Video Game Tourism E06: Watch_Dogs_Remembering_the_true_Cyberpunk Vigilante

Reviews for the new Watch_Dogs 2 (2016) suggest that Ubisoft Montreal have learned their lesson and created an improved version of Watch_Dogs (2014) with their newest iteration. But is this really so? When missions proceed according to the same, cumbersome routine, lacking any checkpoints—which would have promoted creative play, but instead the player finds himself encapsulated in frustration. When a forgettable cast of Uber cool hipsters tries to change the world by uttering dull-witted catch phrases. And when the game forces the player to navigate its picturesque world by performing pirouettes and as many flic-flacs the game space can endure.

Maybe, then, it is time to remember the true Watch_Dogs!

A game that, although flawed in some aspects, still portrays the feeling of the cyberpunk vigilante. A dissident who pursues a personal agenda of revenge in the most brutal fashion, but that, nonetheless, meticulously discloses the flaws and machinations of a corrupt system.

The city of Chicago awaits the player for trial action.
The city of Chicago awaits the player for trial action.
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Entering the base of operations.
Entering the base of operations.
... and finding the temptress ...
… and finding the temptress …
... hidden in the midst of Chicago ...
… hidden in the midst of Chicago …
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... the currupt system might be ready for a black out ...
… the currupt system might be ready for a black out …
... the vigilante ...
… the vigilante …
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Hacking the city gave players a chilling insight into the power of cyberspace ...
Hacking the city gave players a chilling insight into the power of the cyberspace … and those who misue it …
... and by a push of the button ....
… and by the push of the button ….
Drug cartels and human trafficking ...
Drug cartels and human trafficking …
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... time for a little hot pursuit, Balde Runner style ...
… time for a little hot pursuit, Blade Runner style …
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… and there will always be the same reflection … (nice metaphor)
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... and a bear :)
… and a bear 🙂
... who can find the Easter bunny?
who can find the Easter bunny?
who can find the Easter bunny?
... of course there is technology and fire ...
… of course there is technology and fire …
Pursuing Bloom ...
Pursuing Bloom …
... to his headquarters ...
… to his headquarters …

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... juxtaposed to the tranqullity of nature ...
… juxtaposed to the tranqullity of nature …