A Video To Help You Decide If Watch Dogs Got Uglier This Week

This week, Ubisoft finally gave us a new release date for Watch Dogs, and with it a new trailer and gameplay footage. That teaser caused a lot of teeth around the internet to chatter as folks discussed whether how it looks now is a downgrade from how it looked when it was announced at E3 2012.

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Hellsvacancy1262d ago (Edited 1262d ago )

Well done Ubisoft, you delay a game to "polish" it but somehow make it look much worse

It really makes me worried for The Division which looks too good to be true

Naga1262d ago (Edited 1262d ago )

Such noticeable changes really pique the curiosity for those of us who were waiting in earnest anticipation of a game that looked so ready for release last year. A downgrade this substantial raises all sorts of questions.

Why the changes? Was it just a matter of sacrificing visuals for quality elsewhere? Is there some additional content using the resources? ... Or perhaps we should ask what sort of hardware the demonstrations last year were really running on?

I don't think we've come close to seeing the end of this one.

hakis861262d ago

It´s such BS that this is happening. Judging from the IGN Livestream of Infamous: Second Son, THAT game looks like the PC-demo of Watch Dogs, FFS! If not better!

Oh well... waiting for the Digital Foundry analysis, should be an interesting read!

mkis0071261d ago (Edited 1261d ago )

One thing that confused me is at 1:02 they show a scene from the 2014 trailer of the dock and then the 2013 trailer...the 2014 trailer looks noticeably less blurry.(this is as labeled) Then they show the 2013 with a sweeping effect to the 2014 trailer and it looks like they mislabeled them or something... when they were doing the image swap back and forth the labels are reversed from when they showed them separately.

GrizzliS19871261d ago

whats sad is that most of you guys call your selves gamers.

nothing but whiney noobs :/

yes i notice graphics got downgraded, but it still looks decent. Im sure you can max out your PC specs if you want to play the game in the future. They wouldnt make the game uglier if the hardware can handle it, obviously it couldnt. Why blame the devs? they are still trying to give you the best experience possible, even if it means hurting the graphics a tiny bit, they might give you a few extra frames in the process.

chill the fk out

zeal0us1261d ago

Something people don't realize one(PC version) is running on a gaming pc rig build for this E3 demo/presentations. Which are expensive and very high-end.

Remember Battlefield 4 E3 demo? AMD reported that was ran on $4,000 pc.

Naga1261d ago

@ zeal0us

That's fair to say, but not all of the promising footage which raised everyone's hopes was said to be running on a PC. Rather, there were a handful of extremely impressive demonstrations which were said to be running on final PS4 hardware.

SilentNegotiator1261d ago (Edited 1261d ago )

The pre-PS4 super-high-end PC footage (obviously) looks better, but I'm not seeing this massive downgrade between last year and this year that people are ranting and raving about, other than maybe a slight downgrade in the lighting.

Are people just confused by the fact that the situations shown aren't the same, like the car with and without the helicopter spotlight, or the rain vs no rain? Because the one shot has leaves and the other doesn't?

Then again, this video is COMPRESSED TO OBLIVION, so maybe I'm just not seeing it through the ridiculous blur.


To be honest, the last part of the comparison video makes me think that the last trailer was PS3 footage. I mean look at the resolution and IQ difference. Also I remeber seeing a video last year showing the PS3/X360 versions in which Ayden's trenchcoat barely moves when running comapred to the next-gen versions. The last part of the video clealry shows the difference. I don't think it is the PS4 otherwise, it would have been downgraded to... PS3 level?

Meltic1261d ago

probably just different lighting due to different time

DOMination-1261d ago

The downgrade is hugely noticeable and I blame Xbox One for not being able to handle this game and its stupid policy that means ps4 version has to be dumbed down and equal.

God damn you MS. Literally ruining this game for the majority and no doubt many more in the future

Alsybub1261d ago (Edited 1261d ago )


That's not how the policy you refer to works. It applies to content and features, not graphics.

Is this not a case of high-end PC vs console? Also, as mentioned above, how do we know that the really bad video of a driving section is not PS3/360? The vehicle model in that part doesn't marry with those in any of the rest of the video.

rdgneoz31261d ago

"They wouldnt make the game uglier if the hardware can handle it, obviously it couldnt."

