Set within a fictionalized version of Chicago, Illinois, the single-player story follows a hacker and his efforts to seek revenge after the killing of his niece.
Following its announcement in June 2012, Watch Dogs was widely anticipated.
At release, it received a polarized reception; praise was particularly directed at the game's hacking elements and mission variety.
The game received criticism concerning discrepancies in graphics performance between marketing and the real game and also concerning the overall gameplay, plot, protagonist, and some technical issues.
Watch Dogs was a commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest first day sales of a Ubisoft game, and becoming the biggest launch of a new IP ever in the United Kingdom at the time.
A mobile application is also available for smartphones and tablets that allows players to challenge another player in-game and use hacks that triggers traps, in an attempt to stop them from succeeding.
In the backstory of Watch Dogs, a computer hacker is discovered to have been behind the Northeast blackout of 2003, which led to eleven deaths.Watch Dogs is an action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective.Players complete missions—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story.This event prompted the Blume Corporation to develop ct OS (Central Operating System) a supercomputer that connects everyone and everything — including personal information, security cameras, and traffic lights, after being implemented in Chicago, Illinois (the setting of the game), it becomes the most technologically advanced city in the world.In Watch Dogs, players take control of Aiden Pearce (Noam Jenkins), a grey hat hacker and vigilante.It can also be used as a stealth tool to sneak past guards.