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Watch_Dogs: First Legit Review Gives it a 19 out of 20; Calls it “Almost Perfect,” Criticizes Story

by on May 20, 2014 10:18 AM 216

Ubisoft warned about false reviews of Watch_Dogs before the fall of the embargo on the 27th, but that normally doesn’t apply to the printed press, that has to deal with its own dates and times.

One of the biggest French magazines, Jeux Vidéo, has scored the worldwide exclusive on the first review of the game, and according to the scoreboard posted on Reddit by user Mitharyn and translated by Eymm, it was definitely positive.

Gameplay: 5 stars
Everything works perfectly, the ultra-intuitive hacking allows for exhilarating moments in the game.

Graphics: 5 stars
Very solid on the technical level, especially in the sensation of life that makes Watch_Dogs great.

Sound: 4 stars
Excellent ambient music and sound effects, but the track selection is a little limited.

Longevity: 5 stars
Because it’s a open world featuring multiplayer, there there’s an extreme amount of interesting things to do.

Pros:

  • Gameplay and level design
  • The life in Chicago
  • Generous content

Cons:

  • The Story, blah!
  • The first loading
  • That’s all!

Conclusion:
Watch_Dogs accomplished all the hopes placed on it and delivers a successful new take on open world games. Almost perfect, but with a slight disappointment on the story.

Final Score: 19 out of 20

Of course this is represent just the opinion of a single reviewer from a single magazine, so your mileage may vary on much weight it may hold, but looks like things are off to a pretty good start for Ubisoft’s hacking epic.

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  • http://www.twitch.tv/MC_A_DOT A DOT ASANTE
    • maybe

      ROFL. Awesome gif and agree 100%

      • Arnold Stallone

        Jeux video, with gamerblog and gamekult, are the worst scam in the video games industry. Those idiots will simply give a 5/10 to a gran turismo game, a heavy rain, etc etc. They AREN’T serious.
        ‘Solid graphics’
        Lol. It’s like saying to someone ‘ you’ve got a lot of charm’, instead of saying ‘you aren’t pretty / handsome’

        With a ‘normal’ score, nobody would buy the magazine. With a big score, fans will want to know everything before everybody else,specially when the magazine would be sold before the embargo…
        *well played, jeuxvideo, well played! Nice strategy, for sure*

        Why is ubisoft so afraid of the embargo? Do they have something to hide?
        Yeah, they have next gen visuals that look worse than a ps3 gta5 game, that they want to hide as long as possible. That’s what they will try to hide until 27th, so it doesn’t hurt the million preorders.

        • superkarma

          “…next gen visuals that look worse than a ps3 gta5 game”

          That’s how I knew not to take anything you say seriously.

        • Jeff Maxwell

          Think your just jealous that you’ve only got a tamagotchi to play with

        • digi_matrix

          At first I thought you had uncovered that these outlets weren’t the most dependable but then it was all just opinion and ass.

        • EverAlwaysRealLife

          Graphics that look worse than GTA V, LOL! People already have the game and posted direct feeds of the PS4 version and it looks way better than GTA V… Im not worrying about the graphics but more of the glitches that this game will probably be filled with at launch

          • maybe

            not to mention the direct feeds didn’t have the day 1 patch that’s supposed to improve graphics.

        • Amir

          gta 5 look beautiful(e.g. colour)…but wd look realistic and have high res texture

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          You seem to be unaware that jeuxvideo.com is unrelated with the printed mag Jeux vidéo Magazine.

          And the score isn’t on the cover of the magazine, so the argument that it sells copies is pretty ridiculous :D

          Before pointing fingers, you may want to do your homework next time :D

          As for the “Yeah, they have next gen visuals that look worse than a ps3 gta5 game,” you may simply want to slap yourself five or ten times, just to wake yourself up :D

          • Russell Gorall

            “Do your homework” comment from someone who gets half their stories from message boards.

          • http://www.therealgamers.net/ Matt Clarmont

            Read the article AND comment, did ya? Food for thought.

          • Russell Gorall

            I was just stating this guy literally gets half his stories from message boards.

          • http://www.therealgamers.net/ Matt Clarmont

            He’s doing what he’s gotta do to write about games for a living. He’s not the only one, but certainly one of the “best.” And by best I mean he keeps pumping out content, forcing his way deeper and deeper into an overpopulated industry. Nothing but respect – and a bit of jealousy! – for Giuseppe. :)

          • Russell Gorall

            Thanks for the response, Giuseppe.

          • Arnold Stallone

            You just gave me a triple D ;)
            My quick and cheap rant was because french gaming press really sucks, whether their called jvideo, jeux video, giocci video, video gry,etc. They’re what I would call a joke. When we know how proud they are about everything made in France, and you watch them destroying great games like heavy rain, 100% pure france, with unfair reviews, just because they prefer this or that console, and then you see 1000 kids/idiots laughing and super happy just because their favourite mag gave a Sony game a 5/10, you feel like punching them all. And that, no matter which topic is. Games, hardware, music, no matter what, just try to go to a french forum and praise, to example , the German musical instruments, manufacturers, etc: get ready for 1000 attacks ‘oh, you know, in france we also have great/the best ‘.
            It’s not just about games.. being Italian like you are, you should understand what I mean, about them… ;)

            And that behavior is naturally present on games, reviews, etc.
            If 99 reviewers give a game 9.8/10, they will give it a 4/10. Just to be different, because being different means being smarter…
            I just can’t stand it. I can’t. Too bad, there are just a couple of nations like that, that I just can’t stand.

