Watch Dogs 2 Review (PS4)

Watch Dogs 2

Unlike some people, I did enjoy the original Watch Dogs, you can even read my original review of the game here. That being said, I was looking forward to a sequel but when I seen the preview at E3, I kind of just went meh and my pre-order of the game went out the window. I did however pick this game up on sale last year, gotta love those holiday sales, and this was basically the first game in my huge backlog of games that I decided to play. Keep reading to find out if I ended up enjoying Watch Dogs 2 or if it was just a disappointment.

Moving completely away from the first story, there’s a small cameo by the first games hero / anti hero Aiden Pierce, but other than that it’s a new story in a new city. This time you’ll be playing as Marcus, expert hacker and wannabe member of DedSec. He’ll get his chance to be in DedSec and once he does you’ll hack your way through San Francisco trying to take down Blume. There will be some snags along the way where the DedSec group loses all faith in what they’re doing and it’s up to Marcus to show them that they can be awesome hackers and expose Blume to the people and then the weirdly placed gang wars that take place between all of this. Will the hackers win in the end? Will Blume be exposed for who they really are? All that will be answered by the end of the game in a neat little package of closure.

Yawn…(SPOILERS): I won’t say who, but there is a death in the game somewhere by the end of the game and unfortunately it didn’t have the same impact that Ubisoft thought it would. If you want to kill off your characters, you have to make the player have some sort of emotional connection with them. If there’s no connection then the player doesn’t care and it makes no sense in the story except to add a “revenge” type goal in the overall plot.

I really wish I could say that I enjoyed the change of pace from the first game to this game, but I didn’t. There were a lot of things that were removed from the game, like the morality system, basically making this game a hacker version of GTA. Shoot random people on the street all you want, run them over, do some funky stuff with their phones, none of it matters because you’re always the hero. I thought that at least to some degree the morality system in the first game at least kept you in check just a little bit. Moving away from that, the overall story was very bland and felt like complete filler content. Each mission was similar to the last and it took all I could to not bash my head against the wall out of boredom as I played. The whole playing as a part of DedSec thing wasn’t as fun as I thought it was going to be and the main members of DedSec were basically useless. Not to mention that Marcus was an overall bland character that wasn’t even fully developed, there was no reason to have any kind of emotional ties to any of these characters at all and it ruined the game.

This game is based on fictional events and fictional characters…blah blah blah… Ubisoft says this in just about every one of their games and this time the little disclaimer was laughable. Why was it laughable? Because Nudle is totally not Google, New Dawn is totally not Scientology, and Congressman Thruss is totally not Trump. Seriously Ubisoft? The people playing your games aren’t stupid it’s easy to see the connection and whatever message is that you’re trying to pass off.

The playability of this game is much like the first and I didn’t really see that many changes to it to say that there was an improvement. Luckily this game ran bug and glitch free which was nice because that would have been a total downer especially seeing how the rest of the game played out. The only weird thing I found in this game was the money system. The only way you got it was from hacking a bunch of random people in the street and picking up money drops. This was a weird system and throughout the game I found myself always low on cash and have to run out to pick up said money bags and start hacking random people on the street in order to afford things because the Pawn Shop where you sell stolen goods from cars was absolute crap.

Your main weapon of choice…a yo-yo. What! I know, who would have thought that a yo-you could be a deadly weapon, but this game totally makes it into one. When you want to silently sneak around and melee instead of pulling out your gun and going on a rampage, you’ll be using a yo-yo to bash people in the head and strangle them with the cord. Who would have thought of such a thing…clearly Ubisoft.

The graphics are something that I have to give the game some major props for because San Francisco looked beautiful. The landscape of the game was beautifully crafted and it made the city come to life. That being said, I probably wasn’t the only one who thought that some of the people around the city and even the members of DedSec looked a little wonky. This was surprising since I didn’t notice a lack of realism in other Ubisoft games making me think if I just missed it or maybe this game just missed the mark when it came to facial expressions and other normal human things.

