Percentile Rank

Watch Dogs 2 is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 135 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

82%

Critics Recommend

Based on 135 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Wade D McGinnis
Buy
Buy
Feb 27, 2017
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Non-Fiction Gaming
Not Yet
Not Yet
Nov 23, 2016

Ubisoft is learning. They’re cutting the fat from the series and refining what makes it good. They’re also incorporating more of what makes a great sandbox. Maybe Watch Dogs 3 will be what tips the scale for grumpy old men like me.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Nov 14, 2016
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GamesRadar+
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 builds upon the strengths of the original game, whilst polishing up aspects that lacked depth to deliver a coherent, comprehensive experience. Its diverse cast and (mostly) thought-provoking narrative trump the occasionally repetitive, maddening gunplay, and though the urban youth humour occasionally falls flat, for the most part its characters feel, talk, and react convincingly.

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Shacknews
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a rare sequel where the developers took a chance instead of sticking by what was a successful formula. Although I personally wasn’t a fan of the original Watch Dogs, the game sold well and Ubisoft could have easily slapped some new paint on it and released another dreary, boring game. They didn’t though, and I hope it’s a trend other developers pick up on because Watch Dogs 2 is a superior product.

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TechnoBuffalo
Wait
Wait
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 isn't a downgrade. Watch Dogs 2 is a damn good video game.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 15, 2016

Ubisoft's sequel borrows from Rockstar's oeuvre to make a richly enjoyable open world game, despite its online troubles.

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GamesBeat
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 doesn’t do much new. Just like it’s predecessor, underneath all that fancy hacking you’ll find a similar experience to other city-based open world games, including Grand Theft Auto. But at least this time, the adventure is a fun one. The new, light-hearted tone and its likable cast of characters are a good fit for this series.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 17, 2016

A significant improvement over its predecessor, filled with challenges that tested my problem-solving skills. It compensates for its technical shortcomings with a raft of interesting new ideas and a near-endless supply of things to do.

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Push Square
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 18, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a solid extension of the series and not the complete load of ctOSS it could have been. It's not quite the Assassin's Creed 2 of Ubisoft's hacking brand, but it's certainly a fun-packed, exciting ride, which benefits from less generic mission design and a vibrant open world to enjoy.

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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 2, 2016

A fun combination of hacker fantasy and feel-good teen movie

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Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 21, 2016

Watch_Dogs 2 improves on the first game in almost all areas, adds a ton of new content and delivers a satisfying open-world action adventure.

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Hau5test
Buy
Buy
Dec 11, 2016
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Scored Reviews

Cheat Code Central
4.9 / 5.0
4.9 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2016

You have the freedom to explore San Francisco and see the sights, get involved with side quests, or keep going after Blume. It’s this wonderfully open and freeing experience and, while I can’t speak much to the multiplayer endeavors due to extenuating circumstances, Watch Dogs 2 feels like a stronger, more solid, and more enjoyable game.

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NZGamer
9.7 / 10.0
9.7 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 has created an immersive world, disturbingly close to the real one. It’s still a fictitious San Francisco, but sometimes it’s difficult to tell which bits are made up. With rich, in depth missions, colourful characters, and fun open world gameplay, this might just be the best game I’ve played this year.

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The Game Fanatics
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 vastly improves on what the original had to offer. A good story delivered by a great cast make for a hackers paradise that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter how tech-savvy they are.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

While I was reviewing this, Ubisoft had to take the multiplayer servers offline saying that it was causing problems. It might have been the reason for the bad frame rate at times, because it seemed to be better when it was turned off. Hopefully they get it sorted, because it’s going to be tight. But despite this, I can only recommend Watch_Dogs 2.

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GamingPH
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2017

Watch Dogs 2 has an excellent story to offer, and the added humor of the game makes it enjoyable. You don't even have to do a mission in order to enjoy the game – just roaming around the great city of San Francisco or stalk other people is enough to enjoy the game; it's like your playground. The missions could be repetitive, but because of how they differently approach each of the missions, it's actually fun, and you can even repeat the missions a couple of times without the feeling of boredom.

