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Watch_Dogs, the open-world franchise of paranoia, hackers and a dystopian near future is back on our screens.
In 2016, ctOS 2.0, an advanced Internet of Things operating system for running an entire city's infrastructure, was brought online in several US cities to create safer, more efficient metropolises. Flash forward, and that vision is not exactly what has come to pass. You take on the role of series newcomer Marcus Holloway and team up with Dedsec, a group of renegade hackers dedicated to exposing the misuse of ctOS 2.0 by corporations to monitor and manipulate citizens on a massive scale.
Like the game's predecessor, players complete a series of missions that involve a mixture of action and hacking mechanics, through which players set in motion chains of events using their in-game smartphone to hack drones, cars, security robots and much more.
The game moves the action to sunny San Francisco to inject a bit more light and vibrancy into the series, with Marcus younger and quicker on his feet than his predecessor, making for faster parkour.
As well as its sprawling single-player campaign, the game features several multiplayer modes. Perhaps the most interesting is the option to infiltrate another player's game world, stalking and hacking them, then engaging in an epic game of cat and mouse across the rooftops! For those looking for a wider game, there's also a free mode in which up to eight players can experiment with how they want to play the game.
The future is yours for the taking!