In Watch Dogs you play as Aiden Pierce, a hacker who found out a little too much about his employer, resulting in them trying to kill him. While they didn't succeed in that, your niece died in the process and now you're out for revenge.
The game takes place in a near future version of Chicago where a widespread computer network called Central Operating System or ctOS controls everything. Using your skills as a hacker and a specially designed cell phone you're able to access this system and turn the whole city into your weapon of vengeance. You can use this to create dynamic covers in shootouts, manipulate traffic lights to cause accidents, use road blocks usually reserved for cops to stop car chases and much more.
You can approach each task given to you in different ways from going in guns blazing to hacking your way through cameras, guard's cell phones and other gadgets without ever setting foot in the building you want to infiltrate. So the way the game plays drastically changes depending what type of player you are.
Watch Dogs also features a reputation system which reacts to your actions outside of missions. You can access the police's crime prevention software that uses facial pattern recognition to find potential criminals and victims and chose to intervene for a reputation bonus. This will determine how the general public sees and reacts to you.
Multiplayer is handled differently than in most games. In Watch Dogs you can seamlessly enter other players games and try to hack their phone to install a backdoor virus to steal information they gathered during the game. They will however be notified of your presence once you do this and they will try to stop you.
Aside from that you also have a 8 player free roam mode which further expands the possibilities given in single player mode by being able to share it with your friends.
- HACK THE CITY
Watch_Dogs takes place in a fully simulated living city where, using your smartphone, you have real-time control over the city’s infrastructure. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s CTOS can become your weapon.
- STREET JUSTICE
Living in inner city Chicago where violence is best answered by violence, you have the skills to take the fight to the streets. Take down enemies by delivering devastating blows with your baton, or experience a shoot-out like never before with a physics simulation that rivals anything in the shooter category. Use a combination of shooting and hacking to gain advantage in any given situation. The streets are designed for you to create your own plan of attack. Overall, you will have access to more than 30 traditional weapons.
- HIGH OCTANE DRIVING
Ubisoft Montreal has partnered with studios such as Ubisoft Reflections, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning Driver series to bring you a game bursting with horsepower. Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles, each with state of the art physics and handling, and explore the massive city while completing missions.
- EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL
Disrupt, the all-new game engine dedicated to Watch_Dogs, uses advanced processing and graphics to deliver a stunning visual and an incredibly realistic experience. Disrupt gives you the power to affect the story, the city and the life of the population with your choices creating a ripple effect throughout the city.
- DYNAMIC NAVIGATION
Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target.
- SEAMLESS MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE
Discover new levels of interaction, cooperation and confrontation between players thanks to a brand new multiplayer game system that links the single and multiplayer modes into one seamless experience. That means no menus, no loading screens, just instant open world multiplayer action.
- STAY CONNECTED WITH A NEW WAY TO PLAY
Take your experience beyond the console with a groundbreaking, real-time, companion game. This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from their home console. The Watch_Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time.