Watch Dogs: Legion feels like a next-gen game trapped and constrained by current generation hardware.
Watch Dogs: Legion is an excellent game and delivers on all of Ubisoft’s promises, but is it worth playing on current generation hardware?
Is Watch Dogs: Legion, Worth Playing at Launch?
Watch Dogs: Legion is a mechanically impressive game, and I am really enjoying it on the Playstation 4, but I cannot help but notice it feels constrained, I encountered over 25 loading screens during my first 90 minutes of play, including four loading screens during a three minute period, it felt jarring and a constant reminder that next-generation hardware would not have these problems.
The PC port does not suffer from excessive loading screens, especially when using a mid-range or better gaming PC, and PS4 Pro and Xbox One X fair slightly better now the game-breaking bug that rendered Watch Dogs: Legion unplayable after 6-8 hours in on the Xbox One X has been addressed, but Watch Dogs: Legion still feels like fitting a size 8 foot into a size 5 shoe on current generation hardware.
Is it still enjoyable on current generation hardware?, yes immensely so, but I cannot help but yearn for the arrival of my next-generation console next month.
Does Watch Dogs: Legion, Deliver on the Recruit Anyone Promise?
Yes, they actually pulled it off, while many doubted it was actually possible to create thousands of playable characters and give them unique skills and abilities, Ubisoft has once again proven their commitment to trying new things and offering long term support for their titles.
The system, however, is not without flaws, and there have been some amusing instances of mismatched voices/appearances, I encountered a young white female who spoke with a powerful south-east Asian accent and a character whose accent alternated between Russian and Italian multiple times during a conversation.
These small issues, however, can be addressed, and the system is very impressive overall, we may be looking at the future here, depending on how well future games utilise this technology.
Is Watch Dogs: Legion, a traditional Ubisoft open-world game?
Very much so, and that brings with it all of the baggage that players have grown tired of. If you are not a fan of Ubisoft open-world games that Watch Dogs: Legion may not change your mind.
I personally Love Ubisoft open-world games and am always eager to experience more of them, and the addition of the “play as anyone” system does bring a lot to the table.
But the bottom line is if you do not like the type of content in common in Ubisoft open-world games, playing as a new character will not suddenly make the content more enjoyable for you.
That is not to say there have not been vast improvements to the open-world formula.
The world of Watch Dogs: Legion feels far more dynamic than any open-world title that came before it, characters feel alive and have schedules motivations of their own, mess up a side quest, and a potential ally may just become an adversary.
This is a nice touch, and it makes players approach sidequest far more tactically, the addition of permadeath mode builds upon this experience exponentially, a single mistake could cost you that expert hacker you have been needing as well as potentially alienating the victims family and friends from your cause.
Does Watch Dogs: Legion, have multiplayer?
Yes, Watch Dogs: Legion will offer a robust online mode, including PvP and PvE content; unfortunately, it is not available at launch and will be coming as part of a substantial free update in early December.
So far Ubisoft has been coy in regards to longterm plans for Watch Dogs: Legion, apart from the assurance that it will receive substantial free updates and more than a few “surprises”.
Ubisoft, however, has revealed their short term multiplayer plans for Watch Dogs: Legion, which are nothing short of impressive.
- (Co-op) 4 Player free roam of the entire Watch Dogs: Legion map with additional dynamic events unique to the online mode.
- (Co-op) New co-operative missions that require more than one player to complete.
- (Co-op) A new mission type “Tactical Ops”; 4 player content that is similar to traditional mmorpg pve content and will require a team of players working in random to achieve their goals.
- (PvP) Spider Arena allowed 4 to 8 players to engage in pvp with the new spider bot gadget introduced in Watch Dogs: Legion.
- (PvP) In 2021 players will be re-introduced to Invasion mode, which allows players to enter another world as an adversary disguised as an npc, to steal data and get away with it.
Will Watch Dogs: Legion support crossplay?
Yes, Watch Dogs: Legion will support crossplay between all PC and current/next-generation consoles thanks to Ubisoft Connect. This new unified application takes over where Uplay and Ubisoft Club left off and allows players to keep in contact with their friends in a platform-agnostic manner, as well as enabling crossplay and cross-save for all upcoming Ubisoft releases.
In addition, several previously released titles will be updated to support Ubisoft Connect.
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
- For Honor.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
- Hyper Scape.
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
As of October 30th, no details have been given in regards to which of these titles will enable full crossplay, but it is believed that Rainbow Six Siege, For Honor and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will all support crossplay by the end of 2021.
Hyperscape, has been confirmed to receive cross-play support, but as of yet, there is no definitive date for its arrival.
Is Watch Dogs: Legion Worth Buying?
Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the better open-world survival games released in the last 5 years and offers a lot of content for the price, I am enjoying the story despite finding it a little close for comfort in 2020, with so many of the issues being addressed in Watch Dogs: Legion similar to those we face today.
Watch Dogs: Legion is already a solid title and exceptional value for money, and the additional free and paid DLC content due to be released in 2021 will only increase its value and replayability.
Brom’s Comment: Watch Dogs: Legion has an inordinate amount of profanity, while profanity is not uncommon in mature titles, Watch Dogs: Legion takes it to ridiculous levels with some characters using harsh profanity multiple times per conversation.