Watch_Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of 2014, but did Ubisoft set up its own disappointment?
Yes, overhype is no good for any game...
The only thing that ruined watchdogs was its shallow and predictable story and lack of relative content to that story. Not to mention the countless occurrences of hypocrisy in the story, for instance when Aiden is allowed to choose who lives or dies but when I want to choose that I get negative reputation for killing sex slave auction bidders.
The best part of Watch Dogs is definitely the Online Hacking multiplayer. I've never seen anything funnier than another player running around shooting at everything that moves trying to find me while I'm hiding in a dumpster that he's run by 7 times.
Tend to agree with you, also the PC version struggles with stutters(due to poor optimising form ubi) and over sensitive gamepad controls during driving, which ruins the experience for me. It's one of those games that i will go back to, if i have a hour or so to spare, it just doesn't grab me. Games like Uncharted, TLoU and Bioshock Infinite made me want to play all the time, those games i made time for. Unfortunately i spent £45 on this game, wish i'd waited now for a Steam sale or something. Gutted.
The game is actually pretty darn fun, but honestly the hacking is a lot less game changing than I thought. Exploding stuff with your phone is barely different than shooting an explosive barrel or something in another game
People that let themselves be affected by hype are creating their own problem. I personally never pay attention to how much hype a game is getting and base my expectations off of that. I try not to have too many expectations in general, but the expectations I do have are generally formed based on my own impressions of the game in videos and, to a lesser extent, previews. Watch Dogs is just as good as I had believed it would be. Better, in fact. I'm very satisfied with the game.
The game is selling gangbusters so I'm not sure what "ruined" means...we should all be so lucky.
Sales != Quality Sales >= Marketing //HYPE!
The article did not mean ruined sales, but rather setting our expectations too high therefore disappointing players.
Ruin meaning enjoyment level, not sales. Like CoD: Ghosts.
It didn't ruin anything for me I'm enjoying every minute of it.
I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would. Plays well and I have yet to get bored with the fillers aside from the main campaign. Reminds me of LA Noire with tech.
Still a good game.
Destiny will be next.
The downgrade graphics of E3 2012 have ruined this game.
It's not the graphics, it's the game itself. While there are some loving every minute of the game, a lot people including myself are almost forcing ourselves to complete it.
Same here. The graphics downgrade is not even in my list of complaints. The lack of radio stations and song selection is disappointing. The driving in WD is just horrible. I find some vehicles undriveable. Why is it enemies can shoot while driving, but Aiden cant? The game forces you to ALWAYS rely on the hacking mechanic, even when towards the end it becomes tedious and repetitive. Not to mention, Im one of those ppl who cant connect online because of the dreaded NAT type error. I probably wont purchase a WD2.
I'm guessing you never even played it.
I am rather enjoying the game. The whole E3 2012 "debacle" hasn't changed anything for me. While it would have been nice to have graphics of that level, I am a little more realistic with my expectations. The game itself is fun, lots to see and do, and the hacking aspect adds a new layer to a somewhat tired genre. People are so excited about the Division and I feel it's going to be the same thing all over again. That game has downgrade written all over it.
I think the Snowdrop engine will hold up better than Disrupt.
holding up better still doesn't mean it's going to look and play as well as the initial reveal. That thing was too good to be true.
Well it is a different engine and unlike Watch Dogs this is only for current consoles. It should not be downgraded.
I am merely saying that it won't look as good as the reveal. I understand it's not for the previous gen consoles, but that doesn't mean that the graphics we saw in the reveal are any indication of what the game will look like in the end. I hope I am proven wrong, but I think the game will end up having to be downscaled as well.
You could be right, I just think people always will expect a downgrade for every game now. No matter if it did or not people will try to believe that. Like with Infamous SS.
Yes. Nuff said ;)
This game is just a big marketing operation, it's Ubisoft GTA and because of this it has been advertised and promoted like the new messiah. Look at Titanfall (Microsoft CoD)as a recent similar example. It is only a matter of money. Profit over quality. It still is an average good game.
