Back at E3 2012, Ubisoft revealed Watch Dogs to the world. It was a jaw-dropping demo that teased gamers' imaginations with the fervent possibilities of next-gen consoles. Last week, the final product arrived -- and reality has haxxored our impossibly high expectations.
The general consensus on Watch Dogs has been pretty lukewarm so far. Criticism has ranged from missions being too samey to the "press X to hack" simplicity of its unique selling point. Then again, nothing short of the second coming of Jebus would have satisfied gamer expectations -- after all, the game had been enthusiastically touted as the 'Next Big Thing' for more than two years.
Interestingly enough, the same thing happened to Ubisoft's previous big IP push back in 2007. If you recall, the first Assassin's Creed game was also considered a bit of a letdown due to repetitive gameplay mechanics and a failure to deliver on lofty promises (sound familar?)
Both games ended up with a Metacritic score in the low 80s, which is slightly disappointing for a major AAA title. And yet, Assassin's Creed is now one of the most successful properties in existence. I wouldn't be surprised if Watch Dogs follows a similar trajectory. In other words, we can expect the franchise to hone itself into a far superior sequel.
But that's enough pontificating: what are your thoughts on Watch Dogs so far? (I'd normally add my own two cents, but was unfortunately sent the game on the wrong format. Tch.)
So Watch Dogs, then -- is it a pure breed or a dog's breakfast? Have at it in the comments section below!