            That’s why when I see their 19/20 review BEFORE everybody else, it just skinks hard. A stunt , for sure. Even if the review isn’t displayed on the front cover, 100’000 french gamers won’t resist, and will go outside and buy the magazine.

            Can I have my C or B now ? :)

          • http://www.therealgamers.net/ Matt Clarmont

            What’s wrong with online reactions is blanket statements like this, ironically.

          • Dan

            You’re an idiot, plain and simple. Nothing is based on actual fact, everything is opinionated and the worst part is that you are actually criticizing a factor, of what you’re doing straight after, eg hypocrite. I’ll give you this much, watchdogs will look like shit on console, that is something they have already announced a while ago… If you want full graphical quality, get it on PC.

          • doom guy

            Don’t juexVideo.com and Jeux vidéo Magazine have the same editors?

        • cmoyano

          you sound like a playstation fanboy to me, whining about the scores on shitty games that deserve those scores. watch dogs is above those games you mentioned above just by looking at its trailers. dont like the OPINION, then go write your own review and we’ll comment on it.

          graphics may look worse on your shitty console, but on pc,game looks legit and way way better than your overrated gta.

    • themugen

      Great gif! Wish it could have his voice.

  • r4yN

    So I guess they really liked their Nexus 7? :P

    Too bad it’s not a “valid review” (according to Ubi)

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      French journalists didn’t get the nexus. Only British ones did.

    • Jermain Jackson

      It’s a valid review as they reviewed a review copy of the game unlike the site that went and bought an early retail copy because they are not on Ubisoft’s review list or the PR decided not to give them one.

  • tylerc23

    I NEED this Game!!

  • kurbstar

    yawn. More paid shills

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Of course mate, of course :D

      Just don’t go out yet. You forgot your tinfoil hat. :D

      • someguy

        LMFAO!!!!!!

      • someguy

        +100

      • kurbstar

        Idiots can’t even see how corrupt game journalism is.

        Whatever. Enjoy believing their lies

        • Cpt Ahab Spampurse

          You could just play it yourself, then you’d actually have a valid opinion.

          • kurbstar

            Tell you what. I’ll pirate it

            Just for you

          • spartan warrio

            yep we all now you are scumbag and you are to broke to buy the game pc elit right you a holes like to say yeh we got 2000 rig but end up waiting to buy games for 2or pirate it like you

          • kurbstar

            U mad that I won’t help your corporate masters?

          • Arnold Stallone

            LoL 100x

          • Jeff Maxwell

            hahah nice I don’t buy many games, only ones that are worth it and I feel this is worth it. Im currently trying download Wolfenstein, seen a website with some gifs on and the x1 version looks better than the PS4 hahaha but have to see what proper reviews say

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFlufythedestroyer Fluffy The Destroyer

            not that i want to defend Kurbstar but its not because your broke that you don’t buy a game. I go for quality,replayability, gameplay.. well issues that represents the game except the price. Lots of times, games are not suppose to be on the market or just not worth buying.

            Who knows, maybe he will pirate it, review it, give it a very good opinion and will end up buying it… or it could end up the other way around as he pirates it, review it and he doesn’t like it or think its not worth it…

          • kurbstar

            Nope, I’m just going to pirate, play it, and forget about it the next day :)

          • Preston queener

            Not everyone wants to play on a PC I like playing on my PS4 some like to play on the Xbox One, Ps3, x360 Etc. People play what thay want to play we’re all gamers. Lets just enjoy playing also, please fix your grammar.

          • EverAlwaysRealLife

            Most people dont have PCs that are stronger than the PS4 and XBox1, dont believe these kids that tell you I have this monster PC righ that costs thousands of dollars. LOL STOP, theres only a minortiy of people that have high end PCs like that..

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            Tell you what we do to who supports piracy here.

            Ban. Have a good life not supporting the developers that make the games we love.

        • Jewy McJew

          Everybody knows that video game journalism is the biggest scam since the “moon landing” :)

        • ClayMeow

          And yet, here you are, visiting (and commenting) on a game journalism site.

          • kurbstar

            Replying to idiot normals get me off

          • Yuki Core

            What happening to gamer community? If you don’t feel confident about the game, don’t pre-order it, wait for release and reviews.

            If you don’t trust reviews, then watch some gameplay posted by some random user and judge for yourself.

            The journalism can’t control you… directly, you can do as you wish. Be happy that you can, by your own will, choose what you want and what not, well it’s a limited choice, but it’s better than living by someone else’s will entirely.

            They control the part of herd they can, the rest can just skip off to another cornfield.

    • superkarma

      You trolls are hilarious. Any time a game you don’t like gets good reviews, the reviewer must have been paid off. It never gets old.

      Anyways, thanks for the laughs.

