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Watch Dogs vs Google Map Chicago City Comparison Screen, Looks Almost Identical, Amazing Graphics

Ubisoft's upcoming hacking open world title, Watch Dogs is set in Chicago City. The development team did a great job of replicating real-life Chicago City in Watch Dogs and proof of this is a comparison screen showcasing Chicago City in Watch Dogs vs Chicago City Snapshot via Google Map.

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theXtReMe13706d ago

If you look without knowing which is which, you can't tell which is real and which isn't. That's how you know a game has great visuals. I actually think the in game visuals look better than real life. More shiny things. Ha ha ha. :)

NexGen3706d ago

I am going to own people in multiplayer. That's my hometown right there.

Jughead34163706d ago

I live in Chicago, and I'm super excited to play an open world game in my home town. I do wonder how accurate the map will be. If it's accurate at all, I know where I'm going already, and my opponent probably doesn't. A nice early advantage. I seen a screenshot that showed some familiar street names and even a parking garage in its proper location.

Gr1mmyshadows3706d ago

Im sorry but just like in the division, there won't be any advantage to anyone after 2-3 days of the games being released

NexGen3706d ago

Maybe long term there will not be an advantage....but at launch, I already know the getaway routes!

I'm just very excited to see my home turn virtual, and cannot wait for this game.

randomass1713706d ago

For your win/loss ratio's sake, I hope you can put your money where your keyboard is. :P

Akuma2K3705d ago

@ jughead and nextgen

Same here, gonna be cool to play in my hometown in the virtual world.

Sci0n3705d ago

Well im from Boston and I will learn your cities streets and own you! =)

Highlife3705d ago

@scion
just not in hockey

mattdillahunty3705d ago

not gonna lie, i saw the top left picture and i was like, "what? that's easy to tell, it's clearly the google maps Chicago." then i realized that row was the Watch Dogs pictures. impressive to say the least.

Shield3705d ago

I'm from Chicago too, I didn't realize just how many Chicagoans were here on N4G. Awesome!

medman3705d ago

My advantage will be an extremely itchy trigger finger. See you all online!!!

CJDUNCAN3705d ago

@NexGen, another hometown kid. I don't know if the knowledge of the city will be that important though.

iplay1up23705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

Mine too, I know it like the back of my hand. I moved to LA 7 years ago, but lived in Chicago burbs for 35 years. I wonder how Wrigleyville, BoysTown, and LSD are going to look.

Too Bad Cabrini-Green isn't around anymore, it Would have been like a Black OPS play ground...LOL. Not to mention the Candy Man lived there.

HugoDrax3705d ago

Seems as though there are a lot of people that are from CHI-raq on N4G. I'm from St.Louis, and I'm always in Chicago. When I'm running low on health in game, I'll swing by Garrett's popcorn for re-energizing lol.

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frostypants3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

My problem is something I was afraid would be the case: yes, they got the landmark buildings right. But look at the other buildings...they're only barely based on reality. I also got the impression from the videos we've seen that while they got the general layout of the Loop (the central area of downtown Chicago) correct, that everything else was made up.

The game still looks fun, but this doesn't look like the same level of fidelity that, say, The Division claims to have.

SilentNegotiator3705d ago

Probably partially for legal reasons, partially because no one has time to recreate an ENTIRE city to the letter.

Furthermore, they need to design for GAMEPLAY, not a Chicago simulator.

Gamer19823705d ago

I think its easy to make them look identical when there so damn small.. Each image is 200x150px.. Not exactly 1080p is it...

turgore3705d ago

I could tell. Watch dogs is more colorful, while real life had better lighting, but less color.

assdan3705d ago

If you're just looking at the architecture, it basically looks real. People you can tell are fake though. But wow, they're really going for an accurate Chicago. I think that's incredibly awesome how accurate it is though.

Summons753705d ago

Or life got a graphics downgrade!!!!

just kidding game looks great despite what the whiny self entitled selfish brats say.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory3705d ago

Yeah lets compare one city in our world to a game entire world.

Summons753705d ago

@Otaku
That was partly my point. You can't compare real life and a game. It was also a crack at the whiners who care only about graphics and nothing about the game, how they would find a reason to bring the mythical downgrade into this.

I said the game looks great lol

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory3705d ago

visuals aside. No game will be able to create a world as big as our world with 60fps locked with over billions of AI.

AndrewLB3705d ago

If you think they look the same then i think you've lost your mind. 52 agrees? wtf? So many people blinded by their love for Sony...

http://i1248.photobucket.co...

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF3705d ago

It doesn't look the same. Looks like they added other stuff or something. It looks good, but doesn't look the same. Imo.

bixxel3705d ago (Edited 3705d ago )

This shows that games graphics have been 'over-qualified'. The in-game pictures have unusually high DOF and reflections.If the developers try to make it look natural by toning down the reflections and lighting,the idiotic ones of the gaming community screams:GRAPHICS DOWNGRADE!!!!HATE ON THE GAME!!!!!!

ado9083705d ago

From chicago as well :)