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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…

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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…

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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…

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Grand Theft Aiden: The #WatchDogsIV Mod

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.…

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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…

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Watch Dogs Patch Due Soon, Brings Performance Fixes

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

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…

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Patch Dogs: Ubi To Fix Watch_Dogs’ Performance Issues

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,…

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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…

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What A Shock: Watch_Dogs Hampered By Uplay Troubles

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…

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Watch Dogs review

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…

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Watch Dogs 101 Trailer Is Full Of All The Things

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:…

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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…

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

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…

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Dogged: Watch_Dogs To Require Uplay, Even On Steam

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.…

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Hack ‘N’ Crash: Watch_Dogs’ Exceedingly Hackable Chicago

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…

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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…

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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.…

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