If you’re looking to express your inner rebel and push back against tyranny, control and abuse, look no further than Watch Dogs: Legion.
The third instalment in the Watch Dogs series is here – it’s actually the series that briefly inspired me to try to learn to code and study computer science. Surprise surprise, I didn’t pursue that career, but I can still live out those hackerman fantasies in the world of Watch Dogs: Legion!
Back in 2014, Ubisoft started this all off with one of my top 10 games ever: Watch Dogs – it absolutely changed the open-world gaming scene, with one original gameplay mechanic that the genre hadn’t had in years. Some of the big open-world players like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto and Far Cry are popular enough (and are good games) to have no need to innovate. Then Watch Dogs came along and really changed the way I play.
The game’s hacking mechanic really opens your eyes to new possibilities and routes to take out your enemies – it was so refreshing and done incredibly well in earlier Watch Dogs games. In my opinion, Watch Dogs: Legion really took the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and ran with it!
Hacking within the game is as smooth and fluid as ever. So far within my playthrough, the most overpowered tool I’ve come across is the spider bot – stealthy and small yet packed with the tools you need to scope out an area and hack your target. If you do happen to get caught within enemy territory, the ‘Electro-Fist’ will really sort them out; non-lethal and with a one hit KO, it really is a no-brainer to keep equipped.
We can’t talk about Watch Dogs: Legion without bringing up one of its newest features, which is so subtle yet so much fun. New in this game is the ability to play as and recruit literally anyone on the streets of London. As something new, being given the freedom to build the team that I want is awesome! In the past, you needed to choose from the preset team members and mould your play style around what the devs gave you, but now it’s gone 180 – and you can make the game work for you! Pick YOUR team members and tackle problems how YOU want to; if you want the Golden Girls hacking dream team, you have the power to make it happen.
To me, Watch Dogs: Legion is just enough of a fresh twist on a series I already love so much. It doesn’t feel like I’m playing an extension of one of the older titles – it feels new, and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy just as much as I did!
Check out the Watch Dogs: Legion website for more info on the game and how to get your hands on it. I played Watch Dogs: Legion on my Xbox One X.