Soon after Watch Dogs received its release date last year, Ubisoft were quick to comment on the reception of the game. Naturally, Watch Dogs didn't live up to the expectations that Ubisoft had planted in every person in the gaming community. The extent to which they hyped this game was pretty ridiculous and the game kind of paid the price for it in the end.
But after Ubisoft heard the general consensus from the community they were quick to compare the title's reception to that of the first Assassin's Creed and it makes a lot of sense. The initial Assassin's Creed was ridiculously repetitive and felt like we'd been handed the first chapter of something that could be good - Assassin's Creed 2 helped confirm this feeling because it's actually a great game. But what if Watch Dogs 2 could actually be as good as Assassin's Creed's sequel was?
Watch Dogs 2 - Improving Along With Assassin's Creed on Release Date
Watch Dogs certainly has potential but a massive amount of it has to be transformed. Ubisoft Montreal vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud admitted that Watch Dogs was a flawed game. But he also stated that the team were planning to make 'radical' changes to the formula, and they really are going to have to do just that if they hope to get Watch Dogs out of the rut it currently finds itself in.
Driving in Watch Dogs felt awful, like I was on ice or something. In comparison to other open world games it was really poor. Then you had stupid things like bugs, cops not pursuing you once you entered water or even a train and generally the whole hacking chore of the game was poorly conceived - it was too limited. I felt like Watch Dogs was going to be a complicated game with the ability to hack everything prior to its release date, but in reality it's one-button hacking system was severely limited and kinda boring.
But don't even get me started on its terribly banal plot and insufferably annoying protagonist. They need to kill off Aiden Pierce in the opening moments of Watch Dogs 2 for me to be completely happy with the sequel. Ubisoft has created some great characters in the past, I don't understand how they can make such boring ones when they're capable of giving us someone like Ezio!
Essentially, Watch Dogs needs to change a lot. In my opinion, if they fix the driving, give us a much more interesting plot and protagonist and completely update and expand upon the hacking system we'll be moving in the right direction. It was just too bland a game to get excited about and I want to be excited for Watch Dogs 2's release date!
But what do you think guys? Would you compare the first Assassin's Creed to Watch Dogs? Did you enjoy the game and is there anything you'd like to see Ubisoft change for Watch Dogs 2's release date on the XBOX One and PS4? Let us know in the comments!