AU New Releases: Watch Dogs launches for multiple platforms

Step into the shoes of vigilante hacker Aiden Pierce.

Ubisoft's much-anticipated Watch Dogs hits Australian retailers this week for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The game has already been announced as Ubisoft's second most-preordered game in the company's history. CEO Yves Guillemont has stated that the game is "perfectly positioned to become the industry’s most successful new IP in history."

Watch Dogs sees players step into the shoes of vigilante Aiden Pierce in an open-world Chicago. Aiden is able to hack into the city's central operating system (CtOS) to achieve different objectives.

The game will run in 900p on PlayStation 4 and 792p on Xbox One, with both versions to run at 30fps. Ubisoft has explained the specific differences between the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 and Xbox One/PS4 versions of Watch Dogs. On the single-player side, Xbox 360/PS3 players can expect fewer NPCs in some areas, but Ubisoft has stated that this will not affect the core gameplay. For multiplayer, Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will miss out on the Decryption competitive multiplayer mode and the ability to free roam with multiple players.

For fans of the Mario Kart series, the latest numbered iteration of the iconic racer launches for the Wii U this week. Mario Kart 8 introduces new racing circuit designs and new karts. The game will feature the return of several features including 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.

The game was well-received in GameSpot's review, praised for its wide assortment of interesting tracks and challenging gameplay, but let down by a weak selection of characters.

For more details on games out this week, check out the full list below.

May 26, 2014

MXGP -The Official Motocross Videogame (PlayStation 3, 360, Vita, PC)

May 27, 2014

Watch Dogs (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)

May 28, 2014

Borderlands 2 (Vita)

May 29, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Xbox One)

May 30, 2014

Worms Battlegrounds (PS4, Xbox One)

May 31, 2014

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

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Zorine “harli” Te is an Associate Editor at GameSpot and is based in Australia.
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edmond_allen2
edmond_allen2

no free roam multiplayer for xbox 360 not worth buying for 60 bucks its boring

amitran02756931
amitran02756931

please dont listen to all those comments, game is really  amazing and you will get around 40- 60 fps smoothly

klakier82
klakier82

UBI - "wow GTA5 sold so good...lets make our own , we will add some mechanics from Assassins Creed and this will be a real blockbuster" ... nice try. the game itself looks booooring from the first look. 

naomha1
naomha1

Where's the Gamespot review? I'd figure a AAA title on release night would have the review shining for all to see. Not a damn peep from Gamespot tonight. Go figure. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

I can see why Ubisoft told off to review this game before release. There are some mechanics of this game that totally suck, others are meh. Game gets boring after some time. Also why the F isn't there a jump button in this supposed "open world" game?

underblackflags
underblackflags

the game LOOKS fine - nothing spectacular - nothing nextgen about it - There are much prettier games.

underblackflags
underblackflags

I've played this for 3 days now on my PC rig.  I don't really know how GTA5 looks as its not out on PC but Watch Dogs is BORING.  The entire mechanic of "Hacking" feels like a  CHORE - not some challenging game mechanic.  Hacking through Security Cameras and sneaking around in cover is laborious, become tedious after the first 15 minutes, and the gameplay is unsettling.   Walking around, looking at every person, seeing the money the make a year, what they do for a living, and some DIRT on their private life is not pleasurable but off putting.  NO WAY anyone over the age of 18 plays this game for fun after forcing themselves through the first play through.  This is a failed rip off of GTA 4 - I'm sure it doesn't touch the last gen console release of the fifth.  This game sucks and it will fail/  Should cost $20 and be a online DLC one time indy purchase.

croxus
croxus

quite a few 8s are coming...

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

How can anybody think this game is going to be better than Grand Theft Auto?  Lets see....a studio making this type of game for 13 years versus a company just throwing money at people and saying "do what they do, but different and better."


