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Platform Win, PS4, Xbox One
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Developer Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date Nov 15, 2016

Above all else, Watch Dogs 2 is a game about being young, angry at the system & certain that you know what"s best for the world.

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How much you like it may depend on how much you can relate lớn that state of affairs.

As in the first game, Watch Dogs 2 places you in the role of an underground vigilante, a hacker abusing security flaws in phones and computer systems in a quest khổng lồ expose corporate corruption. And lượt thích the first game, Watch Dogs 2 collides headfirst with the same moral dilemmas faced by hackers in real life: Should you exploit a broken system just because you can? Who is it OK for you lớn go after? How far is too far?

Unlike its predecessor, however, Watch Dogs 2 ditches the deadly seriousness, even as it struggles with a few heavy issues. The first game"s moody revenge tale has been replaced with a tongue firmly in cheek, skewering Silicon Valley và the tech industry at large. This new tone feels like a more natural fit to lớn both hacker culture and the open-world genre, & it leads lớn a sequel that"s a lot more fun — even if it shares some of the original game"s flaws.

Marcus is a more down-to-earth, infinitely more likable main character

Following the events of the first Watch Dogs — in which a rogue hacker completely took down a private security system rooted in the infrastructure of Chicago — tech company Blume rebuilt its omniscient computer system, ctOS, & spread it khổng lồ cities across the United States. Watch Dogs 2 is mix in the bay Area in California, where an Oakland-based tin tặc named Marcus Holloway joins up with the đen hat collective DedSec khổng lồ once again face off against ctOS and Blume.

Where Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce was a gruff, lone-wolf vigilante out for revenge, Marcus is a more down-to-earth, infinitely more likable main character. He và his DedSec buddies are — forgive me — millennials; they"re obsessed with pop culture, they"ve got style, they make fun of each other.

They spend a lot of time equivocating about whether they"re hipsters.

Watch Dogs 2 is not a lonely game. When he"s not working alongside his teammates directly, Marcus is at least in constant communication with them. Whole hours of the game are given over lớn building out these characters, to lớn the point where I didn"t even realize I was starting lớn genuinely appreciate them. Characters like Sitara, a DJ và artist who provides DedSec"s graphic design sensibilities, grew on me as naturally as a real-life group of new friends. Heck, I even learned lớn love Wrench, an initially cringe-worthy, loud-mouthed ball of energy who wears a Daft Punk-inspired face mask that flashes emoticons through its goggles.

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In a trò chơi full of clever twists on open-world and stealth gameplay, guns in Watch Dogs 2 are a complete failure of imagination. The cover-based shooting works fine, but it"s far from noteworthy; it"s a boring use of time in a world with so many more interesting ways to lớn interact. It also feels completely at odds with the more genial tone of this game"s group of hackers. When the crew is uploading a virus lớn mock a popular social network or downloading files to lớn expose a corrupt politician, they come across as a likable band of would-be Robin Hoods. When they"re shooting down dozens of cops, FBI agents and generic gang members with abandon, it becomes a little harder lớn get behind the cause, so to lớn speak. The cutscenes almost always paint DedSec as an Anonymous-esque group of peaceful hacktivists, which begs the question: Why are guns here at all, beyond the stun gun that you start the trò chơi with?

That"s not the only place where Watch Dogs 2"s tone falters. Many of the missions Marcus takes on are more problematic than the game cares lớn note. In one, you gian lận into a teenage girl"s webcam to scare her, lớn "teach her a lesson" that she shouldn"t stream herself online over a webcam.

DedSec"s gross, victim-blaming reasoning: Running your webcam is insecure, & someone might stalk her.

In another uncomfortable series of side missions, you gian lận ATMs and decide whether each random civilian trying to lớn use the ATM deserves khổng lồ receive a bunch of money or khổng lồ get an arrest warrant and have all their money taken away. You make these choices based off tiny snippets of information and a few seconds of dialogue.

Watch Dogs 2 pays some lip service khổng lồ the idea that these hackers must struggle lớn avoid becoming what they hate. By using all-powerful software lớn manipulate the world, could they be as bad as the corporations they"re fighting against? But in the end, lips service is all it is. Over và over, DedSec embraces the role of judge, jury and (when you decide khổng lồ use guns) executioner, with little real self-awareness.

In a purely comedic story — & one with less emphasis on killing people — this might work, but every time Watch Dogs 2 tried khổng lồ be more serious, I got ripped out of the game"s silly alternate reality.

Wrap Up: Watch Dogs 2 improves on its predecessor but doesn"t go as far as it could have

Despite its struggles for tonal consistency, Watch Dogs 2 feels, well, true. I remember being as young và angry as the lead characters, full of so much energy và pain that I couldn"t quite determine what direction khổng lồ focus it in. I remember believing that I knew the best way to bởi things, believing it so firmly that sometimes I fucked up & hurt other people. In expanding the first game"s clever hacking options và through a story about taking on a system overwhelmingly stacked against the people, Watch Dogs 2 strikes an even more powerful chord at this precise moment in time. And if it went just a little bit farther in embracing that story and found a better balance between silliness và seriousness, it would be essential, rather than just cathartic.

Watch Dogs 2 was reviewed using a pre-release retail PlayStation 4 copy of the game provided by Ubisoft. You can find additional information about hibs.vn"s ethics policy here.