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Watch Dogs: Legion hands-on review – Laptop Mag

Watch Dogs is back and this time, it’s hoping across the pond. The latest entry in the third-person, open-world, action-adventure series that pits hackers against the establishment is dubbed Watch Dogs: Legion. Set in merry ol’ England, you hit the streets of London to fight the latest threat to freedoms both digital and IRL — Albion. And by you, I mean almost anyone that your little heart’s desire as in Legion, anyone can be recruited to your cause, introducing a whole new and random wrinkle to the game’s original conceit. 

I had the opportunity to go hands-on with Watch Dogs: Legion for three action-packed hours ahead of Ubisoft Forward. Although the game has gone international with its locales, the game still keeps all the tenets of the previous two titles. However, Ubisoft has improved upon some of the weaker parts of the games such as driving and variety. 

The story

DedSec, the nebulous hacker organization that can range from playful to militaristic is back in Watch Dogs: Legion. The group is still fighting the insidious overreach of cTOS (Central Operating System), a digital mechanism that controls city infrastructure. cTOS is everywhere, your smartphone, car and even the various security drones flying around. Just like In the previous games, DedSec is trying to bring the world’s attention to the inherent flaws and privacy overreach in the system.

Watch Dogs: Legion

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

However, in what looks to be the opening of Legion, the organizations efforts backfire horribly as DedSec becomes the patsy to a terrorist plot. While our Timothy Dalton 007-type operative is able to stop a massive bomb from going off at the House of Commons, he is unable to stop the rest of the bombs from detonating in areas of London with the highest human collateral damage. Our cool spy operative is gunned down, DedSec is roundly vilified and Albion swoops in to pick up the pieces of a frightened London. Individual liberties are severely limited, Albion’s private security force moves in and Albion head makes oodles of cash. 

It’s your job as the latest DedSec operative to clear the organization’s name and demolish Albion digital brick by brick.

Watch Dogs: Legion

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

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