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AusGamers
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2016

They've injected more fun and diversity this time around, and they've done so with a city backdrop that is truly alive, and is utterly inviting.

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Play Some Video Games
90%
90%
Feb 3, 2017

Watch_Dogs 2 is what happens when a developer takes feedback, criticism, and all the great parts of its first try, then flips it and turns it into something just short of a masterpiece.

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TrueAchievements
Nov 29, 2016

Watch_Dogs 2 definitely improves on its predecessor in almost every way.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Captain Camper

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 17, 2016

I had a lot of difficulty finding opponents for the Hacking Invasion so there may still be some teething problems with the matchmaking. Again it feels very shallow. I load into a small area and attempt to hack data while remaining out of sight – not an easy thing to do when your opponent has a Quadcopter that can scan targets in seconds. Another fun distraction but I can't see it carrying the game much past the original content.

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IBTimes UK
Nov 14, 2016

I was expecting Watch Dogs 2 to be more enjoyable than its predecessor, but I didn't expect it to be so well designed and full of heart. Watch Dogs 2 isn't reinventing the open-world game and fans of Ubisoft's special brand of go-places-and-pick-things-up gameplay will feel right at home, but it's one of the best examples the genre has to offer – as long as you don't want to shoot anything.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 has meant a great quality improvement compared to its weak predecessor. It features very polished graphics and a great story mode with personality and style.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 26, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft open world at its finest. Full to bursting with fun and interesting content, Watch Dogs 2 carefully balances hacker culture, serious moments, and engaging storylines to create a game that has something to say. With far more personality in its protagonist, it’s very easy to recommend Watch Dogs 2.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2016

Watch_Dogs 2 is a textbook example of a great sequel. It takes what was so much fun from the first game, expands it and cuts away most of what the players didn't enjoy.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2016

I wanted Watch Dogs 2 to be a continuation of the great ideas they had in the original while making a better experience. My expectations were exceeded. This is definitely worth your time and money.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is the proper way to do a sequel. The series is now back in my category of games I care about, which says a lot after how forgettable the first game truly was. I love the tone, the whimsical nature, and just exploring the gorgeous interpretation of San Francisco. Sure it has some bad story pacing, and plenty of useless open world mission types, but I still had a blast playing it.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
Paul Tassi

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

This is the game the original Watch Dogs should have been in many ways, and while it may still have more to learn, it’s hard to say that Watch Dogs 2 is anything but a success, and proof that Ubisoft can learn from their mistakes.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 14, 2016

With a wealth of gameplay options and a welcome degree of freedom, Watch Dogs 2 is a stellar entry in Ubisoft’s open-world hacking franchise. Minor technical and narrative concerns aside, there’s no reason for you not to check out one of the better games of this year.

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VideoTime
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2016

Excellent game for all lovers of open world games looking for a more modern touch with Gadgets to hack. Join Decsec, The Technological Revolution continues.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is the perfect sequel. It takes everything that made the first game unique and original, and expands on all of it. Everything is better, from the hacking, to the story, the setting and the variety of content. Watch Dogs 2 is far from being just more of the same. An apt comparison could be the jump from the first Assassins Creed game to Assassins Creed 2. While the first was a promising yet clunky new idea, the sequel delivered on that idea and turned it into one of the most iconic series of the last decade. With Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft is well on its way to recreating that same magic.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 does a great job of demonstrating the potential perils of a too-connected world and improves upon the first game in multiple ways. This is not a guns over brains game - there is an interesting topic at play here about our society's dependence on technology and Ubisoft deserves credit for exploring this theme. The characters and narrative are leaps and bounds more engaging than the revenge tale the original game tried to paint.

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The Jimquisition
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a great game as a rock solid action title, but being unafraid of its own nonsense is what makes it a truly pleasurable experience.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

The missions are varied and intense, and the characters provide plenty of great moments. If you’re craving a game with a gorgeous, busy and unique open world, this is the game for you.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2016

When all was said and done, I was left pleasantly content with what Ubisoft Montreal had accomplished in the two years since the first entry’s release. They managed to retain that core ambition that they had the first time around, but adjusted quite well to the criticisms levied against their project.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 might very well be the best open world game of 2016. It offers ton of content, different ways to complete missions and brilliant visuals. If you are a fan of open world games, you should be playing Watch Dogs 2. Period.

