Corps disappointed in “play with everyone” mode

Watch Dogs Legion promotional art.

Promotional art Watch Dogs Legion.
image: Ubisoft

Recently released Spider-Man: Miles Morales Video games follow core messages from feature films Spider-Man: In Spider Bath: “Anyone can wear a mask.” But now there is one video game that applies. That means anyone can wear a Ubisoft mask. Watch Dogs: Legion But that doesn’t mean Everyone Should be.

Legion Third Techno dystopia Video game in progress watch dogs series. It’s about a group of hackers named DedSec who “fight against power” to protect people’s privacy, data, and free will from government overkill and greedy software developers. The latest game heads to London for the worst-case scenario of a private army being given a cult blanche to control a city with drones, predictive algorithms, and microchips after a series of domestic terrorist attacks. In response, DedSec has grown from a small group of hackers into an amorphous mass of vigilantes wearing masks that anyone can bring. They are a corps because they are a lot.

Ubisoft has experimented with something pretty innovative Watch Dogs: Legion, All NPCs you come across can be adopted in DedSec. From that point on, they are playable characters that you can turn around whenever you want. Each has one or more skills that can support different types of missions, such as being equipped with a specific type of weapon, having a fast “hacking rate”, and being able to control the drone without the need for special upgrades. .. There are some people with penalties such as age restrictions and shopping addiction (some of them have a lot of farts). Then there are people, like robot beekeepers, who have unique abilities that no one else has.

Small but noticeable complaints: Characters will always default to their original outfits in cutscenes, even if they give them great new stuff.

Small but noticeable complaints: Characters will always default to their original outfits in cutscenes, even if they give them great new stuff.
screenshot: Beth Elderkin via Ubisoft

This is not the first video game to offer a variety of NPCs that will be part of the gaming experience. For example Dragon’s Dogma Players could build their own “pawn” team using either pre-configured options or customizable NPCs created and shared by other players online. But this is the first game of this caliber, and literally anyone in the city can be the main character … as long as the player wants or for a short while. In theory, it’s a great concept, To Spider-Verse Anyone can wear a mask. Unfortunately, the game fails to run.

Problem of Legion All characters are homogenized, empty mountains and have no distinct personality or character to distinguish them from other characters. It’s okay if this is a general fighting game that emphasizes combat over characters, but it’s a story-based linear video game with specific plots, stories, villains, and goals. The above linear heroes go on a journey together. Instead, all characters behave the same and say the same thing. There are few deviations that make the player feel as if they embodied the character in their backstory, perspective, and behavior. For example, each time you pass control from one character to another, their interactions are usually summarized as “It’s time to fight power” followed by “Yes, I’m down.”

This is primarily due to behind-the-scenes mechanics that are impressive on paper but have disappointing results on screen (anyone who plays). Assassin’s Creed Unity, NPC Mob is overpopulated and is very familiar with Ubisoft’s track record of cool ideas that failed to execute). In an interview with Edge Magazine ( Gamesradar), Creative Director Clint Hooking said he used AI technology to create “20 different versions of the script” where actors speak out, turning individual actors into dozens of potential characters. I did.The result is to meet hundreds of characters that sound technical different Inaudible unique.. They all say slightly different versions of the same common script, so you’ll come across them as clones rather than identifiable protagonists. Nor does technology help many of them sound jerky and unnatural. This is shown in the following video.

This affects not only the look and sound of the character, but also its presence in the world. Ubisoft finds that in the end everything starts to repeat, so there’s no time to create variety in character stories and gameplay. Different NPCs share a “unique” skill set (most commonly with a wrench) or have similar recruitment missions. This is usually summarized in “Can you rescue this person or hack this device?” Then, after being hired, they will be incorporated into your group and become a lifelong DedSec member. They bring some cool tricks, but nothing resembles a unique voice or perspective. And for some reason, they’re all instant professional hackers! All recruits can perform complex hacks and melee attacks. This is a skill that has been presented as quite difficult to master in the previous two games. But now no training is needed. Watch out for grandma!

I can’t help comparing Legion To its predecessor Watch dogs 2Especially for the main character of Marcus.In that video game he embarked on a journey similar to what we are taking LegionBut as we continued the journey through his eyes, we made more investments. We saw his thoughts, choices, and mistakes. We grew as he grew up and felt victorious when he succeeded.There is no such person Legion.. Even characters with a completely unique skill set, like the Robotic Beekeeper, feel general. Believe me, there is only one catchphrase when letting go of bees. Annoying After a while.

Marcus shares a moment with the wrench (the costume wants to cosplay someday).

Marcus shares a moment with the wrench (the costume wants to cosplay someday).
image: Ubisoft

As with movies, story-based linear video games require one or more letters to identify. We need a foundation for the moral and ethical issues of the story. Someone needs to bounce back so that they can better understand what is happening and decide whether it is right or wrong. This is especially true for the following series: watch dogsIs dealing with Black mirror-A quirky vision of the near future, at least if: Watch dogs 2— Horribly accurate. Watch Dogs: Legion A smaller collection of truly unique recruitable protagonists, 5-10 people with their own personalities and voice actors, could be present alongside the more common NPCs picked up along the way. That way, anyone can play it, but you can also play it like this: who..

It’s true that “anyone can wear a mask”, but a mask is as valuable as a wearer. If you don’t care who’s down, they really don’t get it.

Watch Dogs: Legion And Spider-Man: Miles Morales Available on both Xbox and PlayStation systems.

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