By: KADEN SCHARNOW
After a delay of about 7 months, Ubisoft has finally come out with the continuation of the Watch Dogs series, Watch Dogs Legion. Fans of the Watch Dogs series have been so excited for this game, and during the pandemic, they’ll have more time to play it. But as high the expectations are for this game, does it really fulfill those expectations?
The game takes place in London, United Kingdom, as a secret hacker group has engineered a police state in the city, working with crime families and a secret military corporation to blame a terrorist attack on popular protagonist of both games, DedSec: a ragtag resistance group of hackers having their way while working in the shadows. The game is more of an open world environment, copying London quite well, and having unique voice lines for every NPC you meet. One of the great additions to this game is the ability to “recruit” civilians for the “revolution” your group wants to start. Recruiting civilians will allow you to play as that person, so anybody could be the hero in this game. You could even play as an old elderly lady armed with a taser. The recruits do have their pros and cons though. Realistically, a typical hunched-over elderly lady you find walking down the street wouldn’t be able to run as fast as you’d like, but she would be quieter. That adds to the realistic feel of the game some players strive for.
Though as beautiful as the graphics are and as game-changing as the gameplay is, Legion has it’s noticeable flaws. First off, the story; It’s a little bland, and the missions get really repetitive at some points. The Watchdogs’ franchise has been known for its interesting stories, and getting the player attached to the main character and side characters. With the ability to recruit pretty much anyone you find on the street, Legion takes away that feel of attachment, and you can’t get too attached to a recruit you like, as perma-death causes you to lose them forever if you slip up. The missions not being too unique don’t help. Sometimes, it’s just hacking or infiltrating a facility over and over again.
The game also has its “technical challenges” as Ubisoft calls them. These problems could completely bring a player’s progression to a halt, also affecting their Xbox One hardware; like Keza Macdonald from The Guardian, whose machine stopped working for a bit. Crashes are also not unusual, but seeing as it’s such a detailed, large open-world game, people let it slide.
Legion is quite a different game then the last two (Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2) games, but the ability to have anyone as the main hero of the game is exciting to say the least. The technical challenges are annoying, but they’re bound to be fixed at some point, and then the game will be a lot more respected than it currently is. The main story is also quite dull, which is a bit of a bummer, seeing as it has so much potential being such a big game. But after all those pros and cons, the game still manages great reviews from fans, and that may just be the objective for Ubisoft. One thing’s for sure though: it was definitely worth the wait.