|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
At the end of the Watch Dogs gameplay demo, the camera zoomed out to show several other hackers running around the grid as well. Many people took this to mean that Watch Dogs has some sort of multiplayer function, and those people were right. Using the Watch Dogs app, you are able to not only hack the environment in your game, but also your friends' games as well. You will be able to help or mess with your friends as you choose and can examine how they end up finishing missions that you are having trouble with. Each mission in the game can be solved in numerous ways, so spying on other players' progress is a great help in making your own.
All of this is built on top of an already solid foundation of classic third-person action mechanics. Aiden can punch, use melee weapons, use firearms, take cover, use explosives, and even demonstrate some prowess in parkour. He can also hijack vehicles GTA-style to get around the city quickly. Ultimately, you will get to choose whether you destroy someone's life by systematically destroying their online identity, or with a single well-timed bullet to the skull.
Watch Dogs was one of the most interesting games we saw this year at E3, and we can't wait to see what Ubisoft does with the game in the future. In a world filled with endless strings of "me too" shooters, Ubisoft proves that there is still some innovation left to be had in the action genre.
Now let's hope cyberterrorists don't hack into their mainframe and steal all their ideas.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: July 23, 2012