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Daily Dot
Nov 17, 2016

Protagonist and his gang are full of personality, and the missions are gratifying stealth puzzles.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 13, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is the jump forward in the series that the game needed to succeed. Comparatively, it's what Assassin's Creed 2 was to the first Assassin's Creed if not even better. Watch Dogs 2 is definitely one of the sleeper hits of the year. I was expecting to have fun with it, but I wasn't expecting to become absolutely transfixed with the incredible style, characters and storyline. It's a must-play game and for those that own a PlayStation 4 Pro, you should definitely pick it up just for the visual feast alone.

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Digital Spy
Nov 12, 2016

GTA + Saints Row 2 + hacking. What more do you want?​

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SomHráč.sk
90%
90%
Dec 8, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 should satisfy not only the fans of the first game, but its high quality and very lively world could persuade even people who didn't enjoy the original. Will you give it a chance?

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Slant Magazine
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 not only represents a massive upgrade over its predecessor, but over similar open-world titles.

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Game Revolution
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 improves on every aspect from the original game, San Francisco is a world I want to spend time in and Marcus is a protagonist I actually enjoyed. It’s charming and imaginative all while not taking itself too seriously. If you’re looking for a sandbox adventure to fill some of the time until Red Dead Redemption 2, then Watch Dogs 2 might fill that craving.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 14, 2016

Ubisoft has successfully recreated what made Grand Theft Auto great, but incorporates enough original ideas to set Marcus’ journey apart and make it feel fresh. There’s plenty to do outside of the main campaign, and being able to hack the entire city adds a unique element of enjoyment, especially for those who have an inclination to cause mayhem. In the end, Watch Dogs 2 is simply one of the best games of 2016.

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Parallax Live
89%
89%
Feb 13, 2017
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Geeks Under Grace
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

Overall, WATCH_DOGS 2 is the most fun I have had with an open-world game this year. From a cast of characters almost anyone can empathize with, to a fun, diverse array of missions and side quests, there’s so much to love. Ubisoft has essentially done the exact same thing they did with Assassin’s Creed—taking an innovative, yet flawed, new IP and improving nearly every aspect of it with player feedback. Fans of the original should definitely pick it up, and series newcomers will find a lot to love.

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IGN Italy
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a funny to play and very good looking game. It's not perfect, though, expecially when it comes to driving sessions. Overall, we have a very nice new entry in the free roaming genre.

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Fenix Bazaar
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a much stronger open-world hacking sandbox experience than the first. While not to the same level as Assassin’s Creed 2 which accomplished much for its similarly divisive first entry, this game’s more varied mission structure and lighter-hearted tone elevates it to a must play this holiday.

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Xbox Achievements
85%
85%
Nov 14, 2016

There are a couple of ‘100% completion’ style things in the list, but for the most part the trophies and achievements are inventive and fun - generous rewards for progressing through the story, and smart little bonuses for taking part in the online and side ops. Hope you like boat racing!

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Pure Playstation
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2016

Nasty bugs aside, Watch Dogs 2 is a superb game. A true improvement over the franchise's first outing in just about every sense. A wicked cast of characters backed up by some sharp and witting writing. A visual treat for the eyes and a good mental workout with those mind-bending puzzles. A bloody good game, basically. If you've a gap where Assassin's Creed would normally be at this time of year, Watch Dogs 2 will fill the gap, make another gap, and fill that one too.

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is definitely an improvement over the original. The entire vibe of the series has changed for the better, with likable characters, tongue-in-cheek scenarios, and a new hacks and gadgets that will keep you busy for quite a while.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2016

Watch Dogs 2’s distinctive hacking and puzzle mechanics do a great job of reminding you that you’re not playing just another Grand Theft Auto clone as you tear through it’s beautiful Bay Area map. Marcus is a bit too friendly of a guy to be believable as our instrument of mayhem, but the flexible missions let you get through mostly non-violently if you’re good enough at stealth. And when it works, multiplayer is good unconventional cat-and-mouse fun, too.

