With the release of Watch Dogs: Legion just a few days away reviews are starting to go online, with the reception being largely mixed to positive from the majority of critics. This is the third entry in Ubisoft’s hacking-based action-adventure series and sees the setting switch from the US to a fictionalized London. The game will also feature multiple playable characters for the first time, some of whom can die permanently throughout the story as a result of the player’s actions.
One thing that the reviews won’t discuss is the multiplayer portion of Watch Dogs: Legion. The competitive online mode will not be added to the game until after launch. The free update is set to arrive on December 3 across all platforms and will also allow co-op gameplay with up to three other players. Special events will also be introduced at the same time that are specifically designed to be tackled by teams working together.
With the reviews finally rolling in for Watch Dogs: Legion, it seems as if most critics believe that it’s a worthwhile experience to play. Although it hasn’t received widespread critical acclaim, most of the reviews confirm that it carries on the fun gameplay from its predecessors. However, there is also some criticism over the fact that it puts style over substance and fails to reach the high expectations that the developer has built up over the last few months. Here’s Screen Rant’s review roundup for Watch Dogs: Legion to give players a better understanding of the faults and positive qualities in Ubisoft’s threequel.
“Watch Dogs: Legion is an ambitious simulation which reliably fails whenever players push against its boundaries. Like the cargo drones which grant them the ability to freely fly, it hits an invisible ceiling that prevents players from soaring above London’s skyscrapers. Ubisoft’s intentions to maintain Watch Dogs: Legion in its online life come December means its complexity has room to grow and evolve over time (and through paid season passes), but earlier doubts about its actual depth seem sorely well-founded.”
Kyle Orland – Try It – ARS Technica
“In the end, the London of Watch Dogs: Legion feels a mile wide but only a few feet deep. What promises to be endless variety in character choice and hack-driven gameplay options quickly boils down to the repetition of the same-old gameplay and plot tropes.”
Lauren Aitken – 3/5 – VG24/7
“Paradoxically, by being all show with no substance, Watch Dogs: Legion encapsulates exactly what I feel about London: there’s lots of jostling for power, everyone wants to be in it to experience something and feel important but instead you feel lonely, disconnected and everything is a bit overdone and pointless.”
Christopher Livingston – 80/100 – PC Gamer
“Watch Dogs Legion’s play-as-anyone gamble just about pays off. Most of London’s citizens are way too ordinary to be much fun, but the few I grew to care about wound up feeling more important to me than most videogame protagonists ever do. Not bad for a group of randomly generated misfits. And I even wound up loving all those drones.”
Alessandro Fillari – 8/10 – Gamespot
“Watch Dogs: Legion is an anti-fascist game, and it’s admirable that it sticks to that message and sees it through to a satisfying and affirming conclusion. It also bolsters the franchise’s clever hacking gameplay to offer more creativity than ever. One of Legion’s more profound messages is about what it means to be a true Londoner, and by the game’s end, you’ll have a DedSec crew made of wildly diverse and disparate citizens from unique cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds–all united in their goal to restore their home.”
Marcus Stewart – 9/10 – Game Informer
“Legion feels like the realization of the hacker fantasy the first Watch Dogs tried to capture. Between the fun team-building, fantastic mission design, strong narrative, and a gorgeous world, everything comes together in a largely entertaining and cohesive package. Whether you’re controlling a trained super spy or a gassy grandmother, Watch Dogs: Legion is a ton of fun.”
Of course, reviews for the next-gen editions of the game are not yet available. These are not likely to arrive just before the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in November. However, Ubisoft has given fans a tease of what they can expect to see in terms of upgrades when the game is available on the new systems. According to the publisher, this will include support for ray tracing, a frame rate of 60 FPS, and 4K resolution.
Whether Watch Dogs: Legion is a game worth trying out will probably boil down to whether players enjoyed the first two entries in the series. The new game seemingly refines the gameplay from its predecessors but fails to properly implement its fresh ideas effectively. However, most critics did welcome the fact that it has such a diverse cast of characters and a strong moral message that hits out against fascism. For anyone that is a fan of the franchise, this looks like a must-play but others might want to get a better look before choosing to purchase it.
Watch Dogs: Legion will be available for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on October 29, 2020, and it will launch on Xbox Series X/S on November 10 and PS5 on November 12.
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