the (in)famous 2012 E3 demo that started at all, and it’s not even that hard to do thanks to some hidden graphics files that modders dug up. Bad thing: they were hidden. That certainly doesn’t look good. Ubisoft has an explanation, though.

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Watch Dogs Patch Due Soon, Brings Performance Fixes

This was a driver problem, to be fair.

If we’re going to talk about modders – and yes, I’m calling it a mod – releasing Watch_Dogs tweaks, then it seems only fair to mention when Ubisoft plan to do the same. As outlined in a post on the Watch_Dogs forum, a set of fixes and tweaks should arrive on PC in the next few days, bringing improvements to performance and control problems.

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Video: Watch_Dogs Graphics Mod Revives E3 2012 Effects

Mr underscore Magoo.

Watch underscore Dogs took a pre-release beating for the differences in visual fidelity between its early trailers, such as the original E3 reveal, and its later videos and final release. Now a mod creator called ‘TheWorse’ has released a tweak that aims to bring Watch_Dogs in line with how people originally hoped it would look. I’ve had a quick play with it, and there’s some comparative before/after screenshots and a video below.

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Patch Dogs: Ubi To Fix Watch_Dogs’ Performance Issues

Maybe they'll also fix the bug that makes some people look like oompa-loompas from the Netherworld

For Graham, Watch_Dogs was like a multi-pack bag of crisps – all choice and abundance, no soul. For many other people, however, it’s been like one of those bags that won’t open no matter how hard you try. You wrench and strain and try from different angles, but alas: nothing. You know something semi-flavorful is inside, but you just can’t get it to work right. Fortunately, Ubisoft is aware, and it’s working on a patch to alleviate some of the performance issues PC players have been encountering.

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Nvidia And AMD Butt Heads Over Watch_Dogs, GameWorks

Nvidia and AMD aren’t friends. Over the years, their game of one-upmanship has evolved into a full-on war, with proprietary tech and buzzwords whizzing every which way through the open air. The latest chapter in the ceaseless struggle? A claim from AMD’s Robert Hallock that Nvidia’s GameWorks program – used prominently by Ubisoft in Watch_Dogs, among others – represents “a clear and present threat” to PC gaming. According to Hallock, participating in Nvidia’s program often forces game developers to steer clear of AMD. Nvidia, however, says that allegation couldn’t be further from the truth.

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What A Shock: Watch_Dogs Hampered By Uplay Troubles

This could be you! (Unless your game isn't working)

This is not a new story, but rather another chapter in one that’s gone on for far, far too many volumes. Rumor has it that George R.R. Martin decided to give up on finishing the Game of Thrones series after bearing witness to The Uplay Saga. The formula is woefully unchanging each and every time: big new release comes out, everyone is excited, Uplay takes a massive tumble and leaves a lot of people snarling at the gates. Watch_Dogs, somewhat predictably, is having early troubles of a similar sort.

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Wot I Think: Watch Dogs

Press E to grieve. But put away your phone first, at least.

One day you will purchase a multi-pack bag of assorted crisps. Maybe because you’re going to a party, maybe because you’re living on a budget. You won’t be overly fond of any of the contained flavours, every bite will feel a little on the soft side of fresh, and the individual packets will be 90% air, but you’ll at least feel comforted by having choice and abundance.

Welcome to Watch_Dogs, the latest videogame from Ubisoft. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brooding packet of cheese & onion whose hacker-criminal past has led to the death of his niece. Now you must run, drive and hack around its ready salted open world on a quest for truth and vengeance, alternating between salt ‘n’ vinegar main quests and a prawn cocktail of crafting and side missions familiar from Far Cry 3 among others.

Running low on crisp flavours, I may just end my review right here. But there’s something of Watch underscore Dogs stuck in my teeth and I need to unpick it. This is wot I think.

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Watch Dogs 101 Trailer Is Full Of All The Things

Watch Dogs scratches YOU behind the ear. With bad dialogue.

It doesn’t matter how many ASCII indie games I play, sometimes I have an itch only shite cutscenes can scratch. Sometimes I want to be told what to do. Sometimes I want to be told what to do by expensively animated, grumbly-voiced cartoons. Sometimes I just want to be able to lean back in my chair and let the game get on with it.

Thankfully: Ubisoft*. They’re releasing Watch Dogs on May 27th. I want to walk around its Chicago, hack its traffic lights, leap across its rooftops, burrow into my friends’ games and follow them around without them knowing. But I also want it to lead me by the nose, pointing me in the right direction with the pomp of big-budget cinematics. It’s comforting.

