Everything Is Connected. Watch_Dogs

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Watch_Dogs. I’ve been collecting information and doing research on this on this game, so you guys wouldn’t have to. I’m warning you now, this is going to be a VERY lengthy post. I have 6 pages of notes to put into this thing, so I’m sorry if it seems like it drags on. I’ll be doing my best to give you nothing but the facts and bullet points. I’ll be saving my opinions for the end.

So let’s get to it.

Watch_Dogs will feature outfit customization, you may have heard about the outfit packs they will have, but a developer said you can expect to buy clothes in a large city, but wouldn’t say anything past that. So for now, at least we know there will be some outfits you can choose from.

As we all know, Watch_Dogs will be open world. From the looks of things it will feature more freedom than in almost any other sandbox game, just how much remains to be seen.

It will feature a full re-creation of Chicago and its 6 districts, meaning you will see familiar neighborhoods and buildings.

Watch_Dogs also features a brand new graphics engine made specifically for this new game. It features realistic physics, even for garbage. It also features a dynamic weather system with dynamic lighting effects as well.

Every character in Chicago has a unique identity, no two people are the same. This is a truly new and unique experience.

Watch_Dogs will feature multiplayer game modes, those modes are: Intrusion – Hide and Seek at it’s finest. This is what they’ve been advertizing. You jump into another player’s game (or get invaded instead) and try to steal information from them, or stop them from stealing your information. You can kill them, counter-hack them or run away. (I’ll explain the Aiden vs Aiden multiplayer paradox in a bit).
Decryption mode is for 4v4 PVP set in the open world of Chicago. It’s a small, highly competitive team-based throwdown.
Tailing mode is where you can follow and observe them, this will be a lot like the Intrusion game mode, current details about the differences are unknown.
Also, the Racing mode which is as straightforward as it sounds.

You will be able to turn off the Multiplayer features if you don’t want people hacking of tailing you. These intrusions will only happen during your free-roam time, not during missions.

Also, the Aiden Vs. Aiden paradox. You will always be Aiden. When you invade somebody’s game, you will see them as a fixer, not as Aiden. When they invade your game, you will see them as a fixer, but they will see you as one. The reason this happens, is so you will always be Aiden, forever keeping the immersion factor alive. All of this will transition flawlessly.

There is even a tablet/smartphone companion app for multiplayer, this allows you to join up with a Tablet/Smartphone user and they act either as a helper, or the police. They help or hinder you, that’s up to the game mode you play.

In Watch_Dogs, the city at your fingertips. You can hack anything that is controlled on the ctOS system, which is everything.

You can also craft weapons. To what extent is unknown, but what is known is you can craft IED’s.

Your reputation will change with every decision, or lack thereof. How will the people of Chicago view you? As a ruthless killer, or a helpful vigilante? Or will they never know you exist?

Watch_Dogs will do it’s best to present you with true moral dilemmas such as, you’re walking along and you see a woman who has $45,000 in her bank account. Unprotected. You think, “I could take that no problem” Then you realize, she’s a teacher with a very low income, her account is her life savings. She also does charity work every week by volunteering at the homeless shelter. She’s also divorced with one child. Do you still take the money? Or do you let this one person, out of thousands, go? Could you justify doing that to her? Could you live with knowing you just ruined her life when she did nothing?
These are the kinds of things that happen all the time in Watch_Dogs, and they do their best to make it a true moral dilemma.

Intelligent AI’s react properly to the world around them. This means when they see you, and the news has your image everywhere, they will watch you, and they will call the police in a panic.

Similar to Mass Effect 3, multiplayer can help your single-player game, just in a very different way. It gives you money, exp and perks, but this isn’t necessary for the core game, just added bonuses.

A contract can be placed on your head by other players. If somebody wants you dead, or hacked, they can give a worldwide contract, so anybody that kills you or hacks you gets paid out from said contract. So make your friends hack each other, just be ready for the retaliation of everybody going after you.

Customize playlists, check-in at hotspots, join city-wide games like poker or chess, play mobile games that can turn the city into an alien invasion area, a hunt for coins, or digital trips which change the entire game, such as Chicago in hell, or be a giant spider-tank, plus many more in-game apps.