Personally, i would give it a 7/10, it has it's moments but an essentially flawed game.
"average game" BS, im enjoying this game a lot more than GTA4.
For me personally, yes...
no, just no. My jimmy christ, it's like people have lost the use of their own brains. Did overhype ruin Watch_Dogs? NO!!! The game sold incredibly well and got fantastic reviews so what was ruined? I forgot about those bubble-headed idiots that need to be told to like a game. If there was any kind of credible "Overhype" it was brought on by the morons that were only going to buy the game because of how it looked, since when did all gamers turn into f*****g magpies? If you are interested in the game in a respectable way and want to buy it, buy it, play it and enjoy it. I did and it's the only thing keeping me on the damn consoles.
Loving it right now. I really don't understand where all this hatred is coming from. It's like people are all 5 years old again and someone else took their favorite toy from them. Game is fun to play, and the hacking brings in an interesting new angle. And like you said, the game got favorable reviews. Regardless if the game has been "downgraded" it still looks pretty darn good on the PS4.
@ mcarsehat Calm down, is having opinions no longer acceptable? Talk about over dramatic.
(In a calm and soothing tone) People don't really have their own opinions anymore, the same opinion gets carbon copied across the net until it becomes fashionable. Admit it, people's 'opinions' changed because of what the game looked like, its the saddest thing about this new generation especially since only a few people know how to judge a game by its graphical capabilities.
pretty much this ^
@mcarsehat http://www.metacritic.com/g... If people didn't have their own opinion, then they would have carbon copied the reviewers who spoke first.
I don't believe that 'overhype' ruins games. It only ruins people's high expectations. From what I'm hearing, the game looks and plays very well for what it is and I will be getting it whenever I get my PS4. Many people fell for the 'overhype' and were expecting something much more and that's the underlying problem.
Agreed wholeheartedly. Everyone was excited for this game until they realized it wasn't going to look exactly like the 2012 demo. Then everyone flipped the hatred switch and now it's a terrible game. Whatever floats your boat I guess. This game is better than any GTA I've ever played, and I don't need anyone else to like it in order for me to enjoy it. They are the ones missing out on what will probably be one of the best games of the year.
+1 for the use of magpies. Few things, internet world wise, irritate me more than *when the first review of a game shows up. It has a score of 8-8.5, with the first poster saying "8.5? I was hoping for better :/." I want to pop them on the forehead.
I love the game, that ending was fast paced and exciting :) I give it a solid 9.25/10
In the article, I'm not referring to the sales of the game being ruined. In fact, I bring up that it has gotten great reviews from professional critics. By "overhype ruining Watch Dogs", I meant that the expectations the game created for gamers left many being disappointed and then going out and tearing the game to shreds online, just because of this disappointment. This to me, is how the game is unfortunately ruined. I can't go anywhere online without seeing people bashing it, and it's pretty annoying. Hence why I wrote this. But you probably didn't bother reading the article.
yeah, i did actually read it lol I answered all of those questions in the first thing i wrote. Watch_Dogs isn't getting "bashed" by people who are disappointed in the game because most of the sour reviews are of people's hatred for Uplay, getting mixed up with what the game is and what Uplay is. And contrary to what the article states, no sales have not been hurt, Watch_Dogs is the "most successful new IP ever" and is continuing to sell more each day. If somewhere around the world there are people who have actually played the game who are disappointed, they will just trade the game in and that's that. PC user (The 400.000 of them that bought it have no choice but to keep it so it's all gravy for UBISOFT.
Definitely. Watch Dogs was the most hyped game I've ever seen. Since its reveal, there wasn't a single day where N4G's main page wasn't plastered with Watch Dogs news everywhere. It made people's expectations for the game unreasonably high for a new IP. It also made a lot of people lose interest on the game due to overexposure... myself included. I'm still going to buy it eventually, but it stopped being an "OMG MUST HAVE IT NOW!" thing long ago.