      • kurbstar

        Sooner or later you’ll wake up from that liberal utopia mindset you’ve been indoctrinated into

        • superkarma

          Nah, I’d rather go on laughing at you for being a foolish troll. No worries :)

          • kurbstar

            Laugh while you can

          • Somber

            Noted. For 1000th time. You trolls never fail to amuse us.

  • Delsin Rowe

    thank you giuseppe. many thanks man.
    i was scared if the game turns out to be bad :D

    • junguler

      and now you think it’s good because 1 guy said so?
      i don’t want to say it’s good or bad but you should play the game yourself and then decide if it’s good or not, this guy may be payed (by ubisoft) for his review for all we know, a little early pr to get people more hyped up.

      • Delsin Rowe

        no man. there was some fake review that scared me.
        it was like 7 from 10. 15 from 20 :D

        • junguler

          why do you think 7 out of 10 is fake? we don’t know how this game is gonna be.

          • Delsin Rowe

            Ubisoft CONFIRMED !

          • junguler

            ok, don’t hurt me, i have a family :P

          • Raven Nafariea

            It wasn’t a reputable review that he is talking about. It was based on the multilpayer beta.

          • junguler

            ok i understand that, didn’t know about this matter.

          • Raven Nafariea

            No problem and I agree with you that he should play the game himself and judge it for himself but I have a feeling the game is going to be well reviewed and be a very fun and entertaining game but only time will tell. =)

          • junguler

            all i’m saying is make your own choices and don’t let people push you and play with your mind.
            yeah i’m actually really excited about the game and i’m gonna pre-order and pre-load it hopefully and start playing it the minute it releases.

          • Delsin Rowe

            If you talk about me, i never care about the reviews.
            i just want my favorite games score good on metatric.
            that’s all.

          • junguler

            i’m saying that in general, but you shouldn’t be bothering with scores and stats and that stuff, just play your favorite games, most people don’t care about scores if a game is fun they will enjoy it and if it’s boring they ignore it.

          • Delsin Rowe

            that’s a plan. like i said, i want my favorite games reach the greatness :D

          • junguler

            greatness is here, can’t seem to find it, dam it sony where is it :P

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            Because that “review” was evidently from the multiplayer beta, which isn’t the actual game.

          • junguler

            you are right, i missed that story and didn’t know about it.

  • EdwardJamesKenwayACIV

    I don’t agree with this!

  • Raven Nafariea

    Nice, sad to hear about the story as I was looking forward to that the most but still so very excited for this game! One MORE WEEK!!!!!

    • Jeff Maxwell

      Awww you like the story, that’s sooo cute :P im a little different!!

      • Raven Nafariea

        I like story as well as great gameplay. Tomb Raider is a fun game to play but the story was not good to me and I thought it was pretty bad where I wanted to kill my “friends” in the game worse than the enemies but that is a story driven game and games like that need to have a great story behind them.

        With a game like Watch_Dogs the story doesn’t have to be great to love it though. It is nice to be able to go out in the world and do what you want and kill who you please so that is going to be awesome! =D

        • Jeff Maxwell

          Ive never really bin into the story, don’t think any story has sucked me in tbh. Check this out what ive found… its exactly the same as steam deluxe for £45 + its a steelbook from uplay :D comparing the Uplay steelbook + Steam I think we do get an extra 2 hours of exclusive content… cus comparing it seems like theres extra 6 missions. 3 missions = 1 hour other 3 = the other hour. its worded strange but I think that’s the gist

          http://shop.ubi.com/store/ubiemea/en_GB/pd/productID.279034100?cid=gmst-2-Preorder_Button–4-1-0114-1-2-2-Focus_Uplay_Edition#

          • Raven Nafariea

            I saw the steelbook and almost preordered it awhile back ago but I didn’t at the time and now it’s sold out here also I believe. Would had been nice. Oh well I already bought the deluxe edition on steam and I guess I will finally get to play it at 3am in the morning on the 27th lol

          • Jeff Maxwell

            yeah :d think its only 1 hour of additional content, its confusing reading it, not sure whether get that one instead or stick with me £30 one hmmm. not got good internet so if I forget save the assets folder and windows screws up im screwed so decision decision

          • Raven Nafariea

            Where are you seeing that? The link you gave me just took me to the stores homepage.

          • Jeff Maxwell

            I just typed in Watch_dogs Uplay exclusive edition into google and google sent me on my way :d

          • Raven Nafariea

            Okays =P

            I found there exclusive kind of confusing also when I was trying to figure out which version to buy. I don’t think I have ever had this much problem ever before in picking out a game lol

          • Jeff Maxwell

            PS4 version was sold out to but that was like £65 360, ps3, and x1 still in stock

          • Raven Nafariea

            I was thinking about picking up the PS4 version of it next month but might not now. Still debating. I really want those trophoes though. lol

          • Jeff Maxwell

            uggh you consolers and ya trophies…. I don’t understand what the fascination is with it! why is it amazing to get a trophy?

