Review: Watch Dogs – Legion

Ultra-stylish action in realistically rendered London.

Watch Dogs: Legion is the third game in Watch Dogs-series. This time we are in a, realistically rendered, London with all that it entails. The hacker group we belong to has been blown up and innocently accused of bombing in London. The task will be to scrape together the rubble of the team and clear their name. A task that of course turns out to be easier said than done.

Watch dogs: legion - Ubisoft Toronto - screenshot xbox one X - copyright 2020
still images from the Xbox One X version

The second I start Watch Dog: Legion then a silly smile spreads in my face. This is a filthy looking game. Because the patch to Xbox Series X not been with us long enough for review, so I played through it on the older generation Xbox One X, but there is still enough power here to present the environments meritoriously. To experience this game in 4K and with a sensible sound system is a delight for the ear and eye!

Watch dogs: legion - Ubisoft Toronto - screenshot xbox one X - copyright 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion is at the same time a very cinematic game and it’s really like playing a spy thriller. There will be a lot of twists and turns during the journey and it is not always easy to separate friend from enemy. The game mechanics are mostly based on stealth and hacking. You sneak up on your enemies, hack into the camera behind him and then you like a trap or you sneak up behind him and strangle him. The possibilities are many and many times you do not even need to be armed. You can also choose to activate perma-death, which greatly increases the stakes: if a member dies, it is gone forever (that game round).

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You can play online or offline and you can put together your own hacking team that goes out on missions. You can steal cars and travel through London and there are many side missions. There is plenty of hours of entertainment here and if you want to experience everything, it is important that you set aside a lot of time. The hacking moment happens every time you enter through a door, an elevator or whatever it may be. What bothered me a little in the end is that really all doors are digital with code and not a single one is with a regular honest key. The hacking moment thus becomes a bit old after a while.

Watch dogs: legion - Ubisoft Toronto - screenshot xbox one X - copyright 2020

Another thing that bothered me a bit was that the controls feel a bit backwards and clumsy, which results in the fighting parts becoming unnecessarily difficult to maneuver and awkward.

Watch dogs: legion - Ubisoft Toronto - screenshot xbox one X - copyright 2020

In summary, so can I still have nothing but to recommend Watch Dogs: Legion hot. The game is lots of great action with an exciting, cinematic story. The little smolt in the cup is not a deal-breaker, just a pity: otherwise this would have clearly been a must.