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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2 has been the recent victim of an Honest Game Trailer, which picks apart the game in sardonically honest ways. The trailer ends up pointing out some of the good and a lot of the bad with the recent open-world hacktion game from Ubisoft.
The video clocks in at four minutes long and was hosted on Smosh Games' official YouTube channel.
The Honest Trailer nails almost everything most people pointed out while playing the game, like the fact that the plot and characters are basically recycled from the 1995 film Hackers starring Johnny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. The one thing they do get wrong is that Marcus Holloway doesn't have a backstory -- this is slightly untrue. Marcus' backstory is partially explained throughout the game during the missions. The characters never seem to stop talking, and we learn about Marcus' fascination with rockets and Alcatraz, how his father would take him to museums and helped foster his love of computers and science.
Watch Dogs 2 repeatedly hammers home that Marcus was a nerd-kid growing up who somehow turned into a billiard-ball wielding, parkour artist with hacking skills that would make Anonymous jealous. The Honest Trailer also points out the game's insistence on painting DedSec as a dank-meme wielding anarchistic counter-culture group that has "no regard for human life".
They also point out how the game tries so desperately hard to be "young and hip" that it forgoes the serious nature about actual privacy invasion and the dangers of governments and agencies using this information to wreck lives. It was one of the sticking points in the first Watch Dogs that was kind of undermined in Watch Dogs 2 with the presentation of imageboard culture catalyzed into propaganda vignettes.
The trailer also makes a good point about supposedly being the savior of the people while engaging in literal terrorism. It was one of the things that seemed odd given how much DedSec hated the companies invading privacy and selling it to the highest bidder, but they engaged in activities such as invading privacy and stealing money so they could buy new clothes, guns and cars. It was the stark difference between the more selfish vigilantism of Aiden Pearce in the first Watch Dogs, which made the reckless disregard for others a little more palatable, similar to the Punisher.
They don't actually dig on the gameplay much, and that's probably because Watch Dogs 2 has solid enough gameplay (barring the weird, stilted vehicle physics). The parkour works well and, funnily enough, doesn't seem like a rip-off or pared down rendition of the parkour from Assassin's Creed. The gunplay is mediocre and the hacking works as advertised.
The world itself is only as interesting as your desire to engage in some of the side-activities, so, like the video points out, your mileage will vary.
The Honest Trailer more-so took digs at the hipster culture presented in the game rather than the gameplay itself. So, in that regards, it's not quite as bad as you may have thought.
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