Watch Dogs 2 Shows Possible Futuristic Hacking

By: John Breeden II
January 21, 2017

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Videogames have only recently begun to mirror real life, make statements and work to change the world in the way that great literature and movies sometimes do. Watch Dogs 2 hits the social commentary head-on, but the hacking tech is all fun and games, well, mostly.

Screenshot courtesy of Watch Dogs 2 videogame, from UbiSoft.
The hackers meet. Screenshot courtesy of Watch Dogs 2, from UbiSoft.

Publisher Ubisoft has taken Watch Dogs 2 and improved the hacking from the original. Now you get the fun, complete-the-circuit style puzzles in order to access systems and take them down from the inside. This adds to the tense opener, which is reminiscent of a Mission Impossible film, as main character Marcus tries to avoid the guards, communicate with his team and make an audacious escape, once the alarms go off. Real hacking is a lot more sedate, though Watch Dogs 2 is just realistic enough to make things interesting for those of us who know a bit about technology.

A few actual hacking techniques make it into the game, like using mobile devices and even drones, but for the most part, it’s just fun. Still, we could all use a bit of fun these days, so why not give Watch Dogs 2 a spin? It’s available for the PC, the Xbox One console from Microsoft and Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Read the complete review of Watch Dogs 2 from our sister publication, Game Industry News.