Now to the fun part, the trophies for this game. There are currently a total of 54 trophies for this game with the inclusion of one DLC pack. Seeing that a season pass was sold with this game, I’m thinking that DLC will add to this total even more, but for now it’s just 54. To break it down for you, there are 50 for the main game and a newly added 4 for the first DLC content. All of the trophies are super easy to get and you’ll just have to play the game, which can be painful at times, in order to get them. There is one random based trophy that makes you take a picture of someone vomiting on the streets of San Francisco, because apparently that’s a thing there and people just randomly vomit on the street, that will have you ripping your hair out as you try to find that one random person vomiting and search for hours upon hours to do so. This by far was the hardest trophy in the game and everything else just progressed easily.

The first game had multiplayer so it could only be assumed that this game would too. What this game also had was co-op so that you could play with a friend or a bunch of random people. While most of the multiplayer from the original game was gone, there was still the hacking which was pretty fun as I watched someone blow up an entire street block and every car that they could find trying to find me while I hid behind a potted plant. I could just imagine that person’s face with it was revealed that all that time I was hidden basically in plain sight. Priceless. Then there were the bounty hunts in which you could be the hunter or the hunted, both were rather meh and I only played those until I got the trophy for them. I found the co-op missions to be a repeat of basically the same thing over and over again, find a thing, hack this, and steal this. There was nothing original other than you got to play with some random person. There are also DedSec events that will basically only trigger when you’re in co-op and hopefully you and your co-op partner are on the same page because if not it’s a recipe for disaster. Thank you to the huge amount of random people that I played with in order to get the multiplayer out of the way.

Overall I give this game a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Beautiful graphics that really bring the city in the game to life.
+ Bug and glitch free gaming experience which is always nice especially when the game isn’t the greatest.

What’s Not So Great:
Bland and boring story with bland and boring characters that you have no connection to and by the end of the game you could care less about.
Missions are repetitive and you’ll feel like you’re playing the same thing over and over again because you basically are.
Too much emphasis on the co-op mode that isn’t really all that great unless you want to play the same type of mission over and over again like you already are doing in the main game.

Even though the first game got a lot of hate, the sequel didn’t improve on anything and even made it worse. The story was boring and uneventful especially since the cliffhanger ending of the first game was just left there for who knows when. This game was basically turned into a hacking version of GTA. If I wanted to play GTA, then I would play GTA. I came into this game thinking that there was going to be something monumental that made this game stand out from the rest but was sadly disappointed. There’s really no reason to even play this game and I’m going to say to skip this one and be cautious about getting a third one because it’s sad when they run out of ideas after only two games.


This Week in Trophies 01-22-2017 – 01-28-2017

I thought that this week was pretty eventful when it came to gaming. I finished one game this week and played two whole new games which I thought I was going to finish also but sadly didn’t. I’ll get into why in a moment. Other than that it was the normal crazy week that I usually have, I was just happy that I had some downtime to game and get some trophies. Let’s take a look at how my week went.

Watch Dogs 2 – 100%

I finally got the platinum trophy for this game! I was a couple of trophies away from getting this platinum last week, but was finally able to do it this week. I wasn’t too happy with the overall game but you’ll have to wait a few weeks for my full review to see why.

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Tetraminos – 80%

Remember that flash sale last week? Yeah, my wallet does because I picked up a bunch of games that I probably didn’t even need. Tetraminos was one of many games and I decided to play this one first because well it’s basically Tetris. I was looking for a good Tetris game for my PS4 because it’s like a staple point on each of my gaming systems and Ubisoft completely messed up the Tetris they released so I figured I would give this one a try. While I did enjoy it, I’m not enjoying the fact that there are bugs and glitches that stop you from getting trophies. These need to be patched so that I can finish this game.

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Startdew Valley – 27%

This has to be one of those games that I’ve been playing for a really long time now and it’s amazing how it’s holding my interest this long. Usually I’ve been a little ADHD when it comes to games lately but I’m still really loving this game and enjoying every minute of gaming as I find new little tricks and just overall new things in the game each time I play.

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Catlateral Damage – 76%

Another game that I picked up on sale because I’m a sucker for these types of games that are similar to Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread. I really thought I would finish this game this week, but finishing the game requires a grind, which I’m not fond of and I’m going to get it done a little at a time because while this game is fun the first time around, after the 10th time around it’s not so fun anymore.