          • Raven Nafariea

            They are shiny? =P

            You know it is perfectly fine to like PC and Consoles right? The world won’t end. I swear it! hehe

          • Jeff Maxwell

            Are you a magpie? they like shiny things hahah… my mate says oh I got platinum on infamous im like brill what do ya get… err nothing, then whats the point lol

          • Raven Nafariea

            The point was that he got a Platinum. That was the entire point. =P And don’t PC games have trophies as well. I know Skyrim does. Same concept. =)

          • Jeff Maxwell

            I dunno don’t think so,i know there some programs you can download and it keeps track of what your playing and that but does skyrim have trophies cus ive never seen em? then again I prolly didn’t play it long enough hahaha

          • Raven Nafariea

            Yep, definitely did. Although I am sure they don’t call them “trophies” so not to get sued but probably something else but I know for a fact Skyrim on PC did because I am still pissed after playing 2500 hours in Skyrim alone I still didn’t max them out because one of them is bugged. lol

            I am not sure about the other games I have on PC. I need to check them to see sometime.

          • Jeff Maxwell

            2500 hours OMG I prolly didn’t put in more time than that playing eve for 5 years!!! Just watching a gameplay vid of Wolfenstein he says the gfx look like there from 2010 and not to get it on PC cus there loads of bugs in it atm. Its 40GB wth have they put in there. He also says gameplay seems to boring and far to generic so glad im downloading it for free then!

          • Raven Nafariea

            Ouch, that is not good, Wolfenstein looks really interesting. I was planning on buying it for the PS4 in the future.

            BTW, I have to apologize. I just checked my Skyrim on Steam and I put 2100 hours in, not 2500 hours in. But I also put 1500 hours in on the Creation Kit on top of the 2100 hours so 3600 hours total for Skyrim. WOWSERS! I use to like how Steam kept a tally of how much time in a game you put in, maybe not so much now. haha

  • http://www.psthc.fr ExTrooperBrenTurner

    Je pense que je vais acheter ce numéro pour lire ce test en détail. Thanks for the news.

  • William Nugroho

    Ah, i’m a bit disappointed with “the story, blah!” Part, since i find the background story of watch dog has a good potential to become a pretty good story, but congrats for watch dogs team, 19 of 20 is an outsatnding score

  • Delsin Rowe

    I’m a little sad right now. there has been many months since i played a game with a good story.
    inFAMOUS was a shit in the story part. it was too simple.
    and now watch dogs. story is a big part of a game developers.

    • SZaidH

      You are missing out the Walking Dead series by TellTale if you haven’t played a game with a good story recently .

      • Delsin Rowe

        I played it and it was great.
        i also played the wolf among us. that games is awesome :D

        • SZaidH

          Oh Amazing :D . Can’t seriously wait for the new episode of Wolf Among US !

    • http://www.twitch.tv/MC_A_DOT A DOT ASANTE

      What?? “inFAMOUS was a shit in the story part.” ….Today you told me you completed inFAMOUS three times…Why did you complete it 3 times if you didn’t like it?

      • Delsin Rowe

        dude, gameplay comes first. gameplay was amazing. i played it because of that. :D
        But if you look at the reviews, most of them said that the story was too simple :D

        • http://www.twitch.tv/MC_A_DOT A DOT ASANTE

          Ah I see. I will get inFAMOUS after my holiday and judge myself.

          • Raven Nafariea

            inFamous had an awesome story! It was a little rushed towards the end but the story is very good I thought. Makes you really feel for the characters and it really surprised me. I won’t say more so not to spoil it.

          • Delsin Rowe

            here dude. someone thinks this a first year that i start playing video games. they can’t tell a difference between a good story and a average story. here, some reviews.

            gamespot: the contents are good, but the story isn’t a big jump

            polygon: Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and
            happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night

            i have more if you want ;) my problem is that i can’t lie about a game. wether is good or is bad.

          • Raven Nafariea

            So you base all your likes and dislikes on what reviews tell you? The story definitely wasn’t “shit.” I do not know what more you could had wanted from the story? It served it’s purpose and excelled at it.

            Any game that makes me feel something – in this case sad and cry is a good story to me and inFamous did that.

          • Delsin Rowe

            you are absolutelyy right again.
            ok, someone hurts my friend , now i have to kill anyones stand in my way to get a power to save her. if she’s going to be rude to me, i’ll kill her and ignore my point from the first place :)

            and i don’t want to talk about the good ending.

          • Raven Nafariea

            Which is the bases for pretty much ever story ever told but the game did a great job with it’s story still. Sure, it isn’t perfect but far from what you labeled it.

          • Delsin Rowe

            “Which is the bases for pretty much ever story ever told”
            maybe for you. but not for me. i played alot of good games that the story was a big jump (max payne for example)
            but in my opinion, inFAMOUS is really bad in the story part.

          • Raven Nafariea

            No, I mean if you look at the history of story telling. It all pretty much boils down into the summation that you presented in your previous statement. Antagonist/Protagonist – Good/Evil – Conflict/Resolution. It is just the way that same story is presented.

          • Delsin Rowe

            Yes. but inFAMOUS didn’t a good job to twist that plot .