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DigitalCentralMedia
85%
85%
Nov 16, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is an excellent open world game with outstanding graphics. Recommended to anyone looking for a fun game.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
Jay Ball

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is the game that the first one should have been and is a shining example of Ubisoft’s already proven ability to respond well to feedback. It offers true freedom and creativity to play the way you want, laugh out loud moments found in scripted events and self-made fun in a virtual city that needs to be seen to be believed. Starring characters that you’ll genuinely care about the more you get to know them you’ll have no trouble finding motivation to see this one through to the end. Put this one on your Christmas list.

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Sirus Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2016

The lovely campaign, great character development, improved driving, the beautiful virtual San Francisco, and the interesting gameplay mechanics made Watch Dogs 2 one hell of an open-world experience. The story may not standout but it’s a far better plot than the first Watch Dogs. Watch Dogs 2 is inventive and amazing! A sequel worth playing.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2’s tonal reboot works for all the right reasons and delivers an engrossing tale of digital warfare

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Dodgy framerate aside, the deeply political Watch Dogs 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in every possible respect.

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Level Down Games
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 6, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a great step up from the original Watch Dogs, and certainly seems to be driving the franchise in the right direction moving forward. It’ll be interesting to see where Ubisoft decides to take the series next. One thing for sure, I hope that there is another sizeable gap between this one and the eventual Watch Dogs 3, if there does happen to be another one. Going away for a couple years gives fans of the games time to appreciate them more, especially with Watch Dogs 2 since it is such a great game with a lot of content to hold fans over for now.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

A massive improvement over the first game in nearly every way, Watch Dogs 2 is an extremely successful entry into the open world genre that should not be missed by fans. Hopefully future entries into the series can knock it out of the park.

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Red Value Gaming
85 / 100
85 / 100
Feb 12, 2017

Watch_Dogs 2 is a substantial upgrade from its predecessor both in terms of gameplay and graphics. To anyone put off by the unfulfilled expectations of the first game, Watch_Dogs 2 is worth a shot.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2016

Don't mind hipster feeling of Watch Dogs 2. Game is an exceptionally solid production with an open world whose creators have understood what the players wanted from the beginning of the series.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 brilliantly solves the main issue the first game had while providing a world full of enjoyable missions. We faced some problems with the camera specially during car race. We also faced some issues with connectivity and online play. In the end Watch Dogs 2 is a game that delivers on most parts and will provide hours of enjoyable content.

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Respawning
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2016

Whilst I have not ventured into the multiplayer very much mode as of yet (That section of the review will be coming soon!) I have found a lot to love in Watch Dogs 2. It is not a perfect game by any means but it is an incredibly fun experience with lovable characters and side stories which I highly recommend picking up.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Oh, and Windows 10 decided to update when I finished this review the first time, deleting everything I did and making it so I had to rewrite this two hours before embargo. DedSec, is that you? 8.5 is a great score, please never touch my computer again.

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Gaming Masters
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is very different, in a good way, compared to Watch Dogs. Brand new game mechanics, a well done story and a solid co-op mode. Ubisoft have added what was missing in the first game and improved what was bad as well.

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Guns & Pixels
83%
83%
Nov 28, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is more enjoyable, well designed and vastly improved.

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IGN Spain
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is better than the its first installment, but it's far from being perfect. We love San Francisco & Marcus, but the game's narrative is not great, the driving is not good and we have been waiting for the multiplayer experience for almost two weeks after its initial release.

