Watch Dogs Legion Review (PC/Uplay)

Mass surveillance, private militaries controlling the streets, organized crime… Enough! It’s time to end oppression. Recruit a well-rounded resistance to overthrow the opportunists ruining this once-great city. The fate of London lies with you.

Pros:

  • Awesome graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Uplay achievements.
  • Ubisoft Connect rewards.
  • Full controller support.
  • Open world RPG gameplay.
  • Accessibility options-menu narration, spoken language, written language, color blindness, subtitles mode, and closed captions.
  • HDR support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, fps limit slider, a field of view slider, menu position and multi-monitor Hud, graphics preset, geometry, environment, texture resolution, texture filtering, shadows, headlight shadows, reflections, depth of field, motion blur, bloom, ambient occlusion, post-processing, and subsurface scattering. DLSS.
  • Ray tracing support.
  • Temporal upscaling slider.
  • Direct X 11 or 12 options.
  • VRAM usage bar in the graphics section.
  • Image settings-brightness, gamma, sharpness.
  • Controller-Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, custom controls, left-handed support, aim snap, and aim magnetism.
  • Permadeath setting- off/on/iron-man.
  • All actions-melee/climbing/hacking/sprinting/walking and aiming can be set as hold or press.
  • Tutorials section-shows images, texts, and controls for everything in-game.
  • Cloud save support.
  • 3 difficulties-easy, normal and hard.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • All set in London UK.
  • Your job is to rebuild Deadsec and prove you are being set up. The whole world has gone to shit.
  • Brilliant opening scenario with tutorial pop-ups.
  • Hack cameras to travel around the rooms and hack computers.
  • Bagley-your computer Ai that talks with you and does a lot of the hard work.
  • Choose your first Deadsec team member, you have 15 to choose from and each has one unique thing about them.
  • Auto drive-press it and the car/vehicle will drive to the destination.
  • Car-you can change music playing.
  • Open world.
  • Play how you want.
  • Can steal any car and drive it.
  • Customize your reticle, reticle color, hack notifications and color, Hud, mini-map etc.
  • Hidden Collectibles and voice files for more story and lore.
  • Tech points-found in the world and used to buy gadgets/weapons and hacks.
  • Recruitment-you can attempt to recruit anyone you see which makes them selectable from the member screens. Each member will have Pros and cons and you can scan them before recruiting.
  • Ubisoft Connect app works really well with the controller now.
  • Cover based system for stealth and shooting.
  • Enemies drop ammo and you can pick it up automatically just by walking over.
  • As you gain more recruits you can change between them on the map.
  • The map uncovers as you play and explore.
  • Restricted areas-possible to stealth the whole thing but it acts as a self-contained game in itself.
  • Can hack cars as you drive so they move out the way or stop.
  • Day/night cycle and full weather effects.
  • Living breathing world where you can people watch and break up disputes.
  • The auto drive will stop for red lights and give way.
  • Set a waypoint and a cool hi tech looking guideline will show up in-game to follow.
  • A look at the future with animated billboards on cars, hologram statues.
  • Defiance-every borough has a defiance meter and as you do jobs and hack your way to success that bar goes down, once empty the Borough becomes defiant and is technically more willing to join you, it adds tech point icons and higher-skilled recruits.
  • Fast travel points.
  • Can swap between team members and get an interaction between them as they hand over the reins or Bagley says some quip.
  • A lot of clever writing.
  • Parcel fox courier-fun little optional tasks where you collect a parcel and have to deliver it for rewards. The package can have any of the 3 properties-timed, fragile, or contraband.
  • Cars remember your last played radio station.
  • Police chases-you fill a meter that determines how strong the police are. Break line of sight and the bar decreases then vanishes.
  • Paste ups- another optional activity where you put up new posters around town and earn rewards for doing so.

Watch Dogs Legion Review (PC/Uplay)

Cons:

  • No benchmark setting.
  • Online not out until December. Well documented but worth saying again.
  • Long load times especially the first initial load.
  • Black screen transitions between cutscenes and gameplay.
  • An Ai system that can swear feels wrong somehow.
  • Not a lot of rewards on the Ubisoft Connect app.
  • Few robots looking animations.
  • Full system lockups or crash outs.
  • Changing graphics whilst in-game reboots the game without warning.
  • Random crashes and ragdolling by the Ai.
  • Performance is really patchy.

Watch Dogs Legion Review (PC/Uplay)

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.4/10

Summary

Watch Dogs Legion is a bold new step for the series as they add even more mechanics and tweaks to an already impressive stable of mechanics. London is your playground in a high tec world where you can hack drones, fly on a parcel drone, hack cars and phones but also recruit and play as any person in the whole game! Each player will be different with random perks, random buffs and it makes the game unique to each player. I loved how the system works as you will initially approach them to join your Deadsec crew then you will do tasks to convince them and then you can be them. It’s such an ambitious idea but it works it really does, I could get into areas quicker if I picked the right character or I could get away from the police easier if I pick the right guy. That aside the gameplay is vast, so vast that it can exhaust you, there is almost too much to do with painting billboards, hacking holograms, collecting and delivering parcels and so much more. I can take all that though as the world is so rich and full of life, I like how every restricted area is its own little thing where you can go full action or take it on as a stealth ninja which is properly satisfying. Now let’s break it right down in a simple way-Watch Dogs Legion is a Ubisoft collaboration of all things Ubisoft, it has a bit of every game in there and makes it a cohesive and fun experience. They have clearly learned, adapted, and evolved the series that it is now at its peak. I can’t see how they could go any better but what do I know. For me Watch Dogs Legion is the best Watch Dogs/Ubisoft’s greatest hits, yes you can get fatigued with all the activities but it’s such a fun world that who cares, you will always have something to do! Without question, this is the most realised Watch Dogs game to date.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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