Watch Dogs 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Watch Dogs 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Don't Miss Out: PlayStation Under $20 Sale Discounts Tons of Awesome Games https://www.gameskinny.com/y57w5/dont-miss-out-playstation-under-20-sale-discounts-tons-of-awesome-games https://www.gameskinny.com/y57w5/dont-miss-out-playstation-under-20-sale-discounts-tons-of-awesome-games Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:54:30 -0500 GS_Staff

There was a time when PlayStation sales were few and far between. But that's certainly not been the case over the past several months. And the latest post-Christmas sale discounts a plethora of PlayStation 4 titles and DLC packs. 

Since 185 items are currently on sale on PSN, we won't cover them all below. However, we will highlight some of the better and more popular deals available. 

The "Games Under $20 Sale" is live until February 5 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. If you happened to miss out on Sony's Holiday Sale, then now is the perfect time to burn that Christmas cash on new PS4 games for your library. 

Games such as Grand Theft Auto 5 aren't as cheap as we've ever seen them, but if you've somehow still not taken the plunge, 50% off is a pretty good deal if you have the dosh. 

Game Normal Price Sale Price
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag $29.99 $8.99
Assassin's Creed: Unity $29.99 $8.99
Batman: Arkham Knight $19.99 $9.99
Batman: The Telltale Series  $14.99 $4.94
Call of Cthulhu $39.99 $9.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Ed. $59.99 $19.79
Conan Exiles $49.99 $19.99
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin $39.99 $9.99
Dead by Daylight: Special Edition $29.99 $14.99
Dishonored 2 $39.99 $13.99
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $29.99 $10.49
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Ed. $19.99 $4.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse $39.99 $7.99
Dying Light $19.99 $12.99
Elite Dangerous $29.99 $11.99
Far Cry 4 $19.99 $9.99
Far Cry New Dawn $39.99 $15.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $19.79
Grand Theft Auto 5 $29.99 $14.99
Injustice 2 Legendary Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes $14.99 $5.99
L.A. Noir $39.99 $19.99
Mad Max $19.99 $9.99
Mafia 3 $39.99 $9.99
Mass Effect: Andromeda $29.99 $11.99
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Mortal Kombat X $19.99 $9.99
NBA Live 19: The One Ed. $29.99 $14.99
The Outer Wilds $24.99 $19.99
Overcooked + Overcooked 2 $34.99 $17.49
PayDay 2: Crimewave Ed. $19.99 $2.99
Rayman Legends $19.99 $4.99
Resident Evil 7 $19.99  $14.99
Resident Evil Revelation 1+2 $39.99 $15.99
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Ed.  $59.99 $8.99
Slime Rancher: Deluxe Ed. $29.99 $17.99
Sniper Elite 3 $29.99 $7.49
South Park: The Stick of Truth $29.99 $1.99
Space Hulk: Tactics $29.99 $7.49
Steep $29.99 $9.89
Street Fighter 5 $19.99 $7.99
Tales of Berseria $59.99 $14.99
The Blackout Club $29.99 $19.49
The Crew $19.99 $6.59
The Evil Within $19.99 $7.99
The Evil Within 2 $59.99 $19.79
The SUrge Augmented Ed. $39.99 $13.59
The Wolf Among Us $14.99 $4.94
Thief $19.99 $2.99
Titanfall 2 $19.99 $7.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands $49.99 $19.99
Tom Clancy's The Division $39.99  $7.99
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 $59.99 $14.99
Unravel Yarny Bundle $29.99 $10.49
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Ed. $49.99 $17.49
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr $59.99 $14.99
Watch Dogs $19.99 $6.59
Watch Dogs 2 $49.99 $12.49
Wolfenstein: The New Order $19.99 $9.99
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood $19.99 $9.99
XCOM 2 $59.99 $14.99
Zombi $19.99 $3.99


From Resident Evil 7 to Rayman: Legends, The Outer Wilds and XCOM 2, head over to the PlayStation Store to see the entire list in alphabetical order. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales info as we come across it. 

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Up to 80% Off Ubisoft Titles During Green Man Gaming Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/7m68q/up-to-80-off-ubisoft-titles-during-green-man-gaming-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/7m68q/up-to-80-off-ubisoft-titles-during-green-man-gaming-sale Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:26:22 -0400 GS_Staff

Green Man Gaming is currently having yet another big publisher sale, this time featuring a bevy of Ubisoft titles.

From now until August 26, those interested can get some of the most popular Ubisoft titles for up to 80% off the regular asking price. This includes standard and special editions, as well as bundles. Additionally, several season passes are also on sale. 

Here are some of the highlights: 

Game Sale price
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Standard) $30
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Gold) $40
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Ultimate)  $48
Assassin's Creed Origins (Standard) $24
Assassin's Creed Origins (Gold) $30
Far Cry 5 (Standard) $19.80
Far Cry 5 (Gold) $29.70
Far Cry: New Dawn (Standard) $20
Far Cry: New Dawn (Deluxe) $25
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Standard) $20
Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ultimate) $48
Ghost Recon Wildlands Season Pass $16
Rainbow Six: Siege (Standard)  $8
Rainbow Six: Siege (Gold) $30
Rainbow Six: Siege Year 4 Pass $23.99
South Park: The Fractured but Whole $6
Steep (X-Games Gold) $17.50
The Crew 2 (Standard) $15
The Crew 2 (Gold) $25
Watch Dogs 2 (Standard) $18

 

The full list of games, DLCs, and bundles on sale can be found over on Green Man Gaming

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We Need More Black Protagonists in Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/0nwmx/we-need-more-black-protagonists-in-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/0nwmx/we-need-more-black-protagonists-in-gaming Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:37:48 -0500 buymymixtape123

One day in 2005, I saw my brother playing a game he called Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I shouldn't have been watching this game since I was only eight and there were massive amounts of violence and profanity. But there was something that really resonated with me at that time: my brother was playing as someone that was black. This was surprising since in most games I would play, it was either an animal-like character or a white person that I controlled. The only games that I can remember playing from that time that had black playable characters were Beyond Good and Evil and the WWE games. But I felt like Carl Johnson, the main character in GTA: San Andreas, resonated with me because he looked like me.

Well, sort of looked like me.

Even though CJ portrayed many of the stereotypes our community should steer away from, just him being the playable character affected me deeply. Every other game that comes out usually features a white playable character. Look at some of the most popular series right now, such as Uncharted, The Witcher, or even Call of Duty. I enjoy these games, and some of them are my favorite games of all time. But they usually feature some sort of rough-looking white guy, which can be tiring to play as. This also isn't good for promoting diversity in gaming. 

white protagonist in gaming

Be prepared to see this every other game.

This is why I feel games like Mafia 3 and Watch Dogs 2 are necessary. Mafia 3 wasn't the best game, but playing as Lincoln Clay felt like a fresh experience because we got to play as a black male who didn't perpetrate any stereotypes. Watch Dogs 2's main character, Marcus Holloway, was also a character that wasn't plagued with black stereotypes. They both fight injustices because of their race in their respective time periods, even though Holloway's fight with racism is way more relaxed than Clay's. These two characters show the reality of black people in American culture, and I feel that such representation is much needed in the climate that America is in today. 

I remember the time around Mafia 3's release. We were only a few weeks away from one of the biggest elections in American's history. People were freaking out because of the possibility of someone like Trump getting elected in office, which did happen. I remember waking up early in my college dorm the weekend after it came out and running to GameStop to pick up a copy, since I really enjoyed Mafia 2.

One thing I will always remember from the game is the message that plays once you start, telling you that this game strives to be authentic to the time period it takes place in. This gave me a chill because I'm not used to games taking on such a hot topic like racism. It made me realize how needed games like this are, because it felt true and represented injustices I and other people of color face every day. In short, I felt represented. 

 

Lincoln Clay

Lincoln Clay has no stereotypes in his character.

Characters like Augustus Cole from Gears of War, Barrett Wallace from Final Fantasy 7, or even Coach from Left 4 Dead 2 are not needed in gaming. Even though it is undeniable that they do bring character to their games, they are plagued with stereotypes like being a sports star or affiliated with sports, being musicians, cursing excessively, and being extremely loud. Stereotypical black characters in gaming can hinder the experience of the game or just downright insult the player. 

The Opportunity Agenda published a scholarly piece called Media Representations and Impact on the Lives of Black Men and Boys in which they explain the way black characters are stereotyped in media. In one section called "Distorted patterns of portrayal," they explain that positive associations of black males are limited to "sports, physical achievement in general, virility, and musicality." The article goes on:

"While the media’s version of America is populated by some black males intended to inspire, they tend to represent a relatively limited range of qualities to the exclusion of a variety of other everyday virtues."

This isn't a good thing because it limits our community as only being able to strive in sports and other physical or musical activities. This leads us to be limited in what we do and what we aspire to do, because the representation of us that we see is only doing a certain thing, so we start to believe that we can't do anything else besides playing basketball or rapping. 

 

Black video game characters                                      We are more than the stereotypes. 

In the TED Talk "More Than An Athlete," New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett talks about how he was only seen as a football player but is truly more than just that. He always wanted to show his creative side by writing and making cartoons, and now he is expressing this creative side. This TED Talk resonated with me and with this topic in a few ways. He explains how you were looked down upon by your peers if you weren't into things like sports and such. This is true, as I used to hide the fact that I was passionate about gaming when I was younger because I was scared my peers would see me as a "nerd" and bully me. It took me a lot of growing up to learn that I should be proud of what I like. 

This TED Talk also shows the fact that not all black people look up to or are represented by sports players or musicians. I can attest to the fact because I remember the first time I played Mass Effect when I was 14, and I looked up to the character David Anderson. He was just this father figure and sort of a mentor to Commander Shepard, and he went against all the stereotypes of a black male in gaming at the time. I feel like he was a great representation of what a black male can be without verging into stereotype territory. 

Anderson

He was also pretty damn cool.

I didn't get into the Final Fantasy series until just a few years ago, but I will always remember Final Fantasy VII because of how turned off I was from the game due to Barrett Wallace. He was loud, as the speech text would make him seem. He would curse at people like Cloud when he was mad, and he was also big and muscular. This seriously disappointed me, because it is not uncommon to find black stereotypical characters in Japanese media. Understanding what makes these things offensive and not playing into stereotypes of black people is something Japanese developers and anime writers need to learn before feeding into it.