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That was it for this week, a pretty decent trophy haul and I got to play some new games as well. For this upcoming week, my work schedule might be a little crazy but I’m going to try and get some game time in. When I do game I plan on finishing up Catlateral Damage, hope that Tetraminos gets a patch so that I can finish the game, continue to play Stardew Valley, and once again try to finish up This War of Mine: The Little Ones which I ignored this week. If I can get one of these games finished, I’ll probably start a new one. I’ll let you know how everything went next week.


This Week in Trophies 01-15-2017 – 01-21-2017

I think I’m at the point where I don’t even have to say that I had a crazy week since every week seems crazy. I think when my week isn’t crazy then it will be abnormal and I can talk about how uneventful it was and I had nothing to do and all that other stuff. For now though we’ll say that it was just crazy and move on from there. Now what you’re really here for which is my recap of all the trophies that I was able to get this week.

Trophy Milestone! This week I hit my 7,000th trophy! It was pretty amazing seeing that number on my trophy card. Years and years of hard work right there.

Watch Dogs 2 – 88%

I really thought I was going to get the platinum trophy before the week was out. I really really did, but it just didn’t happen as I got stuck on one of the missions because of stupidity and then this trophy with the 5 DedSec Events is really giving me a hard time since I can’t get any of these events to trigger. Anyway, I still have one final mission to go and then that DedSec Events trophy and one more trophy I specifically saved for last just to have a funny platinum snapshot.

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Stardew Valley – 24%

Although I played this game this week, the trophies are slow to come as they aren’t the easiest to get. When I’m playing though I’m not really worried about the trophies and I’m just trying to have a good time. I’m still really loving this game as I try different farming techniques, but I just wish I had some more time to play.

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This War of Mine: The Little Ones – 69%

The final trophies that I need to make this game finished and give me the platinum trophy are not easy at all. Half the time I’m almost there to get the trophy that I was going for and something happens and I just end up losing…again. It sucks, but I’m not giving up because I want the platinum trophy in this game. I’ve only been playing a little at a time though because this game is depressing and I don’t like playing for long periods of time.

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That’s it for this week. I really wish that I did have some more time for gaming, but it just isn’t in my cards at the moment. There are a bunch of games I want to finish up before my deadline which is the 14th of next month because that’s when For Honor comes out. If I’ll be able to do it is another question. Then there’s this little flash sale going on…so yeah. Anyway, for next week I plan on getting that Watch Dogs 2 platinum trophy, and then tossing that game, continue playing Stardew Valley, try and finish This War of Mine: The Little Ones, and I might start something new that doesn’t require a huge amount of time to play. I’ll let you know how things went next week.


This Week in Trophies 01-08-2017 – 01-14-2017

My week was if nothing just absolutely crazy. Gaming was definitely my only solace this week. So, not to get to into what my non-gaming week was like I will say that it involved a co-worker trying to steal my vacation days that I’ve had planned since last year. LAST YEAR! My wonderful co-worker crossed my name off the vacation calendar and everything stating that she would be “out of town.” Without getting into it there was a lot of drama, some tears, on her part, and I got my vacation back. Anyway, now that I got that off my chest, here’s my weekly trophy breakdown.

This War of Mine: The Little Ones – 66%

I continued playing this game this week in hopes of finishing it and getting the platinum trophy. That didn’t happen though, as you can tell and it’s mostly because this game takes a lot out of me. The game as a whole sends a message and it’s a dark and depressing one. When I do play, it’s usually not for long and the trophies are all random because I have no idea what they’re even for half the time. Anyway, I’m determined to play until I have the platinum trophy.

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Watch Dogs 2 – 27%

I started a new game this week and it was Watch Dogs 2. I picked up this game over the holidays when it was on sale and figured why not when I was searching for a new game to play this week. So far, I think it’s ok. It’s not a bad game, although the voice acting and the overall acting isn’t the greatest, and it’s not the worst game either. At the moment I have mixed feelings about the game in general but will continue to play because it’s cool to jump into other people’s games and watch them go all frantic while you hack them and hide in a parked car. Until they actually find you…then that’s a different story.

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Stardew Valley – 22%

I love this game. I haven’t said that before have I? No, I’ve totally said it every single week that I’ve talked about this game. It’s just, great. I mean really, I get to live out my farming dreams and what could be better than that? I have everything set up just right to so I basically don’t have to do anything and can spend all day in the mines. How awesome is that?