You haven't even played it and you're voicing an opinion. Watch Dogs wasn't the most overhyped game. Not even close and especially in this new generation. TitanFall was by far the most over hyped game this generation and one of the most overhyped games in years.
I disagree. Titanfall was a lot of fun and unique for what it was. Yes, I say unique. I still do not feel that a game with that level of verticality and mech gameplay is even close to being a Call of Duty clone. Furthermore, I think deafdani can have his opinion on Watch Dogs. I also feel it was overhyped as I never thought it was particularly incredible to look at. I'd like to try it myself and maybe actually playing it will surprise me, but the initial presentations for the game never captured me the way it captured the internet and the media in general.
randomass Did I say TitanFall did or did not live up to the hype? No. I merely said it was the "most hyped" game (so far) this generation. Hype has to do with over blown media coverage, expectations, how many units it will sell or consoles it will move and the marketing machine behind it. Watch Dogs wasn't even close to the level TF was / is in those areas. BTW you say Watch Dogs wasn't incredible to look at? No offense but TitanFall is average looking at best. In actuality WD looks better than TF especially considering it's open world vs FPS.
Sorry man, but no. The amount of hype and articles and media coverage I saw surrounding Watch_Dogs was far, far bigger than what I saw for Titanfall, ESPECIALLY here in N4G. And of course I'm voicing an opinion; I never pretended otherwise. However, I must make it clear that I'm not talking about the quality of the game itself. For that, I'll wait until I actually play it. I'm pretty sure I will like the game. I love sandbox games. No, I was talking about my urge and anxiety to play the game, which was killed because of overexposure. I seriously felt burnt big time by the absurd amount of articles I constantly saw regarding Watch Dogs everywhere, day after day after day, for almost 2 YEARS.
Articles like this just leave me saying, "REALLY?" The game is selling boat loads and was rated great overall. It's not our problem the media overhypes everything now. The game plays great, has some pretty neat twist with all the hacking and devices to lure your enemies into vulnerable / more manageable situations. The stealth in the game is nicely down with the cover system and all the ways you can lure or dispose of your enemies using their surroundings against them. Also the abilities give you creative ways to rid yourself of the cops if you use the right devices. The game has depth with side missions and diversity with the main missions. The only thing lacking was a really good story. Yes the graphics were not what they were made out to be at E3 but that was a prototype of what they were shooting for while running on a high end PC. My head is spinning with all these it's about having fun vs graphic fidelity articles and opinions this generation about this very topic. Yet we are debating a game that has an overall rating in the 80's and is closing in on 6 million sold a ruined game. I mean seriously, gamers and media, which is it? We gamers deserve better media coverage. It's mostly you that drive the frenzy for hype. I NEVER buy into hype or reviews. I am a judge and jury / opinion of one, my own. Watch Dogs is a really good game. It's not ground breaking exceptional but it was a lot of fun. I completed the main missions / story but now I'm going for a 100% and I only do that when I thoroughly enjoy the game I am playing. I am not disappointed in the slightest and I hope Ubi raises their game in the next installment.