Cole Gears

A character we don't need in the gaming or black communities.

Developers also have a problem with making black people the main antagonist or an "evil character" in games. One of the biggest offenders in this regard is Resident Evil 5. Since this game takes place in Africa, you are expecting to see a lot of black people. The problem is, you are playing as Chris Redfield, a white man, in the game who is killing a multitude of black people throughout. This led to controversy and backlash when the game was first shown to the public. I remember being on the playground in school during the 6th grade talking about this to friends, because I was such a big Resident Evil fan and this came as a huge shock. The same can even be said for Resident Evil 4, which has you killing a bunch of Spanish people as a gruff, white man.

                               Resident Evil 5

             Let's not forget how they took Sheva, Chris' black partner in the game, right off                the cover for Jill in the current gen port. Good Job Capcom!

More non-stereotypical black representation can also expand the audience of the gaming community. Just look at Overwatch, a game that gathered a following of people who don't really play video games largely because it has a diverse cast of characters. This doesn't mean that Overwatch doesn't promote stereotypes, as Lucio is a musician and soccer player and Doomfist is an evil character.  

Overwatch

Look at the diversity!

This is not only a thing that people of color deal with. Women and other racial and sexual groups also don't get a fair amount of representation as well. For example, women can be put in roles of being the damsel in distress who can't fight her own battles, like Ashley in Resident Evil 4 or Krystal in Star Fox Adventures. Also, transgender people were misrepresented with the character Hainly Abrams in Mass Effect Andromeda, who was just a thrown-in transgender character who even gives her name before her transition, which trans people find disrespectful and offensive.

ass effect andromeda                                       Let's just never talk about this train wreck again

Another thing I have noticed is the lack of black hairstyles and facial features in games that allow you to create characters. This has been a problem I have complained about for years, as games like Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age all have one hairstyle (usually an afro) that could fit a black person and a dozen other hairstyles that would just look weird on a black person. 

We need developers to start adding more black, playable characters in gaming, be they black males or females. We need more characters like Lincoln Clay and Marcus Holloway because there aren't many, and that is a shame.

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E3 2017: Ubisoft Predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/pfv3l/e3-2017-ubisoft-predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/pfv3l/e3-2017-ubisoft-predictions Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:42:56 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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And there you have our Ubisoft E3 2017 predictions! For all intents and purposes, it seems like it's going to be a pretty great show for the publisher. With several huge games coming in the next year, from South Park to Far Cry, The Crew and Assassin's Creed, there's going to be a lot to show.

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As well as the games we know about, Ubisoft is likely to have several unannounced titles that could steal the show, be it Splinter Cell 2, Child of Light 2, or the brand new IP. It's definitely an exciting year and, considering they've chosen for developers to host the briefing, it seems like games are going to be the focus.

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What do you think Ubisoft is going to show-off? Which game are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our other predictions! Until next time, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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New IP

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Ubisoft can't help but close out it's E3 shows with a new IP we've never heard of. The company has done this every year since Watch Dogs was originally revealed, and more often than not it's a pleasant surprise. I expect this year to be no different.

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Of course, there's no way of telling what the new IP will be for sure, but we've already gotten a big tease. In a fantastic tongue-in-cheek mission in Watch Dogs 2, players sneak into Ubisoft headquarters and steal a new game trailer, then leak it to a games website for a nice fee. This trailer pops-up online and it shows images like the one above; weird spaceships orbiting planets with the tagline: E3_Conf_Video_v03.

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That's as on-the-nose as you can get when it comes to teases. Sources have said the game is indeed real and codenamed "Pioneer", although it was also reported that the game suffered a snag in development. This means the game is not a sure thing to be seen at E3 this year but, given Ubisoft's track record for revealing new IP to close the show, I'd still put money it.

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Far Cry 5

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Back to serious business, and that business is the awesomely-crazy, Far Cry 5! Just to get something out of the way, I do not understand the so-called "controversy" surrounding the game; it seems some people believe Ubisoft is trying to reflect the Donald Trump supporters in the American Mid-West. A notion that is simply ridiculous.

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Far Cry 5 is releasing in the spring of 2018 and it is exciting! The mainline series needed a shake-up after Far Cry 4, and moving to the beautiful plains and mountains of Montana is certainly that. Brandishing Far Cry's signature brand of charismatic cult-leader, black humour, beautiful landscapes, and fanatical action, the new entry in the series is going to be a big deal.

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I would expect Far Cry 5 to almost get as much time at Ubisoft's E3 conference as Assassin's Creed, underlining how important the franchise has become to Ubisoft. I also think it could close the show...were it now for one more surprise announcement!

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UbiArt

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Time for a complete change of pace. UbiArt Framework is a game engine created by Ubisoft to make smaller titles, the likes of which Child of Light and Valiant Hearts emerged!

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Those two titles were genuinely fantastic games and a sequel to Child of Light was confirmed by the developer back in 2015! It's been three years since the original title and I wouldn't be shocked if we seen a trailer for the follow-up. Or so I can hope. For what it's worth, a sequel to Valiant Hearts seems less liekly but no less desired.

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Moreover, we could very well see a brand new title emerge from the UbiArt Framework engine. Valiant Hearts was the last game made by the engine to release on either PS4 or Xbox One, so we're long past due a new title in the beautiful art style.

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Splinter Cell

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Here's something that tends to get predicted every year - well since the last instalment in 2013 - but it's bound to happen at some point.

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Splinter Cell is one of Ubisoft's best-known franchises, with combined sales of nearly 18 million units! The last game in the series was Blacklist for PS3 and XBox 360 in 2013, and therefore plenty of time has passed for a new title to be almost ready to go. Not to mention, a supposed leak said that Sam Fisher's voice actor, Michael Ironside, had been spotted at Ubisoft Toronto.

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In a time when so few stealth games exist, a new Splinter Cell would be a welcome surprise to fans. We'd be very eager to see what a Sam Fisher adventure looks like in 2017 on PS4 and XBox One!

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For Honor/Watch Dogs 2/Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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Let's keep this one short and sweet. In the past year, Ubisoft has released Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. These games have received varying degrees of success but none has set the world on fire.

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Regardless, support for all three of these games is unlikely to be concluded. Watch Dogs 2 has received five different DLC packs already but I wouldn't be surprised to see one more story-based DLC pack shown off at the conference. Despite selling even less than the original, the game has gathered a fan base and Ubisoft will want to show them faith.

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For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands are a different story however. Despite charting well initially, For Honor only sold 1.72 million copies and it was reported this past week that the game has lost a gigantic 95% of its player base. That's horrendous news for Ubisoft but the company will definitely want to try and recoup those losses with some DLC to get fans back on board. Some decent DLC is probably a last throw of the dice for For Honor.

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands on the other hand, sold a little better and has retained a player base. A major expansion for Wildlands just launched, titled "Fallen Ghosts", and has been received well. This makes another expansion for the game this soon unlikely, however I wouldn't be surprised to see a quick trailer for the recent DLC.

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The Crew 2

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The Crew 2 was announced in an earnings call by Ubisoft, then confirmed on Twitter with the new logo. The game is set to release in the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31 2018 - so we can guarantee a showing at E3.

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The Crew released in 2014 to mixed reviews but it did managed to accumulate 10 million registered players, meaning a sequel was fairly inevitable. New features are unknown as of now but it's fair to say that The Crew 2 will have to impress a lot more than its predecessor when it faces competition from the biggest names in the genre: Forza Motorsport 7, Need For Speed: Payback, and Gran Turismo Sport.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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The second South Park game from Ubisoft was revealed two years ago at E3, in what was a fairly unexpected announcement. After suffering two delays, the game is finally ready for release in October.

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We've already seen quite a bit from The Fractured But Whole but I fully expect another trailer, or gameplay demonstration from Ubisoft at E3. Due to the game releasing in a couple of months, Ubisoft will wish to keep it in the minds of everyone and get them excited again. If the sequel is anywhere near as good as The Stick of Truth, we'll be in for a treat come Halloween!

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Assassin's Creed: Origins

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Ubisoft managed to hold the next Assassin's Creed game a secret for longer than usual, but still, the game inevitably leaked before its official announcement. From alleged screenshots to a season pass and even a T-shirt, Assassin's Creed: Origins leaked in some ridiculous ways in the past month.

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Ubisoft's E3 briefing will be the first official showing of the game however, and it's fair to say this is the most anticipated Assassin's Creed in a long time. You can blame Unity, glitches, and repetitive gameplay, but the reality is that fans simply became burnt out on the franchise and needed a break. Well, two years later and we're more than ready.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins is said to take place in Ancient Egypt and star a new protagonist by the name of Bayek. The game is expected to feature redesigned gameplay, vastly improved visuals, horse-riding, and a massive and seamless open-world. All of this and the game is said to be releasing this fall, fitting the usual reveal-to-release schedule for the series. I could be completely wrong but I can see Ubisoft starting the E3 showcase with Assassin's Creed and just addressing the elephant right away.

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Another year and another Ubisoft E3 briefing is at hand! This year will be a little different however because Aisha Tyler will not be hosting. This probably comes as pleasant news to some but a lot of people, myself included, really liked the personality and skill that Tyler brought to the shows.

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Ubisoft has a massive E3 ahead with a lot of exciting new titles coming in the near future. Rather than allow several of it's titles to get leaked, Ubisoft wisely announced a few ahead of time and we'll get to those later in the slideshow. The company has several sequels in the pipeline but each of them has more excitement than usual, not to mention a few surprised we believe may be on the way.

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But enough beating around the bush, let's get on with the predictions and, with any luck, we'll get more than a few right.

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The 8 Video Game Villains Who Deserve Their Own Solo Game https://www.gameskinny.com/7f040/the-8-video-game-villains-who-deserve-their-own-solo-game https://www.gameskinny.com/7f040/the-8-video-game-villains-who-deserve-their-own-solo-game Mon, 08 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Nick Lee

Certain villains in recent gaming history certainly left their mark on gamers and left us wondering why there isn't a solo game from their perspective. The protagonists in video games always rise to victory, and even anti-heroes get their moments to be a badass for good causes.

The one underserved market in video games, especially in series, is where the villain's point of view is fully seen and respected. So with tons of iconic video game villains, which deserve their own path on the way to victory with gamers at the helm?

