To answer the question “Is Watch Dogs 1 or 2 better?” it helps to consider some of the differences between the two. This article will focus on gameplay, story, ambient occlusion, and stealth mechanics. While both games feature unique gameplay mechanics, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, both games are very similar in terms of gameplay, but Watch Dogs 2 offers numerous cosmetic enhancements.
Both Games Are Similar In Terms of Gameplay
The Watch Dogs series combines elements of vehicular combat, action, and a sandbox environment. Players can freely roam the world of Watch Dogs and use a wide range of melee weapons and vehicles to achieve their goals. Those involved in illegal activities are punished with a lethal response and will respawn near the location where they died. Players must be prepared to die several times and must learn the skills of different weapons to stay alive.
The Story Is Also Great in Both Watch Dogs Games
In Watch Dogs 1 and 2, the player takes control of Aiden Pierce, a hacker who lost his niece to an assassination attempt. He uses hacking apps to take control of a new operating system in Chicago and hunt down criminals who killed his niece. He also finds out about a plot to sell ancient Egyptian antiquities. The money raised from the sale will fund violent insurgents. Meanwhile, a secret hacker group is stealing his name and gathering information from him for a tabloid owner who can blackmail him.
Ambient Occlusion Depends on Your Preferences
Whether Watch Dogs 1 or 2 has better ambient occlusion is a matter of personal preference, but the answer lies somewhere in between. Fortunately, there are a few tweaks that can greatly improve the game’s graphics. For starters, you can switch between half-resolution and full-resolution Ambient Occlusion settings. You can even select the “Extra Detail” option to increase the complexity of open bodies of water and add realistic shadows. This feature is heavy on the CPU. But it makes for a more detailed experience.
Stealth Mechanics Better in Watch Dogs 2
Stealth mechanics are great in both Watch Dogs 1 or 2. However, the newer installment from Ubisoft is better compared to the previous one. In the second game, you follow Marcus Holloway, a hacking expert, on a mission in San Francisco. You must use stealth and hacking skills to achieve your objective, as the enemy never knows about your presence. You can even steal sensitive data without setting foot on an enemy territory! You can also get an incredibly detailed world with a cast of witty characters that you can get close to.
All in all, which one is better? We couldn’t decide. Below is a video that compares both Watch Dogs games that may help you to understand better.