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Gamer Professionals
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 adds a lot to a series that had a poor start. San Fransisco is an incredibly beautiful and fleshed out location for a game that has a much brighter tone that the original. Yet a lot of the good is weighed down by issues returning from past Ubisoft titles (even though those issues had been completely eradicated in the past). While the game feel fun, it is hard to shake the feeling that Ubisoft has taken a step backward thanks to these issues.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 14, 2016

It’s still lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, but this is a definite improvement on the first game and a serious alternative to GTA V.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 15, 2016

While Watch Dogs 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to open world gameplay, it does provide enough creative ideas to keep even the most seasoned gamer amused.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
GearNuke

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 16, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a worthy successor to the original with an enjoyable single player campaign and engaging new new cast of characters.

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Hu3br
Dec 3, 2016

While it lacks the flavour of side activities from its predecessor, Watch Dogs 2 makes up for it with na amazing cast and enjoyable story.

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Skewed & Reviewed
Dec 22, 2016

All-in-all, Watch Dogs 2 is intensely engaging, offering you a variety of activity to fight off any boredom that could set in.

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Game Rant
Nov 17, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 takes players back to the hacking-themed open-world with a new protagonist, some helpful drones, and a much better approach to humor than the original game.

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pressakey.com
Dec 19, 2016

In jeglicher Hinsicht besser als der Vorgänger und auch für sich genommen ein starkes Spiel: Watch Dogs 2 überzeugt mit toller Welt und motivierendem Hacking.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2016

No matter their preferred playstyle, gamers can expect an exciting journey through the Bay Area. With new devices and an entertaining ensemble of characters, this is an impressive evolution of the Watch Dogs franchise.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 18, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is missing a bit of refinement, and has had issues with multiplayer, but joining DedSec is still a riot and a half. It's high energy fun with engaging characters, and you can make an entire city your playground.

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High-Def Digest
Nov 19, 2016

Ubisoft has refined 'Watch Dogs 2' into not only a more polished continuation of the first game, but an admirable sandbox in its own right. I was pleasantly surprised by its conversion to a campier experience and dedication to solid gameplay mechanics, and will have no problem tracking down every little selfie and side mission in the Bay Area for many hours to come.

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Rectify Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 takes everything good about the first game, throws out what was bad, and adds some more good stuff to it.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 improves on its predecessor but doesn't go as far as it could have

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is about what you would expect in a sequel, as it reworks what didn’t click the first time around and expands upon what did. The game’s protagonist and accompanying cast of characters are fun to watch, and the hacking mechanics are better than ever. It’s just too bad that the overall story is forgettable, as it never really sucks you in despite its best efforts. Even so, those looking for an open-world experience mixed with fantastic hacking mechanics likely won’t be disappointed with what Watch Dogs 2 has to offer.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

If you’ve the resolve to play the way the designers intended, Ubisoft’s latest tech parable eventually turns into a rollicking stealth action ride

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a superior game to its predecessor and a thoroughly entertaining romp in a season light on open world offerings.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 23, 2016

The tone shifts could leave a bad taste in some people’s mouths but overall, any negatives of Watch Dogs 2 are minor and far outweighed by the sheer amount of fun that can be had in this vibrant and exciting world.

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M3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is everything that Watch Dogs was supposed to be. San Fransisco is the place to be with stunning environments and self distance that is hard to not love.

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TrustedReviews
Nov 10, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is no great leap forward, but it sees the series headed in the right direction with more colour, more flair and a real sense of fun. The action’s solid and the mission design much less generic, while Ubisoft Montreal has given you a great set of tools and the freedom to use them as you will. If the original Watch Dogs was a mean-looking hound, all bark, no bite, the sequel’s a more playful pooch that’s all about having a good time – and it’s all the better for it.

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Softpedia
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2017

The game has its moments and it's a title that must not be missed by those who love action-adventure games. The fact that it lacks the major technical issues of the predecessor is also a big plus.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 manages to improve on almost every point that made its predecessor so disappointing. It’s a more robust open-world game, packed with meaningful content and mechanics that beg the player to experiment and toy with them. Though it still hangs onto some facets a little too tightly, this is one sequel that manages to make its opening act seem like a mistake best left forgotten.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2017

An upgrade over its predecessor in almost every aspect, and although it still suffers from lack of depth in gameplay, shallow combat and some uninteresting missions, an engaging and beautiful world along with solid hacking mechanics are enough to at least satisfy fans of the genre.