Let's find out.

Lusamine

From the game Pokemon Sun and Moon, Lusamine is the president of the Aether Foundation which pledges to protect Pokemon, but their plans are actually much different. Lusamine actually wanted to own Pokemon and gain their power. This extended directly to Pokemon called Ultra Beast; which are legendary Pokemon who reside in another dimension called Ultra Space.

How the deceptive leader came to be is a story that remains unknown, but her rise to power and desire to capture the legendary Pokemon would be quite the adventure for players. A solo game could even explore what would happen during another scheme to create her own version of a Pokemon Utopia as she gains more power, slowly spinning further into wickedness.

Eredin

The Witcher series introduced gamers to the kidnapping King of Aen Elle, Eredin. As the main antagonist of the series, his journey encompasses all three games, and most likely future ones. It wouldn't be hard to imagine a game focused entirely from his perspective due to his presence in each game. Playing as someone called the lord of nightmares would certainly add its' own air of dark deeds that might be uncomfortable at times, but in the world of Witcher, there are plenty of unsavory deeds and challenges to conquer.

The Joker

The infamous villain has certainly appeared in a ton of different media, but in the Arkham series he remains a constant threat, even in death, to the Batman. When players were briefly able to use the Joker in the last series installment, Batman: Arkham Knight, it was a mere taste of what a solo Joker game would look like.

Further, having a game like this would finally answer how he and other villains can set up these elaborate schemes, but still be foiled in the end. While this would be another villain whose dark mind would tempt some gamers to stray away from the game, we can't deny how awesome it would be to play as the clown prince of crime.

Pagan Min

The leader of the Kyrat region in the game Far Cry 4, Pagan Min is an entertaining and, when necessary, ruthless leader. His panic as the players protagonist liberates the region from Min's rule allows for funny moments as he assures his people that all is well. Though the story and action of the game may be more predictable, Min shines as a dynamic villain with origins that were only briefly covered.

A solo game exploring his childhood and upbringing, and ultimately his rise to power, would be a story gamers could enjoy without feeling too guilty about their actions along the way. Similar to the Joker, there would be plenty of witty commentary with Min as the lead.

Rafe Adler

Treasure hunter and Jake Gyllenhal look alike, Rafe first appeared in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and would have been an even better villain if his character was more fleshed out. While the most recent antagonist in the Uncharted franchise, his motivations are not unlike main character Nathan Drake's, but take a bitter turn due to revenge.

A game following Rafe's own treasure hunting could be very similar to the main franchise's take or even similar to the upcoming spin off involving Rafe's one time partner Nadine. Playing as a scorned Rafe before or especially after the events of the last game would be one of a vengeful and greedy man, showcasing the other side of treasure hunting in the world of Uncharted.

Dušan Nemic

Appearing in Watch Dogs 2 Dušan Nemic is the head of Blume and controls CTOS 2.0 in the game. A masterful manipulator, he acts as the perfect alternative to the main protagonist Marcus as he uses technology to invade the lives of people without their knowledge. Though he may appear to be the average jerk, Nemic has immense control over the operating system that the protagonists group Dedsec want taken down.

Getting to play as this villain would showcase the duality of technological invasions of privacy best seen in the Watchdogs series. Like Marcus, Nemic is talented, smart, and resourceful and players would be able to see the other side of things while getting to play as him. Further, a solo game would offer a rare glimpse at how the average tech we use in real life can be manipulated by a team of talented individuals for evil.

Steve Haines

For lists like this, choices usually revolve around villains who prove that sometimes it's good to be bad. Unlike those other entries, playing as FIB agent and reality show star Steve Haines from Grand Theft Auto V would prove the good guys aren't always who they appear to be. Haines is a cruel agent who wants results and while he appears ruthless, and sadistic will cower at the first sign of possible defeat.

While players may not have fallen in love with this villain, it's undeniable that the most real and pressing evil is that of lawful evil. The GTA series never lets players dive into the other side of things and focus on a law enforcement perspective. Allowing players the choice to do what's right even though "necessary evils" would be a fun twist on the game, never seen before.

Nergal

Re-released on the WiiU in 2014, Fire Emblem The Blazing Blade, introduced gamers to the dark druid Nergal. A former good guy himself, Nergal created small golden eyed beings to search for power and return it to him for absorption. While a more basic plan for a villain, the character himself is what gives him a place on this list. Through successful completion of side quests, Nergal's true story of trying to save his children as the reason for his initial desire for power are revealed. Sadly for him however, he was lost amidst the darkness and became the classic villain we know today.

An updated game starring him would be centered around his amazing origins and a series of choices that led him down the path to darkness. The solo story could also fill players in on some backstories of popular series characters like Athos and Nabata, who Nergal met before he was evil. 

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While we can agree that sometimes it is good to be bad, video games don't always allow that to shine with their protagonists. Giving the characters listed here a chance to shine in their own game will not only flesh out more of their backstory and motivations, but would be a fun experience for players to see a unique story.

Liberties can be further taken with some villains if they live on as their next plot could always be improved upon after their initial defeat. Gamers would love to not only see things as the hero, but what exactly makes it worth it to be the villain.

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Got Wanderlust? These 5 Exploration Games Will Scratch Your Traveling Itch https://www.gameskinny.com/yh16q/got-wanderlust-these-5-exploration-games-will-scratch-your-traveling-itch https://www.gameskinny.com/yh16q/got-wanderlust-these-5-exploration-games-will-scratch-your-traveling-itch Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:00:38 -0400 Erroll Maas

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There are plenty of other games to help you feel the joy of traveling from inside your own living room, but the few seen on this list are all relatively recent releases and easily accessible.

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Are there any other games that should be on this list that we missed? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Satisfy Your Disneyland Craving with Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

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Want to travel to a variety of new worlds and meet plenty of Disney characters along the way? Sure, you could go to one of the Disney parks in real life, but why use up all that money when you can explore the worlds of your favorite Disney movies without leaving your own home? You might as well just stay in and play the recently released Kingdom Hearts collection on PlayStation 4.

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Instead of waiting hours in line for each ride, you can travel to different worlds as soon as you've unlocked them. And although the time this takes varies, it's still a much shorter alternative. You can tree surf with Tarzan, sing with Ariel, celebrate Halloween and Christmas with Jack Skellington, and even ride light cycles with Tron -- not even the best Disney parks have attractions where you can do that.

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMIX offers a Disney experience that no amusement park can even come close to, not matter how magical they look.

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMIX is only available on PlayStation 4. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX are available separately on PlayStation 3.

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Go on an Aquatic Adventure in Abzu

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Looking for a relaxing tropical vacation? Wish you could go scuba diving but have things preventing you from observing aquatic life? Try Abzu, a game made by Giant Squid Studios, which was founded by the art director of Journey.

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Abzu is a delight to your senses, having gorgeous visuals mixed with a beautifully composed soundtrack, as well as simple yet unique gameplay. Abzu is absurdly short, but it provides enough content to warrant more than one playthrough. You can even meditate on special shark statues found throughout this part of the ocean, which also allow you to observe aquatic life from afar and learn the names of various creatures. Sometimes it's also nice to go back to this game just to listen to the relaxing soundtrack.

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 Abzu is available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

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Travel Back in Time to 1980's Japan in Yakuza 0

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Have you always wanted to go to Japan, but can't afford to or don't speak a word of Japanese? Try playing the most recent Yakuza game, Yakuza 0. Why travel to modern Japan when you can travel to Japan two decades ago without the hassle of making travel plans? Yakuza 0 takes place in 1980's Tokyo, as well as Osaka, a prosperous time when the country's economy was booming and the unemployment rate was low.

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The most noteworthy part of Yakuza 0 is all of the various side activities you can do, which range from realistic to outrageous. You can go to the arcade and play other Sega games, sing your heart out at karaoke, go out dancing, win a chicken from bowling and have it manage your real estate team (no, really), and hang out with a fictional version of Michael Jackson.

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If you've been looking to go to Japan only to realize how expensive it is to travel there, then look to Yakuza 0 to let you explore the land of the rising sun.

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Yakuza 0 is only available on PlayStation 4

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Drive to Different Corners of the World in Final Fantasy XV

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Maybe you'd like to go to several different places, instead of just one. What if I told you that you could go to places like Venice, Cuba, and the American Southwest -- all while riding giant birds and fighting demons? Sounds crazy right? Well, you can do all of these things and more with Final Fantasy XV.

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A semi-open world action JRPG and the latest game in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV lets take road trips, make pit stops at gas stations and diners, visit and take photographs of popular tourist spots, ride Chocobos, go camping, and eat Cup Noodles.

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Final Fantasy XV provides plenty of areas to explore, and with expansions starting to be released, the game will have even more areas for you to explore. Of course, these aren't real world locations, but they do mimic many regions around the world, so you can pretend while you're in a pretend world. How meta! 

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Final Fantasy XV is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Explore a Near Accurate Version of the San Francisco Bay Area in Watch Dogs 2

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Our first pick takes place in a fictional, yet heavily-based-on-reality version of the Bay Area in northern California, a popular tourist spot known for its diversity and scenic nature sites.

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In Watch Dogs 2, you play as hacker Marcus Holloway, a member of a hacking group whose aim is to completely take down the city's near futuristic surveillance system. Marcus can drive vehicles around the city, parkour off of buildings and other structures, and use a variety of different methods to complete missions.

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If you want to explore the San Francisco Bay Area without paying for flight tickets, then Watch Dogs 2 is the game for you, which is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

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Not everyone enjoys traveling. And even for those that do, the money and time needed to travel is not always available. So when those things are scarce, it can really make you wish you could somehow travel to new places without ever having to walk out your front door.

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So, to scratch that travelling itch, here are five games that will take you to new places and make you feel like you've traveled around the world -- and even to brand new ones -- without ever stepping foot outside of your front door!

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Why are Most Exploration Games Set in Deserted Locales? https://www.gameskinny.com/6yb9p/why-are-most-exploration-games-set-in-deserted-locales https://www.gameskinny.com/6yb9p/why-are-most-exploration-games-set-in-deserted-locales Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:00:01 -0500 StraightEdge434

Exploration games, otherwise known as open world games, are full of content. They allow gamers to explore the entire game world, complete quests, embark on journeys for fame and fortune, and discover the mysteries hidden in the unknown. 

