For me, E3 was a little lack luster. Don’t get me wrong, E3 had some ups, a few downs, but not enough “Look at me” and “I’m new’s.” Game of Show wasn’t a surprise either, Assassin’s Creed 3. We got a few more minutes screen time of upcoming games like: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Borderlands 2, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Possibly my favorite). There was one standout hit from Ubisoft this year, Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs is an open-world urban survival game mixed with some stealth action. Watch Dogs is set in Windy City, a near-future fictionalized version of Chicago, just one of a number of cities where all electronic devices and people are linked to a single data network. An increasing amount of people’s personal data exists as a “data cluster” in this network; that can also be exploited for several purposes. The game has clever hook of exploiting the vast network of technology that permeates our lives. This is relevant in a way that Assassin’s Creed never could be. This feels more real than anything we’ve seen in Call of Duty. Players take control of a hacker named Aiden Pearce. Aiden uses (and hacks into) the interconnected information networks to make the modern world’s electronic and computerized devices work to his advantage — a “technomancer.”
In the future, scanner faces for all!
Now not only can players interact with a fully 3D map of the city, and scout locations via building blueprints, they can track targets and even spend money to fully investigate subjects ahead of time. Post-mission, players will be able to scrub through an interactive timeline of your actions, watching your gunfight with the police and escape by propelling a car over a raising river bridge. But that’s not all! Ubisoft doesn’t just want you to gain intel on your own world, but the world your friends occupy as well. How many times have you learned how to do something, or improve on certain attributes in a game just by watching others in a multiplayer game? Also, what about combating them by hacking their world?
It seems every day I read about various accounts and sites being hacked. Recently it was LinkedIn, a year ago Sony’s Playstation Network was repeatedly attacked. Celebrities’ phones getting hacked for their photos are just the tip of the iceberg. I read this information, this data, on my phone, on my personal computer, tablet. Some of my viewing trends are tracked, some maybe without my knowledge. This game sticks out for me because of that real world, hopefully unreal technology, premise. Just last night I saw a movie based around the same kind of “data cluster” being used against consumers to sell more and change public images. Check out a few of the trailers below!
from TPHpodNET - June 13, 2012 at 12:18PM