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That was it for this week, not a bad haul on trophies after the week that I’ve had. It’s been interesting, I will say that. I’m sure the rest of the year will be just as interesting and you can hear all about it every week here. As far as gaming goes, for next week I’ll be continuing to play Stardew Valley. I don’t think I’m anywhere close to finishing that game at all, but I will be trying to finish up This War of Mine: The Little Ones and Watch Dogs 2. If I can finish one of those games then I’ll start a new one. I’ll let you know how everything went next week.


E3 2016 – Part 2

After the Bethesda conference on Sunday, I was pumped for Monday as it looked like it would be turning out to be a pretty good E3 after all. Sure there was some crappy stuff with the EA conference not really showing anything, but I had some pretty high hopes for the three press conferences that were to be showcased on Monday, so here we go.

Microsoft Press Conference

So, I don’t even own an Xbox, never have and probably never will, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to see what Microsoft has going on and in the works. They started the show by introducing the Xbox One S, which I thought looked pretty badass. Up next was the exclusive Gears of War 4 which will now have a cross-play feature between Xbox One and Windows 10. I’ve always wanted to play Gears of War because it looks like a pretty awesome franchise and 4 looks pretty amazing from what they showed. It also came with a release date of 10-11-2016 and there’s going to be a collectible controller.

Next up was Killer Instinct which kind of reminded me of a more successful version of Playstation All Stars Battle Royale. New Gears of War characters are going to be added and it had the crowd going crazy. This was followed by Forza Horizon 3 which is a racing game and I had zero interest in it because I’m not all that big into racing games to begin with. Then there was ReCore which looks like an interesting concept and you can tell that a lot of effort went into it, but yet again it was not something I would play so no jealously there.

Now I know I’m going to get a lot of hate, but the Final Fantasy XV demo did not impress me one bit. I’ve never played this franchise or have the desire to but it just looked like a bunch of people running around and dodging a big hand. This was followed by some DLC for The Division which will come to Xbox One first along with more information on Battlefield One which was just a repeat of what was shown at the EA conference. Next came some hardware stuff. I have to say that there was that slight kick in the balls to Playstatoin when they said they wanted to have a faster and more reliable network and the addition of Cortana who I personally find useless. Other than that they announced features that Playstation already has such “Clubs” or as us PSN people like to call them “Communities”. There was also an announcement of want ads for multiplayer and even though Playstation doesn’t have that, there’s which you can basically do the same thing. There was also mention of the ability to be able to sign up for competitions. Then there was the introduction of customizable controllers which I have to say, had me pretty jealous since I would like to customize my Playstation controller like that.

After that was some Minecraft stuff which had me bored since the presenters were…a little too enthusiastic about Minecraft along with the new game from the creators of Limbo called Inside. Just another reminder that I still haven’t played Limbo yet. This was followed by a montage of indie games that are coming soon. Next up, We Happy Few which looks amazing and has a kind of BioShock feel to it where nothing is really as it seems to be. I’m really hoping for a PS4 release for this one as well as the next game which was shown which was Gwent. I’m assuming this was created to compete with The Elder Scrolls: Legends which has basically the same concept. While I’m not interested in The Elder Scrolls one, I do have a lot of interest in Gwent because in the short time I spent playing The Witcher 3, most of it was spent playing Gwent. Like The Elder Scrolls: Legends, there will be a single player campaign along with multiplayer.

Although I’ll pass on the Tekken 7 game and Dead Rising 4, which is basically killing zombies to Christmas music, I’m totally jealous of Scalebound which looks just really cool and Sea of Thieves because who doesn’t want to play as a pirate? Then there’s State of Decay 2…sigh…is it time to jump ship to Xbox? No, I have to resist the urge even though these games look pretty sweet. The trailer for Halo Wars had me realizing why I choose Playstation every time because I have zero interest in Halo and then the big finale.

Project Scorpio is announced for Holiday 2017 with the tag line “No one get’s left behind” and then Microsoft drops the mic and ends the show because they knew that Playstation wouldn’t be talking about Project Neo.