But, it's all somewhat unusual when you think about it: Most exploration games aren't set in places that really encourage exploration. Lots of them are deserted islands, empty mansions, strange locales and solitary worlds. But what about other locations that are bustling and busy, that just as good for exploration games? Why aren't they getting used?

The Bigger the Better! 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The main reason why exploration games are set in big, yet empty locations is because of discovery. If a place is deserted, it's obviously uninhabited, but it may also hide secrets just waiting to be discovered.

Think about Witcher 3 (or any open world game for that matter). That game is packed with quests, side quests, slaying quests and much more. Most of the quests take place in isolation because the game wants you to go ahead and start exploring. Who knows? You might get rewarded for your curiosity either with a new item, weapon or consumable...

If everything is right there for you, then what's the point of exploring? Why bother investigating and quenching your thirst for curiosity when something has already been discovered by another person or entity? Would you rather go to a town and explore it for whatever, or venture inside abandoned ruins to find rumored treasure inside? The answer might be a bit too obvious here, and for a good reason! But let's take a closer look just to be sure. 

Towns Versus Deserts (or Any Open Location for That Matter...)

Fallout 4 

We are definitely not saying that towns are boring and adventure-less. Though they provide the weary adventurer aid in the form of healing facilities, merchants, traders and many more establishments that could assist in a pinch, what exactly can cities offer in regards to exploration?

The truth is that you are (often) limited in terms of exploration and freedom when you're in a city. Most (if not all) towns and cities have guards or some kind of enforcers keeping the peace and protecting valuable locations and items.

When you're exploring, you tend to break the rules and go where you're not supposed to be, fight whoever you want -- or need -- to fight, loot precious items, and basically, well, let's face it, commit a lot of crime. It's just the nature of the exploration beast. 

Just look at a game like Skyrim: Special Edition. You can't really explore a city as much as you would explore a cave next to that city. The town is filled with guards who will try and arrest you whenever they get (or you give them) the opportunity. With the cave next to town, you don't have to worry about anything -- save some draugr and cave trolls. 

However, Towns...

Markarth, Skyrim

Cities do, however, have a redeeming quality to them when it comes to exploration in modern RPGs.

There are usually quests that take place in cities that will get you involved in that city's life. For example, going back to Skyrim, the city of Markarth has Dwemer Ruins that can be found deep beneath the city. And the best part is there are quests that allow you to explore those ruins! So, if ruins (or any other explore-able location) are somehow connected to a city, then you technically are exploring the city itself.

But even then, there's one more thing you can do in cities...

Even if you take all factors, like guards and locked halls, into consideration, you could explore the city -- at night! Because as we all know, at night, activity is severely limited in cities across the RPG world. Most guards and citizens are asleep, which gives you an excellent opportunity to make that city your ruins/island/mansion/deserted location for exploration. Lock pick. Loot. Explore that tavern master's bedroom while he sleeps. The town is your oyster -- at night. 

But Really, If You're a True Explorer, the Desert is Your Home...

Far Cry 4

When comparing a city to a deserted island, it's pretty obvious what you'll want to explore if you're a Nathan Drake at heart. The deserted island is deserted for a reason -- it's (theoretically) never been explored, and you might be the first one to set foot on it. Cities and towns, on the other hand, are inhabited locations that are full of life and interaction. Everyone seems to have been somewhere. 

But that does not mean that towns and cities are boring. Who knows? A city might have a sewer system  worthy of exploration, or an abandoned mansion in the middle of a town that has some secret to it. Or, the absolute best case scenario, there's a whole new, yet empty city underneath the bustling one.

All you have to do is open that door or talk to that one person...

What locations do you like best for exploring when it comes to modern RPGs? Are deserted islands and ruins your favorite or would you rather explore the underbelly of a city? Let us know in the comments below!

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The 11 Best Watch Dogs 2 Easter Eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/bccdp/the-11-best-watch-dogs-2-easter-eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/bccdp/the-11-best-watch-dogs-2-easter-eggs Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Sergey_3847

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All Ubisoft Games
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Apparently, the developers got tired of hiding separate easter eggs to all their games, so they decided to deal with this matter all at once. The very first pawn shop in Watch Dogs 2 - Papa B’s Pawn - has a huge selection of discs behind the counter.

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If you come closer, you will see the titles of all the Ubisoft games there, such as Splinter Cell, Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and even Just Dance. Anyway, Ubisoft should not stop putting easter eggs inside their games because they are simply too much fun to look out for.

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What is your favorite Watch Dogs 2 easter egg? If you haven’t seen the one you like the most, then share it in the comments below.

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Jurassic Park
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There are a number of unique vehicles in Watch Dogs 2. Now, if you got to Oakland, you will be able to find a unique Jeep behind the Lakeside Park at the enclosed parking area. This Jeep looks suspiciously similar to the Jeep from Jurassic Park.

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However, instead of the familiar Jurassic Park logo you will see a DedSec one. Fortunately, the easter egg is there, but instead of the visual identity you should be looking for an audio -- just honk the horn and you will hear the dinosaur’s roar. That’s how you know that this Jeep is actually the Jurassic Park easter egg.

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Short Circuit 2
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Here is a movie easter egg for you, the one that has been a childhood favorite for so many of us -- Short Circuit 2. When you do one of the driving missions, titled “Johnny, Where R U?,” you’ll be given a task to find a missing robot.

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As soon as you arrive at the robot’s location, you can hear a song about the Los Locos. This is a direct reference to the song from the Short Circuit 2 movie. If you’ve never seen it before, watch it below:

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Pac-Man
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Going back to the “Haum Sweet Haum” mission. One of the objects that you need to hack is the building guarded by some weird-looking robots. Not that they are ultra-modern, on the contrary, they resemble the Daleks from Dr. Who.

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However, the existence of the mysterious robots gets unveiled after a little bit of hacking. It turns out that the robots are named after the ghosts from the Pac-Man -- Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde. When you learn their names, they actually start to resemble those pesky ghosts.

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Diablo II
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In the beginning of Watch Dogs 2 you can hear Sitara mentioning a “Secret Cow Level” over the radio. For the uninitiated ones -- the “Secret Cow Level” is a reference to Diablo II. It is a location that was renowned for a huge number of Hell Bovines (cows with polearms) that allowed for an easy level up.

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You could also fight the Cow King as the boss of the “Secret Cow Level.” However, later on Blizzard changed the purpose of the location and it couldn’t be used for an easy grind anymore. Now, why would Sitara mention it in the Watch Dogs 2? This question still remains a mystery.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
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In the course of the game you will get the chance to prank an internet troll and streamer who happens to play Rainbow Six: Siege on his computer. Hack into his system and call 911 to provoke a false shooting scenario, thus making an emergency lady to call an entire SWAT to get the internet troll.

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This is probably one of the coolest easter eggs in Watch Dogs 2. It’s fun to see how a game can turn into reality in just a glimpse of an eye for somebody who doesn’t respect others. This quest is both highly entertaining and satisfying.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
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This is a really easy easter egg to spot. You need to go to Gary’s Games & Glory shop and head down the corridor at the back that leads into the basement. Inside the basement you will find an arcade machine with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

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Actually, you could find the same easter egg in the first Watch Dogs, and it also was an arcade machine. Unfortunately, the machine is not active, so you won’t be able to play Blood Dragon. But you can always buy the game from Ubisoft and play it separately. It’s a great game!

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Tom Clancy’s The Division
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It’s a really tiny easter egg, but you can find it while doing the “Haum Sweet Haum” mission. You’ll be doing a lot of hacking in this quest, so you will come across HAUM systems computers. If you hack into one of them and check for installed software, you will see the icon for Tom Clancy’s The Division.

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It was an obvious choice for developers to include this reference in Watch Dogs 2, as they did the same with The Division. That game is just as full of Ubisoft-related easter eggs as this one.

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Assassin’s Creed
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Apart from a huge poster of Assassin’s Creed hanging on the Ubisoft building in Watch Dogs 2, you can stumble upon a character at the Stanford University that works for Ubisoft. If you come closer and hack into his phone, you will hear an interesting conversation.

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The person of interest is being accused for leaking information about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game. He is also reminded about the incident with the Assassin’s Creed: Unity leak. This is a really cool easter egg, and it looks like Ubisoft decided to break the fourth wall a little bit harder this time around.

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ZombiU
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Another side quest in Watch Dogs 2, titled “Infected Bytes,” requires you to track down phones that are infected with the Zombi2 virus. This is a reference to the Wii U game by Ubisoft -- ZombiU. And, it is a possible hint on the upcoming sequel of this exclusive horror game that has been eventually ported to Xbox One and PS4.

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In order to locate the source of the Zombi2 malware you need to hack into the infected phones. As a result, you will find the source of the virus near the underpass in a street alley.

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Another theory suggests that it could also be the reference to an old Italian Horror movie -- Zombi 2 (1979). It was a low budget horror flick that quickly gained the status of a cult classic among the fans of the genre. If you’ve never heard about the movie, then check out the trailer.

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Watch Dogs (Aiden Pearce)
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The protagonist of the first Watch Dogs returns in the sequel, but only in a small cameo that is a part of the “Shadows” side mission. This quest requires you to help Aiden Pearce who arrives at San Francisco to deal with the members of Bratva.

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You will learn about the meeting of Auntie Shu Boys and Bratva from one of the informants in the city. Then, you need to find a secret place of meeting, which turns out to be a bunker under the highway. You need to get inside and hack your way into the system.

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Aiden Pearce seems to be in a trouble and you need to locate his cell in order to help him get out of there. The mission is really short, but it’s worth for that sweet cameo and an achievement.

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Ubisoft is renowned for hiding lots of easter eggs in their games. They have a huge catalog, so unsurprisingly, their favorite type of easter eggs are the ones that reference their own games. Watch Dogs 2 is packed with such references and we are here to reveal the best of them for you.

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However, it would be unfair not to include a few other easter eggs that reference universally praised games and movies, so there are a few of those that you will enjoy seeing here as well. We’re not going to reveal them just yet, so let’s begin with the obvious ones.