Hack into anybody’s life, and tap into anything. Find criminals, bank accounts, even private residences.

There will be consequences to your actions; police don’t want a vigilante and the news will plaster your face over everything. If you mess with the wrong citizen, you might end up with a bounty on your head.

Characters have their own agenda, meaning, people who help Aiden, aren’t just working for him, they have their own goals, so don’t expect to have people slaving at a computer JUST to feed you information.

So, what are the special editions, where can you get them and whats in them? Also, what are the pre-order bonuses?

US Editions:

  • Standard Edition

  • GameStop pre-order exclusive content – exclusive single player mission, Investigation bonus, ATM Hack boost

  • Amazon pre-order exclusive content – exclusive single player mission, black Viceroys Outfit, Biometric Assault Rifle

  • Best Buy pre-order exclusive content – Exclusive single player mission, Vehicle Expert Pack

  • Walmart pre-order exclusive content – Cyberpunk Gun, Cyberpunk Outfit

  • PlayStation pre-order exclusive content – 4 exclusive missions, 60 additional minutes of gameplay, white hat hacker outfit, bonus tech points

  • Limited Edition – Collector’s Box, 23cm Aiden Figuring, OST, Aiden’s Vigilante mask, Steelbook case, Artbook.

International Editions:

  • Standard Edition

  • Deadsec Edition – Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia – Collector’s Box, OST, Map of Chicago, 3 Exclusive (physical) badges, 23cm Aiden figurine, Artbook, Steelbook case, 4 (physical) Augmented Reality Cards, Vehicle Expert Perk, Gang color outfit, Biometric Assault Rifle, Investigation Bonus perk and ATM Hack boost perk.

  • Vigilante Edition – Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia – OST, Collector’s Box, Aiden Pearce’s hat, Aiden’s vigilante mask, Bonus single player mission with Investigation bonus and ATM Hack Boost perks.

  • UPlay Edition – Steelbook, Vehicle Expert Perk, Gang color outfit, Biometric Assault Rifle, Investigation Bonus perk and ATM Hack boost perk.

  • Special Edition – Australia, New Zealand – White Hat pack* Chicago South Club Pack

    *White Hat pack in NA is PS exclusive, in Australia and NZ Whiter Hat Pack is NOT console exclusive

    So what’s ACTUALLY in these?

  • DEADSEC Edition:

    Physical Content:

    • A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine

    • Steelboook

    • DEDSEC Collector box

    • Watch_Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game

    • Original soundtrack of the game

    • Watch_Dogs map of Chicago

    • Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality

    • Set of 3 exclusive badges.

    Digital Content:

    • 3 single payer missions: almost 60 minutes of additional gameplay

    • Palace Pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)

    • INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.

    • ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank

    • Signature Shot: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person who holds the gun.

    • Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to hold the weapon.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission):

    • BLACK VICEROYS GANG COLOURS OUTFIT

    • BIOMETRIC ASSAULT RIFLE

    • Breakthrough Pack: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)

    • VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.

    VIGILANTE Edition:

    • VIGILANTE Collector box

    • Aiden Pearce’s iconic cap

    • Aiden Pearce’s mask

    • Original soundtrack of the game

    Digital Content:

    • Palace Pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)

    • INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.

    • ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank

    UPLAY Edition:

    Physical Content:

    • Exclusive Steelbook™

    Digital Content:

    • Palace Pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)

    • INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.

    • ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank

    • Signature Shot: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person who holds the gun. Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to hold the weapon.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission):

    • BLACK VICEROYS GANG COLOURS OUTFIT

    • BIOMETRIC ASSAULT RIFLE

    • Breakthrough Pack: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)

    • VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.

    SPECIAL Edition:

    Digital Content:

    • Breakthrough mission pack – A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.

    • Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)

    • VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.

So what are my thoughts? I’m one of the few who didn’t buy into the E3 2013 hype over Watch_Dogs. This is going to be amazing. How long that will last? I’m not sure. I have a feeling that this will remain one of the best games of 2014. There will be more great ones this year, but this will be one of the first.

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