World's first Watch Dogs "review" comes from Conan O'Brien

Comedian praises Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, but wonders why Aiden Pearce's jacket looks so funny.

The world's first Watch Dogs review has arrived, but it's come from an unlikely source: comedian Conan O'Brien. As part of his regular "Clueless Gamer" segment, O'Brien plays and critiques the PlayStation 4 version of Watch Dogs, wreaking havoc on the game's fictional Chicago and making fun of things like main character Aiden Pearce's Jacket.

O'Brien also jabbed at how Watch Dogs focuses on hacking. "The action [in past video games] used to be 'slay the dragon.' Now it's, 'Let's go into a basement and play with computers!'" Of course, hacking is just one part of Watch Dogs. The game also offers gunplay, melee combat, and car racing sequences of the more traditional "action" fare.

The comedian even asked if because Pearce can hack into anything in Watch Dogs, including personal cameras, does that mean he can watch people having sex? The game does let you watch romantic encounters, but the sex is only implied, never actually shown.

O'Brien's verdict? "It'll blow your mind. Watch Dogs. Coming out May 27. If you're a cool dude, you'll love it. If you're a hacker who likes to stay in a basement and play around with people's adjustable rate mortgage, you'll really love it."

Of course, O'Brien's Clueless Gamer segment is often sponsored in part by the publishers of the games that appear there, so it's not much of a surprise that O'Brien would speak so positively. The video segment is essentially just a marketing piece for the game, and with over 100,000 views in under 12 hours, I'd say it's working.

After more than 5.5 years of development, Watch Dogs launches next Tuesday, May 27, for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS4, and PC. A Wii U version is coming later. We recently got to play the first hour of the game, and you can watch a replay of our live-stream right here.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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146 comments
gruoch1
gruoch1

Wow, this is just going right over most peoples heads here.
 Even Eddie's apparently.

xdude85
xdude85

Conan O'Brien is probably the best game critic, he's straight-forward and honest and he doesn't get all technical and give specific reasons, he just has fun and nothing else.

robbiejones
robbiejones

nice choice in the console there conan 

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

"Of course, O'Brien's Clueless Gamer segment is often sponsored in part by the publishers of the games that appear there, so it's not much of a surprise that O'Brien would speak so positively."

Uh... why would you intentionally write something misleading about an article on Gamespot? The article you linked to specifically states that while publishers do sponsor the show to appear in the Clueless Gamer segments, Conan does not hold back anything. He doesn't need to be positive if he doesn't want to be.


"We did one or two of them [Clueless Gamer reviews], video game companies loved it, they came to us and said, review our game please,"O'Brien said in an interview with Anderson Cooper at the Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity. "I said I'll do it, but I don't want to be held back in any way. They said 'we don't care, as a reviewer you have no credibility,'" he joked. He also admitted t"hat the show had an "integration" with publishers like Square Enix, meaning it paid to feature Tomb Raider on the show."


Oh wait. It's an Eddie Makuch article. Even so, lying about articles from your own site is a new low for you, Eddie.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Kinda reminds me when you're trying to show a friend or family member a cool game and all they do is make fun of it. I stopped watching this "review" because it's more or less a joke. If he was even halfway serious about it, I'd finish the video. Jimmy Fallon is better with games IMO

Keivz_basic
Keivz_basic

One game I'm looking forward to given GTA V is apparently skipping the PC :-(

shoguntake
shoguntake

is it me or has the name 'Clueless Gamer' flown right over people's heads?

nayce54
nayce54

Game is gonna suck, i can see it

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Lol good one.......some  places state the game is coming out on may 26 hope its true looks good 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

anyone know if/when the PC version will become available for pre-load?

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

By the way, the game looks horrible. No lightning at all.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

One of those paid things. "Thanks", conan... 

How was that paycheck?

berserker66666
berserker66666

From what I've heard, Watch Dogs is not that good as it was hyped up to be. No wonder Ubisoft is telling people to hold off reviews after release.

pezzott1
pezzott1

This very far from a review... $$$

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

I love reading about how many "gamers" hate this game simply because it's a highly anticipated game and it doesn't run at the resolution they desire. Like people can't just be content that merely one game is coming out and some people just want to spend a few hours in it, but nah they gotta spend their sweet time all over the internet expressing hate.

fbn_games
fbn_games

Who is this White hair man.

He is EXTREMELY sexy. His white hair is amazing, hes beard is WOW. I'm in love with this MAN.

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

nihilism at its finest !

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

yeah this review was actually the first one where i got the feeling it was paid and scripted...it wasn't as funny as they usually are...and he didn't do his usual off-the-wall scoring thing.  and yes there have been times where he bashes the games he plays.  this one just screams corporate sponsored.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Quick, someome tell me why Conan thought Aiden's jacket looked funny! I don't want to watch the clip, to avoid seeing too much of the game and I'm too lazy to search through the comments. Please, I have to know!

Hunter1428
Hunter1428

Ok so the loading screen has a cool animation saying system loading and then below a loading bar with the word loading above it.... is it loading?

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

tho i am not happy that its not even 1080p 60 fps, i still this the games going to be epic. it will be worth its price. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Aww cheer up sad clown, turn that frown upside down. There's always Red Dead Redemption...umm never mind. You always have Destiny...hmm no wait. Why do you guys call yourself the master race again?

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Keivz_basic Played GTA5 on the 360, loved it, finished it, over it, now looking forward to the ultimate Watch Dogs experience on PC. In 1080p at 60fps & beyond, which only PC can deliver.

gruoch1
gruoch1

@Ripper_TV  You are correct. Conan does get paid for doing his show...

therealone717
therealone717

@berserker66666 It's not.  It gets stale pretty quick ironically.  It has some cool things in it, don't get me wrong, but a bit over hyped. Games are like movies when released; if the studio that makes it doesn't let reviewers see or review the game prior to release day, it's often a good bet the game/movie is not that great... not always, but it's a safe bet most of the time.  

