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Ubisoft sent out a tweet early today to indicate that they are not down with the early reviews of Watch Dogs. The company makes it known that they feel all the early reviews for their hacktion title are “false” and not representative of the game they plan to launch on May 27th.
No sense in trying to draw this out, so we'll just get right to it. An early review from WCCF Tech sent shock-waves through the gaming industry yesterday. The review noted that the Xbox One version they had in their possession – getting hold of a retail copy from a brick and mortar outlet who broke the street date – looked like a last-gen game. Specifically, the review compared Watch Dogs' visuals to Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Online.
With the leaked footage of Watch Dogs from the Xbox One and PS4 version making the rounds, a lot of gamers had an opportunity to see just how well (and how poor) the console versions of the game ran on the new-gen twins.
Well, Ubisoft posted the following tweet on Twitter to dissuade anyone from taking the review criticisms to heart, stating...
I like their little LARPing going on with the whole early review leaks. That's fresh. That's inventive. It's like Larry Hryb's "Major Nelson" gimmick taken to the next level. Well, we assume that "Major Nelson" is a gimmick... we hope that "Major Nelson" is a gimmick... oh dear, is "Major Nelson" a gimmick?
Anyway, dismissing any early reviews as not being “valid reviews” is disingenuous.
If WCCF Tech did get their hands on an early retail copy of the game and Ubisoft is stating that it's a beta build, then that means that the game is being shipped out broken and incomplete.
Think about it: If the retail version of the game is incomplete with the day-one patch, then anyone who buys the game without getting the day-one patch will be buying an incomplete, broken product.
Additionally, there have been some defenders claiming that retail copies of Watch Dogs have not made it onto store shelves, considering that the game only went gold, last Wednesday on May 14th. However, proof has surfaced thanks to some enterprising redditors making a thread about Watch Dogs retail copies appearing on store shelves early, even going as far as to show pictures via Imgur.
This definitely adds credence to WCCF Tech's claims that they picked up a retail copy of the game before release. It also calls into question what the state of these early retail releases are like if the game just went gold last week, yet retail copies are already on store shelves? What's going on? What's up with that?
Some users actually reacted to Ubisoft's tweets about “false” reviews, thinking that it was just a scheme to cover up and discredit reviews that are trying to “warn” people about the state of the game, pre-release, writing...
Surprisingly, no one is complaining about the content of the game or the fun factors, but graphics have become a big talking point, mostly how the game doesn't look on the new-gen consoles.
Certain things like the AI, the driving and the dynamic environments are all pretty cool – based on what's been showcased – but graphically the game on the PS4 and Xbox One certainly doesn't hold up to the E3 2012 showcase like the PC version does.
Ultimately, if you don't want the welfare edition of Watch Dogs, get it on PC. However, if you want the version that's speculated to house the definitive gameplay of Ubisoft's vision of the hacktion title, many are claiming that the Wii U version will bring the fun. So basically, you get the PC version if you want the pimpin' graphics, or you get the Wii U version if you want the pimpin' gameplay.
Watch Dogs is due for release next week on the geriatric twins, the new-gen twins and PC, while the Wii U version is slated for release this fall.