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Guardian
Nov 25, 2016

The detail in Watch Dogs 2’s world, the colour in its characters and the sheer fun you can have mucking around with its mechanics make for a great, albeit not all-time great, open-world adventure.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 startet mit einer schwachen Story und Multiplayer Problemen zum Launch nicht gerade ideal, wie auch schon der Vorgänger. Sobald man sich aber mit den neuen Charakteren und der gewechselten Umgebung angefreundet hat, wartet zumindest eine interessante Welt mit vielen neuen Gameplay-Features und Gadgets auf euch. Fans von Multiplayer, sollten vielleicht erst mal die kommenden Patches und Updates zu Watch Dogs 2 abwarten. Für den Rest bietet Watch Dogs 2 immer noch eine solide Welt, mit leider viel verschenkten Potenzial.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

While I still think that the best from Watch Dogs is still to come, Watch Dogs 2 is a solid step up from its predecessor. Getting to be a hacker is phenomenal fun, but the game tends to stumble when it becomes a sub-par third-person shooter. If you’re willing to put up with a story that doesn’t always jive with the light-hearted feel of its characters, then you’ll experience one of the most interesting open-world games in years.

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USgamer
Nov 16, 2016

Packing a vibrant, immersive open world, likeable cast of characters, and an engaging plot, Watch Dogs 2 is a good-looking, entertaining hacking romp that's not afraid to make a statement on today's technology-obsessed society. Its missions can be tackled in a variety of ways: Combat is always an option, but the game really comes into its own when you're using your suite of technology-disrupting tools to creatively outwit the enemy. It's involving, rewarding, and a lot of fun.

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Easy Allies
Nov 20, 2016
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Super Deformed Gamescast
Dec 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is an immensely satisfying sequel that feels like both an evolution of what worked before, and a complete reversal of what didn't. It's a digital sandbox full of things to see and do set in a beautiful world, and it’s one of the best games I've played this year.

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Arcade Sushi
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Some specters from the previous game still exist, particularly in combat and a bit in driving, but Watch Dogs 2 improves on the original game in every way that counts.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 23, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 offers loads of entertainment in a playground-like rendition of San Francisco that rises above the first game's soggy, downtrodden atmosphere.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is better than the original Watch Dogs, I want to make that clear first as many people are probably wondering that. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the location which is something I did not like in the first Watch Dogs game so everything better in Watch Dogs 2 after was all a bonus. Lets not sugarcoat it though, . It’s not what Assassin’s Creed II was to Assassin’s Creed, but it’s an improvement. Watch Dogs 2 still has it’s technical issues, A.I issues, and at times repetitive mission that brings the overall score down, but overall Watch Dogs 2 is definitely worth your time and trust that Watch Dogs might have killed.

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Telegraph
Nov 14, 2016

I’m genuinely surprised with how much I adore Watch Dogs 2’s world. Its satire works because it is always punching up, never down. As such, Watch Dogs 2 feels like it’s making a statement.

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GameSkinny
Nov 16, 2016

Open world technological mayhem with a light-hearted twist is on display

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2017

Overall, these three new Operations feel very consistent with the standard set by the core Watch Dogs 2 experience. The chance to return to San Francisco and geek it up with the DedSec team is welcome, and their characterisation remains as energetic and positive as ever.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is an excellent sequel that ditches the earnestness of its predecessor, pumps up the power fantasy, and turns players loose in a vibrant and engaging city. It's one of the best open world games to come around in a while.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2016

This is Ubisoft doing what it does best.

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IGN Middle East
8 / 10.0
IGN Middle East
Ali El Sayed

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 was designed for those who love an open world rich with possibility and those who love an experience drenched in fun and comedy, rather than those who love shooting or using weapons or following a linear story. The game succeeded in giving same to a vibrant San Francisco and the big tech wave that's sweeping this generation which allows you to control the environment around you and makes you the king of the city. It's a refreshing game that's as dense as you need it to be but can give you a break if you get tired of heavy plots.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 18, 2016

An endearingly daft sequel that ditches the original's dour action for a brand of subversive play that squeezes the most out of some cracking gadgets and a brilliant map.