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@LilRoss2k3 Who cares, he's a comedian/celebrity, it shouldn't be taken seriously anyway lol.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@LilRoss2k3 Yeah I just watched it and I really don't think they were being all that serious when actually trying to play it... but that end comment "it will blow your mind" seemed like complete bogus

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@LilRoss2k3 Damn, I would have loved to have the honest opinion of one of my favorite people :/

zerohournow
zerohournow

@Hurvl you are the laziest person of the week...you got time to troll a gamespot forum but not to watch 30 seconds of video...okay.

brad12d3
brad12d3

@Hurvl He said it looked like it had a giant leather band aid holding it together on the front. The video doesn't show too much really. Conan spends a lot of time crashing cars and bikes and shooting trees. He kind of sort of does one little side mission.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

@neowarrior793 I believe PS4 can run this game for 1080p at 60fps. Maybe it's just there will be a huge gap with the XBOXONE counterpart that's why Ubi adjusted it..

zerohournow
zerohournow

@neowarrior793 so all the previous games in your life that weren't 1080p were crap then? It isn't like it was 1080p at first then after 3 months of playing they changed it. Why are the PS4 users such douches?

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@LJNkickstarter @neowarrior793 Can we say 'paranoid delusion'? The PS4 is not a wonder machine, just because it might be the most powerful console right now, it still has limits. The fact is that consoles can't keep up with the rapid pace of development advancements these days, if you want that kind of performance for Watch Dogs you'll need a PC unfortunately. If you had an ounce of intelligence, you'd already have a gaming PC rather than dreaming about consoles miraculously being able to perform better.

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@LJNkickstarter @neowarrior793 more likly that when in development they lowered the fps and 1080p in order to allow more to go on in the watchdog world. simply scaling back how much is loaded up at once probably would allow them to make it 60 fps and 1080p but for some reason ubisoft thought we would care more about minor popping graphics and more npcs.

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@zerohournow @neowarrior793 lol wow have a cookie and calm the hell down. this is a game that should've been next gen (in quality), why should i pay an extra £10 - £20 for somthing that my ps3 or xbox 360 can play minus a few less npc's. its more then reasonable to not be happy about this, when they had a 6 months "polishing time" that what can be gathered didn't actually happen do add anything.  if you cannot comprehend this thats your problem, don't take it out on me because you have stupidly low standards. your meant to get what you pay for, your illogical brain seems to have lost the ability of common sense.   

vscott453
vscott453

@zerohournow Yea i don't get it either. Too much emphasis on graphics then gameplay. i wish this crap would end. Glad I am teaching my kids to enjoy all games and not base it on graphics.


Actually playing streets of rage on my sega right now.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Gravity_Slave why? If you're buying a game legally at full price anyway, what does it matter if you also pirate it?

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@XNEXUS666X @neowarrior793 @LJNkickstarter lol "running games at a higher performance level" no your having to get overpriced overpowered hardware in order to do that. it just shows how dumb your really are, you dont even understand the basics of an operating system and its restrictions of it to playing games.

 there a reason why you need a stupidly overpowered graphics card to play most games on a pc, a pc's OS is not dedicated for gaming unlike a consoles is, a consoles OS makes the most of the hardware maximizing on gameplay and minimising on hardware use for secondary functions (ie share function on ps4) 

a pc's OS never maximises its hardware because its not the OS's main function which is just general processing, this is why if you put lets say a ps4 parts into a pc installed windows 7 it would run the games even worse then the ps4. 

why don't YOU actually learn something and research before saying my statements are "
contradictory and retarded" when you have an inability to comprehend the statement in the first place. I will give you credit for stupidity of the year award.  

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@neowarrior793 @XNEXUS666X @LJNkickstarter So a PC was never meant to make games either by your logic? Tell us what a PC's 'primary function' is please? Because my understanding is that that it can achieve a multitude of functions including running games at a higher performance level. And why are you complaining about the game not being 1080p - 60fps on PS4 if that's "barely anything"?

I will however give you credit for the most contradictory and retarded reply ever though.

Gwarpup
Gwarpup

@neowarrior793 @Romeric87 neowarrior, man you are so full of crap.  You don't know a thing about gaming, and if you did you'd understand how slight a difference it is running a game in 60fps at 1080p is to 720p.  Its so bloody negligible, especially compared to much more dramatic effects like viewing distance, FOV, Object Occlusion, lighting, shadows, and all kinds of gameplay functionality that should be the focus.  Not your peabrain 1080p

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@Romeric87  "ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT" your talking to a guy who has a degree in coding that included games design, believe me theres many more things they could of done to get 1080p and 60 fps that you wouldn't even notice (like for instance ingame lighting levels). the fact that you don't seems to comprehend that people paid good money for a superior machine at a reasonable price, meaning they should be unhappy with it and have more then the right to be complaining.

the very fact that you don't understand that a pc is never meant to be used for gaming and is infact the worst thing for a pc to do, the limited operating system a pc uses that forces the cost of a pc to skyrocket in price, and your lack of understanding of the mechanics required to achieve higher fps and game quality.  

before you spout off nonsense why don't you 
"ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT" before you type pointless things. 

Romeric87
Romeric87

@neowarrior793 @LJNkickstarter I would care if there were popping graphics and reduced NPC's. That could actually damage the game, unlike the small drop in resolution that appears to have everyone up in arms. It's pathetic. Why don't you go back to last generation if you can't see the benefits of this one? These decisions are made by engineers who ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. 

If you want the best resolution possible, you should've bought a PC. You can't expect the best of both worlds.