Watch_Dogs was the biggest pile of over-hyped garbage I've ever had the displeasure of playing. The entire game felt clunky, and don't even get me started on the driving mechanics. Returned my copy within a matter of 24 hours...
Thank God I "borrowed" from a friend, played for 25 minutes and removed that crap from my PC.
"GTA killer", they used to say. Laughed my ass off...
Hell, f*cking Ubisoft themselves were marketing the game to take on GTA. That alone raised hype. I mean, if Hideo Kojima think he cannot beat GTA, and Ubisoft is taking a shot, you may think that they're taking it seriously.
Watch Dogs really had the potential to give GTA a huge strike. But I doubt Ubisoft worked 5 years on the game, as they said. Everything, from graphics, to animations, to mechanics was downgraded. Even the shooting, which I kinda enjoyed, was pretty weird at times. It just didn't feel solid. Either damage was completely f*cked (I remember shooting a pedestrian with a silenced 1911 in the leg and she died in one shot), or you just didn't feel it when you shot the enemy.
While I understand if there are people who loved the game from start to finish, and consider it a really great game, it was the most dissapointing game I ever had to experience. The marketing and first glances of gameplay were superb; a fresh world, controlled by technology, and it really looked the part.
Unfortunately, it was pissed on by probably everyone who was working on it. Even the guy who was answering questions on twitter before release was a guy I could respect. But now, I think he should go f*ck himself. It was simple PR bullsh*t "no no, there's no downgrade".
To put an end to my rant, what really, really f*cked with my anger was the PC version. No matter how bad your game is, if you do stick to what you say, you may actually get some respect.
Watch Dogs was marketed to be a game strongly made for PC, with the console versions being a second priority. Meanwhile, the PC version has one of the most atrocious optimizations to ever grace the gaming industry. To kick things up, I remember when some guys found the line 'It's PC, who cares' in the code of the game. The second I found that out I lost my faith. At least I knew it was going to end up as a failure. But how about one more level up? The downgrade was 100% confirmed (if you even had doubts before) by a modder who found a sh*tload of unused files, that had very little performance drops if used by the game. Meanwhile, a PR guy a Ubisoft, who was reacting to the event, has denied the downgrade.
In the end, the game was fun, but it barely warranted a playthrough if anything. Everything about it smells average.