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PCWorld
Dec 3, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 finally breaks with the "Ubisoft Formula" to create an open-world game that feels somewhat fresh and interesting. What a relief.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is exactly what the first installment of this IP wanted to be. An enjoyable adventure in the shoes of a hacker. With its vast world and enhanced gameplay, it proves that there's still a chance for Watch Dogs in the industry.

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 fixed what its predecessor failed to do. The overall controls are improved, and using the hacking abilities might is fun and useful overall, even though they might get quickly feel repetitive. The game offers a mediocre shooting mechanic, so depending on it instead of going stealthy won’t be as fun. As an open world game, Watch Dogs 2 offers a huge and beautiful world, aimed at whoever enjoys this sort of games.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

The new sandbox by Ubisoft enhances the gameplay of its predecessor, improving every respect of the formula. Yet, the narrative mood is often excessive and gross.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 29, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is lightyears ahead of its predecessor in every way imaginable and conveys a smartly written precautionary tale regarding the perils of living in a 24-hour surveillance society. Clever mission structure, sumptuous visuals, great acting and sound design all contribute to a living, breathing world that's a real joy to explore. While it tackles a subject matter that can occasionally come across as being a bit 'Black Mirror' at times, recent news stories concerning the UK government's controversial Snooper's Charter or the Arkansas Police Department's attempt to leverage Amazon Echo data to help with a murder investigation only serve to enforce that maybe this isn't really that farfetched at all.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Dec 5, 2016

Ubisoft’s particular style of open world game, which is a genre of its own nowadays, has never been as well done as it is in Watch Dogs 2, and it’s clear that, as the company continues to iterate on the formula it started off with in the original Assassin’s Creed, it’s getting very good at making them.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is everything the original should have been, complete with an interesting cast of characters, a vibrant city to explore, and the freedom to tackle missions as you see fit.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2016

It’s certainly not a perfect picture, but despite the wacky balance and the flaws, Watch Dogs 2 manages to be a very enjoyable experience, and a game definitely worth its price tag with its rich content and carefully crafted world at your physical and virtual fingertips. At times it almost feels like the delightful God simulators of old, only with an enormously expanded scale.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2016

The open world is filled with oddball pedestrians to spy on, and both main and side missions offer plenty of enjoyment with variety that the previous game lacked

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TeamNerd
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a title that can secure space within the gaming market but is not able to emerge as it should, in some respects it is also difficult to give it an evaluation as we have a product from a solid foundation that supports all positive side of his predecessor, but from the high point we remain stuck in a mediocre game where the narrative can not spin the fly and leaves us a sense of void and incompleteness.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 tells the story of Marcus Holloway in a completely different way than the first chapter. There are some interesting additions that will be digested only if they're close to your personal taste. This is a fun title that can entertain you for a few dozen hours without difficulty, but it isn't able to emotionally get you in the beautiful but hardly-dynamic San Francisco.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2016

You’ll almost certainly enjoy it if you buy it, but I can’t recommend it if you haven’t.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2016

A vast improvement on the dull muddle that was the original Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 embraces its chaotic, silly side without sacrificing the key components that gave the original such promise. It's prevented from grasping further glory by some damaging technical issues and a seamless online experience being notably absent, but Watch Dogs 2 is still a big bundle of joy.

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Fuzzy Pixels
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is a well-made game that tries hard to (over)compensate for the dour mood of its predecessor with a peppy script and a vibrant game world stuffed full of life and colour. But the game's ever-changing tone, confused narrative, and undercooked gameplay elements still leave room for improvement. It's a solid open world game, but rarely spectacular. <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kw1dK-st_O4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Readers Gambit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 might be the best soundtrack and scenic open world game from Ubisoft in recent memory, but inconsistent theme and my failure to really resonate with the central themes prevented me from enjoying it.

