How hacker game Watch Dogs sucks mobile players into its trippy console world

Watch Dogs promises to be more than just the standard run and gun shooter game, with some pretty amazing open-world and multiplayer tech.

Watch Dogs promises to be more than just the standard run and gun shooter game, with some pretty amazing open-world and multiplayer tech.

Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch Dogs console game is hoping to upend the traditional boundaries between single- and multi-player gaming, allowing you to hack into other players’ games on the fly, earning experience and renown points which you can then use to level up your own character’s skill levels.

The game was a huge surprise at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and has since been getting a ton of attention from gamers and the press as the May 27 release date looms.

Even better, you’ll be able to interact with the very same game and players via a free mobile app, letting you increase the heat on rogue players, as you can see in this fairly long and detailed play through video below. Sure, the video is ridiculously longer than most gamer’s attention spans, but it’s well worth a look.

While the first half of the walkthrough above is cool (though it drops into a predictable Grand Theft Auto-style car chase near the end), what really caught our eye about halfway through was the mobile app connectivity. You’ll be able to download a free app and then hop into a special play mode to match up with players of the console version. They’ll be racing against time to complete a driving course within the very same city they’ve been learning in the console game, while you’ll

With a tap on the screen, you’ll be able to vent steam pipes, explode gas mains in their path, and cause massive accidents while they try to race the clock to your goal. You can re-deploy the cops, and even send little taunting messages to the console player’s heads-up display to truly mess with their heads while you try to ruin their reputation.

Or, you know, you might be the dude in the car, facing off with some random mobile player sitting on a bus somewhere.

Bottom line, the hacker-themed Watch Dogs is a massive game with some truly unique features. Game developers have been trying to find some meaningful way to include those omnipresent devices in our pockets for some time now; it looks like Ubisoft has finally cracked the code.

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