If MS felt like it, they could try to throw around their weight using one of their old 3rd party clauses.

"Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available," it reads.

"If these conditions are not met, Microsoft reserves the right to not allow the content to be released on Xbox 360."

Key words being "features" and "content." If it got the new version and PC / PS4 got the original (with better graphics, the effect of explosions on nearby cars, etc), MS would raise hell. You would too if you got Big Rigs and your neighbor got GT/Forza. And if the game was already running that good on the PC and PS4, with never having shown footage of the xbone version, what do you suspect was the cause of the downgrade? They did try to hide the PS4 button layout for the "xbone" video...

abzdine1261d ago

i don't understand why it's suddenly a problem with this game.
this practice has been used for so long, especially with Ubisoft the kings of scam.
We saw it recently with Ryse and i'm pretty sure Quantum Break will be the same, mark my words!

Syleros1256d ago

You guys have no idea what you are talking about, 90% of the side by side scenes weren't even the same scenes or areas, also they are taken entirly different times of day. I mean it could be that you mouthbreathing nerds have no idea what sunlight looks like, this is understandable and forgivable

But to say that it is a noticable decrease in quality is just ignorant.

also given the fact that several of the scenes are comparison between the live demo and a television commercial, TV comercials are formatted differently than a live PC demo. you have to take all these factors into consideration before making judgment calls.

the devs worked incredibly hard to make the game more polished and fun to play for everyone.

get the game or don't thats fine, but don't sit behind your monitor and make judgment calls about the integrity of a company who have done nothing but produce quality AAA titles for the past 8 years or so, based on a side by side video of 2 completly different scenes, not only in location, but atmosphere caused by lighting and weather.

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delicia1262d ago (Edited 1262d ago )

Game looked ugly on PS4 when I saw it last year (closed doors live demo). The car mechanics were bad. Guess the delay did not help much, because it looks similar to what I saw in October. Oh well.

cheetah1261d ago

I am gonna take a stab in the dark and guess that this one might have a really strict review embargo, ala Ryse, Alien etc

Had zero interest for this game since I first saw it. GTA5 perfected the genre and everyone else is just imitating.

spicelicka1261d ago

Why the main character look like a homeless handyman

KendrickLamar1262d ago

Nope, nope, nope, I can't take it, I'm so pissed.

I really was looking forward to this game. How could Ubisoft continuously say that the graphics got better...? IT'S FREAKING DOWNGRADED AND THEY NEED TO ADMIT IT!

A few days ago when it was rumored that Ubisoft were "frightened" off of the reactions to the game, they better be.

I'm literally on edge on whether i should cancel my pre-order or not, most likely I will though.

Geekman1262d ago

Dude, I'm TIRED of saying this to you people! It DOESN'T matter! It looks DECENT. It's downgraded from before yes, but it doesn't look like crap. So you would cancel a game you've been looking forward to simply because of graphics. I'm TIRED of "gamers" sould dedication to graphics! There's a @#$%ton of games that didn't have amazing graphics that were amazing, and ANOTHER @#$%ton of games that DID have amazing graphics that were horrible. Something as stupid as this isn't worth cancelling a pre-order.

Unreal011261d ago


Yes! Completely agree, it's such a shame that most games will only get recognised nowadays by how good their graphics were, when it should be how well it plays. As long as the graphics are suitable I don't see the problem. I mean, what happens when graphics become photo-realistic? People will move on to something else I imagine. Look at a game like Halo for example, the graphics are always pretty average at best, but people love it.

DeadIIIRed1261d ago

It's a little different when a game garnered so much hype based off amazing visuals. If this game had a unique art direction I might agree with you, but they were focusing heavily on graphical fidelity for a long time. Now that the game looks like a last-gen port we should just be happy Ubisoft is even releasing the game?

We were misled and misinformed again by Ubisoft and if people decide to vote with their wallets against such practices, how can you be against that as a gamer?

classic191261d ago

kendrick, drops some more tracks bro, where u at. i think the game will look fine on ps4.

dcj05241261d ago

To be fair, most gameplay was in the rain/wet which could hide a lot of ugly textures.