The driving looks awful, it's always looked awful.  I bet the on-foot stuff is great.  And the hacking is probably a weirdly simple "press one button" mechanic that is cool at first but then you realize it makes stuff a bit too easy.  I foresee myself playing this for a little while and then getting bored.  Then hoping they port GTA V plus some sort of expansion pack for a reduced price to next gen.

krishtrinity1
krishtrinity1

According to Forbes benchmark Watchdogs with ATI R9 290x and 290x sli has same frames per seconds.Meaning highly unoptimized for pc.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Early indications suggest this game is HIGHLY unoptimized for PC. Go figures.

jamelafferty
jamelafferty

Game will feature the return of several features Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

rajeevhbk
rajeevhbk

preordered it months ago waiting for delivery from game store. although played a torrent version of this, game is very unoptimized though cpu performance is more or less same from fx 6300 to i 7 4770k. on other hand game is favoring nvidia's gpu at the moment running smoothly with my 780gtx with some dips still not above 50 fps in ultra settings but amd cards are performing horribly even r9 290 can't able manage stable frame rates going between 30-60. hope the final version of this game will be optimized if not expect patches from ubi and amd following the release.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Hopefully they will give this something other than an 8, but most likely not. Heck bring back 7.5 and 8.5, now THOSE were the days.

onixevil
onixevil

I believe the haters will keep complaining even after we get satisfied reviews

playstationzone
playstationzone

1.well no review on watch dogs, 2 Amazing spiderman 2 late as well borderlines 2 pspvita,  3.  a lot ninendo fans think mario kart 8 be big hit and think save Will U and ninendo problems.

onixevil
onixevil

PC needs months before they make the game runs stable. consoles don't went through this obstacle

onixevil
onixevil

 hates on this game is uncommon elsewhere 

Bigfatlardygit
Bigfatlardygit

The lack of Watch Dogs reviews in advance of its release is very worrying.

jasonmzk
jasonmzk

People. It's a game. If it looks like something that might appeal to you, buy it and enjoy it. If it doesn't look like your cup of tea, by all means pass. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

@amitran02756931  Did you just create an account on Gamespot just to feed us this false information? Are you a Ubisoft employee? The game is average at best and not way "Amazing". A lot of people who played this game have said so. While I do respect your personal opinion, the fact is the game is not that good as it was hyped up to be.

berserker66666
berserker66666

@naomha1  Gamepot's on Ubisoft's payroll. They explicitly said NOT to release a review till the game releases. Same with other big review sites. It's the unfortunate truth.

bf4rocks
bf4rocks

@berserker66666 careful they have already delete some of your posts lmao.  Gamespot is makig big bucks with all this negative comments.
  BTW there's no jump button cause everything is automated cutscenes.

bf4rocks
bf4rocks

@underblackflags  i have been posting the same thing about this game.  It's very linear and boring.  This game would be better as a movie than a game to be honest.  Too much over hype BS.  I do admit the game is long and tons of side missions, but they are all pretty much the same with couple random voices.

doahayatekasumi
doahayatekasumi

@croxus NO DUDE theres no way watch dogs will get as high as an 8, more like a 3.5. my dead or alive games from japan will get high scores in the 9s 10s because yosuke hayashi is better than these western macho developers an there western macho games watch dogs FAILED but my japanese dead or alive games WIN with better scores an better reviews than stupid western games dude.

bf4rocks
bf4rocks

@krishtrinity1  on a 3930K and GTX Titan OC max everything even 8x MSAA 1080p hitting 46-57 fps.  It's using 4.5-49gig of VRAM usage. No stutter and very smooth, except couple of random AA bugs.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@onixevil of course, 10/10 "review bought and brought to you by Ubisoft"

Saidrex
Saidrex

@onixevil yup, whole 1 day of waiting for day 1 patch and optimized graphics card driver that came 1 day before release date, such agony. Console version doesn't need optimization because there isn't anything to optimize. :D Consoles get bland bread, PC gamers get cake :D enjoy

doahayatekasumi
doahayatekasumi

@Bigfatlardygit because watched dogs sucks, japan makes better games than you ugly westerners , MY DEAD OR ALIVE games sell more than watch dogs yosuke hayashi has your money so screw your watch dogs games dude -__-

bf4rocks
bf4rocks

@Bigfatlardygit  Because Ubisoft pay to remove bad comments and review.  Cause the game suck badly trust me.  I beaten the game.

