When Ubisoft set out to create a vision for London in the near future, backed by a severe imbalance of invasive cybersecurity and political power, it wouldn’t seem as immediately relevant as it is today. .. The truth is that the game is being released in a political climate where many of the tough challenges faced by this virtual version of London are fully reflected by today’s society. Protests are filling the streets around the world, and police are brutalizing their citizens in the daytime. It’s a sight you often come across when navigating the open world of Watch Dogs Legion.
However, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s open world hacker adventures doesn’t directly focus on these shocking real-life themes. Part of the focus of the game is to fight the authoritarian regime in power in London, but dive into a variety of other cybercrime adventures, all returning to the collaborative terrorist bombing. London, which caused immense damage, was fully coordinated by the non-violent hacktivist group DedSec by all public accounts. Most of the group will be fired in the aftermath, but they assemble to tackle organized crime families, mind-hacking tech tycoons, spy plots, and the true organizers of the set’s bombing. And immediately started rebuilding everything in motion.
The reborn DedSec is coordinated by veteran member Sabine and super-intelligent AI assistant Bagsley, but no one is the specific protagonist you step into. Instead, everyone in London is a potential adopter of DedSec and a future leader in story-driven uprisings. It’s a kind of game mechanic that feels like you and your peers want to go back to junior high school. What if you had a huge open world game with lots of robots and cars and you could play: Anyone Do you want !! Well, Watch Dogs Legion is that.
Start things as a potential hire selected from the list of candidates, but it’s up to you to hire them thereafter. With the tap of a button, you can create profiles of people you meet around the world to see your name, profession, skills, negative traits, and your current opinion on DedSec. If you want to hire them, some will be happy to join you just by rescuing them from a cruel Albion officer or helping friends and relatives somewhere in the city, but others have a negative view. Of DedSec. For them, you work a little harder, delve into their profile to see what they are doing, and give them some benefits and their opinions to direct their opinions to the group. You will have to insert yourself into your business.
This is a fascinating system that feels like a vast derivative of the Middle-earth Nemesis system: Shadow of Mordor, and from a gameplay perspective, it works perfectly. Early in the game, I wanted to recruit construction workers. Because they usually have access to summonable construction drones that they can ride to reach high altitudes and scope out of the scene. I drove around until I found a construction site full of workers, but before I got there, I created a profile of someone in plain clothes that looked very cool. I tried to talk to her, but she was being harassed by a bookmaker. I immediately defeated the piss from her harassment, and she gladly joined me and gave back. That way, my team has expanded.
As naturally as a system that allows anyone to play a playable character works from a gameplay perspective, it doesn’t go well with the story of the game. Indeed, all of these characters have names and jobs, and it is said that there are more than 12 different voice and personality types to get different emotions and actions through conversations and cutscenes. Still, they come across as a full-fledged character idea, a hero. To make matters worse, their conversations in cutscenes may not exactly match what they were told. I’ve seen two recruitable characters talking to each other in cutscenes many times, but it sounds like they’re basically talking in completely different ways. I loved Watch Dogs 2 because it had a core cast of characters with an incredibly unique personality that grew and changed throughout the game. In comparison, Watch Dogs Legion lets you do much of its work and growth in your own mind.
It was sometimes fun to imagine why a secret agent joins DedSec and feels that a shy and meek hacker character is facing a huge military villain, but in the previous game Without a strong lead who loves himself so much, it was much harder to get emotionally invested in any of the story beats presented to me. That said, story missions flow together much better than before, pacing things out at a much more attractive speed than Watch Dogs 2.
Watch Dogs Legion is even more gameplay-oriented and offers a huge toy box to create your own enjoyment. The game is not shy about activity. There are lots of side quests, parcel delivery missions, lots of clothing customization, autonomous region liberation challenges and more. The depth of the recruitment system is also amazing. Potential new hires rarely give you the same type of task twice. In addition, the cascade of relationships that begins to build the more you play is wild. Once the game was turned on, it turned out that one of his favorite characters had been kidnapped, but the mastermind was the Clan Kelly Moon struck in the previous mission.
If the game wasn’t fun, all of these activities and seamless recruitment mechanisms are in vain and believe me, it’s fun. The same snappy gunplay and smooth car control as in the previous game is back with more hacking tools. Watch Dogs 2 had summonable drones and RC cars, but Legion has all sorts of drones flying everywhere. You can hack a news drone to investigate buildings and stun your enemies. Alternatively, you can steer your character’s spider bot into a building to hack your device or download an encryption key while hacking an anti-terrorism drone to set a repressive fire on the bad guys. Every mission, challenge, and activity in the game has multiple ways to approach it, based on the emergent and creative gameplay opportunities of the previous game.
I think there is a version of Watch Dogs Legion that has a skill tree that shows all the abilities and traits possible in the game. I’m very happy that I haven’t played that version. The flood of modern triple A games with RPG mechanics such as skill trees and leveling paralyzes my brain, so it’s refreshing to see Watch Dogs Legion take a different approach to things.
In addition, gameplay becomes more challenging and interesting if you always have to consider which limited toolkit to bring to the field. Do you wear uniforms and sneak into the headquarters as a former Albion police officer? Or do you need to sneak in more carefully, but bust out a hacker who is much easier to download the encryption key and disable the security drone? Best of all, it’s fun and fascinating to be able to keep all the missions of the game equally attractive from start to finish.