Now, my system (HD6850 Gigabyte, Q8400, 3GB DDR2 400mhz) may be old and outdated, and it's age is definitely starting to show as new games come out - I'm well aware of that.
However, this does not excuse this game for running at sub-20 framerates ON THE LOWEST POSSIBLE SETTINGS (and I haven't even left the starting area, meaning that I haven't even visited the big, open areas which are the heaviest areas). It's a nice looking game, but it's certainly not pretty enough to justify having such dreadful performance - this machine is still definitely capable of playing games that come out today, and it most certainly ran games that were far prettier than Watch Dogs (Metro: Last Light, Witcher 2 and ArmA 3, Crysis 3 are great examples of that) and ran them much, much better, and with high graphics settings, too.
On top of poor framerates, this game has some dreadful stuttering, and texture popping.
And of course, catalyst 14.6 didn't help one bit with this, probably because (atleast, from what I've read), this game has Nvidia's cheeky "GameWorks" built-in, which means AMD aren't legally allowed to look at the game's engine to optimize it for their cards, and furthermore, if Nvidia want to deliberately bug the game to run poorly on AMD cards, they definitely can, and probably have, which in turn means that if you're using an AMD GPU - unless you have a really high-end AMD GPU, this game is a no-go for you, now and forever.
Is that true?