Ubisoft Press Conference

What better way to start a press conference then by dancing right? Which leads into the perfect opportunity to promote the next Just Dance game. Everyone lets out a huge sigh of relief because the world would simply end if there wasn’t another Just Dance game released for this year. While that was a whole ten minutes wasted, after a brief opening from Aisha Tyler, who killed it again like she does every year, we finally get into the serious games. Up first is Ghost Recon: Wildlands. While this game looks awesome as you hunt down a drug cartel, I’m not sure it’s for me. I like that there’s solo play and co-op but you really have to play with people who know what they’re doing because if not it’s just not as cool as it looks up on the E3 stage.

The next game up is South Park and it had a really weird intro making me thing that someone went and made a Purge video game, which I think would be really cool, but it turned out to be The Fractured But Whole which was one of the games I was looking forward to this year. I love how this game looks like an episode and is said to be a continuation of The Stick of Truth. The scenes that they showed were hysterical and the new game play was pretty sweet as it’s still turn based while allowing you to move around the battle area now. This is supposed to have a release date of 12-6-2016, but I’m thinking it’s going to be delayed. There’s also some more talk about The Division DLC and how this game is a long term commitment for Ubisoft which makes me happy because I can buy it whenever and it’ll still be relevant.

Ubisoft then announces it’s plan to get into the VR competition and at this point, I know it looks cool, but I’m not sure it’s going to be as big as everyone thinks it’s going to be. I really think it’s just going to be a super expensive fad. To show off their move into VR they decide to show Eagle Flight because who hasn’t wanted to play as an Eagle soaring through the air picking up rabbits and taking out other Eagles trying to get their prize? Anyone? Anyone? No One. Here’s the thing with VR, when they show it, it just looks like a first person game and you really can’t see what it’s going to look like. How do you really know that when you play whatever game it’s going to be that awesome? I know I’m on the border of getting some major hate, but that Star Trek VR game that was shown next looked so damn basic. It really looked like something from the 1990’s and not something that was made today, I know the actual Star Trek stars were playing and it was really cool, but was it?

Next, another game that I’ve been waiting for, For Honor. This year the trailer was even better than last year and I’m even more excited about this game. Not only is there multiplayer, but there’s also a single player campaign which I found surprising. I thought the combat style looked pretty sweet and it’s even nicer that this game finally has a release date of 2-14-2017. Yes, the release date is far away but I think it will pay off if this game has a little extra polish. On a side note, dear future girlfriend, please don’t be offended when I spend the day playing For Honor instead of doing all the things couples do for Valentine’s Day. Thanks!

No Ubisoft conference is complete without an oh-no moment and Grow Up, the sequel to Grow Home was one of them. I really can’t believe this mess of a game is going to have a sequel. Seriously, mind blown. Oh-No turns into Huh? as Trails of the Blood Dragon is shown and then a cringe worthy moment as there’s a promo and more for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie. I thought that when they said there would be no Assassin’s Creed they meant no Assassin’s Creed in any way shape or form. Guess not.

Finally is the WatchDogs 2 trailer, which I’ve avoided until this press conference just because I wanted to see it on the big screen of E3 first. I like that there’s a new location, new character who’s also a member of DeadS3c, but I kinda wish the new character was a badass hacker chick. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they got rid of whatever his name was because he was boring as shit, but still it would have been nice to have another lead role filled by a female. What’s nice is that it has a release date of 11-15-2016, but I don’t know if it’s a day one purchase for me. Contemplating if I’ll pre-order or not, I get a head shaking moment as I hear that there’s going to be a WatchDogs movie. Sigh.

Ubisoft ends the show with a new IP and I’m thinking this is going to be fun, but was soon proven wrong as it’s this weird sports, open world type game called Steep. Total pass, I completely zoned out by the end of the show and thought this was a horrible way to end their overall pretty good press conference.

Kudos: Seriously, another kudos to all the support from the gaming community for the tragic events of the night club shooting. It was nice that it was mentioned and that these companies didn’t act like nothing happened any they were more important than an actual tragedy.

There’s one more press conference to go and that’s the Sony one. The one that I wait for all year long like a child on Christmas Eve. It’s the big one for me and usually my favorite as I see a bunch of games that I know I’m going to have to buy. By the end I’m usually surprised and already making my list, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what I thought of it.