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Ubisoft VP Declares: "No More [Paid] DLC... To Have the Full Experience" https://www.gameskinny.com/eksew/ubisoft-vp-declares-no-more-paid-dlc-to-have-the-full-experience https://www.gameskinny.com/eksew/ubisoft-vp-declares-no-more-paid-dlc-to-have-the-full-experience Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:21:28 -0500 Nam T. Bui

Representative of Ubisoft said that the company will no longer make their future games require DLCs for full experiences. This statement has been made by Ubisoft's VP of live operations Anne Blondel-Jouin when talking to GamesIndustry.biz.

Instead, the company is seeking to support their upcoming games in a length of 5 to 10 years, while planning for a deliberate way of monetisation.

"Monetisation is something we have to be very careful about, and my team is in charge of that and making sure we find a right balance."

Said Blondel-Jouin, she then continued into talking about how compulsory DLCs is bad for the gamer.

"It wouldn't work if it was about making it compulsory for gamers. No more DLC that you have to buy if you want to have the full experience. You have the game, and if you want to expand it -- depending on how you want to experience the game -- you're free to buy it, or not."

Ubisoft is well known for practising excessive utilization of DLCs and pre-order bonuses. Almost every major game release of the company's franchises, such as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs and The Division, usually have a one season pass that contains various DLCs, mostly new missions. Moreover, many of Ubisoft's games are sold in many pre-order editions, with exclusive content for specific retailers, which caused controversy in recent years.

One such notorious case is when the company released Assassin's Creed Unity with the pre-order bonus of a pant that allows the character run faster -- also due to the launch issues with Unity, Ubisoft game a piece of DLC for free. However, Ubisoft has some successful exceptions such as Rainbow Six: Siege and South Park: The Stick of Truth, games that don't require the players to buy DLCs in order to have a full experience.

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Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts for the Gamer in Your Life https://www.gameskinny.com/ojm2d/gift-guide-last-minute-gifts-for-the-gamer-in-your-life https://www.gameskinny.com/ojm2d/gift-guide-last-minute-gifts-for-the-gamer-in-your-life Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

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Another good gift would be clothing, From Minecraft to Skyrim, to Zelda. It's always nice to have a cool shirt themed after your favorite game! To name a few of the good games:

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The Legend of Zelda Action T-Shirt - $15.69 - $17.17 - Rating: N/A

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Titanfall 2 BT-7274 Schematic T-Shirt - $15.67 - $18.67- Rating: N/A

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Overwatch Characters T-Shirt - $15.67 - $18.67 - Rating: N/A

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Fallout Perks T-Shirt - $15.37 - $18.37 - Rating: N/A

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And there's much, much more!

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Funko - Overwatch: Winston POP! Vinyl Figure - Multi
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Price: $19.99

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Rating: N/A

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You can get him at Best Buy

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I've never been super into these POP figurines, but even I want this guy. He looks like baby Winston trying to be adult Winston and it's so cute! This would be a good gift if you know your recipient is an Overwatch fan. 

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Gift cards
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Another great gift would be a gift card from one of the following companies:

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Ratings: 4.9/5 stars and up.

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There are also the premium memberships for these marketplaces that would make great gifts:

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Ratings: 4.8/5 stars and up

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There is a plethora of downloadable content you can buy with these cards, and there is often sales on these marketplaces too.

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Video Games
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An obvious gift would be the games themselves, to name a few of the newer ones:

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Or if you're really cutting it close, you can also get:

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Depending on the gamer, each one of these should last for a good while (Especially if you have a Final Fantasy fan on your hands!)

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Sometimes you don't get to know what someone might want for Christmas in time to make online orders, sometimes you meet somebody new at work who you find out is an adamant gamer in their spare time. Does this fit you? If so, you've come to the right place.

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In this guide we'll be showing you some of the things any gamer would love to have, and the best thing is, so long as you have the time, you can go and get these even just a few days before Christmas!

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Watch Dogs 2 complete Skill Tree breakdown https://www.gameskinny.com/br2mj/watch-dogs-2-complete-skill-tree-breakdown https://www.gameskinny.com/br2mj/watch-dogs-2-complete-skill-tree-breakdown Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:31:18 -0500 Ty Arthur

Watch Dogs 2 (reviewed here) has all the hacking mayhem you could want in its open world San Francisco, letting you cause chaos in your wake as you access street lights, play with people's phones, remotely activate vehicles, and use drones to devastating effect.

Pulling up the Research app in your phone gives access to the skill tree, which lets you pick new abilities from seven different lists. Which options you pick will determine whether you are going through the campaign as the Trickster, Aggressor, or Ghost play style (and you really should be doing Trickster). Below we cover all seven skill trees and their various options.

Looking for more help with Watch Dogs 2? Check out our complete beginner's guide. For those wondering about rumors of the Watch Dogs 2 vagina shot and tales of full frontal nudity, yes, they are true.

Botnets

Unlike the other research branches, this one doesn't unlock cascading skills. Instead, the first node increases Botnet resources by 4, while each additional branching node past that point increases Botnet resources by 2.

 Botnets Skill Tree

City Disruption

Auto Takedown - trigger gates and steam pipes on nearby enemy vehicles

Robot Exploits - create a distraction for robots (hold LT for more distraction options)

Traffic Control Exploit - Auto Takedown skill now hacks traffic lights to cause accidents and stop pursuit

Massive System Crash - all city infrastructure shut down for 30 seconds

System Crash Upgrade Blackout - turn off all power and lights (while useful for stealth, this is less helpful than it seems, since it limits hacking options)

Security System Shutdown - exactly what it sounds like, this one shuts down security systems

Botnet Savings City Hacking - reduces Botnet costs while hacking city infrastructure

 City Disruption Skill Tree

Marksmanship

Sleight Of Hand - increased reload speed for stun gun and pistols

Advanced Slight Of Hand - increased reload speed for two handed guns

Steady Hands - lessened sway on scoped weapons

Keen Eye - extra damage with sniper rifles

Strong Grip - increased stability with two handed guns

Target Weakness - extra damage against armored targets and vehicles with shotguns

Steady Aim - increased range with stun gun

Fast Finger Trigger - pistol rate of fire increased (fires as fast as you press the button)

Stun Amp Up - decreases charges needed to stun armored enemies

Marksmanship Skill Tree

Remote CTRL

Environmental RC - remote control lifts and cranes

Proximity Scanner - equip Quadcopter with more powerful scanning and tag NPCs through walls (this is incredibly useful and should be purchased quickly)

Expert RC Engineering - decrease cool down time for RC Jumper and Quadcopter

Remote Gadgets - RC Jumper and Quadcopter can drop IEDs and Zappers

Taunt - add speaker to RC Jumper for luring enemies

Speed Boost - increase speed for RC Jumper and Quadcopter

Enhanced Spring - increase RC Jumper's jump height for reaching new areas

Remote CTRL Skill Tree

Social Engineering

Create Distraction - send signal to phones or guard headsets for distraction so you can execute a melee attack or sneak by, also cancels 911 calls

Gang Attack - assign a target to a gang

Gang Skirmish - use higher level gang members to attack target

Gang War - call on highest level gang members to attack target

Improved Profiler - flag civilians with large bank accounts (very useful if you need more money)

Massive Communication Disruption - trigger ALL distractions within range (incredibly useful for escaping situations)

Botnet Savings - reduce Botnet costs when hacking individuals

APB Suspect Located - plant evidence and send police to arrest target

APB Wanted Criminal - upgraded version of Suspect Located that marks target as a dangerous criminal

 Social Engineering Skill Tree

Tinkering

Electro Shock Device - knock out target temporarily

Explosive Device - explode and kill targets

Expert Tinkering - reduce cool down time on Tinkering abilities

Electro Shock Optimization - carry and place up to 5 ESDs at once

Tweaked Blast - Tinkering abilities have larger area of effect

Explosive Optimization - carry and place up to five explosives at once

 Tinkering Skill Tree

Vehicle Hacking

Vehicle Directional Hack - move cars in specific directions for attack or disruption

Hijacker - hack locks to avoid car alarms (a must-have for stealing vehicles)

Chopper Retreat Exploit - force helicopters to retreat when you are being pursued

Engine Override - burst of vehicle speed that drains Botnet

Massive Vehicle Hack - hack all vehicles in area to cause mass chaos

Botnet Savings Vehicle Hack - reduce Botnet cost on hacking vehicles

 Vehicle Hacking Skill Tree

What direction are you planning on moving through the skill tree, and what do you think are the best Watch Dogs 2 research options?

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Everything You Need to Know Before Starting Watch Dogs 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/j2f9o/everything-you-need-to-know-before-starting-watch-dogs-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/j2f9o/everything-you-need-to-know-before-starting-watch-dogs-2 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:51:49 -0500 Ty Arthur

The second, and hopefully not final, Watch Dogs entry has arrived and it brings with it all new ways to hack a city and tackle operations (read the full GameSkinny review).

If you are new to the franchise or want to know how the new gameplay elements work, below we cover the five most important things you need to know before playing Watch Dogs 2.

Trickster Is The Way To Go

Obviously some will prefer Ghost or Aggressor just due to play style preferences, and there's nothing stopping you from mix and matching or trying different styles on subsequent playthroughs, but overall Watch Dogs 2 is very much aligned towards playing as a Trickster.

Luring enemies into traps and taking full advantage of your mechanical companions (the RC jumper or expensive quadcopter drone) is usually the best way to tackle any given operation without ever seriously exposing yourself to danger.

 The RC jumper is incredibly versatile

The Quadcopter Is Everything

You might think that heading there is a bit of an exaggeration -- it isn't. Tying into the previous tip, the vast majority of operations can be completed entirely by using the quadcopter and some hacking skills.

It can go through vents to get inside locations past guards, hack objects you can't get anywhere near, be used as a distraction, and scout areas so you know how to sneak through undetected. The quadcopter also lets you access far-away segments of the hacking pipe mini-game without ever having to leave a safe cover spot.

If you aren't saving up the $67,500 to buy the quadcopter as soon as its available, you simply aren't playing the game correctly.

When In Doubt, Activate Nethack

An alternate vision mode that highlights things you can interact with, Nethack is crucial and should be activated often. It will let you know about objects you can hack when pinned down by enemies with nowhere to go, and on the world map can even open access to side missions if used frequently.

Guns Are Pointless

While it's possible to shoot at everything and blast your way through operations, that's actually an incredibly counter-productive way to play Watch Dogs 2.

With the exception of pulling out the stun gun when you screw up and didn't set traps or scout ahead properly, there's really no reason to bother with actual firearms -- you'll just end up being swarmed by enemies.

