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Watch Dogs on Wii U 'is superior to current-gen'

Nintendo console version looks better than on PS3 and 360, says Ubisoft creative director. (PS3, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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jackanderson1985  +   780d ago | Well said
i approved this just to get the pending to zero not gonna lie

i'm glad some third parties still believe in the Wii U i like the console
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StuGillies  +   780d ago
I approved for the same reason, but still hope the creative director dude is not trolling!
vishmarx  +   780d ago
id believe when i see either lol.
so far we havent seen anything other than the pc version
Chrischi1988  +   780d ago

Sorry, but how can you even think, that it wont look better than current gen, if they actually optimized the game for the Wii U instead of giving it a mere 360 port?

How can anybody think, that a newer tech, with a tri core, is only on par with a single core 7 year old tech? There is nothing to believe when you see it, it is common sense and there are actually very good reasons, why the Wii U didnt show of what it can do, until now, since it only got mere ports, look at the exclusiv titels on a big screen full hd tv, then you will notice a huge difference in graphics capabilities, but I bet you never looked at something like this.
guitarded77  +   780d ago
I would expect the Wii U version to be better than the PS3/360 versions since it is a more modern console costing more than both.

Personally, I have the game pre-ordered for the PS4 and expect it to be even better there. But I think the gameplay and originality look good enough to make it a must play experience on any platform.

I just use my Wii U for console exclusives, but want to see the console perform well with third party too. It ends up being good for the console, which leads to longer-term support.
Eonjay  +   780d ago
I have no doubt it does.... it is a more powerful system... More power systems SHOULD LOOK BETTER. Glad to see they are not enforcing parity with current gen systems.
nypifisel  +   780d ago
It's pretty obvious the Wii U version will be superior to the current gen consoles. The Wii U might not have much to say against the next generation but against the 360 and ps3 it's way ahead!
miyamoto  +   780d ago
i am sure they put lots of money on the wii u he must say anything to maximize ROI
dantesparda  +   780d ago
You WiiU fanboys are a sad, sad bunch,...pathetic really. Keep living in la la land
PurpHerbison  +   779d ago
"You WiiU fanboys are a sad, sad bunch,...pathetic really. Keep living in la la land"

I don't even own a Wii-U, but I have browsed N4G enough to know that everything you said could easily be said to a sony fanboy.
dantesparda  +   777d ago

Yeah cuz you're a MS fanboy. All fanboys stupid, but some are more delusional than others. With he WiiU fanboys being the most delusional, than the MS fanboy, with their X1 and then Sony fanboys thinking it can compete with the PC.
levian  +   780d ago
Well it should look superior to current gen. It IS more powerful after all. It just has nothing on next gen, is all.
triforce79  +   780d ago
So when Ubi said its in between current and next gen they meant feature set not graphics because he says a version standpoint not visuals he says visually it looks noticeably better than current gen ect so on par with xbox1 easy....
SnotyTheRocket  +   780d ago
Ubisoft is really the only big third party really trying to push the Wii U.
DonFreezer  +   780d ago
The Wii U has some of the best games ever conceived coming in the next years. I have just seen again the trailer for X and me a Microsoft fan seriously think if I have the money to buy one just for this game.
HeroReborn  +   780d ago
I just cant support Nintendo politics, they are not connected with the western audience at all. They as a company need some restructuring.
Software_Lover  +   780d ago
No duh. That is why I don't understand why GTAV will not come to Wii-U.
fattyuk  +   780d ago
Because rockstar like to sell more than 29 copy's on each platform.

And no before you say "it will be a console seller" it wouldnt.
Software_Lover  +   780d ago
........ I was actually gonna give you props on the 29 copies joke, but you killed the humour with the secons line.
LOL_WUT  +   780d ago
Why because he's right? ;)
The_Villager  +   780d ago
Sad troll attempt. What install base does the PS4 have? Oh yeah that's right 0.

"So if the Wii u is a next gen console, why even talk about how it's superior to current gen?"

Are you for real? How many articles do we see on this site daily comparing current and next gen versions of BF4, Watchdogs and AC4?
clouds5  +   780d ago
For this Xmas season wii u will have a bigger install base than ps4 and xb1 combined.
-Foxtrot  +   780d ago
I think it's because if it releases on a next gen system Rockstar might think the rest of the gaming community will want a next gen version of GTAV for the PS4 and Xbox One.
fattyuk  +   780d ago
So if the Wii u is a next gen console, why even talk about how it's superior to current gen?

