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Watch Dogs Review: Does this Sci-Fi Open-World Game Meet Expectations?

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As one of the major game development companies in the world, Ubisoft is widely regarded as a “top dog” in the realm of open world games, mostly thanks to the well-received Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series. Quality and appeal is the French developer’s forte, so when word came out it was working on brand-new open world game, one with a sci-fi bent, we had high expectations. Watch Dogs is out, and having sunk dozens of hours into it, we can gladly say that it met most of our expectations.

Story

The main character is Aiden Pierce, a brilliant hacker situated in a virtual Chicago that. As a result of a theft at the beginning of the game, he becomes a prime target for an unknown organization that seeks his death. While Aiden tries hard to protect both himself and his family, his niece gets caught in the crossfire and dies. Her death pushes Aiden into an all-out war with said organization as he tries to find out who controls it and how he can bring it to its knees.

Aiden’s personality doesn’t really show in the game, as the main character is quite bland, but the other characters are quite unique and they all have numerous traits that will appeal to gamers. Partner in crime Jordi Chin is a class act.

Gameplay

The X-factor in Watch Dogs is the ability to hack virtually anything in the world, which surprisingly adds a lot of value to the gaming experience. Playing as Aiden, you can hack just about any traffic light, person, car or door. You can steal money from their bank accounts and transfer them you’re your own, steal cars and roam the streets, complete missions and/or just have a lot of fun exploring the vast location at your leisure. There are quite a lot of guns available and they all cater to different situations.

The only major problem is how similar the missions and task become. As interesting as they initially are in the first hours of the game, they can get a little too repetitive at times, a quantity-over- quality issue that plagues virtually all open world games. A lesser issue has to do with the driving. Considering that there are many opportunities to enter races against various AI characters or even against other human players, the cars that you navigate sometimes move too fast or too slow, making the controls a little difficult to get used to.

One of the biggest highlights of Watch Dogs is how single-player seamlessly integrates with multiplayer. If you agree to it, random people can enter your game session to steal your money, challenge you to races, and engage you in numerous other activities. This idea overall is very interesting and greatly enhances the gameplay experience.

The number of things you can do in this game is simply mind-blowing. Fortunately, the trailer above breaks them down into digestible bits.

Graphics & Sound

Watch Dogs was the first next-gen title to be announced, and while it doesn’t make use of all the graphic technologies showcased in the E3 2012 demo, it still is one of the best looking games out there. The game world is large and beautifully designed; lighting, shaders and high quality textures all blend well together to create a unique, amazing world brimming with life. We were impressed at how well everything looked.

The user interface is cleverly designed and is very intuitive to use, showing you only the information pertaining to the equipped gun, the game map and the current objective. There is no unnecessary clutter whatsoever.

Sounds quality is superb and is befitting of a game as grand in scale and ambition. Everything sounds realistic, be it shooting guns, chatting with people or driving around the city. Noteworthy is the diverse music soundtrack, which features an eclectic mix of well-timed tracks that play at the appropriate times. We especially like the pieces that play during the driving missions.

Verdict

Watch Dogs is an intense, action-packed game that offers fans of the open world genre a fresh and unique gameplay mechanic. Its robust hacking system is a strong pull, while its graphics and sound quality are among the best to date, especially on the Xbox 360 and PS4. As with most sandbox games, it ends up suffering from repetitive missions down the line, but we think there is enough originality to keep gamers plugged in for hours on end.

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Fortnite Was The Most-Played Nintendo Switch Game Of 2018

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Fortnite is dominant on every platform its own.

Nintendo has revealed that Fortnite was the most-played Switch games of 2018.

The free-to-play title from Epic Games topped a list of the 21 most-played titles, with Nintendo’s own IPs rounding out the remainder of the top five.

This is especially impressive considering Fortnite launched six months into the year. By October, almost half of Switch users worldwide had it installed.

Here’s the full list of most-played Switch games for 2018. Are you surprised by the results?

  1. Fortnite
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. FIFA 19
  7. Minecraft
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
  9. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  11. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  12. Rocket League
  13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  14. Pokemon Quest
  15. Stardew Valley
  16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  17. Octopath Traveler
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  19. Paladins
  20. Super Mario Party
  21. Mario Tennis Aces
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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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Mortal Kombat 11 official Cover art with Scorpion

It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Chinese Minecraft Player Spent Entire Year Creating Awesome Cyberpunk City

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There is seemingly no limits to the scale and creativity one can realize in the blocky world of Minecraft.

Indeed, in Minecraft, you let your imagination run wild, and
we’ve seen some truly awe-inspiring creations

This cyberpunk city by Chinese Minecraft player AZTTER has to be one of the coolest ever.

The man has the patience and persistence of a winner, seeing as it took him an entire year to build it from the ground up.

The results speak for themselves …

Forget about the lights — just look at the scale of it all! AZTTER is bone fide champ.

Have you seen a city as impressive in MinecraftLet us know in the comments below.

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Amazon Is Working On A Game Streaming Service

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The e-Comm tech giant’s ambitions for world domination could span the full breath of gaming.

Looking to get in on the game streaming business early, Amazon is reportedly working on its very own game streaming service.

This particular segment of the video game industry is seen by many as the future of gaming.

According to sources familiar with Amazon’s plans, development of Amazon’s game streaming service is already underway, and the company has been in negotiations with game publishers to use the service. If all goes according to plan, it could launch sometime in 2020.

Amazon isn’t the only company looking to capitalize on the promising segment. Other big-names investigating or actively perusing ways to make game streaming viable include Google with Project Stream.

Sony already has PlayStation Now, and Microsoft is working on Project xCloud alongside the hardware for its next-generation console. Even game publishers like EA are working on their own solutions.

There is clearly money to be made in the game streaming arena, and Amazon wants a lot of that money.

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Sony Has Sold Over 91 Million PS4 Consoles, With About As Many PSN Active Users On Board

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The PlayStation 4 is a runaway hit with gamers, at least when compared to the Xbox One.

Sony has confirmed that more than 5.6 million PS4 consoles were sold worldwide during the 2018 holiday season, pushing the console’s all-time sales to an impressive 91.6 million units since its introduction in late 2013.

Over 50.7 million games were sold on the PS4 during the season, both digitally and at retail, and Spider-Man was by far the best-selling exclusive of the entire year.

Keep in mind that these are sell-through numbers, meaning sold to consumers rather than to retail outlets.

As for the number of monthly active users on the PlayStation Network,
Sony recorded over 90 million users as of the end of November, 2018.

Not every user is a paid Plus subscriber, but the impressive figure is a testament to the large, highly-connected community the company has diligently built with quality games and services.

Are you one of the over 90 million PS4 owners? How has the console treated you?

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