Dee_911261d ago

Yea the game looks decent now, but what we fell in love with originally looked amazing.. So its obvious a lot of the love or hype has went away. Like I said before, if the game looked like this day one, I doubt many people would have an issue with it.It also probably wouldn't have gotten as much as attention either.

Ittoryu1261d ago

@Geekman I have to totally disagree that video makes it clear the Demo looked really good but the down grade makes the final version look like crap plain and simple. I will wait til the game actually releases and pick this up at redbox if it's any good then Ill pick up my preorder if not then I'll just roll the money into Destiny.

MeteorPanda1261d ago

l love when people say more graphics but don't know how much work it entails... this game looks like it'll have a lot of things happening besides the visuals, to have a ps4 playing smoothly they may of close beta'd the game and figured the graphics had to be cut a bit to prevent lag. the game still looks nice, sharp not blurry...

/shrug. l'm a lover of graphics too but l know when it's a good idea to cut back if it effects gameplay.

I wish there was a another title for people who genuinely love the games for the sake of fun then "gamers" seeing as that title has been sullied in recent years...idiots chanting like football fans over anything.


While I agree graphics is not everything in a game, I am sorry but I didn't pay £400+ for a machine to play games that have an experience and visual quality on par with last gen...

If the gameplay is going to be on par with a game last gen then I at least expect the graphics to be leap ahead.

It looks "DECENT"... Yes it does... for a last gen game!

For a game that is suppose to be pushing next gen hardware and no doubt will have an asking price of the standard £50 (depending where you buy) plus that fact that it was delayed etc... it looks like utter garbage!!

I am hoping, and I mean really hoping that this is all a big mistake and somewhere along the lines the PR guys simply got their video clips mixed up or something but looking at that video, ACBF looks like a better next gen upgrade!

This makes me very, VERY, worried about the Division and if that game will really deliver what they have shown so far.

we will have to wait and see but right now WD is not getting any money from me!

T21261d ago

@Geekman - you are tired of saying this to "you People"... then stop already. If you want to hype a next gen game that looks worse than GTAV on ps3 then you go right ahead.
I'll pick it up bargain bin style at 19.99. When you move to next gen you expect next gen. If not, then I may as well go back to GTA online, why would I drop 60 bucks for a new game which is downgraded, so yes visuals do make part of a game. obviously.

Syleros1256d ago

"Now that the game looks like a last-gen port we should just be happy Ubisoft is even releasing the game?"

Are you sure it looks like a last gen port? have you played it on your PS4, or Xbox one at your home? oh wait, no the game isn't released till may 27th, over 3 months away. even if they printed the discs already, they can still push a day 1 update to load the better polished terrain and models. I like how people can state facts on what is what when they have no first hand perspective on the subject. it is clear and simple that this comparison vidoe is from the perspective of a total amateur, and should be taken extreamly lightly untill we have the actual release copy. this game play could have been a less polished demo, just to experience game play features.

I watch a video that showed "proof" that we didn't land on the moon, I guess cause it was a video on the internet it holds absolute facts.

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Marcello1262d ago

Dont trust Ubisoft or you will be dissapointed. Since AC4BF they are on my sh!tlist, PC port is awful, 5 months on & V-sync is still broken !!


Ps4 version is sublime tho...

-Foxtrot1261d ago (Edited 1261d ago )

I've been saying for the past few months now

"How can you delay a game THIS LONG to simply polish it"

Yet I'm hit with disagrees and snide comments saying how they'll be able to make it "look better"

Well guess doesn't look better

Hell if your a gamer waiting to get this on the Wii U then you should be asking yourself

"Hey...if this game looks downgraded from last years E3 on the PS4 and the Xbox One then what the shit snacks are they doing with the Wii U version since it's delayed"

starchild1261d ago (Edited 1261d ago )

There is no evidence of a downgrade from the PS4 gameplay from last year. All the assets and graphical techniques look to be the same quality to me. All I see are different lighting and weather conditions.

There has been a bit of a downgrade from the E3 2012 demo, but that was before the consoles were even announced and it was running on a PC.