          • Raven Nafariea

            It never set out to “twist” it though. Where did Sucker Punch ever say that? I do not know what more from the story you could had wanted? Let’s face it, the game is about being a super hero and you buy it to be just that. Not really for the story as much but this case they did a good job with the story. Telling people otherwise is pretty ignorant when they are inquiring about the game. I am not saying it is the best story ever told but it definitely was not a bad one either by far.

          • http://www.twitch.tv/MC_A_DOT A DOT ASANTE

            Sorry but I cannot base my game purchases on reviews. I find that …..silly.

          • Delsin Rowe

            no no no. you shouldn’t do that. of course it’s a silly thing to do.
            inFAMOUS is awesome. gameplay is perfect. but you shouldn’t wait for a big story.
            i hope you have a great time with it :D

        • Jewy McJew

          I don’t think it was necessarily a bad story, just not appropriate for that type of game.

          But yeah, Infamous gameplay always rocks!

        • nyballplayer319

          why do you need to reference reviews to back up saying the story was shit? that means nothing just explain why it was shit to you. I thought it was pretty good especially fetch and reggie

          • Delsin Rowe

            it was too simple for me. and many reviews said that too.

          • Raven Nafariea

            Because if reviewers say it then it is TRUE! =D

          • Delsin Rowe

            so you mean that i can’t make a decision by myself?
            if so, then by all mean you are right.

          • Raven Nafariea

            No, I mean the opposite in fact. That you should make decisions based on your own personal experiences and not be persuaded or bolstered by reviews.

          • Delsin Rowe

            never done that. i just read reviews from here and gamespot.
            but since you said that the story was good, i used some examples from experts. that’s all.

          • Raven Nafariea

            So experts prove me wrong then? If you believe that then you are putting more faith in reviewers like I previously said then just relying on your own personal experiences. Reviews do not make someone wrong or right.

          • Delsin Rowe

            actually they are. like i said they are experts.
            it’s funny. but you should know that i’m always play a game, then go to the metatric to see the reviews. when i saw the reviews, most of them were agree with my opinion.

          • Raven Nafariea

            Okay, so anyone who has ever played a game and enjoyed it but that game just happened to be critically reviewed as being bad is just wrong then? Games are just not worth playing if they have bad reviews? If that isn’t lemming like attitude then I do not know what is.

            So the first review for Watch_Dogs has come out. They said it was a pretty amazing game but the story suffers some. So by that logic, you are predetermined to not enjoy the story?

          • Delsin Rowe

            i never said that. gamers are more important than the reviews. you and i should play a game and enjoy it. but you state your opinion as a fact, not your opinion. again you are twisting everything.
            you state that inFAMOUS had an awesome story. it’s a fact. it’s not your opinion.

          • Raven Nafariea

            You said the story was shit. Like that was a fact. I wasn’t twisting anything, just commenting to you that is wasn’t what you labeled it as. I guess it is okay for you to label it something foul and disgusting but horrible for me to say that it had an awesome story which it did and I bet more people would agree with me than your expression of idiocy.

          • Delsin Rowe

            it was my opinion too. but more expert peoples agree with me than yours.
            100 reviews, most of them are agree with me ;)

          • Raven Nafariea

            100 reviewers call it shit? Please show me where they label it that…

            Again, reviewers color your perception, that is just sad. I remember when you told me how much you enjoyed the game and we talked about the story. You weren’t calling it shit then but like everything else you flip flop apparently. It must get tiring and confusing for you bouncing back and forth all the time. lol

          • Delsin Rowe

            just let it go !
            i like the characters, but the main plot wasnt good enough.
            and call me whatever you want, flip flop or else.
            i easily can find your problems (which i don’t see any in myself) and call you something, but you know i’m not like you and your friends.
            sure, back then i was with you for trolling xbox, but that time is passed.
            again, i dont give a shit about peoples who are in the internet.
            call me whatever you want miss wise.

    • junguler

      i loved second son’s story, it was short i give you that but shit? no way.

  • Jamal

    I hope its better than infamous

  • SZaidH

    Longevity : 5 Stars
    THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO SEE !!! HELL YEA !

  • The Real Rick Grimes

    I think I’ll wait for a lot more reviews from the US, nothing against the Frenchies. My biggest concern is the story which is always my favorite part of a game and to see the worse review on that part sucks.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFlufythedestroyer Fluffy The Destroyer

      why the US ? language barrier I guess ?

    • ClayMeow

      I find it odd the story gets the only real negative since based on previews, it seems a lot stronger than other open-world sandbox games (GTA, SR).

    • Arnold Stallone

      You have absolutely all the rights to have something against the frenchies.
      The video games press there sucks hard. Forums are full of stupid kids, reviewers are a true joke. They all hate Sony, many were temporarily banned @Sony for their hate reviews and fake press.
      They will always do things differently from 99 other countries, just for the sake of being different.
      There are forums, like the ps3live website, where you get a warning from mods or other people, just because you wrote a 300 word comment, and there is an accent or sign missing. 0 toleration on orthography, that, when reviewers are the first to write with many many errors. A total joke. Next.

      So yeah, just like ‘don’t trust the deutch’, ‘don’t believe in what the pretentious “we know everything, we now better than you” frenchies say’.