You cant use this as a reason: "The game is selling boat loads and was rated great overall." Followed by this as a defense: "I NEVER buy into hype or reviews." And be taken seriously. Getting great rating and reviews is HYPE! they are opinions by people speaking of something they played trying to express that feeling to others i.e. HYPE. Saying Watch Dogs is a good game is your opinion (which is great), others stating they expected more based on how the reviews and other opinions of the game and being disappointed is a completely realistic feeling. They ARE judging it for themselves and they are saying others are giving it too much credit. The game did not deliver to them what they were expecting based on the PR of Ubisoft, Reviews, articles, and their own assumptions. I have eaten at many top rated restaurants... I expect them all to be great since the ratings are so good. I have been let down. Others still enjoy the food. Neither is wrong but to me the restaurant didn't meet my expectation. I judged that for myself when I went and I will call anyone out who says "Why did you buy into what others say." I mean are you so ignorant in realizing that there is a whole industry BASED on Reviews and Trends. I hate it since I rarely find interest in what others do but its not like this is a new concept or wrong in general. You watched movie "X" others who watched this movie also watched "Y" Since when was it wrong to make purchases based on reviews in good faith and be let down and express that frustration. Maybe they are trying to deflate some of the HYPE so that others know, Hey might not be as good as everyone seems to think it is. I for one love the mechanics of the game, The story was garbage, the ending was a disaster and for me there is zero re-playability once its complete. These are all just my opinions and they can be used by others as a weight on whether they should buy the game or not because unlike you who must have gobs of money to buy every game ever, people like me read about games and decide where our limited earnings get spent. And by all accounts Watch Dogs looked like a great place to put my money... I could have saved it and waited 6 months to a year bought it on sale and not missed anything. The game is not as good as all the reviews say it is in my opinion.
"You cant use this as a reason: "The game is selling boat loads and was rated great overall." "I NEVER buy into hype or reviews." And be taken seriously." ^This makes absolutely no sense at all and is extremely poor reasoning, or lack there of, on your part. I personally don't give a toss about reviews or sales. Nor do I give a toss what you or anyone else thinks about my credibility. I am only going to respond to you just this once because I rarely ever waste my time getting into pissing contest on the net. My response was aimed primarily at the media hypocrisy, sensationalism and ignorance all the while lacking shame, and to use your word, credibility. It is the media that hypes and rates games so for that reason alone ratings matter. Sales is a measuring stick of the consumers pulse with a game. It also is a measuring stick as to whether or not the developer can warrant that their new IP will continue forward with sequels. Which it's obvious Watch Dogs since it's selling in the millions. With that said. Saying it was ruined is nonsensical and an extremely poor attempt at garnering attention for any site. This is why I am of the opinion of one. I use developer interviews to get my information. The gaming media is just completely over cluttered with trash. Trying to find any information of value with the current media is exhausting. We should all expect / demand more from them.
@Butallyhonest Since You refuse to respond and seem to think we are in a pissing contest I will try to make this short and clear up that yellow mellow for you. Sales in this scenario are a huge reflection of the hype we are talking about. You can not say its not ruined based on over-hype because it sold millions, and also claiming you don't buy into the reviews and marketing which means that this article doesn't apply to you anyways. These are contradictions, and in life there is no such thing "check your premises." I'm happy you don't give lots of tosses and my point was not to convince you to care what I have to say or whether "I" think you are credible, but rather that you are being contradictory in your reasoning while also inferring you have no personal understanding of where this article is written from.
Except people are hating on game and you know they have not played it, for me opinions matter most when you have actually played the game.I think the game is brillant and actually enjoying it more than gta 5 and online features are fresh ideas to me. I did not let hype over sell it from trailers and videos and from playing other ubisoft games I knew what to expect and it is better than I thought, things I think could improve on but for open world game it is excellent. The game looks great with believable open city that you actually feel like you are in with good weather effects. there will be always be problems overhyping a game but how do you decide when that is..ubisoft are proud of their new ip and wanted to show it off.
I didn't say it was ruined in terms of sales and gamers that enjoyed. I mean that there are those loud gamers who have been pure hating on it everywhere on the internet, and that's why it's unfortunately been ruined, in my opinion. And this is due to the overhype that was created.
It's most likely the over-promising of Watch_Dogs and then suddenly under-provide to us gamers.