Isn't it/Shouldn't it be pretty obvious if the wii u is next gen.
KwietStorm  +   780d ago
Like people don't already want a next gen version? Like people didn't already go so far as to supposedly dig up PS4 code from the game data?
Chrischi1988  +   780d ago
It is obvious, but the PS fannies just hate it so much, that they will use the most hilarious arguments and spreading dumb lies like it is only on par with current gen, like PS4 and X1 wont struggle to sell units, if the same games come to a installbase as huge as PS3 and 360, which will happen to most games and why should anyone buy the next gen then? Are you willing to pay at least $400 for the same gameplay, with better graphics? Most wont.

If Devs dont take time to make the game look better on Wii U, how should it look better? Do you think, if a PS4 would get a port of an 360 game, that the GPU of the PS4 will magically improve the games graphics? Have you ever played an old PC game on a new PC? Does the game look better there, in some magical way? I do not think so.
deafdani  +   780d ago
@The_Villager: and GTAV won't be available for PS4, either. What's your point?
Yodagamer  +   780d ago
I think it had more to do with the lack of a hard drive on the wii u with the 8 gb install.
Software_Lover  +   780d ago
I don't know why I continue to forget about that. But they could just make it mandatory (on the box) for you have have an SD card to install the game on or something.

I just don't understand why Nintendo did not put a reasonably size HDD in the Wii-U
fattyuk  +   780d ago
Congratulations nintendo!!

I'll let you how my "superior" copy on my PS4 is doing when it arrives.
CrossingEden  +   780d ago
He was copying it to CURRENT GEN, as in no need to mention next gen. -__- Christ.
lilbroRx  +   780d ago
I'll let you know how much my PC copy is superior to anything you'll ever get on the PS4 as well.
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LOL_WUT  +   780d ago
So defensive man not good ;)

We already know this game is visually closer to current gen no need to be surprised
PopRocks359  +   780d ago

Don't even try to pull that crap when just a couple of weeks ago you were insisting the Wii U cannot produce anything above the 360's capabilities. I'm tired of this. You can't go "Wii U is weaker/on par to 360" one post and then go "Of course it's superior to 360" another.

Edit: Sorry, I forgot to say inb4 disagrees that defend this blatant hypocrisy.
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Neonridr  +   780d ago
@LOL_WUT - the game will be somewhere in the middle graphically wise. It will incorporate some newer tech effects that the 360 and PS3's GPU's can't perform properly, but it obviously won't have all the feature set from the PS4/XB1 versions. The consoles are much superior. Just like the PS4/XB1 versions won't have the same graphic fidelity as the PC version..

That's just using common sense, no need to act like you made some revolutionary statement by saying the Wii U will be somewhere in the middle.
TheGrimReaper  +   780d ago
Since when is WiiU current gen?
I think it is sad that they have to mention that a WiiU version of a game is looking better than the 360/PS3 versions. It should be a given..
lilbroRx  +   780d ago
Its because of people who like you that they have to make comments like this.

They make the statements to shut up remarks like "its so sad that they have to compare it to the only other consoles that are currently out" but apparently it doesn't work.
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TheGrimReaper  +   780d ago
It isn't sad that they compare it to other consoles of this gen.
Well, let me explain to you what I think is sad:
WiiU is technically better than 360 and PS3.
And I have to read comments which praise developers for something which shouldn't be too hard to accomplish.

And they don't have to make these comments for people like me (didn't realise you know me, but ok...) as I always assume that current gen titles will be better on WiiU.
PopRocks359  +   780d ago

It SHOULD be a given. The problem is a lot of Wii U's earliest titles looked on par to the 360, if not just slightly under par. This has given it a reputation as being only just as strong, despite developer praise that has stated otherwise; I point directly at indies and Shin'en in particular.

There are commenters on here who believe tooth and nail, without a shadow of a doubt, in SPITE of Criterion's port of Need for Speed and Crytek's new engine running on Wii U but not 360/PS3, that Wii U is somehow just on par or weaker than generation seven consoles. It's ridiculous. The proof is out there, but people choose to ignore it.

Edit: Not saying you are ignoring it btw, I can tell from your comment you're basically neutral on the matter. It's just my take on the issue.
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triforce79  +   780d ago
By the way noticeably better is basically almost equal to pc if you ask me,just like Activision said wiiu will have the nextgen graphics not current,in terms of features all 3rd party support on wiiu will have a few different things from the new HD twins due to Sony/Microsoft....
Beastforlifenoob  +   780d ago
The WII U has more RAM yes but the ram has a significantly slower clock speed then the ram on the PS360, the processor has more cores but the PS360 are clocked far, far higher. The GPU on the WII U is better but it wont save the console. Thats why the next few games will look nicer than 8 year old hardware (WOOOOOOOOW what a friking achievement) but then its going to go down the drain 1 year after the PS4XBOX1 release.

