How Watch Dogs: Legion Compares To Watch Dogs 2


Watch Dogs 2 set the groundwork for what Dedsec would become in Watch Dogs Legion. Here’s how Watch Dogs Legion compares to Watch Dogs 2.

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion is one the most unique gaming concepts to come out of Ubisoft in a long time. It is a major step forward for the Watch Dogs series and stands as a full realization of the sort of expectations players had when the original Watch Dogs was released back in 2014. Every person in the city has a real life, and that life can be researched, interacted with, and even manipulated for the benefit of the cause.

While not as successful as expected, Watch Dogs 2 did a lot to rewrite the shortcomings of the original Watch Dogs. The game added some much-needed levity to the overall tone, sped up the gameplay, and gave players a protagonist they could identify with on a deeper level. By all accounts, Watch Dogs 2 set the groundwork for the expansive hacker community that Dedsec would become in Watch Dogs: Legion.

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For all that Watch Dogs: Legion has to thank Watch Dogs 2 for, the question on everyone’s mind is: “What makes this new game worth playing?” Luckily, Watch Dogs: Legion holds on to most of the best things about the series while adding in gameplay elements no one even knew they needed. Here’s how Watch Dogs: Legion compares to Watch Dogs 2.

How Watch Dogs: Legion’s Story Compares To Watch Dogs 2

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The theme of Watch Dogs has always been about rising up against corrupt systems and banding together with like-minded individuals to achieve lofty goals. Watch Dogs 2 saw protagonist, Marcus Holloway join the hacker group Dedsec after being arrested for crimes he was assumed likely to commit. The CTOS 2.0 system was being used by the Blume corporation to over-police the Bay Area, and Dedsec wanted to put a stop to it.

Watch Dogs: Legion follows Dedsec at large as it battles against another large corporation called Albion. Albion polices a near-future London and treats people like pawns. Albion, along with underground crime rings and rogue hacker groups, are all battling for control over London, and Dedsec’s job is to find as many recruits as possible to turn things around for the better. There is no primary protagonist that players spend the whole game controlling this time around. Watch Dogs: Legion features the whole city as possible soldiers in the fight.

How Watch Dogs: Legion’s Gameplay Compares To Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 beefed up the hacking gameplay by adding the use of drones and RC cars to the mix. These tools could be used to infiltrate secure buildings, perform basic tasks, or just scope out the area. Hacking of all kinds was advanced in every way, allowing players to take greater control over the city of San Francisco. Combat and traversal were also aided by the addition of parkour as well as Marcus’s skills with a roped cue ball. It was also possible to play through the entire game non-lethally, which seemed to be largely supported by the game’s narrative.

Watch Dogs: Legion expands on all of these things while possibly overcomplicating certain key elements. Being able to take control over nearly anyone in London allows players to craft a detailed roster of specialists. This makes gameplay more complicated, because not everyone is equipped for every task. Especially with Permadeath mode activated, players will have to make careful considerations of which characters they take into which missions. Losing a character in permadeath mode results in losing them forever, and possibly losing any chance of connecting with their associates. This complex web of associations is great for the most part, but can become a bit frustrating for players who miss the ability to simply work toward upgrading the abilities of one central character. Hacking is still very important in Legion, but not every character is a magician with code this time around. Players who don’t mind this new gameplay focus will love Watch Dogs: Legion just as much as Watch Dogs 2.

Overall, Watch Dogs: Legion is still the same general focus as its predecessor, while adding elements that bring it closer to the detailed world that the original title attempted to create. Watch Dogs: Legion definitely doesn’t disappoint in the complexity department, nor in the way of character and story. Players will definitely enjoy mixing and matching characters into the perfect hacker team to take down the system.

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Updated: November 11, 2020 — 5:34 pm

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