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Watch_Dogs Free-Roaming Footage

A video preview on IGN offers a look at free-roaming gameplay in Watch_Dogs/Watch Dogs, showing off the open-world aspects of the hacking game. They demonstrate the kind of off-mission mischief the player can get into, and take two separate opportunities to tout the game's superiority on "next-generation" consoles, so take two shots if you're playing the next-gen drinking game. There's a similar clip on Hardware Heaven that concludes with a developer interview discussing the game (this may be a tough listen, as the studio part is a bit harsh, while the interview suffers from horrible background noise).

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30. Re: Watch_Dogs Free-Roaming Footage May 13, 2013, 05:57 Quinn
Redmask wrote on May 11, 2013, 09:01:
Zyrxil wrote on May 10, 2013, 17:54:
Now this footage looks far less faked, and is about par for 360/PS3 graphics. The real question is how detailed the world will be. I have strong doubts that they can give a significant amount of NPCs unique histories, routines, and interactions. Probably what it'll boil down to is an event generator that will randomly create variations on maybe 20 preset events in the area around you.

Yeah people need to remember all of the prerelease hype they've been subjected to in the past. The interviews with the producers of this game make it sound incredibly ambitious but reading things like 'everything the player does has a large impact on the world around' or 'every npc is unique!' reeks of marketing and exaggeration. We've heard all those claims before and it's usually ended with 5-10 cookie cutter presets and dumb things like the Red Dead Redemption event generator cycling through the same 15 things.

It doesn't take a wiz to understand how they can live up to such promises.

"everything the player does has a large impact on the world around"
Here I'm thinking you'll bring more heat on yourself more quickly if you're playing god too much. You steal too many people their bank account information, you shoot too much in the open, you drive like a maniac etc. In addition, random NPC perhaps say stuff like 'Oh dear, he's that leet(1337) hacker that keeps causing mayhem!" or whatever.

"every npc is unique!"
You read right through this one. Right through. What they mean here, probably, is that every NPC you scan has a unique albeit random generated personal name and surname, bank account info and status (ie wanted, thief, murderer, single mom, whatever..). Wow!

Somehow, the entire "feel" of the game reeks of Assassin's Creed from what I've seen so far. The IGN guy also made a connection at one point. Like AC, I'm afraid this game too will at some point give you the feeling it's playing you instead of you playing it. At least that's the dull feeling AC gave me.
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