Watch Dogs Preview

Posted: January 26, 2013 by Areeb Fazli in Games
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Watch Dogs(stylised asWATCH_DOGS) is an upcomingopen worldaction-adventurevideo game, developed byUbisoft Montreal, best known for their work on theFar CryandAssassin’s Creedfranchises, forMicrosoft Windows,PlayStation 3, and theXbox 360.Watch Dogscenters on the player’s ability tohackinto various electronic systems, either to obtain and control information or to destroy those devices completely at specific times. The game was first unveiled during Ubisoft’s press conference atE3 2012.


Gameplay
The main gameplay mechanic of Watch Dogs is the use of hacking andsurveillance . The game’s antihero Aiden Pearce (voiced by Noam Jenkins) can use any device tied to the city’s central operating system (ctOS) as aweapon against it. During the gameplay demonstration, Aiden is seen jamming cellphones to serve as a distraction as he enters a vanity art
exhibit, tapping a phone call to retrieve information about his target, manipulating traffic lights to cause a large pileup designed to trap the target and his bodyguards, and escaping the police by driving a car across a raising river bridge. The player can also access information from the ctOS on the NPCs they encounter, including information on demographics, health, and their probability of violence. Combat utilizes a combination of stealth components and parkour, along with the mechanics of a cover-based third-person shooter . The E3 demo also demonstrated co-op play , as focus shifted to a second character above Pearce, on higher buildings, referred to as ”Bixxel_44″ (controlled by another player) following Aiden’s successful killing of his target, who was given orders to protect Aiden by intercepting the police trying to catch him, and then fled the place using fluid parkour-like moves.

Plot

The storyline of Watch Dogs is built around the concept of information warfare, data being interconnected, and the world’s increasing use of technology—questioning who exactly runs the computers they depend on. The game is set in an alternate reality version of Chicago, Illinois, which is one of many cities to feature a supercomputer known as a “CtOS” (Central Operating System). The system controls almost every piece of technology in the city, and contains information on all of the city’s residents and activities which can be used for various purposes. In the game’s universe, the Northeast blackout of 2003 was found to be caused by a hacker, prompting the development of CTOS. The game will follow an anti-hero named Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled hacker described as a person who uses both “fists and wits.”The gameplay demo shown at E3 depicted Aiden’s attempt to assassinate a media mogul named Joseph DeMarco, who had been wrongly acquitted on charges of murder.

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