    • Check

      You’re right ! That website gives always good scores on AAA games so they can put their URL on video games covers here in crappy France (advertising!).
      Wait for REAL reviews from unbiased websites !

  • ClayMeow

    Already have it pre-ordered on PC. Can’t Wait!

    • Preston queener

      Me either. Although I have it for PS4 this game is going to be awesome

  • Jewy McJew

    The loading time comment has me worried. Journalists almost never mention that type of thing unless it is a shocker!

    If only Sony spent the the $2 for a SATA III interface :(

    • ClayMeow

      Yeah, it has me wondering if I should install it on my SSD, which I usually just reserve for OS and “essential” applications, whereas I put my games on a secondary drive. Then again, even without an SSD, PC games tend to have better loading times than console games, so it would be nice if a PC review is leaked before I have to decide.

    • kurbstar

      And you realize that SATA 3 only provides extra throughput, which platter-based drives will never use. They don’t even fully utilize SATA 2 yet.

      SATA 3 is only useful for SSD

      • Jewy McJew

        I would never expect Sony to include an SSD… just the option to make an SSD worth it.

        • Jeff Maxwell

          ah nvm I dunno what interface there using but if its a sata 2 that’s 300MB/s

          • Jewy McJew

            Like I said, I just want the option to have upgrade, not for Sony to include an SSD with every PS4 (which I agree would not be viable)

            It would be up to the consumer to decide if the SSD is worth it. But for those who hate loading times with a passion, a $2 SATA III port would make the upgrade option worth it! As it stands now, the SATA II port doesn’t make the SSD fast enough for the money.

          • Jeff Maxwell

            Tbh its not worth it for a console unless its constantly needing to swap in and out massive textures but thats what texture streaming is for (I think). Sure a map may load up 5-10 seconds quicker but generally not worth nearly the same price as your console for minimal performance gains.

    • superkarma

      Considering there’s no loading times while in game and in order to pull that off for quite a dense city, the game needs to cache quite a lot…it is to be expected at start up. It’s said to be about 2-3 minutes of loading at startup. Hardly something to complain about.

      • Jewy McJew

        It is if your old enough to remember what cartridges were like :) But I agree, it is definately a #firstworldproblem kind of thing!

      • Russell Gorall

        Are you talking about the reviewer complaining about it?

        • superkarma

          I’m talking in general. The startup load time is hardly something for anyone to complain about, once you factor in how dense the city is and how there aren’t any ingame loading times.

          • Russell Gorall

            What you state is true. I can remember playing various GTA games and cursing during loading screens then realize it is all worth it. My apologies.

  • Jeff Maxwell

    Wow that’s amazing almost a perfect score… for the people worried about the loading time its a MASSIVE open world game, after the initial load which will include starting up the weather simulations, dynamism, physics engines all that the rest will get streamed into the game.

    If you say oh but infamous didn’t have much loading, it had tons of loading. The reason why you couldn’t skip the cutscenes was because the sections of the game were loading during that cutscene so they masked it well. Oh knows it takes 30 seconds to load a game rather than 20… well then go spend £250 on a 500GB SSD if ya that bothered

    • MTM2

      What were you saying earlier about not taking every opportunity to try and s*** on the PS4?

      • Jeff Maxwell

        I wasn’t its going to be exact same loading time even for a PC fool well unless there using an SSD but as mechanical drives go pretty similar. im saying it takes that long cus its a big open world and some games such as infamous hides it well. Its the same as CoD Ghosts when you have to look at that intro everytime but can only skip it after the game is loaded in the background… MASSIVE open world city watch dogs going take ages… corridor shooter like Ghosts not so long

  • devanty

    and guys their is a leak of far cry 4 story

    • Delsin Rowe

      here is the story of farcry 4 :D
      Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in
      tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to
      fulfill your mother’s dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil
      war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.”

      “Explore
      and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability
      lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second
      is a story. Welcome to Kyrat.”

      • SZaidH

        Is this legit o.o ?

        • Delsin Rowe

          yes bro. it was on uplay :D

          • SZaidH

            Woah i didn’t notice it :D . Thanks for the synopsis sir !

          • Delsin Rowe

            you are most welcome sir :D

          • SZaidH

            So when did Delsin Rowe become a gentleman XD . I remember him being brash and airy dude in-game :P .

          • Delsin Rowe

            He was all the time :D
            But some peoples turn him to a bad person :P

  • dellers

    I for one don’t care all that much about stories in games anyway, so it looks like the game can turn out to be really, really good. I usually screw around so much between missions that I’m never really able to follow the stories anyway. As long as the story just makes the game move forward it’s fine to me.

  • Imperial General Zimmerman

    Yeah but ubisoft is a French company and this is a French magazine from Paris….it’s like Polygon giving cod 9.5 on all their games. Will wait for non biased review sites

    • Craig Sloan

      So if an American magazine gives an American game a good score it’s biased? Please think about that one.

      • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

        If it was given days before an embargo was lifted and was overwhelmingly positive when we know for a fact the game wont be that perrfect then yes it woud most likely be.

        • Craig Sloan

          You’re aware that the embargo doesn’t apply to the press in like newspapers and magazines right?