Many developers have said the WII U IS less powerful than the PS360.

and also DEFINATELY watch this
PopRocks359  +   780d ago

Well bless me bagpipes, clearly your research is irrefutable. /s

Okay, so what about Shin'en, a dev that has actually successfully made games on Wii U that cannot run on the 360/PS3 while only using one of the console's three cores?

Or how about Crytek's new engine running on the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 and not on the 360/PS3? And why did Criterion's port of Need For Speed look so much better on Wii U than on 360/PS3?

The answer is this; it's more powerful in some way or another. The developers who said it was less powerful? Either they just can't work with the CPU (an understandable complaint, if not without context) or they simply did not give the hardware the time of day.

The Wii U won't be on par with Xbox One or PS4, that's a fact. But enough of this "current gen" garbage. It's not on par, it's more powerful. That's it and case closed.
jcnba28  +   780d ago
LOL Superior in what way exactly? Graphics? No that will be the PC version. Try again.
Chrischi1988  +   780d ago
Superior in graphics, gameplaywise, if you dont own a Vita, not so much^^

Use some logic and dont state such fanny arguments.
iceman600  +   780d ago
the pc version says hi
Jack_Of_All_Blades  +   780d ago
Well yeah, as far as graphical ability the Wii is between current and other next gen consoles
triforce79  +   780d ago
It's all PR rubbish look at the textures in MK8,look at the insane action in Bayonetta2,look at X the game looks outstanding the video where u see 4 player co-op in them graphics wow,look at a fairly quick port in NFS it was like pc on high in graphics,all these graphics are equal anything ive seen on xbox1 or ps4 period look these games run in 1080p/60fps as well and have been achieved fairly early in the wiiu's life...Smash,Zelda,MK8,Bayonet ta2,X,Project CARS,with lots more all in 2014 let me say this when these games are released you will find it hard to tell anyone xbox1 or ps4 have better graphics......

Plus with knowing the specs i still belive a custom E6760 which is a dx11 card but obviously Nintendo will use its opengl version also with tons of edram please when devs tap into this u have a beast,remember project CARS uses 1 cpu core ???
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R00bot  +   779d ago
Project CARS USED to use one CPU core, but they added particle shading and some other effects and it now uses all of them.

I think "X" looks better than any PS4 or XBOX ONE game shown so far, just because of it's MASSIVE scale and the way it still pulls off graphics that great.
-Foxtrot  +   780d ago
So it should it's next gen ¬¬

Will it look superior to the PS4/Xbox One though? Probably not.
lilbroRx  +   780d ago
Hmmm, will it look superior to hardware that came out a year later with a higher price tag?

That is unlikely. I doubt Nitnendo was able to time travel and acquire 2013 tech back in 2011.
LOL_WUT  +   780d ago
Still making excuses for their hardware I see... Either way Nintendo is going to be put on the test this November ;)
KwietStorm  +   780d ago
So you think it's because the hardware comes out a year later? lol
Korde11  +   779d ago
It really does not matter if it looks better. It will be an epic experience only found on a Nintendo Wii U. If anyone is wondering, I am a fan boy. I am a fan boy of any system that can provide me with a great experience. Right now I am playing the Wii U and I am already enjoying the next gen while others are just talking about it. I might get one or both of the other
systems if I run out of games that I enjoy but that does not look like it is going to happen anytime soon.
abusador  +   780d ago
lol omg they still with this bs? Who cares? No one wants an in between versions or a slightly better version than current gen consoles.
lilbroRx  +   780d ago
Then why get any of the next gen consoles? All of them are only slightly better visually than the last gen reality.

The impact of specs on graphics has become small. You have to spend $400 for a marginal increase in overall fidelity.

