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Watch Dogs 2 Review Roundup [UPDATED]

Can Watch Dogs 2 hack it?


As Watch Dogs 2's launch draws near, reviews for Ubisoft's latest hack-'em-up have started to appear online.

With a more lighthearted tone and new setting, Watch Dogs 2 represents a small but significant departure from the original game--and it appears to have gone down well with reviewers. Many reviews are currently scoreless however, with multiplayer issues meaning Ubisoft has temporarily pulled the plug on PVP.

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We'll have our full review up once we can test the game in real-world conditions. Until then, take a look at a collection of opinions in the list below. We'll continue to update this as more reviews surface and as scores are finalised.

For a wider view on Watch Dogs 2's critical reception, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Watch Dogs 2
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release: November 15 (November 29 on PC)
  • Price: $60

GameSpot -- 8/10

"Watch Dogs 2's world is a step up from the first game's dreary rendition of Chicago, and even though Watch Dogs 2 can't go toe-to-toe with genre heavyweights, it's hard to walk away from its fun-loving attitude and exuberant cast." -- Peter Brown [Full review]

The Guardian -- 4/5

"Ubisoft has made a clear jump from the original Watch Dogs, siphoning off the dull protagonist, grey city and questionable moral compass that made it quite a dour experience. That's not to say Watch Dogs 2 is free of eyebrow-raising moments. Some missions, such as when you hack into Sitara's niece's webcam stream to teach her a lesson, seem misjudged. However, the detail in Watch Dogs 2's world, the colour in its characters and the sheer fun you can have mucking around with its mechanics make for a great, albeit not all-time great, open-world adventure." -- Sam White [Full review]

IGN -- 8.5/10

"Watch Dogs 2's distinctive hacking and puzzle mechanics do a great job of reminding you that you’re not playing just another Grand Theft Auto clone as you tear through its beautiful Bay Area map. Marcus is a bit too friendly of a guy to be believable as our instrument of mayhem, but the flexible missions let you get through mostly non-violently if you're good enough at stealth. And when it works, multiplayer is good unconventional cat-and-mouse fun, too." -- Dan Stapleton [Full review]

IBTimes UK -- 4.5/5

"I was expecting Watch Dogs 2 to be more enjoyable than its predecessor, but I didn't expect it to be so well designed and full of heart. Watch Dogs 2 isn't reinventing the open-world game and fans of Ubisoft's special brand of go-places-and-pick-things-up gameplay will feel right at home, but it's one of the best examples the genre has to offer – as long as you don't want to shoot anything." -- Jake Tucker [Full review]

The Telegraph -- 4/5

"Watch Dogs 2 feels like it’s making a statement. Rudyard Kipling once said, 'San Francisco has only one drawback – 'tis hard to leave.' While Watch Dogs 2 isn’t as faultless as Kipling’s vision of Northern California, you’ll still want to spend tens of hours wandering this virtual recreation of the famous city and on into the Bay Area beyond." -- Kirk McKeand [Full review]

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