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Paste Magazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

I think that Watch Dogs 2 wants to say a whole lot about the contemporary world, but it never moves away from generic statements like “information good” and “military-industrial complex bad” to say anything specific. In fact, it has some profound convictions about not saying much at all. The positions it lays out remind me of competitive debate: forcefully presented but never all that convincing.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 8, 2016

Fun, jolly, and with tongue planted firmly in cheek for most of the game: Watch Dogs 2 isn't a must-have, but it's still a rather good time.

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Digital Trends
Nov 14, 2016

The good outweighs the bad, with Watch Dogs 2 providing lots of stellar opportunities for players to hack the planet.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Overall, Watch Dogs 2 is a solid title that improves upon the original in gameplay and plot but still has some flaws. It's too easy at times, and the plot isn't structured well enough to have the desired impact, but that's easy to forgive when you're setting up a Rube Goldberg contraption to send a hacked car covered with sticky bombs into the middle of a group of gang members. It won't drastically change your mind if you disliked the first Watch Dogs, but if you found it flawed but fun, you'll probably enjoy the bulk of the sequel's improvements. The drop-in multiplayer and freedom of gameplay do a lot to keep the title feeling engaging, but it depends on a player's creativity in order to thrive.

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Next Gen Base
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2016

As an open world sandpit to explore and sink your time into, Watch Dogs 2 provides a lot of content and opportunities to have fun. How much fun you can have depends on your capacity for exploration. Things start to fall apart once you are forced to take part in the very structured main missions and the glaring mechanical issues come to the fore. A refurbishment and a lick of paint can work wonders – but if the foundations aren’t solid, then the results won’t be fantastic. Watch Dogs 2 is a massive improvement over its predecessor, but if a stealth game isn’t fun to play in a stealthy way, then you know something isn’t quite right.

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LevelUp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2016

Despite some undeniable improvements in terms of art direction and the underlying soul of the concept, Watch_Dogs 2 is still a sloppy product. With the persistence of AI oddities, dull graphics and physics, stereotypical plot and character design, conspicuous asset recycling, serious online problems and so on, Watch_Dogs 2 lack of polish stops it from achieving excellence once again.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jan 26, 2017

Desperate to be different, but ultimately too familiar

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New Game Network
68 / 100
68 / 100
Nov 23, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 takes a different thematic approach to the hacking culture, opting for a very laid back attitude that you may or may not enjoy, and offering a number of gameplay alterations of similarly variable quality.

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PC Gamer
68 / 100
68 / 100
Dec 6, 2016

A great PC port and lovely open world don’t give depth to Watch Dogs 2’s shallow combat and stealth design.

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GameZone
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2016

Whilst Ubisoft makes a strong effort to improve upon the original, there are still major problem with this hacking open world game.

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Saving Content
Dec 12, 2016

I did miss the more serious, almost Blade Runner style vibe from the first game. Despite the fact that Aiden Pearce was an asshole, I always felt cool hacking and infiltrating facilities in that game. Here, that feeling is quite gone, and everything just feels more frivolous. Watch Dogs 2 is an enjoyable, yet flawed, ride. However, poor check-pointing, and putting in place limitations to keep the player underpowered for a long stretch of the game mar this experience.

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Pause Resume
3 / 5
3 / 5
Nov 21, 2016

There are gameplay concerns but the setting helps to make up for it as Watch Dogs 2’s version of San Francisco is faithful, colourful and a joy to explore. It’s not in the top calibre of games this year, but it has interesting characters, unique elements, and more than enough missions to keep you busy for a while.

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Player.One
Nov 29, 2016

While the sequel is a definite improvement over the original, the improvements are coming in baby steps, not leaps and bounds. A great first step would be to make a game that has a proper tone, because Watch Dogs 2 feels like it doesn’t know what it is.

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Kinglink Reviews
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Apr 2, 2019

Watch Dogs 2 makes a few right steps following Watch Dogs 2, but spends too much of its time trying to distract the player from what is a very interesting world.

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Goomba Stomp
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2016

Watch_Dogs 2 heads in a lot of directions, and fails at every turn. Sloppy, contradictory writing and a severe lack of focus and polish make Ubisoft's latest title an internal fatal error.

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