      • Russell Gorall

        You don’t find it “odd” that a lone review comes out before Ubisoft any site breaking the embargo is not valid is glowing? It was like reading a GTA4 review.

    • themugen

      Fails, the logic

    • themugen

      Fails, the logic .

    • themugen

      The logic in your comment fails.

  • Dikan45

    What platform?

    • Jeff Maxwell

      I think it wont matter to much pc ps4 x1 itll be a step up from the previous gen. Until in a Cpl years they start comparing titles against release year titles then can see what the real opinions are

      • Russell Gorall

        A lot of the early feedback is saying the step up from last gen is laughable. I can surely play Tomb Raider on PS4 and see it is more fluid than the PS3 version.

        • Sucka Free

          We are not seeing a leap in resolution or framerates (though the average is definitely higher than last gen) but the amount of detail, depth, moving objects, and draw distance is staggering. The games clearly look much better than last gen on both consoles.

        • Jeff Maxwell

          I think its talking about raw power. the increase isn’t very good but its good enough to notice a difference from last gen. Tomb raider isn’t a next gen title its the same as Last of Us same game new skin that’s it really. Have to remember they were prolly designing last consoles about 12-13 years ago released bout 8 years ago so almost any hardware they put in now is a lot better but if sony spent an extra £50-100 on the console it would be significantly more powerful than it is at the moment.

          Having “weak” consoles like they are at the moment can lead to better tricks to get it perform better like how Crytek ran all the lighting in Ryse using a new tiling method they created on 1 compute shader (or unit). I don’t know if that stuff makes it into a PC game or not though but if it does then it helps to push our games and make it more efficient on our hardware but we prolly don’t get much optimisation love.

  • megablast16

    I’ll wait for a few more reviews before deciding to get it. I’m not saying the review is biased but I just like to see number of opinions first before I buy any games.

    • SZaidH

      ^ clever gamer !

    • Jeff Maxwell

      well im fortunate, pretty gfx and stuff to do is all I need, I couldn’t careless about the story I just want to get out there and kill stuff and drive round like a nutter in this case

      • Imperial General Zimmerman

        You should become a video game producer, you can count on my money on launch

        • Jeff Maxwell

          awesome ill get right on it :d

  • http://www.modded4life.com Brandon Lancaster

    guys never trust everyone reveiws on one game because every person enjoys a game from a different point of view and you wont know if you will like it unless you played it. im sure the story line is great and i cant wait this last week to play this game none stop!!!!

  • BadGAEM

    Finally a worthy review

  • Saul Diaz

    Gameplay does matter more than story but you have to admit that without a good story there are those who aren’t motivated to keep playing. Assassins creed 3′s gameplay was fine just as those before it but the story was so uninteresting i never beat it and just spoiled myself.

    • Craig Sloan

      Same reason why I never completed GTA V. I just didn’t care enough about the characters and the story by the end.

  • Craig Sloan

    I’ve had mine pre ordered for a while now. I don’t care much for review scores. I’m 50/50 with them most of the time to be honest. Sometimes I agree other times I don’t. People thought Killzone was a good solid 8 I thought worst AAA game I’ve played this gen. Others ripped Bound By Flame to pieces I thought good solid RPG. Everyone reviews Cod and AC well i don’t care for those games. I played both this gen both where meh to me.

    I’ve seen enough and heard enough about WD to know it’s a game I will put serious time into. 7 days not long now.

  • WellWisher

    Hmm I don’t usually agree with these guys reviews. I’ll wait for my favourite sites.

  • Dennis Crosby

    Why are watchdogs reviews showing up right now if the game comes out next week

  • Check

    That website gives always good scores on AAA games so they can put their URL on video games covers here in crappy France (advertising!).
    Wait for REAL reviews from unbiased websites.

    • spartan warrio

      like witch the game is good end of the story

  • Pedro Carreira

    Seems legit…LOL.

  • Steve Burns
    • Jecht_Sin

      “Hackers”, eh? What a coincidence.. I trust this tweet as much as I trust MS. :p

  • Steve Burns

    https://twitter.com/watchdogsgame/status/468071829509521408

    I’m not sure why my comment was deleted…but once again I’m going to say this cannot be a legitimate review, positive or otherwise. Ubisoft themselves stated no review is legit until May 27th.

    • Russell Gorall

      If you post a link your comment awaits moderation.

      I find it very odd that the only early review was so glowing. I wonder if Ubisoft tested some waters to get an early good review out.

  • YroBalboa

    Nice payed review by ubisoft, sorry but the game is full of life???? I dont think so!!! And yeah its strange, they break the embargo, but Ubi says nothing? Very strange!!

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    Hmmm a French review for a French developer and its overwhelming positive, smells fishy.

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  • Russell Gorall

    Early payola.

  • Jack

    If they criticize the story then it has to be legit

  • NeOmega

    World exclusive review. Fresh magazine. French game. Almost perfect score. Sure I believe them. It’s not biased at all. -_-

  • http://www.therealgamers.net/ Matt Clarmont

    Ah the gaming commenters and general neoGAF posters…such a fickle bunch. And quick to sing a different tune when the speculation is proven wrong.

