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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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New Xbox Is Four Times More Powerful Than Xbox One

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It’s true — the new Xbox releases in 2020 with Halo and is leaps and bounds more powerful than the Xbox One.

The earlier leaks regarding the next-generation Xbox console’s power, release date and launch game were true.

At E3 2019, Microsoft confirmed that the new Xbox — codenamed “Project Scarlett” — sources its computing power from an Advanced Micro Devices chip that makes it four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.

It is able to show up to 120 frames per second (twice the speed of the average TV) and features a solid-state drive that allows games to load much faster than on older mechanical hard drives.

The new Xbox will be released during the 2020 holiday season, with Halo: Infinite as a launch title.

It is shaping up to give the PlayStation 5 a serious run for it’s money. Are you excited? What do you hope for?

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Halo: Infinite Releases With New Xbox, Watch The E3 Trailer

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Fans of Halo might shed a tear or two while watching the latest trailer.

E3 2019 brought us a new trailer for Halo: Infinite, as well as a release window for the game.

The sci-fi first-person shooter sees the return of Master Chief, and it takes the Halo franchise in” ambitious, unexpected directions.”

Seeing master chief resuscitated back to life to “finish the fight” will surely make quite a few hardcore Halo fans shed a tear. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments below…

Halo: Infinite will be released during holiday 2020 as a lunch title for the new Xbox console (AKA Project Scarlett).

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Cyberpunk 2077 Stars Keanu Reeves, Releases April 16, 2020

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It’s a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Are your surprised?

CD Projekt Red used E3 2019 to release a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer that reveals Keanu Reeves as the main star.

Not only that, but the big-name Hollywood actor also stepped onto the stage after the trailer was shown to announce the long-awaited RPG ‘s release date.

Isn’t he such a wonderful man? Watch the trailer and let us know what you think…

Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on April 16, 2019. Are you happy to see Keanu Reeves as the main star?

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Xbox “Scarlett” Can Do 120FPS And 8K, Releases Holiday 2020

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Halo: Infinite could very well be a launch title.

Several leaks suggest might have revealed some titillating details about the Xbox Scarlett family of consoles, as well as the release window for Halo: Infinite.

According to leaker Sabi, Scarlett supports up to 120fps and is backwards compatible with all Xbox consoles of the past. The Elite Controller will apparently be “extra special.”

Finally, Halo: Infinite will supposedly be released during holiday 2020 as an Xbox “Scareltt” launch title.

Stayed tuned to GameTribute to see if any of this proves true, as well as for the latest video game news and trailers.

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Check Out The New Doom Eternal Trailer

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As expected, Doom Eternal looks crazy intense.

E3 2019 brought us two major videos of Doom Eternal — an official story trailer and some gameplay footage.

The story trailer (above) revels in the game’s weird and intense biblical imagery, while the gameplay footage (below) shows off its intense gameplay, flashy UI and wide array of collectibles.

A new multiplayer mode called Battlemode pits two player-controlled demons against a single player-controlled Slayer to see who’s the last one standing.

Bethesda also announced a big special edition of Doom Eternal that come with a wearable Slayer helmet and story DLC.


By the look of things, fans of Doom are in for more of what the love about the series. Doom Eternal releases on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 on November 22, 2019.

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Do You Already Hate The Sonic Movie?

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The new Sonic movie trailer has everyone horrified and confused. Are you?

To the say the first official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog film is a head-scratcher would the understatement of a lifetime. It is WACK!

We get a look at Sonic rendered in real life, as well as Jim Carrey’s Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. If the tagline “Every hero has a genesis” is anything to go by, the movie will be an origin story for the blue hedgehog that was an integral part of our 90s gaming experience but struggles in today’s video game market.

To be honest, he looks downright creepy, which probably wouldn’t have been the case if the designers went for a cuter, more compact aesthetic like in the original 2D Sonic games.

Instead, we get scruffy, frizzy-looking creature “thing” that could easily be mistaken for an extremely lean man in a full-body costume, a man who likely skipped leg day one too many times.

Something along the line of Detective Pikachu would have definitely be more palatable, don’t you think?

If you hate Sonic’s look, enough to even be reluctant to watch the movie, you’re not alone. Reactions to the trailer have been hilarious , and the film’s official Twitter account has been swamped with thousands of responses.

So, are you happy with the direction Sega and Paramount took with the live-action Sonic movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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