Melee Is King

Can't get past a stubborn guard or running out of options and need to escape fast? Using a hacking ability like causing the guard's phone to ring will distract them, allowing you to sneak up behind for a devastating melee blow that knocks out essentially any enemy in the game. 

Causing problems from a distance is more satisfying than shooting anyway

That's everything you need to know to get started exploring the open world of San Francisco and tackling the game's main and side operations! What other Watch Dogs 2 tips and tricks would you recommend for new players?

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NSFW: Does Watch Dogs 2 Go Too Far With Nudity? https://www.gameskinny.com/4jr6d/nsfw-does-watch-dogs-2-go-too-far-with-nudity https://www.gameskinny.com/4jr6d/nsfw-does-watch-dogs-2-go-too-far-with-nudity Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

San Francisco is at your mercy as you hack every electronic object you come across in Watch Dogs 2 (full review on GameSkinny). While there are loads of great updates and formula changes in this sequel, one addition in particular has got eyebrows raising.

From full frontal nudity of clothing-optional hula hoopers to surprise genital shots of dead civilians, it turns out there's quite a bit of nudity in this game, which is now putting players at odds with their console manufacturers.

 Backyard party time!

You know those EULAs you skip whenever you setup a new PS4 or Xbox One? They include clauses about not sharing sexually explicit material through your account.

That's particularly relevant in this situation, as it means if you take a screenshot on your console and share it (as Sony and Microsoft want you to do), you can get your account banned from online activity.

This exact scenario happened with one Watch Dogs 2 player at the game's launch, with it being widely reported a player had all PSN online activity suspended for sharing the image below (you can see the non-censored version here).

Well hello there!

After the situation came to light, Ubisoft vowed to remove that particular texture in an upcoming patch, presumably to prevent more players from being banned over sharing screenshots. Semi-serious question: considering this is Ubisoft, shouldn't the exposed genitalia have been a paid DLC pack?

All jokes aside, the vagina shot in particular is sort of odd, especially considering you'd typically only see it if someone had been blown up or violently knocked over.

Other than female genitals, there's plenty bare chests to be found if you wander the city enough. There's another interesting angle to this whole debacle: you can see fully exposed male genitalia in other areas of the game as men walk around naked, and those textures are apparently NOT being patched out.

This appears to be another casualty in the ongoing war between the freedom of PC and restrictions of console, where for instance Skyrim's mod community is basically built on nude textures, while none of that is allowed with Xbox One mods.

The situation brings up a whole host of questions of why nudity is singled out so frequently as an offensive (and bannable) offense on consoles. After all, the game is M-rated, so why should a developer have to remove nudity when, for instance, film directors aren't required to remove frontal shots of genitals from raunchy R-rated comedies?

So what do you think: should players be punished for sharing screenshots of games on consoles, and do you support Ubisoft backing down by removing Watch Dogs 2 nude genital textures? Sound off in the comments below!

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Hack the Planet (or Just San Francisco) With a Reinvigorated Watch Dogs 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/d9cwb/hack-the-planet-or-just-san-francisco-with-a-reinvigorated-watch-dogs-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/d9cwb/hack-the-planet-or-just-san-francisco-with-a-reinvigorated-watch-dogs-2 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:00:02 -0500 Ty Arthur

Wow, two years already since the first Watch Dogs landed? I remember seeing all those teaser videos showing off the promise of hacking absolutely everything in the game world to totally redefine combat... and being a bit let down on how it didn't quite live up to those expectations (a recurring theme in games lately).

A Changing Tone

Watch Dogs 2 offers a completely different feel this time around, and not just in the change of city with the brighter landscapes. You feel more like a crusader for justice, who uses the non-lethal but totally subversive tools at hand, rather than a jaded hacker hell-bent on causing mass chaos.

There's actual direct comedy in the story and dialog this time (although not to say, a Saint's Row level), along with a light-hearted twist overall to the missions and characters.

 Welcome to San Francisco!

The bad guys this time around are a giant conglomeration unethically data mining the everyday citizens, and its up to geeky-but-pure DedSec to put a stop to it. Watch Dogs 2 puts a happy, positive face on a group that would probably be up to some major no-good in the real world.

Even the story missions are frequently more about flipping the bird (sometimes literally on every computer screen) than causing destruction, sort of making this the anti-Just Cause.

Ripped From The Headlines

Savvy (or old) readers may have noticed a reference to the classically ridiculous '90s flick Hackers (wow, Angelina Jolie has come a long way!) in our title up the there.

Thankfully, Watch Dogs 2 is anything but dated, feeling very with the times and in a few cases even sort of on-the-nose in referencing fictionalized renditions of newsworthy people, organizations, and events from multi-level marketing style religions to the much-maligned Pharma Bro.

Speaking of real world events, there's a clever little Easter egg that may have gone slightly awry. Going pretty meta, there's an in-game mission tasking you with infiltrating a Ubisoft office and stealing a video game trailer... which it turns out is for a real upcoming game code named Pioneer.

Hats off for the innovative way to advertise a new game that fits so perfectly with the themes of Watch Dogs, but whether Pioneer is actually arriving is another matter however, with Kotaku recently citing unnamed industry insiders as saying the game is in serious development hell and the Easter egg was premature.

Setting Itself Apart

Where Watch Dogs 2 distinguishes itself from its influences (GTA, obviously, and even some of the new Hitman in its look and style), is that main character Marcus is mostly bad at things on his own.

He's really only good at things in terms of technology. If you walk up and try to steal a car for instance, the alarm will absolutely go off... unless you get the appropriate hacking skill to auto-unlock vehicles from your phone.

Personally, I had a ton of fun with the RC explosives and hacking drones from Homefront: The Revolution, but of course Watch Dogs 2 takes that concept to another level as hacking and messing with electrical systems is the entire focus of the game rather than a secondary system. 

Airborne reconnaissance is critical

Here the RC vehicle (and more importantly the drone) become critical, jumping long distances or going through vents and hacking locations that Marcus can't physically reach. Using the drone to scout out locations or draw someone's attention before moving in is critical, and much of the game can be played entirely remotely without ever physically entering a location.

Sure, you can play it like a shooter or like Grand Theft Auto and take on everything from a combat perspective, but that's actually a less fun way to experience this game world that doesn't really jive with the storyline. Marcus is no Niko Bellic, that's for sure. The stun weapon makes sense, but the 3D printed guns are sort of head-scratching for the setting and characters.

 Stunning from stealth is a good option... if you didn't just use your drone

Stealth... Or Mayhem

When going it on foot and trying to blend in or sneak past enemies, there's a clear Assassin's Creed echo here, not surprising considering the developers involved. We're taken in a very different direction with the modern day setting obviously, hacking security cameras to get a look at what's ahead or downloading data to use later.

As you gain new skills or download apps, some incredibly fun options become available for handling situations. In particular, it's a blast to plant evidence on rivals and watch from a nearby location as cops come in and get into a firefight.

Not all the skills are particularly useful, though. What's the point in disabling city infrastructure? It hobbles your ability to hack equipment and objects, which is your primary advantage over the enemy. You will also find as you get into a groove you probably tackle any mission in the same one or two ways, and there really should be more flexibility in how hacking works and what you can do beyond the game's limited parameters. Cool car... I'll take it!

Outside the main story operations, there's the usual side mission shenanigans and collectible hunting, like taking selfies at monuments or driving people around as an Uber to get more followers. For a little break in the flow, there's also a Pipe Dreams mini-game occasionally where you have to change the flow of wiring to hack certain objects.

The Bottom Line

Watch Dogs 2 is an all-around solid current gen experience, and an overall improvement over the first game, which perhaps failed to live up to the premise even if it was a grand (and fun) experiment.

The characters are fun, and there are some amazingly nerdy conversations to enjoy during any given mission (one about about the science of who wins in a matchup of Aliens vs. Predators in particular comes to mind).

The fact that it was two years between entries is a good sign, and that trend really should continue. Hopefully the Watch Dogs universe keeps getting built on and doesn't fall into the Assassin's Creed trap of over-abundant releases without enough distinguishing factors or time to polish up the bugs.

     Don't be a loser, try out Watch Dogs 2!

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Did Ubisoft Just Tease a New Game in Watch Dogs 2? https://www.gameskinny.com/p6vi8/did-ubisoft-just-tease-a-new-game-in-watch-dogs-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/p6vi8/did-ubisoft-just-tease-a-new-game-in-watch-dogs-2 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:10:18 -0500 chopchamen

Over the weekend, there was a Twitch user by the name of "FlammableAce" who was broadcasting Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2 on a PlayStation 4, featuring random gameplay that included the character outfitter, some combat, stealth, an epic police chase and of course some good ol' hacking.

Needless to say, the newest installment in the Watch Dogs franchise looks beautiful -- but there was one thing that stood out.

FlammableAce hacked a random NPC on the street, who was talking about "keeping a trailer from being leaked." Ace then took it upon himself to go to the Ubisoft HQ in San Francisco, climb the building and then hack the security system, making his way to the boss' office before downloading a trailer for a new game.

The trailer for the new game, as seen on the broadcast, was unfortunately mute because of connection errors (or perhaps they purposely blocked the audio for that scene on broadcasts). However, Ace uploaded later threw the broadcast up on YouTube with the audio intact, which is featured below.

Whether the trailer above is real or not isn't known yet. But if it were, it could just be another reason why Ubisoft is a brilliant developer.

You can get your hands on Watch Dogs 2 Nov. 15th for PS4 and Xbox One, and Nov. 29th for PC.

What do you think? Do you feel this is just part of the Watch Dogs 2 or do you feel Ubisoft actually premiered a new game through Watch Dogs 2? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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5 Things Watch Dogs 2 Improves on From Its Predecessor https://www.gameskinny.com/e8nqk/5-things-watch-dogs-2-improves-on-from-its-predecessor https://www.gameskinny.com/e8nqk/5-things-watch-dogs-2-improves-on-from-its-predecessor Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:33:52 -0500 Angelo De Bellis

 With Ubisoft’s direct sequel to the young Watch Dogs IP coming in just a few days, I thought it would be a good time to highlight what original features the new entry promises to bring.

Though I can’t confirm that any of these 5 mentions will actually improve Watch Dogs 2 a great deal from the original Watch Dogs, what I’ve seen from the gameplay and trailers surely point toward some truly robust changes. Let’s take a look.

