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Six Fun Things To Do In Watch Dogs’ Open World

Ubisoft's upcoming current- and nex-gen title, Watch Dogs, has held gamers' attention since it was first revealed last E3. Flash forward a year later and we've seen a detailed demonstration of the game's open-world, tech-hacking gameplay in action. From imposing your musical tastes to tablet companion apps, these are six awesome things you can look forward to in Watch Dogs.

Siege a communications building

During the demonstration the Ubisoft developer attacks a Chicago communications building to enable hacking access to the local network. Players can choose stealth or more direct methods here. The dev at the controls decides to leap a fence, climb up the side of the building, and open fire with an assault rifle from above. Aiden uses his phone to hack waist-high cover for the firefight. He chucks a homemade explosive into a group of guards, sending them flying. 

Profile any citizen

Aiden can use his phone to read personal profiles for anyone wandering the world. Criminal histories, bizarre fetishes, and other tidbits of intimate information are available to anyone who cares to look. Ubisoft is even offering players the opportunity to get their profiles in the game.

Play an in-game ARG

You may see NPCs holding their phones up and awkwardly bobbing around public spaces. Aiden has access to an ARG on his cell phone that he can play anytime. Flying monsters appear that players zap out of the air to earn points and progress. 

Spy on citizens through webcams

Aiden can hack citizens’ wi-fi networks to access certain home electronics. In one apartment he hacks a camera facing the rear of a couch with a man and woman sitting on it. The man chats idly with the lady about everyday things. Aiden jumps to another camera in front of the couch and sees the woman is actually a life-sized doll. Players will be able to spy in on interesting characters like these throughout the world.

Control the city with your tablet

Ubisoft is working a separate Watch Dogs app that allows players to control the city with their tablet. One player uses the tablet to chase a friend playing on a console. The touchscreen offers a bird’s eye view of the city to dispatch cops and helicopters after the fleeing prey. The player controlling the city can also spring roadblocks and tinker with traffic lights to cause jams.

Hack music

Players might hear a song they like strolling through a city plaza or driving in a car. A Shazam-app on Aiden’s phone allows players to identify ambient songs, and then download them onto the device. Players then have the power hack into local audio systems and stream their music into the environment.

November 19, 2013, when Watch Dogs arrives for PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are coming, also.

This preview was originally published on June 11, 2013.

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Comments
  • This game keeps looking better and better!
  • Pft, I can do all this in real life.
  • The demo made it look a lot more like a modern-day Assassin's Creed than GTA, which is awesome in my books. This and Destiny will be my first PS4 purchases.
  • Man this game killzone shadowfall and destiny are my first buys when I get the PS4 in February.
  • This year's E3 has been exciting, but last year's Playstation conference was unbelievable. The Watch Dogs gameplay, ACIII naval battle and The Last of Us demonstration were the most engaging developer presentations I've ever seen. I can't wait to play this game.
  • I like the versatility of the hacking system.
  • my body is ready
  • I shall be walking around town as Skrillex blasts through the city speakers. Awesome.
  • This is my most anticipated game so far!!!!

  • so the next gen versions aren't releasing the same day as current gen?
  • Preordered this with my PS4. I know this will also be on Xbox One, but I'm glad Microsoft made this such an easy decision.
  • Awesome variety. I hope there is much more. This game will hinge on the amount of things to do with hacking since it's based on that concept. If there is a good amount of variety this game is shaping up to be one of the coolest in a while.

    So far from what i've gathered. you can hack.


    building Lights
    sprinkler system
    stop lights
    electronic road barricades
    webcams
    others phone calls
    atms
    audio systems
  • The hack music just sealed the deal with this game.

  • Already paid it off & now am just waiting.

  • Such a great game considering the awful things the Government is doing these days, should put a lot of things into perspective. Been looking forward to this since it was first announced.

  • All the aspects of this game look awesome.  I can't wait to play it!

  • Sounds awesome.

  • Ha, the controlling via a tablet feature is epic sounding. This entire game is epic sounding.

  • Watch Dogs will be amazing
  • I'm still deciding whether or not I'll be getting a PS4 right away so for now I'll plan on getting this for PC.

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