bssmackjack
bssmackjack

There's a block on reviews until it releases. That's fairly common now, and not at all worrying.

doahayatekasumi
doahayatekasumi

@jasonmzk well dude I GOT EVERYONE to hate on this game an watch dogs is going to fail hahahahahahaha WATCH DOGS FAILS LIKE EVERY WESTERN GAME the only good games come from japan like my dead or alive games with my DOA ninjas an yosuke hayashi will have all your money when dead or alive 6 sells millions an watch dogs fails bye bye western gamers, JAPAN IS TAKING OVER WITH DEAD OR ALIVE so screw watch dogs it sucks -__-

doahayatekasumi
doahayatekasumi

@bf4rocks haha your jealous that dead or alive games an my japanese games will sell more than these stupid macho western watch dog crap games ^-^


team ninja japan an yosuke hayahsi can destroy ubisoft an all these ugly western developers so glad everyone hates watch dogs I HATE it, dead or alive 5 ultimate is so much better than watch dogs an yosuke hayashi has your money from the DOA sales.

ragingdove
ragingdove

@doahayatekasumi Dude, you realize by calling us "ugly americans" is completely racist on your part. Also, there is absolutely no reason to be racist towards americans all because you think japanese games are better. And maybe they are. But that's your opinion and you can't go around shoving it down people's throats.

doahayatekasumi
doahayatekasumi

@amitran02756931 @doahayatekasumi @bf4rocks because our dead or alive games an japanese games have better graphics story an protagonist like kasumi hayate ayane an ryu hayabusa an your western games all have ugly heroes an ugly graphics aiden pierce is an ugly macho western manly white man with ugly green blue eyes an watch dogs has a horrible story where my japanese dead or alive has an amazing story plus hayate kasumi an the DOA ninjas could kill aiden pierce in seconds.

amitran02756931
amitran02756931

@doahayatekasumi @bf4rocks I did'nt understand why japenese shits like you are trying to proove by throwing bad comments on watch dogs. everyone is praising its graphics exept scams like you. watch dogs is 1000 times better than your japenese games including graphics,dynamism,story and many more things

doahayatekasumi
doahayatekasumi

@berserker66666 @bf4rocks @robbiejones @underblackflags dude watch dogs sucks dead or alive is so much better this is why ONLY JAPANESE DEVS make the best games watch dogs is getting so many bad reviews an I'm happy that my japanese games an my dead or alive games are selling more yosuke hayashi is the best developer dude. ubisoft sucks so do all western macho man games thats why watch dogs fails its for the western macho crowd. dead or alive 5 an dead or alive 6 is for the high class pure angelic crowd. ^_^

robbiejones
robbiejones

@bf4rocks @robbiejones @underblackflags hmmm sounds kinda weird since it's been delayed and hyped up with all the trailers etc.. I like Ubisoft a lot, one of my fav developers! The review will get an 8 if the mechanics are solid, and the game play is consistent. 

bf4rocks
bf4rocks

@robbiejones @bf4rocks @underblackflags 

Wolfeinstein was way more fun, way better story lines.  This game tried hard to capture your emotion but fail.  The sums up like this and you will do this over and over.  Find towers, hack it using your cell phone so you can unlock the area.  Than do hacking puzzles.  Using your cellphone to get the target profile and listening in on calls. than get chase and game tell you to escape the chase or area.  Yep that's it. 

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@Kinguard73 @origkillmachine @jasonmzk  Off Topic: Very good movie and surprised that there has not been a remake.I am going to wait until after the game is released and see how the reviews goes because these days they hype a game so much and when you get it is not what it been hyped out to be(looking at EA/Maxis SimCity).