Watch Dogs Tips And Strategies

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The complex mechanics of Ubisoft Montreal's newest open-world adventure can result in information overload for new players. Here's a spoiler-free list of tips and strategies I learned over the course of the game to help you get your bearing.

Open Things UpMost open-world games try to strike a balance between story and freedom. Watch Dogs lets players start messing around in Chicago almost immediately, but it pays to stick with the campaign missions for a while. In addition to laying the groundwork for the story, the first few missions will introduce you to many of Watch Dogs hacking, combat, and driving mechanics. Playing to the appropriately named "Open Your World" mission will teach you most of what you need to know and also open up all of the skill upgrades for purchase. After that, feel free to peel off and do whatever missions and side content interests you. That said, you'll probably want to make hacking the CToS stations and towers a priority; completing them will open up your hacking abilities in other parts of the city, reveal even more side missions, and unlock fast-travel locations.

Looking Ahead To The Games Of 2015

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Looking Ahead To The Games Of 2015

Whether part of an intended schedule or due to a delay, the games of 2015 are looking good. We’ve compiled a list of next year’s games, so you know what the future looks like for your platform of choice.

We’ll be updating this list throughout the rest of 2014, so check back with us as your future backlog begins to pile up.

Darkest Dungeon (PC) - Early 2015We got hands-on time with this Kickstarted gem at PAX East. It blends elements of XCOM and Dungeons & Dragons, while introducing the stress of dungeoneering into the mix. 

Reader Discussion – How Do You Feel About Delays?

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Delays are a part of the industry. Whether publishers decide to aim for more lucrative release windows or developers need more time to polish their games, delays are common occurrence. Today it was announced that Bethesda's horror title, The Evil Within will not arrive until October, and Sony's The Order: 1886 is being pushed to next year. We want to know how you feel about delays.

You learn more about the delay of The Order: 1886 here, and The Evil Within here. In both these instances, the respective developers say they need an extension to makes sure the games live up to their full potential. As Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto once famously said, "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad", but that doesn't make having to wait longer for highly anticipated titles and more fun.

Personally, I don't mind delays at all. My backlog is perpetually full and I'm always happy when big titles are pushed back because it means I have more time to catch up (though I never fully will). On the other hand, I hate when games are bumped into already crowded months, which will inevitably make my backlog even plumper. It's a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless.

Live Stream – Watch Dogs

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Live Stream – Watch Dogs

After being stripped from Xbox One and PlayStation 4's launch lineups, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is finally upon us. Starting today at 3 p.m. CT, Game Informer's Dan Tack and Andrew Reiner are taking a look at the game's opening two hours.

What's in store for us as we begin the open world adventure? Will Reiner successfully hack Chicago into his own twisted reality? Will we dig right into the main story or become enchanted by side missions? Join us, let us know your questions and what you want to see in chat, and get set for a bumpy hacktastic ride!

MMO On The Go? Clash of Clans and Clan Wars

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MMO On The Go? Clash of Clans and Clan Wars

Supercell’s immensely popular mobile title Clash of Clans has long been the target of replication, from both a gameplay and monetization perspective. Traditional free-to-play time-gating makes the game easy to play for both casual once-a-day players and whales that want to rocket to the top quickly. I’ve played the title on and off, but the recent introduction of Clan Wars is a huge draw to the title that didn’t exist before.

While it’s completely optional to engage in Clan Wars, for those that enjoy more structured, group-oriented gameplay you’d associate with clans or guilds in MMORPGs, it’s a compelling addition.

Clan Wars takes your group and pits them against a group of relatively equal strength. It’s up to your Clan to communicate and determine the best way to acquire the most “stars” through attacking opposing defenses. Every member of the clan gets two attacks, and it’s really all about placing the right offense with the right defense. Sure, your clan’s resident kingpin with hundreds of powerful units could defeat anyone on the opposing team with ease, but is probably best paired with the opposing two strongest defenses, leaving your smaller players to handle the minor defenses. This lets players of all levels and investments (both time and money) play for some nice prizes in a balanced environment.

2014’s Upcoming Wii U Games

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2014’s Upcoming Wii U Games

With major titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. coming this year to Wii U, we decided to pull together everything that we know of that's slated for 2014. The following list will be updated and amended throughout the year. If you something confirmed for 2014 release that's not on our list, please let us know.

Mario Kart 8 - May 30We recently got hands-on time with the first HD Mario Kart title, and it’s shaping up nicely. The anti-grav features are used to great effect in new tracks and put a compelling spin on classic courses.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - June 10A tie-in game for the upcoming Dreamworks film. 

2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

Watch Dogs - May 27Ubisoft’s delayed open world hacking adventure will finally be released in late May. Has it benefitted from the extra time? We’ll know soon.

2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

Watch Dogs - May 27Ubisoft’s delayed open world hacking adventure will finally be released in late May. Has it benefitted from the extra time? We’ll know soon.

Playing As A Giant Robot Spider In Watch Dogs

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Playing As A Giant Robot Spider In Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs presents players with a great big open world to explore, and packs it with side missions and other diversions. Some of these gameplay options are sillier than others. Take Spider-Tank for instance; this "digital trip" transforms Aiden into a giant robotic spider. In addition to being able to climb buildings, you can mow down enemies with a chain gun, blow up vehicles with a rocket launcher, and use a melee pounce to destroy anything that's still left standing. The action is broken down into timed objectives, and the mode even features a skill tree for upgrading your mechanical monstrosity. Spider-Tank doesn't make a lot of sense in the context of the rest of the game, but that doesn't stop it from being fun.

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For more on Watch Dogs, check out our recent Test Chamber of the game.

Test Chamber – Watch Dogs

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Test Chamber – Watch Dogs

Ubisoft Montreal is no stranger to making massive open-world games and letting players run amok in them. Watch Dogs eschews the historical settings of the Assassin's Creed series for a modern-day Chicago that's been infused with technological wizardry. Andrew Reiner and I take a look at some of the trouble you can get into, while discussing how the combat, driving mechanics, and story fare.

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