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Watch Dogs 2 (2016) is a futuristic adventure game where you explore a city and use technology to foil your enemies. It's the second game in the series and set in a fictionalised San Francisco Bay Area. You explore the city on foot or in vehicles that you can acquire by various means.

You play hacker Marcus Holloway, who works with the hacking group DedSec. Unlike your lone role in the first game, here you are part of a vigilante movement aiming to overthrow the government surveillance. You do this by subverting the city's surveillance systems using smart devices to Hack buildings and other infrastructure. At the same time you have to ensure you are not discovered or identified. You can tackle missions in various different ways. Each completed assignment increases your follower count and offers new opportunities to develop your characters power and skills.

Again, like the first game you are using the environment and technology to achieve your aims. While you do this you have to take care to swing the public consciousness in the direction you want. At the start of the game your DedSec group is seen as dangerous vigilantes, but as you progress they are accepted as an important protest to the government.

Our examiner, Anthony Haigh, first checked Watch Dogs 2 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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This is an Action and Role-Play game with Collecting, Communication, Narrative and Stealth elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. There's a cooperative multiplayer mode where you interact with other players, explore the open world and complete missions together. While doing this you can communicate via the preset emote system. There are also other specific multiplayer modes that offer different ways to play from one-versus-one competitive missions, bounty hunting, 2 versus 2 short battle missions and four players head-to-head races.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 40 hours to complete. The main story will take in the region of 25 hours to complete, going up to 40+ hours if you take on all the side missions.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to the frequent use of sexual expletives, sexual activity with visible genitals and the motiveless killing of innocent human characters. Frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word, the use of firearms and vehicles to shoot or run down innocent characters. There is an instance of a semi-clothed female standing in front of a male character who is naked and reclined against a wall. Her hand, which covers his genitals, slowly moves up and down, she then moves her hand away which exposes his penis. References to illegal drugs cocaine, weed, pot. A scene in the game touches on the topic of an American police officer shooting an unarmed black suspect.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Violence, Strong Themes, Nudity, Coarse Language.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


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Watch Dogs 2

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can get access to outfits and missions.
  • Watch Dogs 2 T-Bone Content Bundle
  • Watch Dogs 2 - No Compromise
  • Watch Dogs 2 - Protocol Pistol Pack
  • Watch Dogs 2 - Chameleon Copter Pack
  • Watch Dogs 2 - Punk Rock Pack

You can purchase special editions of the game that include extras:
Watch Dogs 2 - Deluxe Edition includes The Deluxe Pack: 2 personalisation packs.
Watch Dogs 2 - Gold Edition includes The Deluxe Pack: 2 personalisation packs, The Season Pass. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/11/2016

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Role-Play (Collecting, Communication, Narrative and Stealth)

Accessibility: 11 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

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