For some people I'm sure it did. For me, when they initially revealed it my mind raced with all of the possible gameplay possibilities and very intriguing narrative possibilities. After having finished the game, I can say it's a very good game that doesn't really deliver on the hype. However, I was able to divorce my expectations from my experience, so I was able to get a really fun, really interesting game that had a decent story with some really cool characters and a fascinating setup to a sequel. The analogue for Watch_Dogs to me is the first season of 24. You have a very personal, overall fairly narrowly focused story. It's subsequent sequels got more polished and a larger scale narrative that quickly evolved into basically worst case scenarios (admittedly became eye-roll inducing). My point is, while Watch_Dogs didn't deliver on the hype, it is absolutely a good game and it has tons of potential to really grow into something special. If there is as big of an improvement in Watch_Dogs between the first and second games as there was between the first and second Assassin's Creed games, my word will this be an awesome franchise.
NOT AT ALL for me personally. Far from "ruined". Solid game that is fun to play does not add up to ruined in my books. I get somewhat hyped for games... like I'm currently hopping on the "Project Beast" hype train... because I wanna. That being said, I'll temper my own hype as usual, while watching the media, and the so called media spin tales with no actual value.
Even though I have been enjoying the gameplay and have over 30 hours in-game, the more I play it now the more I realize that the hype was just that. WD is just a very average last-gen, open-world experience. Right now I have made it 7 missions into ACT II and I don't even know if I will be able to finish it. It has become very stale and repetitive for me.
What open world game doesn't at some point become stale and repetitive? You said yourself you have over 30 hours in the game? Exactly! Open world games are as fun as you make them. This is the first game I actually played a mini game for almost 2 hours! Lol! Some of the side missions can be a bit repetitive as usual but I play them out different ways.
Very true, unless it's an open world game that is constantly evolving, how many hours do we really want to spend in the same game? The are other worlds that need to be explored(especially come October). mmmmm October.
It may become that for me as well, but I doubt it. I only play in short half hour to an hour spurts right now because I don't have the time. So, getting in, doing a mission or two and getting out. I think that will keep it fresh for me as opposed to binge playing, as I did with Dark Souls 2, as I had more time when that was released. I just finished ACT 1 of Watch_Dogs last night. Having more fun then when I started and look forward to playing more.
Ya I might need to cut down my play sessions. Good point sir.
I'm very disappointed I find enjoy the game the characters were cliche the scruffy mysterious looking hacker with family to protect The goth/emo anti government companion that really didn't do anything and everything Double crossing partner who you eventually face off on elevated area I actually like Jordi up until the end it made no sense he cam e out of nowhere like Duck you pass the gun The only character who I wanted to see more of was Iraq he seemed like a very creative character one I've never seen before
Hey how about keeping the spoilers out of the comments section??? I'm glad I finished the story last night. Christ dude. Why don't we have a "spoiler" button to use to bubble people down and collapse a comment? I guess I'll use "trolling" instead.
i thought about it but then i realized we all kinda clicked on the same article so i figured spoilers were implied srry
Honestly, I think consoles ruined it. The visual downgrade, the poor PC port, the lack of enter-able buildings, the small-ish map. The game has this feeling of being so much better but it was reigned back. And the only reason that makes sense is that the consoles couldn't handle more. Sod all you fanboys, I don't care, because of consoles not a single game coming soon is unique or visually impressive. "Oh but The Order, Infamous and the Witcher." And they'd all be bigger, less limited and better if they weren't on consoles.
Stfu if it wasn't for consoles the publishers wouldn't spend as much for these games and they'd have smaller budgets. So in reality gaming needs both consoles and PC's. So stop there is a reason Microsoft made Xbox when people could just have windows gaming PC's.
It's the console's fault the PC version wasn't optimized. Dumb PC elitist logic.
4million sales ruined watchdogs. hahaha
well the game just sucks either way... Glad i played for an hour and then returned it to the shop i bought it
If this game "sucks" to you then it probably wasn't your type of game to begin with. Blame yourself not the game. I knew exactly what I was getting when I first saw watchdogs. An open world game with everything at my hacking disposal and it didn't dissapoint me in the least! I've got over 40 hours of gameplay and am only on act 2 of the campaign! Again, this probably wasn't your type of game to begin with. Next time do your research!
Its works for me, Im happy with Watch Dogs..:;)