The Wii U allows people to do it at a lower price and with a more unique controller.
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ape007  +   780d ago
technically ps4 and X1 are in between current and the true nextgen PC version

get the PC version....oh wait
abusador  +   780d ago

Hey you the same %$#% that i schooled on dedicated servers and how Sony so far has dedis on all their upcoming games so Xbox insinuating dedicated servers was irrelevant as both will have dedicated servers on multiplat games? Yeah i think you are. You then went on to say "Bf4 and COD Ghosts will have dedicated servers on Xbone and they say hello" Dont you feel like an idiot? As COD Ghosts has been announced to have dedicated servers on PS4 too lol

I love schooling naive ppl like you!
ape007  +   780d ago

ok u schooled me congrats(ohhh the irony) but u come here and stating the obvious, man a kinder garden kid knows that ps4/X1 versions look better

and beside u think im an Xbox fanboy, look i haven't touched my 360 in 3 months, alli play is TLOU, GTA V and bf beta, all on ps3 as well as some wiiu but i hate fanboy BS
KwietStorm  +   780d ago
Yea oh wait we're talking about consoles. Why do PC people always have to do the same thing over and over. We get it. "Nextgen PC" version doesn't even make sense.
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SnotyTheRocket  +   780d ago
You do know that PC isn't even part of these "Gens" that people refer to? We are on the eighth generation of CONSOLES. Not PC.
SlapHappyJesus  +   780d ago
Who cares about the next gen versions when there is PC?
It's all the same. People will find their platform of choice and then play games on it.
If the Wii U version is going to be better than the current gen versions, great for those who choose to play on Wii U.
ape007  +   780d ago
great comment, i know ps4 and X1 are 95% the same as PC but i want to put sense in some blind haters
Misaka_x_Touma  +   780d ago
gamers sure do love putting the entire world together and ot speak for themselves.
KrisButtar  +   780d ago
""There are no new features or anything like that - it's the same game but we're optimising the controls for the beast that is the Wii U GamePad," he said."

So no special Gamepad functions?.. bummer
BattleTorn  +   780d ago
One would hope so
etownone  +   780d ago
WiiU.. Such a disappointment.

It's the first Nintendo console ever.... That I will not buy.
PopRocks359  +   780d ago
I find this confusing. You typed this because Watchdogs on Wii U is superior to 360/PS3? Or are you typing this because it happens to be about Wii U?
lilbroRx  +   780d ago
Not as much as a disappointment as people like you are to the entire gaming community.

I feel disappointed for gaming as a whole every time I see someone who thinks like you.
brewin  +   780d ago
Its such a dissappointment to you but you have not spent enough time with it, as you clearly stated that you do not own one and will not buy it. This makes no sense. How ca you KNOW you dont like something without trying it for yourself for more than a few minutes at a demo kiosk?!
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Gamer666  +   780d ago
"is superior to current-gen" really means it is better than 360/PS3 but not as good as X1/PS4...
Misaka_x_Touma  +   780d ago
dang son you just now understanding Wii U power is between PS4 and 360.

Yet alone Console full potential are shown til 3-5 years after.
jmc8888  +   780d ago
It's pretty obvious that with more powerful tech and more memory that the game could look better. Then add in all the natural uses of the gamepad for this game and it's a no brainer.

I'll be getting this on PC, but if I wasn't, I'd get it on Wii U. Who knows what I'll see in the bargain bin in a couple years.
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BigDuo  +   780d ago
If you buy a Wii U, then you should know what your in for. Third parties can squeeze out all the hardware power they want out of Wii U for multiplatform titles, but its like squeezing a lemon and only have a little a bit of lemon juice come out of it. You're not going to see much of a difference between Wii U running games on current-gen engines compared to how they look on 360 and PS3. It's certainly not worth the effort if the Wii U versions of third party games don't have a good track record of selling well, and that the Wii U isn't being treated as the lead platform. Heck, Rayman Legends was the lead platform on Wii U, but even with more RAM, the difference in its visuals were hardly noticeable compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

With that said, good game design transcends hardware power, so there is no question that Wii U already has, and will have more good games to play on it. Lastly, art style can compensate for weak graphics. Of course, that is a bit harder to appreciate when a game sports photo realistic graphics. However, when it comes to Nintendo's typical aesthetic design choices, it benefits their games, but We have seen how good they are with their first wave of HD titles utilizing special effects like lighting and depth of field. Games like Nintendo Land, Wind Waker HD and Pikmin 3 offer a good combination of good graphics and attractive art styles to make them look visually impressive even if their not utilizing the best graphics technology and animation available in the industry.
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brewin  +   780d ago
Its been said that Wii Us architecture is so different that many of the bottlenecks of previous paltforms are elimnated. So if Nintendo would teach developers how to utilize this architecture properly rather than allowing them to just port code designed for different architecture maybe people would look at it differently. For all we know, Wii U could actually be more powerful than the next PS and Xbox. Iknow that MK8 and SM3D World look pretty damn good and just as good as anything I have seen from the other systems.
D_RoyJenkins  +   780d ago
Lmao what are you on?
truechainz  +   780d ago
The best graphics will for sure be on PS4/X1 version.