1. Hacking: Now with more than a single press

The very core of the Watch Dogs series’ gameplay comes from the interactions the protagonists have with the ctOS that pervades their world. Watch Dogs delivered an original mechanic in that players could use Aiden’s cell phone to hack surveillance devices, profile the citizens of Chicago, hack simple devices, and move certain environmental objects or barriers.

Unfortunately, the hacking was often relegated to nothing more than a single button press. The complexity wasn’t there when it came to breaching security -- and even when the devices were hacked into, the result would be nothing more than switching electronics on or off. Basically, hacking felt like pressing an elevator button, only this time you’d be able to do it from afar.

Watch Dogs 2 promises to have a much more involved ctOS -- something terrible for the privacy of the citizens of San Francisco, but a treat for the players of the game. A more complex system that controls any connected device means a more realistic world governed by technology and information. Instead of only having access to profile select citizens, Watch Dogs 2 lets players scan everyone and even devilishly toy with them by marking them as criminals or distracting them with a prompt on their phone.

What’s even more exciting is that multiple hacks can be targeted at a single person, with each hack further changing their personal profile on the centralized operating system. And the development team has also teased a late-game ability to hack multiple groups of citizens at once, instead of just a single person at a time. Everything that is connected to the second iteration of the central operating system, ctOS 2.0, is said to be hackable, and Ubisoft promises that there is a lot.

One of the oft-touted hackables seen in trailers for the upcoming game is vehicles. Unlike the simple flip-of-a-switch sensation in Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 lets players actually hack into vehicles and then take control of them. You can drive them into people or buildings, or reel it in to have Marcus score a sweet ride.

2. Story: Now with some character

Ubisoft had a lot on its hands with the original Watch Dogs. It was a new IP, it included new features in an open-world environment, it tackled immense sociopolitical and technological issues, and it was released on new hardware. With Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft was able to spread its wings a bit more, having mastered the latest hardware generation and wrapped their creative minds around what would benefit the series. And the answer to making sure the Watch Dogs sequel is competent lies in the story. 

Aiden Pierce, from the original title, was somewhat of a one-dimensional character. He was quiet, emotionless, and generally lacking purpose. In Watch Dogs 2, Marcus is labelled a criminal by the ctOS based on probability. In an attempt to prove his innocence and reveal the flaws in having a centralized system controlled by money-driven corporations, he seeks to bring down Blume’s ctOS 2.0 with the help of his hacktivist team at DedSec. 

This sets the stage for a dynamic, driven story. As observed in the trailers and developer videos, Marcus is an embodiment of California. He wields the characterization of a society willing to fight for freedom, and against the singular control of private information: he’s young, intelligent, and rebellious. But most of all, he fights a common cause. 

The original Watch Dogs made Aiden feel like a lone wolf—in fact he was labelled “The Vigilante” in the game. Marcus Hollowoy actually works within DedSec, he doesn’t just have dealings with them. This conscription to a community, along with the gameplay mechanic to collect followers, makes the upcoming Watch Dogs appear as much more of a communal uprising rather than a narrative driven by an outcast hero.

3. Co-op: Now with hacking amongst friends

Because of the common-cause motivations present in Watch Dogs 2, it makes sense that the new game would include co-operative modes. Though the original game did come with multiplayer modes, they were more along the lines of competitive experiences.

In Watch Dogs you could invade the world of another player, race against friends, or venture around Chicago with others. In Watch Dogs 2, however, players can expect a seamless co-op experience with the opportunity to complete entire co-op missions with other players hacking away in San Francisco. 

But that doesn’t mean that PvP scenarios don’t also make a return. Watch Dogs 2 introduces a fresh new mode called Bounty Hunter. In Bounty Hunter, a particularly troublesome hacker is marked as the hunted and 1-3 players can choose to fight alongside San Francisco police to take the lone player down. If they are successful, they earn the bounty assigned to the hunted. Otherwise, the player being hunted takes down the hunters or escapes from the chase until the bounty expires.

4. San Francisco: Now alive and massive

An open-world game wouldn’t be much without a vibrant, living world to explore. The first Watch Dogs introduced a recreation of Chicago that ultimately led to a rather bland, stiff cityscape. 

Watch Dogs 2 takes place in the center of technological progression: San Francisco, California. The game will open 6 environments native to the city of San Francisco: the downtown area, Civic, Coast, Oakland, Marin, and Silicon Valley. Ubisoft developers claim the new map to be two times as big as Chicago from the original entry.

But a big map is nothing without character and organic, city-like goings on. Ubisoft says that they have spent dedicated hours scouring the western city for details about the locations and how they differ from one another. The result of this research is set to be a lively open world that includes far more variety in each area than provided by the recreated Chicago.

Part of this more realized world comes from a new philosophy of design implemented by the French-Canadian team. While Watch Dogs employed a player-centric approach—as evidenced by the lone-wolf attitude of Aiden—Watch Dogs 2 does away with centering the world around you. Instead, if you decide to have Marcus just stand around, the world will continue moving along with all its characteristic quirks. That means fights will break out, dogs will bark at people, criminals will get arrested, and other San Franciscan events native to the area will occur.

5. Parkour: Now a techno assassin

Aiden could hack with ease, but when it came to climbing walls, he was definitely no Ezio. Make no mistake, Watch Dogs 2 isn’t about interacting with the world by using elaborate stunts, but Ubisoft promises Marcus can chain moves together to vault over walls, cross gaps between city structures, and climb buildings. 

It all looks to be a lot more fluid and expressive than what Watch Dogs offered with Aiden Pierce. Based on this agile feel to the sequel, Marcus is also equipped with some snappy weaponry. His base weapon is the Thunder Ball -- a billiard ball attached to a bungee cord which makes for some brisk fighting sequences. 

But, if you’d prefer to play Marcus guns blazing, you’ll want some better hardware. 3D-printed guns in Watch Dogs 2 is your answer, and this time guns can be used while driving around the open world.

Other physically violent weaponry includes the likes of explosives and tasers, but hacking is your main weapon if you’d rather play Marcus stealthily. Marcus can use his hacking abilities provided by his remote-controlled car and quadcopter to scout locations and interact with several more electronics than you could in Watch Dogs. Hopefully this will lead to more complex interactions with the ctOS and those being surveilled in the technological capital of the world.

These additions to the gameplay, story, world, and characteristics in Watch Dogs 2 should certainly make things more interesting than its father game. In just a few days we’ll have our answer of whether the sequel delivers a surge of vigor to the young series like Assassin’s Creed 2 did for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, or if it buries the new IP along with some of the other struggling original efforts made this generation.

What are your thoughts on the game, its new features, and the series as a whole? Let me know in the comments!

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The Gem Mine: This Week's Best Stories in Gaming - 11/18/16 https://www.gameskinny.com/86vl9/the-gem-mine-this-weeks-best-stories-in-gaming-111816 https://www.gameskinny.com/86vl9/the-gem-mine-this-weeks-best-stories-in-gaming-111816 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:27:13 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

A lot of gaming news happens throughout the week. A lot of things are to be celebrated dear readers. So here's our favorite awesome things that happened this week in gaming.

So let me ask you: do you like Overwatch? Statistically speaking, you probably do and I don't need to ask that question. Any who, Sombra was released this week as reported by Clayton, huzzah! The hacker hits the scene with her unique skill set. Players can hack turrets, go invisible, and for good measure use a EMP blast ultimate? For those of you who don't own the game this weekend is a free weekend. Hmm, that sure is convenient. 

Pokémon Sun and Moon is here dear reader! Are you still at a loss as to how to transfer them over? Thankfully David has a guide on how to transferring them from your GBA to the 3DS. Yes, now I'll be able to bring my army of level 100s whom I've groomed for eternity. *Ahem* Surely, I'm not the only person to think about this. Competitive Pokémon is scary you know.

Woah, who knew magical, stealthy, gameplay and drama made for a good game? That's a joke, sorry. However, we were happy that Sergey labeled Dishonored 2 as the best steam punk game of the year! Players will be able to experience the story from the perspective of the now very dangerous Emily and Dishonored 1's protagonist, Corvo Attano. The game is compelling and challenge and we couldn't ask for more.

This week was also a treat for Conan O Brien's Clueless Gamer. Elijah Wood joins as they play Final Fantasy XV. What ensues is Conan giving us laughs while being rather honest about the experience. As reported by TIquor, its seriously funny. Now Conan's comment may yield a lot of truth but it's commentary during the earlier parts of the game. Elijah also makes some funny points as well.

Ty eases our worries with a positive review of the new Watch Dogs 2. He goes into detail that the game is fun and lighthearted. Which, as he mentions is a far cry from it's not so fun predecessor.

The protagonist, Marcus. is likable, capable, and. oh gosh, he's self sufficient. These are all the qualities of a better game and improved sequel. The game also make subtle nods to the movie Hackers (awesome!). I forgot to mention you can spend hours hacking San Francisco into mayhem.

Can you believe it? The PlayStation 3 turned 10 this week and I don't know about you but I feel old. No, I'm kidding but it was a fun time to go down memory lane.

The PS3 has faced a lot of challenges since it was released. Thankfully, over time, Sony was able to do an about face for it's public imagine. I wonder about how many hours I've spent in a decade with it? I'm not sure but we have a top ten list of the best game we've played! Happy birthday PlayStation 3.

Last but not least, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are upon us today! I know I said that already but it's really important!

Thank all mighty Arceus Pablo has a feature dedicated to their exclusives. He breakdowns the differences in the games from pokémon, ultra beasts, and the day/night cycle. I don't know about you but I need to make note of the exclusive pokémon. You may also base your decision based upon legendaries as well. Hmm, will I praise the sun or bow to the moon? Choices, choices.

So this was our collection of the best feel good news of the week. Believe it or not, this week had a lot of awesome things going on in the world of gaming. I may have not mentioned them all.

Did I miss some key news for the good vibes this week? Do you disagree with our mentions? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Ubisoft Reveals Details for Watch Dogs 2 Season Pass https://www.gameskinny.com/rbztx/ubisoft-reveals-details-for-watch-dogs-2-season-pass https://www.gameskinny.com/rbztx/ubisoft-reveals-details-for-watch-dogs-2-season-pass Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:22:09 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

Yesterday, Ubisoft's Official Blog posted details on what the season pass for Watch Dogs 2 will include.  

