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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Platform: PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action Adventure
MSRP: $59.99

Watch Dogs is a strikingly vivid experience that combines many familiar gaming sentiments (GTA‘s open-world action and Splinter Cell‘s stealth-based evasion) with a conspiracy-based plot that’s decidedly Orwellian in nature.

Ubisoft’s newest release delivers a very distinct pre-1984 techno-stealth adventure wherein players are submerged into a world that’s just beginning to build the omnipresent authority of Big Brother. The theme of the game is unnerving but poignant, spinning a tale that mirrors our culture’s fears of privacy invasion by depicting a war virtual rights and freedoms.

Set in a stunning recreation of “smart” Chicago, gamers take the role of a hacktivist vigilante with a personal vendetta for revenge as he cuts a swath through the crime and chaos that assimilates among the powers that be. Armed with an expansive webwork of connections, wits, guns and a trusty smartphone, players bring a sort of Batman-esque justice to the city while uncovering an ominous geo-political plot.

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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