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ctOS update: Watch Dogs PC patch pledges performance improvements

Watch Dogs: about bikes, as well as phones.

On the PC, Watch Dogs' Chicago looks just as expensive as it surely was to make - but it hasn't necessarily played that way if our Watch Dogs review is anything to go by. Some players have seen graphical glitches on Low and Medium settings, suffered crashes in Nvidia SLI configurations, and struggled with the controls. But Ubisoft think they’ve sieved out all that in a new update set to arrive in the next few days.

Here are all of the PC specific fixes on the train to Chi-town:

  • Fixed graphical glitches on Low & Medium settings.
  • Fixed some crashes on SLI configurations.
  • Implemented several performance improvements.
  • Implemented a few control improvements.
  • Fixed issues causing infinite messaging and timing-out when trying to access the Online Shop from the Extras Menu while Uplay is set to Offline mode.
  • Fixed issues connecting to a Multiplayer game.
  • Implemented several mouse modifications.
  • Fixed "Drinking Game" control issue where wrong information was displayed when played with a gamepad.
  • Fixed "Chess Game" control issue.
  • Fixed bug where the invasion setting was never saved.
  • Fixed graphical issues during cut scenes and cinematics.
  • Fixed several graphical and texture bugs.
  • Removed Vista OS check to prevent false positives.
  • Added game version in main menu.

Across all versions of the game, Ubisoft are bringing an end to several mission-breaking bugs, uncorrupting some late-game save files, and fixing an issue that prevents players from using hacks. That last one’s especially handy, because that’s sort of the game.

Have you been enjoying Watch Dogs? I have, but feel like I’m only really scratching the surface. The game maybe defaults to GTA in too many places, and it’s easy to do the same playing it.

Thanks, Videogamer.

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Loki_uk(2 days 8 hours played)
3 Years ago

Watch Dogs - PC Version.

It was actually playable after I updated all my graphics drivers (which were only a month old) and let the "NVIDIA Experience" choose the graphical settings rather than stuttervision and ramming into trees in the out-of-the-box install. One bugbear - why is the Low texture setting called "Medium"? If there is no Low setting then the Medium IS low no matter what you call it.

Anyway... the gameplay of the hacking is great fun - jumping from camera to camera and lowering the odds by making people and things explode. They could have used more variety in things to hack but it works well - I love the different reactions of setting off people's grenades from the ones who manage to professionally throw it away (sometimes accidentally at other people) to the ones who struggle with their belts while increasingly cursing and then blowing up.

The driving/shooting is really quite well done too although I keep on forgetting about hitting CTRL to get Focus. It is incredibly easy to hit people by accident during missions that have very tight deadlines - which lowers your reputation. So then you have to go off and be a vigilante to help people to stop them informing the police where you are all the time.


So annoying. First of all the Online Invasions kept on switching itself back on (I see they are addressing that in the patch) and activating while I was in missions - but also when someone is hacking you then you have a minute to find someone who is probably crouching on the rooftop nearby or in a crevice under a bridge. What is this - hide and seek? I would have liked Multiplayer to be more coop - 1 person is FPS'ing and the other is online hacking to provide support. Oh well.

SPOILERS (a bit)

The one thing that is annoying me is the plot - Aiden acting like a gruff uncommunicative dick towards everyone : his Sister for understandably being annoyed at bringing all this to her doorstep and getting her daughter killed, his dedsec tattoo'd contact Clara who he held in a chokehold but still helps and flirts with him, his former partner who actually seems similar to him but with a limp and who he refuses to help. Then he has the temerity to get all goth depressed and upset when people turn on him.

Especially ironic is the Break into a Prison level (i.e. mandatory stealth) where he decides that instead of killing a possible informant he should be all moral and wants to scare him into silence instead - and then breaks out by killing about 20 guards.

So it's definitely good although I should have waited for a Summer Sale...

Crimsoner Avatar
3 Years ago

Apparently I'll finally be able to play the game I pre-ordered without having to erase my current save game. Woop di do.

Mountain_Man Avatar
3 Years ago

Don't care. Game is shallow and boring.