However there is no reason that the best gameplay experience shouldn't be on wii u for this game. The gamepad simply ties in the best with the way I have seen the main character operate in the game. Whether the devs actually made this to be the case remains to be seen, but if they took enough time with it then the Wii U should absolutely have a better control experience than a standard controller.
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AceBlazer13  +   780d ago
would hope so.
iceman600  +   780d ago
"Watch Dogs on Wii U 'is superior to current-gen'"

lol well duh.

"It IS more powerful after all. It just has nothing on next gen, is all."

its nintendo's newest console that came out last year, so now its current gen....get your facts straight troll.
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deafdani  +   780d ago
Actual statement made by the game's creative director:

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"I would say the Wii U version is pretty much in between what the current gen is and what the next gen is from a version standpoint," Morin replied.

"It's hard to position it. I would tend to say it's maybe a bit closer to current gen than next gen for certain things but it's a beautiful game on Wii U and it's cool to play it just on the GamePad."
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Positive journalistic spin (fanboyish): "Watch Dogs on Wii U looks noticeably better than Xbox 360 and PS3 versions".

Negative journalistic spin (hateful): "Watch Dogs on Wii U looks noticeably worse than Xbox One and PS4 versions".

Actual, objective journalism (inexistant): "Watch Dogs on Wii U is between current and next-gen, being a bit closer to current gen side".

But whatever, let's do away with this "journalistic integrity" crap. Anything for TEH HITS, amirite? /s
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windblowsagain  +   780d ago
I'm guessing the extra ram will help it over current gen.
just-joe  +   780d ago
noctis_lumia  +   780d ago
dont care
ps4 day one for me
arbitor365  +   780d ago
"It's hard to position it. I would tend to say it's maybe a bit closer to current gen than next gen for certain"

lol. nintendo fanboys want to ignore this part. i wonder why?

i am willing to bet anything there will still be framerate issues regardless
brewin  +   780d ago
I find it awfully funny that so many trolls STILL fall for Sonys marketing and buzzwords. Damnit people, you're being DUPED AGAIN~! PS$ is not going to make ur friggin life any better. Im sure it will be a great system in due time and have some killer games, but the Wii U is a killer system and has a solid lineup that is only going to get better.

I guess its not popular to like Nintendo cuz they are deemed "too kiddy" but thats just pitiful. Are Pizar movies any less fantastic because they are "kiddie"?

It also looks like Watch Dogs will be a great game regardless of which system you play it on. To me though, next gen should be more about what can be done differently, not simply how much better it can look. Wii U provides the only truly "next gen" experience because of the gamepad integration. No other company can provide that same experience, including that smart glass crap that Xbox is using. Nintendo is doing things differently, and that is truly next gen. Everyone else is just doing the same shit but prettier. If that is what next gen is going to be all about then the game industry is going to die out sooner rather than later.
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mochachino  +   780d ago
This shouldn't be an announcement, it Wii U games looking better than current gen should be so commonplace as to not warrant comment.
NightStalker33  +   780d ago
In the words of every reasonable person on Earth.
"No Shit"
kiddy  +   780d ago
How isnt IT better IT has Off tv play u can sit on the toilet with a Close door and play how isnt that the best
ajax17  +   780d ago
I just want to play this damn game already; I don't care which console
Nabbic  +   779d ago
This just in: EA announces that the GameCube version of their game is superior to the PS1 version.

Thanks, Tom. Join us later for the news at 8.
DoggyBiscuit  +   779d ago
Even though I'm buying a ps4 I'm getting the Wii U version I just love the gamepad
feraldrgn  +   779d ago
Hmm the WiiU, which has higher specs than the current gen consoles, has a superior version of a game compared to current gen consoles.

You Don't Say.Jpg
MasterCornholio  +   779d ago
Ubisoft did say that the Wii U was in between gens so I'm not surprised that the Wii U version is better than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions but its inferior to the Xbox One, PS4 versions.

Nexus 7 2013
Twisted-Trotty  +   779d ago
The thing is it should be superior along with all other games on the wii u, its actually a very capable console and is more powerful than current gen. The only thing holding it back is lazy developers porting titles and releasing games with missing content, then complaining about low sales! Plus making the public think its underpowered. I see articles saying call of duty only sold 250000 copies on wii u when ps3 and xbox 360 sold 16 million together but their combined install base is 160 million. As opposed to 3.8 million wii u's so actually with such a big install base those current gen sale are of a low attachment rate.
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