When Ubisoft released the original Watch Dogs back in 2014, the general consensus was that although the game had plenty of potential, there were several problems which prevented it from being a classic. The team has since looked to fix a lot of these problems with the long-awaited sequel. Watch Dogs 2 is definitely a major improvement, and quite possibly the magnum opus that the original game aspired to be.
Watch Dogs 2 takes place an undisclosed amount of time after the original game, and has moved the setting from the windy city of Chicago to the vibrant streets of San Francisco. After being wrongly arrested for a crime that he didn’t commit, a young hacker named Marcus Holloway decides to join the San Francisco branch of DEDSEC, a rogue group of hackers who are working to bring down the ctOS 2.0 system that controls nearly electronic device in the city. After passing his DEDSEC initiation by deleting his user profile from the system, Marcus is now ready to take down the Blume corporation, who are the original creators of the system.
Like the first Watch Dogs, this sequel is a traditional action adventure sandbox game that will be familiar to anyone who has played Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row franchises. Your primary objective is to complete various hacking missions, known as operations in order to proceed through the narrative. You can also choose to drive around the city at your leisure, hack various electronic devices such as traffic lights and steam valves to cause public disorder. It is also possible to complete side missions that give you small bonuses that cannot be found during the main storyline. The earlier missions of the game are relatively low on the difficulty meter, but once you progress past the tutorials, there is a consistent level of variety and challenge which keeps the game from becoming stale or repetitive.