Watch Dogs: Legion Review
‘Innovative, Open-World Fun’
Watch Dogs: Legion is the third instalment in Ubisoft’s popular franchise. Set in the near future, London is facing its downfall: the people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable. The fate of London lies with you, the player, and your ability to recruit a resistance and fight back. Legion is certainly the most creative and immersive when compared to its predecessors.
Watch Dogs: Legion delivers a never-before-seen gameplay innovation that allows you to recruit and play as anyone you see in the iconic city of London. Every single character in the open world is playable, and everyone has a backstory, personality, and skillset that will help you personalise your own team. This unique feature gives dynamic and varied gameplay to keep things interesting. Your characters can then be used online to join forces with friends to take back London in four-player co-op missions, end-game challenges, and daily events.
The entire population of London is available to recruit into your resistance: from an MI5 agent to a tough bare-knuckle fighter, a brilliant hacker or an illegal street-racer, a rising football star or an inconspicuous old lady. Once you have recruited, you can unlock unique perks to personalize each member of your Legion according to your playstyle. Level-up each character within classes such as Hacker, Infiltrator, and Enforcer. Customize them further with unique outfits and iconic masks. As with any Watch Dogs title, hacking is your weapon. You can weaponize London’s tech infrastructure – hijack armed combat drones, deploy stealthy spider-bots, covertly take down enemies using an Augmented Reality Cloak & much more.
The game’s story is full of spoilers of course – but it’s captivating and has a good sense of originality, supported by the ‘Play as Anyone’ mechanic. The Campaign has lengthy chapters and will take roughly 20 hours to complete, packed with plenty of action. The Storytelling is strong from the very start and has multiple highlights along the way – it gives a compelling experience.
A highlight for the game is that you’re able to play the game the way you want. There are some fantastic mechanics and features that make gameplay even more immersive. A brand-new melee system and a wide range of weapons and abilities mean that the way you approach combat has real consequences. If you use non-lethal force, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest you. If you shoot to kill, you risk having your characters permanently killed.
It’s also great to explore the massive urban open-world City of London for the first time. London’s famous landmarks like Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge & the London Eye are all available to explore. Also, don’t forget the array of side activities on offer like boxing, freestyle football, illegal courier contracts or street art. It is clear that time has been spent creating this expansive and detailed world, which looks even more stunning in 4K.
In terms of the negatives, having the ability to play a wide variety of different characters can distract you from the story and lose some engagement, but this is still a fun feature that allows you to shake things up. In some parts, it can feel repetitive but with numerous gadgets and the option to go stealth or aggressive – Watch Dogs: Legion is more than enjoyable to play.
Enjoy free regular updates adding new online modes, rewards and themed events as the game evolves.
Watch Dogs: Legion is available on all major platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PlayStation 5.
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Review Conducted on Xbox One X
Watch Dogs: Legion is an innovative entry into the franchise with brand new mechanics perfectly executed. The City of London is vast and detailed, ensuring players won’t get bored in the open-world. As the best instalment in the Watch Dogs series, it provides countless hours of fun and dynamic gameplay.