Hack the planet. Back when Hackers was first released it made hacking cool. The idea of stylish, rebellious, alternative teens sticking middle fingers up to the system summed up the ethos of the nineties perfectly and it meant that the underlying story was largely forgiven for its failings.
With the release of the original Watchdogs, the idea of becoming a super hacker gave players power but the game was often criticized for the protagonist’s lack of charisma. He was a bit dull to be fair.
Ubisoft clearly took this on board and Watchdogs 2 takes everything which was great about the first game and multiplies it by some magnitude but has also added in bags of character. This offers the perfect upgrade to the original and delivers life, humor and bags of attitude to the package as you cause chaos on the path to uncovering the truth behind some shady surveillance. Fun, edgy and brilliantly executed.
Originally published in Weed World magazine issue 127