  • Sucka Free

    Here’s an idea, don’t want to trust this review? Fine, wait a week, I’m sure there will be someone will be along to write a review you’re willing to agree with. I just wonder if this review had gone on about how badly this game sucked, how you would be reacting then? Be a whole page full of “I told you so” and “I knew it, pre-order cancelled”

    • superkarma

      Exactly. I don’t recall many people citing nationalities to argue bias for past reviews…not sure why all of a sudden that’s a thing now. Then again, if someone likes/dislikes a game and a review says the the opposite of what that person feels, bias is automatically the go-to argument. The reviewer must’ve been paid off. I mean, it’s just so obvious.

      • Sucka Free

        Here’s a good vid about that very topic, named very appropriately “Stop liking things I don’t like” Hehe

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpmeOB0Zyu0

        • superkarma

          Wow, great video. He makes a lot of excellent points. Definitely earned a sub from me :)

          • Sucka Free

            Yeah, he became one of my “go to” reviewers. I just got through watching his “WTF is..” on Transistor. He’s really interesting to listen to, though calling what he does “reviews” is really a disservice, while he does voice his opinions too, its more like he introduces you to the elements of the game and lets you decide what you think of them.

          • superkarma

            Yeah, I’ve been watching a bunch of his videos now. His “review” (like you said, not really a review) style is awesome. He tells you how it is, whether it’s good or bad, and lets you decide if you like it or not. Not only that, but he goes into great detail. My guess is anything you were wondering about a certain game, he will let you know about it…at least, that’s how it was for me for quite a few games.

        • maybe

          This video should get a special place at the end of every single review. It’s crazy how many people forget this or just see red when an author criticizes something they like or compliments something they don’t.

        • Beasthunt

          Great video. This is the second video I have seen from this guy in the days. I enjoy his videos.

  • MattS71

    A new perfect score, yet the story is blah? WTF?

    • http://www.twitch.tv/MC_A_DOT A DOT ASANTE

      19/20 is perfect????

  • watchdogs

    i dont care any review..i will buy this game no matter what..i will decide for myself if this good or bad…im sure this is awesome experience…

  • RawWilson1

    Dang! That’s a good score… Even sounds… to good to be true…

  • PachterStation

    I laugh when people say they’re going to buy a game based on reviews, screen shots and vids. Do people actually believe reviews? I still don’t see what the fuss is with Watch Dogs, not forgetting the downgraded graphics and delay. Looking at the game, the graphics look decent, but it looks a bit static from vids. But even if a game scores 50%, that’s an average score. Any game that scores over average, you know it’s a case of lick, lick, give me my freebies. All these comparisons with each version, the PS4 version is the only version worth playing due to the extra content, but that comes at a price. UK prices suggest that you’ll pay £8 extra tops compared to the price of the standard version. And it’ll be hammered with DLC. What lets Ubisoft games down is how they play. Never played Creed, but Rayman and Far Cry could’ve been a lot better, more so Far Cry 3. Fingers crossed that The Division, The Crew and Far Cry 4 will deliver, but somehow, I think Far Cry 4 will be the same as the previous game.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      Reviews are one tool in a gamer’s arsenal and shouldn’t be ignored out of hand just because not all reviewers agree. If a game’s reviews average 50, it’s probably not going to be as enjoyable as a game in the same genre that averages 90. The only alternative to reviews that I can see is to simply buy a game based on hype or pretty box art and hope it’s good. If you’ve got that kind of money you don’t speak for the majority.

      5/10 does _not_ mean an “average” score. There are tons of games that are so bad they simply don’t get a review because nobody would ever read it – they’re traps for ignorant parents who don’t know reviews exist or where to find them. They’re what make up the first 5 points of a 10-point review system. Such low scores are only actually awarded in reviews for games which were expected to be good but were a disappointment. Some prime examples include:

      Medal of Honor: Warfighter – http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/medal-of-honor-warfighter

      Duke Nukem Forever – http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/duke-nukem-forever

      Aliens: Colonial Marines – http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/aliens-colonial-marines

      X Rebirth – http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/x-rebirth

      Of all Metacritic PC game review averages dating back as early as 2000, only pages 31-34 have scores below 50. If you want the actual “average”, you can check page 17 of their 34-page reviews history, where you’ll find the median review score: 71. (I’m using PC reviews as an example because they date back the longest)

      71 being the average makes a lot of sense to me. There are lots of niche games I’ve enjoyed despite having problems which had a score in the 65-75 range, but games scored below 65 rarely have enough redeeming qualities that I’ll bother to finish them even though I paid for them.

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    This is a little encouraging. I was getting pretty pessimistic about Watch Dogs but even a single very high score like this isn’t common for a game if it’s not at least decent.

    I still won’t be pre-ordering of course, no reason to just hand over $60 for something I can’t play yet. (why do people pre-order?)

  • Dying_in_this_Crap_World

    Watch Cats

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  • _xXx_Donatella_xXx_

    Stop hating on the game, I got this early and all I can say as a experienced gamer is that it looks beautiful on the ps3, next gen starts here, #GIRLWOOD. btw I’m a grill :3

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