In other words, there is a place in my life for teenage fantasies writ large, and this nine-minute breakdown of every Watch Dogs feature is full of them.

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Meet Watch_Dogs’ Cast: Hacker Girl, Angry Man, Explosion

Up to this point, Watch_Dogs has been all about trench-coat-clad, vigilante-justice-dispensing hatman Aiden Pearce, but the game’s no one-man show. It’s positively brimming with colorful characters like–[KABOOOOOOOOOM]. Sorry, what I meant to say is, there’s this rebellious hacker girl and–[BLAAAAAAAAAMWOOOOOOOOSH]. Argh, my ears won’t stop ringing. Let me just find a solid wall to duck behind so I can tell you about the arms dealer who–[CRASHSMASHWHOOOOOMBOOOM, sounds of glass clattering in slow-mo]. I guess I’ll just let the weirdly action-packed character trailer speak for itself.

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Next-Ish Gen: Watch_Dogs PC Trailer Definitely Not Pug Ugly

No, Aiden Pearce! Don't shoot our site ads! We need those!

Remember when Watch_Dogs was first announced back at E3 2012? That sure was something, huh? It was all shiny and “next-gen” and rain-spattered, like a soaked-to-the-bone canine shaking off in perfect slow motion. Subsequent trailers, however, have looked… less great. Not terrible by any means, but just a little plain. Why? I can’t say for sure, but I do know that this bells-and-whistles-enabled PC trailer is barking up the right tree. Many textures look more detailed, lighting’s taken a definite step up, and I want to go bounce up and down in those puddles like an obnoxious school child. It’s still not the best-looking game ever, but I can’t complain too much.

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Dogged: Watch_Dogs To Require Uplay, Even On Steam

No wonder everything is so easily hackable in Watch_Dogs' universe: it's all tied into Uplay servers. Aiden Pearce just takes those suckers down and calls it a day.

In an alternate dimension, we all love Uplay dearly and Valve won’t stop shoehorning Steam into annual churned-out sequels like Left 47 Dead, Team Fortress XII: Right Back Hat Ya, and Half-Life: Pirates. In this one, however, that’s absolutely not the case. Uplay is fiddly, sometimes catastrophic meltdown-prone bloatware that gates us from playing games until we’ve gone through an archaic activation and update process. And if servers happen to be down due to demand or some other mishap? Well, good luck. The service’s worst days, I think, are generally behind it, but it’s still a pain. Unsurprisingly, it’s going to show up in Watch_Dogs, presumably to do the opposite of aidin’ main character Aiden Pearce.

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Hack ‘N’ Crash: Watch_Dogs’ Exceedingly Hackable Chicago

Hack the bag! Maybe money will come out! Or food!

I’ve been to Chicago before. It was for Lollapalooza a few years ago, so I remember heat, sweat, and gibbering herds of sticky humans jammed together like uncooked hotdogs – and pretty much nothing else. I guess, then, I’ll just have to take Ubisoft’s word for it when it comes to Watch_Dogs‘ rendition of Chicago, which is apparently about as true to life as you can get while presupposing that a) it is the near future and b) the entire city can be controlled by a single magic cell phone. Apparently all the citizen AI and whatnot is quite sophisticated, though. Hack into the jungle of 1s and 0s below to for a video.

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Watch_Dogs Delay Due To ‘Broken’ Systems, Out In May

All I wanted to do was watch some dogs late last year. Was that so much to ask? Apparently, because Ubisoft abruptly delayed near-future hacker magic sim Watch_Dogs into the non-specific reaches of 2014. To sate my craving, I had to go to a dog park, and there weren’t any hackers there at all. What a bust. Now, though, Aiden Pierce – man of many faces, two first names, and one silly hat – is back on track, and he’ll be breaking phones and probably hearts in May. But why the wait in the first place? According to Ubisoft, the game just wasn’t coming together.

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Bad Timing: Watch_Dogs Delayed Until Spring 2014

Strangely enough I only badgered the poor, beleaguered PRs at Ubisoft this afternoon to see if there were any surprises in store for the release date of Watch_Dogs. I’d spotted that South Park: The Stick Of Truth doesn’t actually have a PC release date right now, despite the consoles being set for the 13th December in the UK, and wondered about their biggest Autumn title. Turns out I’m a proper, bona fide psychic. Very sadly, one of the most exciting-looking games of the year is no longer of the year.

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