The world of triple-A gaming may be preparing itself for the arrival of Watch Dogs – the open world next-gen hacking adventure long-hyped by Ubisoft as something genuinely groundbreaking – but what of the people who care next to nothing about resolution, frame rate, processing power, or video games in general? Wonder no more, thanks to TV host Conan O’Brien, who decided to give the game a spin in the most recent installment of his show’s ‘Clueless Gamer’ segment. Hacking may be protagonist Aiden Pearce’s weapon, but O’Brien can turn almost any in-game object into a deadly weapon.
Regular viewers of O’Brien’s segment know that this isn’t the first time the late night host has managed to see through the marketing and hype surrounding a major video game release, and highlight the sheer lunacy of modern video game design that seasoned players tend to overlook. It’s hard to see the forest for the trees when triple-A games are releasing on a monthly cycle, and it’s no easier to explain why an angry woman in a bathrobe goes boating in the middle of the day.
Besides pointing out that one entire city running on a single computer program is probably not a great idea, O’Brien once again shows that no matter how deep and nuacned a story the game’s writers may have concocted, taking to the open road is just as valid a strategy.
Luckily, the video doesn’t contain as much murder or gruesome death sequences as his playthrough of Tomb Raider (with one notable exception) or Hitman: Absolution. Unfortunately, O’Brien stops short of delivering one of his patented (and completely nonsensical) review scores, so prospective gamers will need to wait for the game’s release before determining if its critical reception makes it worth picking up. The open world fumbling and indifference to mission parameters shown here is fairly similar to O’Brien’s time with Grand Theft Auto 5, so it’s likely he would find the two comparable.
Stay tuned for our own review of the game, and the inevitable storm of gameplay videos that will usher in the game’s official arrival (a storm which has already begun online).
Watch Dogs is set to launch on May 27, 2014 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The Wii U version is aiming for a release in fall 2014.
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