Available on day one, the "Psychedelic Pack" will be a hippie-themed bundle featuring a new outfit, car, weapon, and a drone. 

For PlayStation 4 owners, the next DLC will come out December 13th and will be called the "T-Bone Content Bundle".  This bundle includes story content featuring returning character Raymond 'T-Bone' Kenney, a new 'Mayhem' co-op difficulty setting, and a new enemy type with advanced weaponry. Further details on a release date for Xbox One and PC have not been announced.  

The "Root Access Bundle", also available this winter, will feature a Zodiac Killer story, new outfits, cars, a drone skin, and a new weapon.  The remaining two DLC will be available in spring 2017; "Human Conditions" will feature three new story missions with a focus on the science and pharmaceutical industries, in addition to new elite co-op missions featuring a Jammer enemy type.  "No Compromise" will feature a story involving the Russian Mafia, and a new co-op mode called "Showdown".

 

Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft's follow-up to 2014's Watch DogsThe sequel is said to have a different tone than the original, allowing gamers to play as Marcus Holloway in the city of San Fransisco, rather than Aiden Pearce in Chicago. 

The Season Pass is currently available as part of Watch Dogs 2's Gold Edition, or as a separate purchase.  The game is set to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One November 15th, with a PC release slated for November 29th.

For all the latest coverage on Watch Dogs 2, be sure to stick with GameSkinny.

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Five Games to Look Forward to in November https://www.gameskinny.com/3v4y6/five-games-to-look-forward-to-in-november https://www.gameskinny.com/3v4y6/five-games-to-look-forward-to-in-november Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:21:36 -0400 StraightEdge434

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1. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon

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Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are upcoming RPG games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. 

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Both games will be the first installments in regards to the seventh generation. Each title follows a young Pokemon trainer as they journey with their friends and catch Pokemon on the fictional island of the Alola region, based on Hawaii. 

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Apart from introducing many new Pokemon, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will have a new type of Pokemon known as Alolan forms. Those forms are based off Pokemon from previous generations. 

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Both games will have new battle mechanics, moves known as Z-Moves, improved graphics, and much more.

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Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will both be available worldwide on November 18 for the 3DS. 

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To learn more about the games, click here.

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2. Dishonored 2

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 Dishonored 2 is the sequel to Dishonored (2012) developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is a stealth action-adventure game. 

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Dishonored 2 gives you the option of playing as one of the two characters, Emily (pictured above), or Corvo (Dishonored).

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Players can also choose to complete the entire game either through violence, or through stealth, not killing anyone.

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And just like in the prequel, Dishonored 2 will allow players to either accept or reject the gift of supernatural powers and abilities from the start.

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Dishonored 2 will be available for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One on November 11.

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Click here for more.  

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3. WATCH_DOGS2

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WATCH_DOGS2 is the second installment in the WATCH_DOGS series, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. 

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The game is open-world and takes places in San Francisco. Players assume the role of a character named Marcus Holloway, a member of hacker group, DeadSec that tries to take down the ctOS 2.0, the city's security and surveillance system. 

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The title is a sequel to WATCH_DOGS (2014) and features new hacking mechanics. WATCH_DOGS2 will also have a multiplayer experience.

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WATCH_DOGS2 is set to release on November 15 for PS4 and Xbox One, and November 29 for PC.  

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Click here for more information.

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4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or simply known a CoD 4, has received a complete makeover thanks to developers from Raven Software. The title will have enhanced graphics for the campaign, and multiplayer. 

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The original title was first released back in 2007. However, when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has been announced for 2016, it was also announced that a remastered version of CoD 4 will be released. It is fair however to point out that the only way to obtain CoD 4 remastered is to purchase a collector's edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (for now at least).

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be released alongside with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on November 4 for PS4, PC, and Xbox One (but only if you plan to get a collector's edition!).   

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5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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November is known as "Call of Duty month" among gamers. And that is for a good reason since every year, every Call of Duty title is released in November. This year, it'll be Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. 

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The entire setting is set in the future, particularly our solar system. Players will be able to fight enemies in space, as well as pilot a fighter called "Jackal" in combat. The title will also have a zombie and multiplayer experience, both of which have been renovated with unique gameplay features and mechanics. 

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released on November 4 for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

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Click here to learn more.

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As October nears the end, gamers have set their eyes on the next month. November packs plenty of releases, including the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro (November 10).

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The following list showcases the top five games to look forward to in November.

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8 Surprising Facts About Watch Dogs 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/sydps/8-surprising-facts-about-watch-dogs-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/sydps/8-surprising-facts-about-watch-dogs-2 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:37:34 -0400 Sergey_3847

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The optimization will be much better
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Hopefully, everybody remembers how the graphics shown in the first Watch Dogs trailers were never present in the actual game. Well, Ubisoft definitely remembers the negative reactions of the community.

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This time they have outdone themselves and showcased a huge leap forward in the graphics and optimization department of Watch Dogs 2. However, some players did witness a few lags during the Gamescom 2016 presentation.

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But otherwise, the revealed gameplay was all smooth and shiny, although only at 30 FPS. This was the case on PS4, and most probably the PC version will have 60 FPS, if not more.

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Which of these eight facts surprised you the most? Don’t be shy to leave your comments below.

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DedSec will be joined by many others
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The hacking collective DedSec was first introduced in Watch Dogs as a small anti-government group of hackers. However, Watch Dogs 2 will increase the membership of DedSec significantly and add a number of other rebellious underground organizations.

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ctOS 2.0 is an extremely powerful system, and Marcus Holloway will not be able to deal with it alone. DedSec has its own application that will help recruit new members, test them and eventually integrate them into the group.

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The goal of the DedSec and others alike is simple – bring freedom to all the citizens of San Francisco through mutual hacker attacks at the ctOS.

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The developers are being consulted by real hackers
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Hacktivism is the central plot point of Watch Dogs 2 – it’s a movement directed at revealing all the secret data to public. In order to present this idea authentically, the developers at Ubisoft Montreal had to address real-life hackers.

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The hackers take part in the script writing process, game mechanics, and share their knowledge about the insider’s slang that should be used by the characters. They also give ideas about what and how should be hacked, and so on.

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It will be really interesting to see how all this knowledge manifests in the actual game. We will still probably see and hear a lot about the inconsistencies in the hacking mechanics by the critics, but at least we get to hear how hackers actually converse in real life.

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The new ctOS becomes even more powerful
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The infamous ctOS that Aiden Pearce managed to hack in the first game becomes a completely different animal in Watch Dogs 2. Previously it was a system used to operate the city’s infrastructure, which had its limitations. The new ctOS 2.0, however, is a much more dangerous thing.

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Marcus Holloway will have to deal with a monster of massive proportions, since ctOS 2.0 in Watch Dogs 2 literally controls every aspect of human life. It was designed in the Silicon Valley with a sole purpose to penetrate each and every person's privacy.

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No one can escape punishment, and even the smallest hacking attempts are cruelly punished. This is how Marcus gets into trouble in the first place, and your job is to help him get out of these virtual clutches once and for all.

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Vehicle physics are getting better
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This is probably the biggest grudge that fans hold towards the first Watch Dogs – terrible vehicle physics. Ubisoft took this into account and redesigned this aspect of the gameplay from scratch. It will be much easier to control both cars and motorbikes from now on.

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Also, now you can drive and shoot at the same time, which will definitely give many GTA players some sort of flashbacks. Each car has its own specific feeling and you will have to adapt every time you sit in a different model. However, developers assured that this will not deter from the fun aspect of driving.

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Parkour on the level of Assassin’s Creed
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The protagonist of the first Watch Dogs – Aiden Pearce – had a very limited number of movements, not to mention that there was no system of parkour at all. This time Ubisoft gave the fans what they wanted – a parkour system on par with that of the Assassin’s Creed series.

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Marcus Holloway, the main protagonist in Watch Dogs 2, is a skilled master of parkour. It is just as easy to use as it is in the AC games – just by holding R1 + X to climb the high buildings, jump over the fences or simply covering the long distances by free-running.

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And generally, Marcus is a much more flexible character to control than Aiden has ever been. Why didn’t Ubisoft think of this before?

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Multiplayer and single-player are now merged
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This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to turn the multiplayer off -- you will. This just means that if you want to spice up your gameplay, then you can play your single campaign while being online. This will lead to unexpected encounters with other hackers (similar to Dark Spirit intruders from Dark Souls).

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According to recent messages from the developers, players will have three options for online interactions. Firstly, you can cooperate and accomplish the missions together by helping and supporting each other. Secondly, you will be given an opportunity to hunt down the intruder for a huge reward. And lastly, you yourself will become the target of the headhunters.

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This is a great idea and can really lift things up during a boring day in the city.

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Forget the grim Illinois, now it’s all about San-Francisco
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Okay, this is not a surprise that the city in Watch Dogs 2 is San-Francisco, but you probably don’t know that the atmosphere is totally different from the rainy and cold Illinois of the first game. The city in Watch Dogs 2, besides being twice as large, is sunny and bright with a lot of energetic, young and happy people roaming the streets.

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Ubisoft is known for putting a lot of details into their gaming environments and this time it’s not an exception either. San Francisco looks fantastic with a huge number of famous landmarks, including The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Silicon Valley and many, many others (over 150 places to look for).

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All of them are fully-sized, so you can visit them in the game either for fun or to accomplish your missions.

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Watch Dogs 2 may not be the most anticipated game of the year after the underwhelming performance of the first installment, but Ubisoft still puts a lot of effort into the marketing of the sequel no matter what. This has led to enormous amounts of information appearing online about the contents of the game.

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Up to this point we’ve learned many things: the main story will be non-linear; you can finish the game without killing a single person; the quadcopter can be crafted again, if you’ve lost it to damage; 3D printing will have many additional tools for improving your gadgets; there is no need to physically enter the building in order to hack it, you can just sit outside and hack the rooms remotely; etc.

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It is hard to say if all of this will be included in the sequel or not, as lately the developers promise too much and deliver too little. However, some of these facts are actually appearing in the game and most of them may even surprise you. They have been discovered during this summer’s gaming conferences (e.g. Gamescom 2016) and through data mining. So, sit back and enjoy the ride!

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